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Podcaster: Rob Sparks. Guest: Scott Sheppard

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Title: NOIRLab – The Discovery Of The Fastest Moving Asteroid

Organization: NOIRLab

Links: www.noao.edu ; @NOAONorth; http://www.lsst.org/ ;https://nationalastro.org/ ; https://www.facebook.com/NOIRLabAstro ; https://www.instagram.com/noirlabastro/ ; https://www.youtube.com/noirlabastro ; @NOIRLabAstro

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Scott Shepperd normally studies objects in the distant solar system. Recently he turned his attention toward the inner solar system and discovered the fastest moving asteroid currently known. In this podcast, Scott tells the fascinating tale of the discovery and what we can learn about our solar system from these objects

Bio: Rob Sparks is a science education specialist in the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) group at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and works on the Galileoscope project (www.galileoscope.org), providing design, dissemination and professional development. He blogs at halfastro.wordpress.com.

Scott Sheppard received his B.A. in physics from Oberlin College and his M.S. and Ph. D. from the University of Hawaii, where he was also a teaching assistant and a research assistant. Before becoming a staff scientist at the Carnegie Institute For Science in 2007, he was a Carnegie Hubble Fellow. He studies the dynamical and physical properties of small bodies in our Solar System, such as asteroids, comets, moons and trans-neptunian objects (bodies that orbit beyond Neptune).

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