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Exploring The Milky Way Galaxy And Beyond

Conner Baker
Have you ever looked up at the stars and wondered what lies beyond them?

Summer may be a little different this year, but it's still a wonderful time for learning and adventure. Welcome to Talk of Iowa Summer Camp! Every Tuesday all summer long you can join us for "Talk of Iowa" episodes that will be fun and educational for learners of all ages. 

Summer is a great time to stay up late and gaze at the stars. On this episode of Talk of Iowa we go to Astronomy Camp. Cornelia Lang and Caroline Roberts of the University of Iowa give listeners a tour of the Milky Way and a glimpse of what can be found beyond our galaxy. They also share some tips for novice star gazers and for those who want to find out more. 

What does it mean?

  • Star; a natural, luminous body visible in the sky especially at night; a self-luminous gaseous spheroidal celestial body of great mass which produces energy by means of nuclear fusion reactions.
  • Milky Way Galaxy; the galaxy of which the sun and the solar system are a part and which contains the myriad stars that create the light of the Milky Way.
  • Interstellar; located, taking place, or traveling among the stars especially of the Milky Way galaxy.
  • Intergalactic; situated in or relating to the spaces between galaxies; of, relating to, or occuring in outer space.

Explore on your own!

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Astronomical Society of the Pacific activities for preschool, k-12 and amateur astronomers

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Cornelia Lang, professor and director of undergraduate studies in the physics and astronomy department at the University of Iowa

Caroline Roberts, astronomy laboratory coordinator and Van Allen Observatories manager at the University of Iowa

Rick Brewer is a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa