All posts by Richard B. Drumm

Richard Drumm is President of the Charlottesville Astronomical Society and President of 3D – Drumm Digital Design, a video production company with clients such as Kodak, Xerox and GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals. He was an observer with the UVa Parallax Program at McCormick Observatory in 1981 & 1982. He’s found that his greatest passion in life is public outreach astronomy and he pursues it at every opportunity.

By Richard B. Drumm on January 16, 2019 in
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Astronomers have used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to discover a ring of black holes or neutron stars in the galaxy AM 0644-741 in the constellation Volans. This ring of black holes covers an area three times larger than the Milky Way, making it the real Lord of the Rings!

By Richard B. Drumm on January 9, 2019 in
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Colliding Stars Spill Radioactive Waste Into the Universe. @unawe #spacescoop at #365DaysOfAstro

By Richard B. Drumm on December 26, 2018 in
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Today, we understand gravity much better than we did in Galileo’s day, thanks to Albert Einstein. Over 100 years ago, Einstein came up with a theory of gravity that has so far passed all tests, in laboratories and out in space.

By Richard B. Drumm on December 14, 2018 in
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Selfie by InSight spacecraft. The best one from Mars.

By Richard B. Drumm on November 24, 2018 in
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Podcaster: Richard Drumm

By Richard B. Drumm on October 27, 2018 in
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When a red supergiant goes supernova, something special may happen: a brief but brilliant flash of light might be seen before the full explosion! more at #365DaysOfAstro @unawe #spacescoop

By Richard B. Drumm on September 26, 2018 in
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When looked at with X-ray telescopes, they shone as bright as a million suns combined. #spacescoop @unawe at #365DaysOfAstro

By Richard B. Drumm on September 19, 2018 in
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Healthy oceans are essential to our survival. They help to feed us, clean the water we drink, and most importantly, the oceans provide most of the oxygen we breathe — they are the lungs of our planet.