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Session 8

Two ancient stars collide, proving Einstein was right. Neil and Dan teach you how to use language in the news in your everyday English. 

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News Review

Ancient stellar collision makes waves

Two dead stars, which collided 150 million years ago, have made gravity waves and proven Einstein's prediction correct. 

Language challenge

Two stars hitting each other has been described as ‘cataclysmic’, but what does that mean?

a) extremely destructive
b) extremely beneficial
c) extremely catty

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The story

The collision of two dead stars has been watched for the first time by an international team of researchers. The event gave off gravitational waves, ripples in space and time that were first predicted by Albert Einstein.

The collision happened 130 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth, but its light and waves have only now reached us. One researcher described it as the first full picture of one of the most violent, cataclysmic events in the universe.

Key words and phrases

causing to begin

small wave(s) of something 

comb through
examine thoroughly

To do

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News Review quiz

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Language challenge - answer

a) extremely destructive


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