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Civilizations Among the Clustered Stars?

Globular cluster M4

Air Date: 01/26/2016
Run Time: 41:48

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Topics: astronomy, Planetary Radio, life, extrasolar planets, Bill Nye

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New research indicates that globular clusters—collections of up to a million stars—could provide stable environments for life, along with opportunities for interstellar civilizations. Lead author Rosanne Di Stefano joins us to explain. Emily Lakdawalla and Bill Nye examine the science and excitement around “Planet 9.” “This Week in Space History” is just one feature of our What’s Up segment with Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan.

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sepiae: 01/27/2016 10:55 CST

The principal segment with Rosanne Di Stefano is absolutely wonderful: an example of where rigorous observation meets and results in inspiring speculation, and the result is beautiful. I'm quite envious now, for not living in one of them clusters - the notion of civilizations there having the nearest star in actual reach...

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