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The Guide to Space is a series of space and astronomy podcasts by Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe Today

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Episode 751: Q&A 150: What is Space Dust, Anyway? And More...
36:27
In this week's questions and answer show, I explain how all the dust in space forms, could life be Von Neumann probes, why do people think black holes lead to another universe, and more... 00:00 Start 00:57 What is space dust? 05:14 Does the Kardashev scale make sense? 08:43 Could life on Earth be Von Neumann probes? 11:31 What should I point my telescope at? 14:23 Why do people think black holes go somewhere? 16:36 Why are we seeing so many asteroids? 19:36 If we can track space debris, shouldn't we be able to detect UFOs? 21:42 Would a warp drive be able to travel within the event horizon of a black hole? 22:59 Could we investigate the atmosphere of gas giants? 26:41 What's the first resource we'll mine off Earth? 29:05 How big is a galaxy? 30:42 Any benefit to stationing a telescope in the outer Solar System? 33:07 What will Space Force accomplish? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Jun 16, 2021
Episode 750: Q&A 149: What if a Microscopic Black Hole Passed Through the Earth? And More...
35:48
In this week's Q&A, I try to imagine what might happen if a microscopic black hole passed through the Earth. How long will James Webb take to become operational, and what will be the Plan B for James Webb if it fails? 00:00 Start 00:46 What if a microscopic black hole passed through the Earth? 05:25 When will James Webb come online? 06:38 What's plan B for James Webb if it fails? 09:16 Do Oort Clouds overlap? 11:29 Could there be a Tatooine out there? 13:50 Does China plan to colonize Mars? 16:22 Does the US take China's space exploration seriously? 19:50 Are there dark matter planets, suns and people? 22:11 What will the US government disclosure tell us? 25:45 Should I get an astronomy degree? 30:19 Shouldn't there be more black holes at the center of the Milky Way? 32:03 Have we measured the speed of gravity? 33:13 Will AI explore the Universe without us? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Jun 09, 2021
Episode 748: Interview: Dr. Casey Handmer, Starship, Space Junk and Settlement
1:00:49
I'm pleased to welcome back Dr. Casey Handmer, a software systems architect at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In addition to his work at NASA, Casey has a fascinating blog where he considers the future of human and robotic space exploration: https://caseyhandmer.wordpress.com/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Jun 01, 2021
Episode 749: Q&A 148: How Do We Know the Age of the Universe? And More...
34:47
In this week's episode, I talk about the various ways we measure the age of the Universe. What's next for OSIRIS-REx? And what are the next frontiers for gravitational wave astronomy? 00:00 Start 00:41 How do we calculate the age of the Universe? 04:32 Will the planets migrate again? 06:36 What's next for OSIRIX-REx? 07:47 What's next for gravitational wave astronomy? 11:27 Does the habitable zone shift as the Sun heats up? 12:59 Will future civilizations know about the Big Bang? 18:17 Could a powerful telescope look beyond the CMB? 20:27 Could a computer become a planet-sized mind? 24:08 Is the CMB shifting away from us? 25:28 Bounties to remove space junk? 30:58 Could rockets be launched from Canada? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Jun 01, 2021
Episode 745: Interview: Dr. Ken Olum, Boltzmann Brains, Cosmic Strings and Gravitational Waves
58:04
My guest is Dr. Ken Olum, a research professor at Tufts University. His primary research is into cosmic strings, and how they could be detectable through techniques like gravitational waves. πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
May 17, 2021
Episode 747: Q&A 147: The Night Sky at the Center of the Milky Way? And More...
