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Not Your Average Galaxy

March 10, 2014

Originally posted on NC Museum of Natural Sciences Education Blog:

I recently had the opportunity to attend a lecture by Dr. Patrick Treuthardt, assistant director of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Laboratory in the Nature Research Center. This was part of a lecture series that the Museum offers its volunteers so they can learn about research and have a direct opportunity to interact with our scientists on staff. I soon found out that Dr. Treuthardt is a self-identified galaxy geek. He begins the lecture by projecting a beautiful color-infused image of a galaxy far, far away. It is so stellar and radiant, that I am thinking there is no way that something like that exists. Yeah, I have seen pictures of galaxies, but they all blend together like watercolor paintings of oceans. He explains further that we (on Earth) are part of the Milky Way. This is the part of the lecture where I start to salivate, like a Pavlovian…

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