In this week's episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we look at quark matter, a bizarre state of matter which could make up a large percentage of some neutron stars. We will travel out to the Kepler-160 planetary system, where we will examine a planet and star much like the Earth and Sun. Next, we find evidence that may help answer one of the mysteries of planets around other stars – if they are as common as they now seem, why do some stars travel through space alone? Then, we learn how Mars, typically known as the Red Planet, may have also once also been the ringed planet, as well.
Finally, we welcome astrophysicist Anna Ho to the program, to talk about her work on discovering a previously-unknown form of supernova explosion.
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Anna Ho of Caltech, talking about her new study of FBOT’s - a newly-discovered type of supernova explosion.
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Coming June 16: Dr. Matija Ćuk of the SETI Institute, on the possibility that Mars may have been orbited by rings in the distant past.
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