DiscoverSpaceTime with Stuart Gary58: The Birth of Our Milky Way Galaxy
58: The Birth of Our Milky Way Galaxy

58: The Birth of Our Milky Way Galaxy

Update: 2019-08-09


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SpaceTime 20190809 Series 22 Episode 58

*The birth of our Milky Way galaxy

Astronomers have opened a new window on the birth of the Milky Way finding the galaxy we have today was formed out of the collision of two major components ten billion years ago.

*LightSail-2 successfully demonstrates solar sail space flight

After years of computer simulations and countless ground tests -- the Planetary Society’s crowdfunded LightSail 2 spacecraft has successfully demonstrated spaceflight by light -- raising its orbit solely on the power of sunlight.

*Skywatch August

The best known meteor shower of the year, the Perseids, are back. But...this year's shower will have to contend with a bright Moon on the peak nights. Still, you could see a dozen or more meteors per hour, including the occasional very bright fireball.

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58: The Birth of Our Milky Way Galaxy

58: The Birth of Our Milky Way Galaxy