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WSU scientists help detect gravitational waves for third time
August 7, 2017

black holeBy Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Three billion years ago in a distant galaxy, two massive black holes slammed together, merged into one and sent space–time vibrations, known as gravitational waves, shooting out into the universe.

Ask Dr. Universe: Why do we need stars?
April 4, 2017

Dr. UniversePULLMAN, Wash. – If you are anything like me, you like watching the night sky. The stars we see are a lot like our nearest star, the sun. They are just much farther away. That makes stars look like small twinkly things instead of a big, furious thing like our sun.

Ask Dr. Universe: What color are our stars?
November 29, 2016

dr-universe-logoVANCOUVER, Wash. – Just the other night, I grabbed my binoculars and looked up to the starry sky. At first the stars looked white, but when I looked closer I noticed some appeared more blue and red.

Ask Dr. Universe: Why does the Earth spin?
October 13, 2016

Dr-Universe-230PULLMAN, Wash. – No matter how still we stand, or if we’re in Scotland, Malaysia or the United States, we are always spinning. Our Earth spins at a constant, very fast speed as we make a trip around the sun.

Meteor ‘outburst’ lights up skies over the Palouse
August 15, 2016

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Palouse offered some of the best seats in the house for stargazers during the recent Perseid meteor shower. The convergence of warm temperatures, cloudless skies and scant light pollution made for prime viewing.