/ Tuesday, April 16, 2013
By A.N. Kini '13
Katherine Wyman MA '11 discussed the effect of interstellar medium, or 'dark clouds,' on the Earth’s climate. The talk “Dark Cloud Encounters” was featured in the Harvard Gazette. Wyman is a technical assistant for the Chandra Space Telescope at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Sometimes, science fiction is also science fact.
Katherine Wyman of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), began her Thursday night discussion, ‘Dark Cloud Encounters,’ by recalling a 2003 episode of the revived ‘Twilight Zone’ television series called ‘Sunrise,’ during which the sun was blocked by a dark cloud, devastating the Earth’s climate.
Such ‘clouds of gas and dust between stars’ do exist, Wyman told a packed Phillips Auditorium, and they do indeed have the potential to alter the climate. Wyman spoke as part of the CfA’s observatory nights, which invite the general public to hear about topics in astrophysics every third Thursday of the month.
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Image: from the Harvard Gazette
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