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The Apophis Asteroid: Should You Be Worried?

June 3rd, 2019


Let's talk about the potentially hazardous asteroid known as Apophis.  In April, 2029 this 320 meter rock will get so close that it will pass under the orbit of geosynchronous satellites!  Astronomers held a conference …

Was the Event Horizon Telescope Black Hole Image a Waste of Time?

May 20th, 2019


In this podcast: an essay on whether the effort that went into making the black hole image in the distant galaxy M87 by the Event Horizon Telescope …

The Large Millimeter Telescope

May 17th, 2019


This podcast features science and technology from the Large Millimeter Telescope.  Our guests Nat DeNigris and David Sanchez will be on hand to …

Just How Fast is the Universe Expanding EXACTLY? ...and how do we know this?

April 1st, 2019


We've known since Edwin Hubble's time that the universe has been expanding.  What we've only recently learned (like, in the past 10 years or so) is that the universe is accelerating as it expands.  Measuring this …

Life in the Universe? We May Be It!

March 28th, 2019


I'm not convinced that life is everywhere in the cosmos.  It is entirely possible, based on what we know today, that we are the only life there is.  Anywhere.  This episode is a brief discussion of that idea.

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Women in Science w/ Carol Christian

March 21st, 2019


Welcome to the first in a series of monthly discussions about topics in astronomy with Carol Christian, a colleague and friend of mine that has …

The Exolife Finder Telescope (ELF)

February 11th, 2019


Members of the PLANETS Foundation are working hard to secure funding for a telescope specifically designed to look for life on other worlds.  In this episode, we discuss the capabilities and design of this exiting …

The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT)

January 23rd, 2019


The next generation of world-class ground based observatories are being built right now.  Among them, The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT).  Learn about this amazing telescope that will become the world's largest by …

Building Huge Telescopes in Space Using Robots

January 18th, 2019


Astronomy’s Future Will Be Built: New Capabilities to Assemble in Space the Largest Observatories.

Scientific performance of telescopes depend …

From the Moon to Mars

January 3rd, 2019


For decades advocates of the exploration of the Moon have argued that this will make possible subsequent exploration of Mars. But is this really true?

Recently several dozen experts critically examined whether astronaut …

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)

December 21st, 2018


Did you know there is an effort underway to actually see the event horizon of a black hole?  Right now, astronomers around the world are processing …

Using Resources in Space to Sustain Human Exploration

December 18th, 2018


NASA has for decades been assessing options to utilize the resources available in space – often on the Moon and Mars – to sustain long-duration human operations. It will be prohibitively expensive to send from Earth to …

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)

December 6th, 2018


The largest ground-based telescope is now being built on the top of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is a new class of extremely large telescopes that will allow us to see deeper into space and …

The Origin of Life w/ PZ Myers

November 29th, 2018


Had a great discussion yesterday with biologist PZ Myers about the origin of life on Earth. What is our current knowledge of how life began on our …

Amazing Astronomy at the European Southern Observatory

November 12th, 2018


The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has been on the forefront of astronomy discovery for decades. They operate telescopes primarily in South America, in Chile, and their astronomers have made groundbreaking …

Clarke Exobelts: A Technosignature for finding Alien Civilizations

October 25th, 2018


Clarke Exobelts, appropriately named after Arthur C. Clarke, are belts of satellites around and exoplanet that are in a geosynchronous orbit around it. These belts have distinct characteristics that can show up in space …

Using Robots to Explore and Repair in Space

October 17th, 2018


Did you know there is a commercial effort to design robotic spacecraft to go into orbit and repair/replace/remove old, broken and damaged satellites? …

Possible Exomoon Around Kepler-1625b

October 12th, 2018


This week we are talking with Alex Teachey from Columbia University whose recent paper using observations from the Hubble Space Telescope revealed …

HabEx and Future Earths: New Concept to search for Earth-like Worlds

October 8th, 2018


HabEx is one of four concept missions being considered for the next generation of space telescopes. HabEx will search for rocky worlds like Earth in orbit around other stars and it will have unique capabilities to …

Stop Being a TESS Hater!

October 3rd, 2018


Lots of people are expressing disappointment that TESS won't be looking at the sectors of the sky long enough to see anything. I disagree. Please use the Discord server to let me know what you think!

Finding Neutrinos with (an) IceCube

October 1st, 2018


Super energetic neutrinos can be formed in exotic places, for example the accelerators in the core of galactic supermassive black holes. The IceCube …

Have Astronomers Found Vulcan?

September 28th, 2018


What would the planet Vulcan be like? It might be like the "super-Earth" planet orbiting a nearby star (16 light years) called HD 26965. The planet …

The Lynx Space Telescope: The Next Generation of High-Energy Observatories

September 26th, 2018


This is the second is a series of discussions surrounding the next crop of space telescope concepts being considered by the National Academy of …

The ORIGINS Space Telescope

September 25th, 2018


The ORIGINS Space Telescope is one of four concept missions designed to compete as the follow-up mission to WFIRST, which launches after JWST. These …

What's with all this Exoplanet Hype?

September 22nd, 2018


Astronomers are getting as bad as the press these days with making statements that are designed to garner attention than anything else. In this episode, let's talk about exoplanet hysteria.


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The Square Kilometer Array: The Largest Radio Telescope in the World

September 20th, 2018


The Square Kilometer Array is currently being designed and construction will start soon on a radio telescope that promises to revolutionize our …

Making Mars Easier

September 18th, 2018


Detailed scenarios for human exploration of Mars have been developed and debated for decades, although many of them have been too technically challenging or unambiguously unaffordable. However, are there scenarios that …

JWST Update w/ NASA's Jon Gardner & Paul Geithner

September 13th, 2018


The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is making progress. The James Webb Space Telescope has suffered many cost overruns and delays but the mission is now ontrack for launch in March 2021. Let's see how things …

Telescope Talk: Imaging with Your Telescope w/ Tom Pickett

September 12th, 2018


Telescope Talk is back! Are you interested in getting started in the awe-inspiring hobby of amateur astronomy? If so, this hangout is for you! Every other Tuesday, we get together and give advice to beginners and …

NASA's New Gateway to Human Space Exploration

September 10th, 2018


The International Space Station (ISS) has been the first successful step in long-duration human operations in space. If astronauts are to travel …

Is Climate Change a Great Filter?

September 7th, 2018


Is climate change inevitable on worlds with technological civilizations? Is planetary feedback from such a civilization a great filter? Our guest Dr …

The Search for Planet 9: So, Where is it?

May 25th, 2018


Astronomers believe there is an undiscovered super-Earth Sized planet lurking in our outer solar system.

If it exists, then astronomers think it …

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