March AAAP Meeting, 7:30 PM, Friday, March 18, 2016, Carnegie Science Center, Dr. Carles Badenes , Binary White Dwarf Mergers

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Kick-off Carnegie Science Center “Space Out! (Astronomy) Weekend*” at the AAAP March Meeting, 7:30 PM, Friday, March 18, 2016, Carnegie Science Center. The featured guest speaker is Dr. Carles Badenes  from the University of Pittsburgh. Previously another program was announced, but upon that presenter’s unavailibilty AAAP has the good fortune of host Dr. Badenes.


Dr. Badenes  will talk about binary white dwarfs and what happens when they merge.  A team of astronomers led by Carles Badenes helped to clarify the origins of an important type of exploding star utilizing data from a little-known feature of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III) .


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Binary Dwarfs

Animation of White Dwarf Gravitational Wave Merger

Source: NASA’s Chandra Observatory,



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Respectfully submitted, Kathy DeSantis.

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