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Podcaster: Host : Fraser Cain ; Guest: Dr. Jane Huang, Dr. Jonathan Williams, Dr. Brian Koberlein, Moiya McTier, Berth Johnson

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Title: Weekly Space Hangout –  Guest: Dr. Jane Huang and Dr. Jonathan Williams Discuss Spiral Protoplanetary Disks

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Description:  Today’s story:

  • Alien planets that could have more diversity than Earth itself.
  • Black Holes making complex GW chirps as they merge.
  • Pluto’s snow-capped mountains.

Host: Fraser Cain ( @fcain )

Special Guests: This week we are joined by Dr. Jane Huang and Dr. Jonathan Willams from the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA). Dr. Huang, Dr. Williams, and their team recently discovered some surprising information about the size and shape of some protoplanetary disks.

In their peer-reviewed paper published in The Astrohpysical Journal, it was announced that the protoplanetary disk surrounding the star RU Lup (in the constellation of Lupus) is not only surprisingly large, but also has a very distinct spiral shape that extends nearly 1000 AU beyond Ru Lup.

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