36:01
In this week's questions show, I consider what the night sky might look like if you could stand at the center of the Milky Way where the stars are denser. Do all stars have Oort clouds? And could Starship really send humans to Mars for the price of a house? 00:00 Start 00:50 What would the sky look like at the center of the Milky Way? 04:05 Will the Neutron be competitive? 07:40 Do all stars have Oort Clouds? 09:59 Would it be realistic to send humans to Mars for the price of a house? 11:38 Next cool space mission I'm excited about? 13:20 Do I think there's microbial life in the Universe? 16:48 How far away was the Big Bang? 19:26 Why was L2 chosen for JWST? 21:52 Does SpaceX need NASA? 25:11 Would Starlinks be brighter if they were lower? 28:21 Multiple nukes to destroy an asteroid? 30:21 Could we make a telescope the size of Earth's orbit? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
May 17, 2021
Episode 746: Interview: Dr. Michael Hecht, Making Oxygen with MOXIE
50:59
My guest is Dr. Michael H. Hecht, a research scientist and associate director at MIT's Haystack Observatory. Hecht is also the principal investigator for the Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment onboard Perseverance: https://www.haystack.mit.edu/researcher/mike-hecht/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
May 17, 2021
Episode 744: Interview: Practical Time Travel with Prof. Ronald Mallet
45:01
In this special interview, I was fortunate to speak with Dr. Ronald Mallet, an emeritus professor at UConn. In addition to a lifetime's work in cosmology and astrophysics, Mallet has been trying to work out how our understanding of Einstein's theories of General Relativity might lead to a practical form of time travel. https://physics.uconn.edu/person/ronald-mallett/ This interview was part of the Weekly Space Hangout for May 5th, 2021. You can watch the whole episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBwEAKA2ylw&t=2s Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
May 10, 2021
Episode 743: Q&A 146: Could We Even Comprehend Aliens... as Aliens? And More..
33:12
In this week's questions show, I explain why we'd be able to recognize aliens, even if they were vastly more technologically advanced than us. Why I don't do any promotional ads on my videos, and if we have any examples of energy turning into matter. 00:00 Start 01:09 Can we actually recognize aliens? 04:18 Why don't I have sponsors? 06:33 Could we detect light pollution? 08:36 Can energy turn into matter? 10:18 How do we measure the age of the solar system? 12:52 What other prototypes will we need for Mars? 16:26 Can we extend the life of the Sun? 21:10 Is it time to map Mars? 23:43 Are there ultraviolet telescopes? 25:43 What would Starship be used for? 28:01 Can we match velocity with other stars? 29:50 Do we know the rate of the Universe's expansion? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
May 10, 2021
Episode 742: Interview with Fraser on Demystifying Science
1:05:37
May 06, 2021
Episode 739: Interview: Dr. Rebecca K. Leane, Detecting Dark Matter
58:29
My guest is Dr. Rebecca K. Leane, an astroparticle physicist with the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The work involves innovative ways to detect dark matter. http://rebeccaleane.com/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
May 06, 2021
Episode 740: Interview: Dr. Jessie Christiansen, 2,200 Planets for TESS
56:44
My guest is Dr. Jessie Christiansen, an astrophysicist with NASA's Exoplanet Science Institute. Jessie will give us an update on TESS and the 2,200 planets it's discovered so far. http://web.ipac.caltech.edu/staff/christia/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
May 06, 2021
Episode 741: Q&A 145: Is Gravity Infinite? And More...
39:09
In this week's questions show, I explain whether or not gravity is infinite, will we need to cure cancer to go to space? Will SpaceX help Artemis' chances for landing humans on Mars in 2024, and more... 00:00 Start 00:54 Is gravity infinite? 02:33 How deep does lunar regolith go? 04:09 Could nearby star systems contain planets that we don't know about? 06:59 Will dust diminish Ingenuity's performance? 10:14 Difference between micro-gravity and zero-gravity? 11:57 Will the Russians abandon the ISS? 14:57 Shouldn't the expansion of space be greater than gravity? 17:00 Biggest exoplanet we could live on? 19:42 What's happening with MOXIE? 22:00 Will we need to cure cancer for space exploration? 24:52 Why are there no privately funded missions? 27:01 What are astronauts "big questions"? 29:37 Could there be a balloon habitat on gas giants? 33:01 How will we produce power on Mars? 35:24 Does SpaceX improve Artemis chances for landing in 2024? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
May 06, 2021
Episode 738: Q&A 144: Are We First in the Universe?
