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NRAO Meets the Dragon! Dragon Con, That Is

16 Sep 2018, 00:25 UTC
NRAO Meets the Dragon! Dragon Con, That Is
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Superheroes, archenemies, actors, and animated characters galore… what do they have in common with dark matter, star formation, and radio astronomy? At Dragon Con, quite a bit, it turns out.
Image credit: Charles Blue (NRAO)
Earlier this month, nearly 85,000 people descended on downtown Atlanta to attend an annual celebration of all things “geek.” It’s called Dragon Con and it’s one of the largest science fiction, gaming, and fantasy gathering in the country.
Remarkably, amid the tens of thousands of cosplay enthusiasts, authors, actors, artists, and fans, there has emerged a strong and dedicated cadre of people excited to learn about the latest scientific developments in astronomy, physics, chemistry, and biology. And, for the second year in a row, NRAO was there sharing the exciting discoveries of radio astronomy.
It seems intuitive that many science fiction fans also harbor a strong fascination with all things science and astronomy. The ties run deep.
Long before the first satellites were launched and humans traveled into Earth’s orbit (and just a little bit beyond), science fiction writers were dreaming about the wonders of space exploration. Some, like Arthur C. Clarke, even used science fiction to propose future technologies. In ...

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