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Department Alum Helps Save the World! (Kinda)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

While the Mayan Apocalypse 2012 never had any validity, occasional concerns about death from space do - just ask the dinosaurs or read the previous news item. KU alum Dr. Dave Tholen (University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy) led a team to obtain improved observations of the asteroid 2011 AG5. The data available previously implied a potential collision with Earth in 2040; with the new data, this option is off the table. Read the full story.

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