28:21
In this week's questions show I explain why we could be first in the Universe, do galaxies flip or spin, did I pick a good career? And more. 00:00 Start 00:47 Are we first in the Universe? 03:01 Do galaxies flip end over end? 04:28 Bro, get a better career 06:46 How much longer can SLS going? 10:33 Did I watch Ingenuity fly? 12:08 Am I looking forward to the movie version of the Three-Body Problem? 13:42 Does it make sense to try and watch a rocket launch? 16:32 Could we build space elevator on Mars. 18:38 What one mystery about space would I like to know? 21:00 Why don't we take the low gravity on Mars seriously? 24:47 What astronomy career is good if you're bad at math? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Apr 26, 2021
Episode 736: Interview: Mick West, Identifying UFOs
58:19
My guest is Mick West, a game developer and writer. Mick has been studying UFO claims and contrail conspiracy theories for many years and has a useful toolkit to help identify unidentified objects in the sky. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF3UCTZiVg9wrIEzO7Om6jw πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Apr 26, 2021
Episode 737: Interview: Dr. Klaus Pontoppidan, Choosing Targets for James Webb
59:14
My guest is Dr. Klaus Pontoppidan, an astronomer and project scientist working with the James Webb Space Telescope. Klaus is on the committee that helped choose targets that the telescope will be studying once it flys (and it will). https://www.stsci.edu/~pontoppi/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Apr 26, 2021
Episode 735: Q&A 143: Could Heat on Venus Power a Rover? And More...
29:34
In this week's questions show, I explain why a heat-powered rover wouldn't work on Venus. I explain how spacecraft navigate, and wonder what James Webb's Deep Field survey will look like. 00:00 Start 00:54 Could the heat on Venus power a rover? 03:53 What if Ingenuity tips over? 05:42 How do spacecraft navigate? 08:36 Are SpaceX workers being prepared to work on the Moon or Mars? 10:46 How would James Webb's deep field look? 12:52 Any more flybys for New Horizons? 14:03 Will human or a sample return from Mars come first? 16:58 Why are intermediate mass black holes important? 18:42 What's the case against Mars colonization? 23:28 What are my favorite space missions? 26:57 Does a black hole form instantly? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Apr 20, 2021
Episode 734: Interview: Dr. Maggie Lieu, Euclid and the Dark Universe
59:29
My guest is astronomer and science communicator Dr. Maggie Lieu. Lieu is a research fellow of machine learning and cosmology at the University of Nottingham and has been working on the upcoming Euclid space mission to help in the search for Dark Energy. https://maggielieu.com/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Apr 20, 2021
Episode 732: Interview: Dr. Paul Sutter, explaining Muon G-2
33:42
You might know Dr. Sutter as a science communicator, but his doctorate is actually in particle physics. Paul is going to join me to talk about the Muon g-2 experiment and what it means for the Standard Model of physics. We'll probably also talk about the end of the EmDrive and other topics in space and astronomy. http://www.pmsutter.com/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Apr 15, 2021
Episode 733: Interview: Prof. Geraint Lewis and the Anthropic Principle
59:15
Professor Geraint Lewis is an astrophysicist focused on dark energy, gravitational lensing and galactic merger. He has recently published a paper that that investigates the nature of the anthropic principle, how the Universe needs observers. https://www.geraintflewis.com/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Apr 15, 2021
Episode 731: Interview: Dr. Michio Kaku and the God Equation
47:52
Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist and science communicator. His new book is called the God Equation, which traces the quest for a single theory of everything that will unite quantum mechanics and the theory of gravity. https://mkaku.org/home/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Apr 15, 2021
Episode 730: Interview with Fraser on the Debrief Podcast
56:32
Apr 12, 2021
Episode 729: Q&A 142: Do Pulsars Slow Down? And More...
