Weekly Space Hangout - Dr. Georgiana Kramer of PSI: Space Dew & Superheroes


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Streamed live September 18th, 2019.


Host: Fraser Cain ( @fcain ) Special Guest: Georgiana "George" Kramer ( http://www.psi.edu/about/staffpage/gkramer ) is a spectroscopist and geomorphologist, and for the last 12 years her research has focused on interpretation of data from spacecraft missions. She was a member of the Moon Mineralogy Mapper Science Team, which was the first instrument to unambiguously detect water on the Moon and map its global variations.

She is very excited about space weathering and the enigmatic lunar swirls. Her current research projects: (1) studying the global, diurnally varying, surficial lunar water phenomenon (ask her about "space dew"); and (2) understanding how high density, high-Ti magma rose through much lower density highlands crust to erupt as mare basalts - especially at Tranquillitatis.

George is particularly passionate about sharing space science with the public. She started the "Female Superheroes of Science" (please like them on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/Female-Super...). They are female role models, each with a superhero persona that represents her scientific or engineering discipline.

The group has appeal to people of all ages and genders, and they have made appearances at schools, extracurricular events, major science fiction conferences, and even at a public event at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

Regular Guests:

Dr. Brian Koberlein ( https://briankoberlein.com/ / @BrianKoberlein )

Michael Rodruck ( https://sites.psu.edu/mrodruck/ )

Allen Versfeld ( https://www.urban-astronomer.com/ / @uastronomer )

Veranika (Nika) Klimovich ( Pictame: @nika_klim )

This week's stories:

- The most massive neutron star ever! [ Hat tip to Thankful Cromartie ( @HannahThankful ) of NRAO & UVa.]

- Saturn's rings, older than we thought...

- Monitoring air pollution from fires.

- The new interstellar comet.

- Io shadow pass on Jupiter from Jupiter orbit!

- Milky Way time-lapse shows Earth rotation.

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