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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

12/09/2013 | 28:50
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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.

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Latest Blog Posts

The Pivotal Discovery You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Posted 2014/08/29 02:09 CDT | 5 comments

Karl Battams highlights the historic discovery, by an Air Force satellite, of a sungrazing comet.

Comet Siding Spring: Risk Assessment

Posted 2014/08/07 01:29 CDT | 6 comments

On October 19, 2014, Comet Siding Spring is going to have an extremely close encounter with the planet Mars. The bottom line: it seems most likely that our Martian spacecraft will be absolutely fine.

A new comet observing campaign for C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring)

Posted 2014/01/27 11:22 CST | 1 comment

You thought you were rid of us...but we're back! Following the spectacular and, quite frankly unprecedented, success of the Comet ISON Observing Campaign, we are launching a similar venture for another unique cometary encounter that's happening this year. In October 2014, comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) will pass extremely close to Mars.

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