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Karl Battams

Karl Battams

Karl Battams

Karl Battams is an astrophysicist and computational scientist based at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington DC. He has operated the NASA-funded Sungrazing Comets Project since 2003. In addition to his comet work, he performs data analysis and visualizations for various ongoing solar physics projects within the NRL Space Science Division. You can follow him and the Sungrazer Project on Twitter via @SungrazerComets.

Latest Planetary Radio Appearance

Comet ISON: Much More Than a Memory

December 09, 2013 • 28:50

Maybe it wasn’t “the comet of the century,” but ISON has left a scientific legacy that is beyond compare. That’s according to Karl Battams of NASA’s Comet ISON Observing Campaign on this week’s show.

Latest Blog Posts

Could the total solar eclipse reveal a comet?

August 16, 2017

Next week's solar eclipse will reveal the Sun's corona, nearby bright planets and stars, and, if we get extremely lucky, a comet!

Comet Siding Spring: Exciting times

October 06, 2014

We're now less than two weeks away from Comet Siding Spring buzzing ridiculously close to Mars, and the excitement is building - in both good and bad ways...

Preparing for A-MAVEN Science!

October 03, 2014

How can we use MAVEN to learn about Comet Siding Spring, passing very close by Mars this month?

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