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Catholic University Experts on the Meteor Strike in Russia

Experts at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., are available to discuss astronomy as it pertains to the meteor strike in Russia on Feb. 15 that injured around 500 people and damaged property across a large area of the central Ural Mountains.

GENERAL ASTRONOMY, METEORS — Duilia de Mello is an associate professor at Catholic University’s Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences (IACS) and a research associate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Her research interests include the role of evolution in galaxy properties; the environmental effects in galaxy evolution-formation; and the properties of star-forming galaxies. She teaches astronomy and is a meteorite collector.

She may be reached at 202-319-5325 or at

GENERAL ASTRONOMY Steve Kraemer is a professor at CUA/IACS and an astronomer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

He has extensive experience in the modeling of nebulae and is currently working on the analysis of active galaxies with data obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope/Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, with X-ray telescopes (Chandra, XMM-Newton), and infrared telescopes (Spitzer). He teaches astronomy.

He may be reached at 202-319-4335 or

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