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 July 31, 2018 in
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Do you live in a part of the world that experiences snowstorms or dust storms? Rosetta experienced this kind of storm for 2 years. more at #365DaysOfAstro

By Richard B. Drumm on July 13, 2018 in
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There have been over 3,700 exoplanets discovered so far. Some seriously clever techniques have been used to hunt down these alien worlds. Astronomers define a new technique to discover baby planet!

By Richard B. Drumm on June 30, 2018 in
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In a recent study, a computer ran a “machine learning” software program called the Deflector Selector. It was fed millions of simulations of asteroids careening towards Earth. Each one resulted in either the asteroid hitting or missing the Earth.

By Richard B. Drumm on June 23, 2018 in
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2004 EW95, an asteroid distant cousins with carbon trace

By Richard B. Drumm on May 26, 2018 in
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Astronomers just found a new way to turn up the radio: never mind spinning the volume knob, try spinning an SMBH, a supermassive black hole!

By Richard B. Drumm on March 28, 2018 in
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Do you know this phrase? “What goes up must come down”, but have you ever stopped to think about why? The answer is ‘gravity’.

By Richard B. Drumm on March 24, 2018 in
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Have you ever had a growth spurt? Maybe you kids have been making regular trips to stores to replace shoes that have become too tight or trousers that are too short?

By Richard B. Drumm on February 24, 2018 in
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Nature offers an even more impressive light show. Thanks to Earth’s magnetic fields and the violent explosions of energy on our Sun, we have the “aurora”. And Jupiter has one too!