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At ‘Astronomy Days,’ Young Stars And Comets Hold Secrets To Planetary Life

Once a year the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences gathers researchers who spend their waking hours investigating the mysteries of the universe. At ‘Astronomy Days,’ scientists divulge their new findings. 

This year Rachel Smith, the head of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab and the curator of meteorites for the museum, will share her research into young stars. The spinning balls of gas are invisible to the naked eye but can become the foundation for building planets like Earth.

Murthy Gudipatijoins Smith in conversation with host Frank Stasio to share the latest about his work on comets and Jupiter’s moon Europa. Gudipati is as a principal scientist at the Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. ‘Astronomy Days’ take place at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28 and are open to the public.

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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