43:46
In this week's questions show, I look at the rotation rate of pulsars, why NASA is such a fan of the term in-situ and what our plans are for exploring the Universe. 00:00 Start 00:49 Do pulsars ever slow down? 03:20 What's with in-situ? 05:17 Europa or Enceladus? 07:42 How far could Starships go? 09:27 Can planets be in orbital resonance? 10:44 Would fusion work for space travel? 12:46 What are the plans for colonising the universe? 14:26 How soon until we can starhop to another star? 16:17 Why isn't there an improvement to the Drake Equation? 19:28 Why don't we use nuclear rockets? 23:48 Could we use binoculars to see the night sky? 26:35 How close are stars in a cluster? 27:57 Best way to terraform Mars? 30:18 Why not use wiper blades on the Mars rover solar panels? 33:19 Is there bacteria on the Voyagers? 36:01 Is dark matter a fact now? 40:11 Is there confirmation bias in the science community? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Apr 12, 2021
Episode 728: Interview: Oumuamua, Aliens and Astrophysics with Dr. Avi Loeb
1:01:23
Professor Avi Loeb is a theoretical physicist from Harvard who has worked on many advances in space and astrophysics. He helped predict exoplanet discoveries using microlensing, worked on the mathematics for the Event Horizon Telescope, and has many fascinating opinions about the search for extraterrestrials. https://lweb.cfa.harvard.edu/~loeb/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Apr 09, 2021
Episode 727: Interview: Vera Rubin and Time-Domain Astronomy with Dr. James Davenport
1:00:22
My guest is Dr. James Davenport, a research assistant professor at the University of Washington. In addition to his research into magnetically active stars, James focuses on large-scale, time-domain astronomy. He's also a prolific communicator here on YouTube, breaking down complicated scientific topics and documenting astronomy meetings for the general public. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg6zx6fQG_Xo639TIjwJSZA πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Apr 09, 2021
Episode 726: Q&A 141: Is It Ethical To Send Humans to Mars? And More...
38:43
In this week's questions show, I tackle some challenging questions, like the ethics of sending humans to Mars, and whether it's better to focus on our efforts on Earth or on space exploration. Should we welcome a Carrington Event? Are there any serious competitors to SpaceX in the market right now? 00:00 Start 00:49 Is it ethical to send people to Mars? 04:01 Welcoming a Carrington Event? 07:07 Is Starship legitimate? 12:09 Should we spend money on space or Earth? 16:36 Is there a limit to gravitational assists? 19:46 Is there a use for small space telescopes? 22:04 Could something stand completely still? 23:24 Are there any serious contenders to SpaceX? 25:49 Will Mars have more asteroid strikes? 27:14 Will the Lunar Gateway be important? 30:58 Is it frustrating for mission name changes? 32:22 Could we ever accelerate at 1g? 33:33 Why do stars weigh so much? 35:11 Is something past the Great Attractor? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Apr 05, 2021
Episode 725: Q&A 140: Are the Stars We Can See Special in Any Way? And More...
37:09
In this week's questions show, I talk about the stars we can see with our own eyes. Are they special? How long does it take solar flares to reach Earth? How will crimes on Mars be prosecuted? 00:00 Start 00:39 What types of stars can we see? 02:07 How long does it take for a solar flare to reach us? 04:19 Will I watch Foundation? 05:39 Crimes on Mars? 08:31 How will future spaceships slow down? 11:06 End of the Earth conspiracy theories 14:22 Will today's children live long enough to see interstellar flight? 16:41 Is an Earth-Mars cycler feasible? 19:13 Should we build a giant telescope on the Moon? 22:27 What does space look like, from space? 25:13 Could we see 4th dimensional beings? 28:04 What elements are in the solar winds? 28:48 Will Starship have to launch from the ocean? 31:05 Are there stars forming right now? 33:43 Should we land on Mercury? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Mar 29, 2021
Episode 724: Q&A 139: Could We Give the Moon an Atmosphere? And More...
