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SXSW Interactive 2013

Understanding the Universe in 59 Minutes or Less

Astronomers Dr. Alyssa Goodman from Harvard and Dr George Djorgovski from CalTech will connect the dots in breath taking clarity and explain in 59 minutes how a supernova explosion in our neighborhood many billions of years ago made it possible for the world as we see it today.
Their discussion will be moderated Curtis Wong and visualized by WorldWide Telescope.

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Curtis Wong, Research Scientist, Microsoft Research

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  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Science and Space Exploration
  • Level: Beginning
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