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August 4 - 10 2014 Stargazer: Gamma Rays & Novas

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got a pair of sunset planets to look for, a meteor shower is happening and we learn about a new discovery relating to gamma rays as All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips  for this week’s Stargazer report.

Credit NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/ Conceptual Image Lab
What is a nova? In this rendering, the star V407 Cyg explodes in a nova while circling a neighboring red giant star in a still from a NASA animation depicting the star explosion detected in 2010.

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Dave Lawrence is the local host of All Things Considered, Off the Road, and Stargazer.
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