47:13
In this week's questions show, I answer questions about supernovae, how we could terraform the Moon, and why is Starlink so expensive? 00:00 Start 00:55 When is the next Star Party? 06:21 When will we have better images of exoplanets? 09:25 Am I afraid of another Carrington Event? 13:03 How do astronomers book telescopes? 16:33 Can giant stars have smaller stars orbiting them? 19:31 Have I seen Space Sweepers? 20:17 Could we give the Moon an atmosphere? 21:48 Why not go to Ganymede? 23:53 How many times will SpaceX use boosters? 26:19 Is there still volcanism on Mars? 30:29 How will we measure age in the Universe? 33:46 Do I watch K-Dramas? 37:05 Why do supernovae leave different remnants? 40:30 Babylon 5 vs DS9 42:13 Why is Starlink so expensive? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Mar 22, 2021
Episode 723: Q&A 138: When Will Starships Stop Exploding? And More...
51:22
In this week's questions show, I talk about how dark matter seems to clump differently from regular matter. When will Starships stop exploding? And what do I think about the Stellina telescope? Image credit: Everyday Astronaut https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6uKrU_WqJ1R2HMTY3LIx5Q 00:00 Start 00:36 Does dark matter clump? 05:35 When will Starships stop exploding? 10:33 What do I think about the Stellina telescope? 14:44 Do I think there's a bias against searching for life? 19:27 What will the far future of the Universe look like? 22:48 Where is the edge of space? 23:55 Do I recommend Babylon 5? 25:20 What about Battlestar Galactica? 26:17 Would I take a trip around the Moon? 29:19 What if a black hole met a white hole? 29:55 What's the state of James Webb? 31:18 What if Venus had a moon? 34:20 Is there a solution for Starship's legs? 37:55 Will Artemis prove we went to the Moon? 40:20 Could we build the Enterprise today? 44:07 Could we crowdfund space missions? 47:20 Will ping times doom interplanetary gameplay? 48:26 How do black holes have gravity? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Mar 18, 2021
Episode 722: Interview: Prof. Benjamin Zuckerman on Giant Space Interferometers and Slow Interstellar Exploration
1:01:45
Today I'm interviewing Dr. Benjamin Zuckerman, emeritus professor from UCLA. Zuckerman is the author of over 200 papers, and was involved with the first direct imaging of a multi-planetary system. http://astro.ucla.edu/personnel/benjamin-zuckerman πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Mar 18, 2021
Episode 721: Interview: Jack Burns and the Lunar FARSIDE Telescope
59:10
This week I talk to Dr. Jack Burns, the Principle Investigator for the Lunar FARSIDE telescope. This would be a radio telescope installed on the far side of the Moon that would be capable of observing the first stars and black holes during the Dark Ages and Epoch of Reionization. https://www.colorado.edu/project/lunar-farside/dr-jack-burns πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Mar 18, 2021
Episode 720: Interview: Christopher Morrison and the Interstellar Sample Return Mission
1:01:08
This week I talk to Christopher Morrison from USNC about their recently awarded NIAC Grant. Their grant will investigate the feasibility of a radioisotope-electric propelled spacecraft that could intercept and retrieve a sample from a future interstellar asteroid or comet. You can learn more about it here: https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2021PhaseI/ExtrasolarObjectInterceptorandSample_Return/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Mar 15, 2021
Episode 719: Q&A 137: What Impressed Me The Most About Perseverance's Landing? And More...
47:17
In this week's live questions show, we spend a lot of time talking about the Perseverance landing on Mars. What's happening with my content right now, and is anyone watching the Moon for meteorite impacts? 00:00 Start 00:15 What was the best part of the Perseverance landing? 03:28 Why is the data transfer to Mars so good? 05:43 How do you test AI to work remotely on Mars? 07:56 How did they decelerate the rover? 09:20 Is there a microphone on the rover? 11:10 When will ESA's rover going? 14:37 Have Mars rovers photographed Earth? 15:15 Could Breakthrough Starshot send spacecraft to Mars? 17:44 Does the spacecraft move faster after a cargo delivery? 19:26 Do we watch for asteroids hitting the Moon? 21:14 What do I think of Babylon 5? 23:03 Is more content planned? 28:42 Will we visit nebulae in the future? 32:36 When will I shoot outside again? 34:57 Do I think the government is hiding evidence of aliens? 36:49 What are the limits of our technology? 40:35 Why sterilize spacecraft going to other worlds? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Mar 04, 2021
Episode 718: Interview with Fraser on SciManDan Podcast
48:50
Mar 03, 2021
Episode 717: Q&A 136: Should Falcon Heavy Launch the Lunar Gateway? And More...
