EDUCATION: Pulp Astronomy

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Science  21 Dec 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5551, pp. 2435
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5551.2435a

The universe began with an explosion and remains a tumultuous place. Check out its rough side at Violence in the Cosmos, created by astronomer Mike Guidry of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Based on a popular public lecture, the five sections expose how turbulent events such as the big bang, galactic collisions, and stellar explosions shape the universe. Graphics include animations and great photos. The dying star Eta Carinae, which will likely blast apart within a few million years, spews roiling clouds of gas. Many of the same topics are covered in more detail at this site designed to accompany a beginning astronomy course.

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