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SC Lede: The Lede Goes Deep Field

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"The background of space is black. Thousands of galaxies appear all across the view. Their shapes and colors vary. Some are various shades of orange, others are white. Most stars appear blue, and are sometimes as large as more distant galaxies that appear next to them. A very bright star is just above and left of center. It has eight bright blue, long diffraction spikes. Between 4 o’clock and 6 o’clock in its spikes are several very bright galaxies. A group of three are in the middle, and two are closer to 4 o’clock. These galaxies are part of the galaxy cluster SMACS 0723, and they are warping the appearances of galaxies seen around them. Long orange arcs appear at left and right toward the center." - NASA

On this special edition of the South Carolina Lede for July 23, 2022, Clemson University Philosophy and Biological Sciences Professor Dr. Kelly Smith joins us to discuss the recent images from the James Webb Space Telescope, the restarting of the Large Hadron Collider, and evidence-based facts versus conspiracy theories.

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Gavin Jackson graduated with a visual journalism degree from Kent State University in 2008 and has been in the news industry ever since. He has worked at newspapers in Ohio, Louisiana and most recently in South Carolina at the Florence Morning News and Charleston Post and Courier.