47:21
In this week's questions show, I talk about why some missions go into orbit, and other missions make a direct landing on Mars. Is it a good idea for the SpaceX Falcon Heavy to launch components for the Lunar Gateway? And how can we know if the Universe is finite or infinite? 00:00 Start 00:30 Why go into orbit when NASA goes straight for landing? 04:19 What about SpaceX launching the Lunar Gateway? 08:45 Is the Universe finite or infinite? 11:52 Would a big black hole event horizon look flat? 12:38 If I had $50 billion to spend on space 16:14 Do I own any space stocks? 18:04 Will there be a time when we can't see other galaxies? 21:24 Is it easier or harder to fly to the Moon now? 25:09 When will the first steps be on Mars? 30:58 Would a Moon city protect humanity? 35:46 Could we crash Mars into Pluto? 36:54 Will travel to the Moon/Mars ever be cheap? 39:24 Should we be improving Earth or Mars? 41:06 Which book series do I recommend people read first? 42:13 Will Perseverance hear the helicopter? 44:07 What technologies will improve the Earth in the future? πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Feb 23, 2021
Episode 716: Q&A 135: Where Will We Find Life First? In the Solar System or Another Star?
48:03
00:00 Start 00:22 Easier to find life in the Solar System or Milky Way? 05:13 Could an exosuit simulate gravity? 06:36 Could you use water as a propulsion system? 08:28 Could you have space-based interferometry? 13:02 Are the moons of Jupiter in severe radiation? 14:19 Is anyone working on spinning habitats? 18:05 What about Amazon's satellite constellations? 22:19 Can you have rogue planets without a star? 25:52 How do you stop a lightsail? 27:22 How far will James Webb see? 31:35 Could gravitational lensing mess up the CMB? 34:27 Will the Titan Dragonfly visit the seas? 37:29 What's my astrophotography setup? 38:55 What type of radiation is around Jupiter? 39:53 Is Blue Origin a serious competitor to SpaceX? 44:22 What telescopes do I have? 44:47 If Earth was locked to the Sun, what would happen to the gravity? 45:23 Will there be a telescope on the Moon? 46:17 Would we know where a WoW signal is coming from? πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Feb 17, 2021
Episode 715: Interview: Chris Prophet, SpaceX From the Ground Up
1:02:57
This week I interview Chris Prophet, the author of "SpaceX from the Ground Up". His book, now in its 6th edition covers the story of SpaceX, from its initial concept to the latest Starship tests. https://www.amazon.com/SpaceX-Ground-Up-Chris-Prophet-ebook/dp/B01CUUUZZ2 πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Feb 09, 2021
Episode 714: Q&A 134: Could Tethered Starships Provide Artificial Gravity? And More...
43:35
In this week's Q&A show, I answer questions about Starship might be able to provide artificial gravity, whether I'd prefer to have LUVOIR or the Overwhelmingly Large Telescope, and if nuclear-powered rockets will work in space. You can join me live every Monday on my YouTube channel at 5pm Pacific Time to ask your questions live. 00:00 Start 00:18 Could Starships provide artificial gravity? 03:51 LUVOIR or the Overwhelmingly Large Telescope? 05:30 Are nuclear-powered rockets feasible? 09:08 What do I think about Avi Loeb's theory about Oumuamua aliens? 14:49 What happened with Starship's SN9 test? 16:19 Let's learn more about the Universe Today writing team 19:15 Learning the constellations 23:00 Can spacecraft survive interstellar space? 25:13 What if the Earth had no Moon? 27:52 Why are all craters circular? 30:09 Will humans be able to survive in the Solar System? 33:01 Will there be a limit to orbital refueling? 36:58 Did the Sun have a binary partner? 39:08 Is life more likely on K-type stars? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Feb 08, 2021
Episode 713: Interview: The Story of the Europa Clipper: "The Mission" with David Brown
59:42
In this week's interview, I talk to David Brown about his new book: The Mission. It's all about the campaign to design and build the Europa Clipper mission and everything that happened behind-the-scenes. David is a science journalist and writer with with work in the Atlantic, New York Times, Scientific American and more. https://www.dwb.io/ https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-mission-david-w-brown?variant=32126580064290 πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Feb 01, 2021
Episode 712: Q&A 133: What's Causing the Expansion of the Universe? And More...
44:50
In this week's QA, I talk about what's driving the expansion of the Universe, how big the observable Universe is to the actual Universe, and what will happen to dogs in gravity. 00:00 Start 00:26 What's driving the expansion of the Universe? 04:01 How big is the observable Universe compared to the actual Universe? 07:25 Do people watch videos or listen to my podcasts? 10:37 Will dogs enjoy lunar gravity? 12:59 Why aren't we looking deeper in the Kuiper Belt? 15:54 What would be some good ways to explore lava tubes? 19:36 What happened to the Overwhelmingly Large Telescope? 22:48 Would space LIGO be more sensitive? 27:56 What's the most like Great Filter? 31:07 Why do we talk about distance in form of time? 35:14 Any future collaborations with Isaac Arthur? 35:58 How long will the Mars helicopter survive? 40:07 When will NASA incorporate Starship into its plans? 42:15 How dangerous is the Kessler Syndrome? πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Feb 01, 2021
Episode 711: The Universe in Formation. Hubble Sees 6 Examples of Merging Galaxies
6:27
10 billion years ago, galaxies of the Universe were ablaze with the light of newly forming stars. This epic phase of history is known as β€œCosmic Noon” - the height of all star creation. Galaxies like our Milky Way aren’t creating stars at nearly the rates they were in the ancient past. However, there is a time when galaxies in the present can explode with star formation – when they collide with each other. This recently published collage of merging galaxies by the Hubble HiPEEC survey (Hubble imaging Probe of Extreme Environments and Clusters) highlights six of these collisions which help us understand star formation in the early Universe.
Jan 23, 2021
Episode 710: Interview: Robots Made of Ice with Devin Carroll
59:05
In this week's interview, I talk with Devin Carroll, a robotics Ph.D. student at the modular robotics lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Devin is working on robots that can build their own structure out of ice. https://www.modlabupenn.org/people/devin-carroll/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjfDRQWv0x0 πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Jan 23, 2021
Episode 709: Q&A 132: How Much Of The Universe Could We Ever Explore? And More...
55:21
In this week's live Q&A, I talk about the new Space Launch System hot-fire test, how Breakthrough Starshot spacecraft might be able to communicate with home, and what messages would we send to aliens that we might never be able to reach physically. 00:00 Start 02:11 How would Starship chipsats communicate with Earth? 05:00 How far can we ever explore into the Universe? 06:31 Why was the SLS test so short? 08:59 This is why we test. 09:52 What message would we send to aliens we could never visit? 13:52 Is anyone working on a practical artificial gravity? 18:32 Do we know which stars can see Earth transiting? 21:11 How do spacecraft change their trajectories? 23:50 When will LUVOIR launch? 26:24 Why is there a solar cycle? 29:51 Will AI start answering science questions? 32:53 Is a generation ship or seed ship better? 35:25 Are gravitational lenses like telescope lenses? 36:46 Will we hit light speed or wormholes first? 37:49 How prepared are we for a Carrington Event? 40:48 Can we predict gamma ray bursts? 45:52 What are my news sources? 48:41 Do I think there's non-intelligent life out there? 52:56 Would a Europa lander see any life in the surface? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Jan 20, 2021
Episode 708: Q&A 131: Can Breakthrough Starshot Slow Down? And More...
53:46
Welcome to the new style Q&As, which we're now recording every Monday live on my YouTube channel at 5pm Pacific Time. This week we got a lot of great questions about the Proxima Centauri signal, the Fermi Paradox, and Breakthrough Starshot. 00:00:00 Start 00:00:14 Is Starlink portable? 00:01:07 Any thoughts on the Wow signal? 00:03:58 What are magnetars? 00:06:20 Any followup planned on Proxima signal? 00:07:34 My answer to the Fermi Paradox 00:11:50 Why don't neutron stars turn into black holes? 00:13:03 Could Breakthrough Starshot confirm the Oort Cloud? 00:15:07 Can Breaththrough Starshot slow down? 00:20:03 Do other planets have pole stars? 00:20:45 Should we put a telescope out by Neptune or Uranus? 00:23:15 Next rare celestial event 00:26:12 Does Skylon have a future in space exploration? 00:30:35 How will humanity end? 00:33:47 Is Elon Musk a supervillain? 00:35:16 When can regular people do space tourism? 00:38:12 Am I up to date on the Expanse? 00:39:51 SG1 or the Expanse? 00:41:37 Does everything experience gravitational lensing? 00:44:07 What do I think of DALL-E? 00:47:18 Doing space journalism for 21 years 00:48:39 Space assembly of telescopes. πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Jan 14, 2021
Episode 707: Interview: The Story of the Milky Way with Chris Carr
59:58
In this week's interview, I talk with Chris Carr, one of the co-hosts in the Weekly Space Hangout. Chris is a grad student at Columbia University, specializing in the cosmos inside and outside the Milky Way. http://www.astro.columbia.edu/profile?uid=chris πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Jan 12, 2021
Episode 706: Open Space 100: Did We Really Detect a Signal from Proxima Centauri? And More...
1:30:05
In this week's last QA of 2020, I go long answering questions about space and astronomy. I talk about the news of a radio signal received from Proxima Centauri, an update on my attempts to learn Mandarin Chinese, and a long diatribe about megaconstellations and their impact on astronomy. 00:00:00 Start 00:02:51 How do we know the rotation rate of gas planets? 00:05:21 Green blobs 00:05:42 Radio signal from Proxima Centauri 00:11:25 Learning Chinese 00:17:05 Why don't we live in a black hole? 00:18:37 Is nuclear propulsion legal? 00:21:50 Are there planets that have no knowledge of space? 00:24:57 Will the speed of light change our view of the conjunction? 00:26:25 Should we build a super-Kepler? 00:29:00 What motivation is there for space colonization? 00:31:23 Better name for dark matter? 00:32:15 Why learn Chinese? 00:35:12 Where will humans go instead of Mars? 00:37:00 Will we detect heavier elements after the island of stability? 00:38:40 Will there be a future mission to Neptune? 00:39:51 Should we send a mission to Alpha Centauri? 00:41:23 What would the Milky Way look like from above? 00:43:00 Updates on O'Neill cylinders? 00:45:10 Should we change our behaviour if we live in a simulation? 00:47:06 Is the Universe 99.99% devoid of life? 00:50:27 Will I do QAs in Mandarin? 00:51:06 What's the terminal velocity speed of Starship? 00:52:04 How to push Venus into the Sun? 00:53:04 Am I enjoying The Expanse? 00:54:15 Could Hubble show the conjunction? 00:54:37 How big were Pop 3 stars? 00:58:15 What missions would I do if I was the head of NASA? 00:59:49 Will robots replace people most of the time? 01:01:15 Favorite missions that never happened? 01:02:20 Backyard observatory? 01:03:20 ESA's reusable rocket plans 01:07:25 Can a remote colony be self-sustaining? 01:10:11 What about VASIMIR? 01:12:17 How bad will Starlink be for astronomy? 01:25:27 Could you extrapolate the position of stars in the sky? πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Dec 24, 2020
Episode 705: Open Space 99: Would Alien AI Be Friendly to Us? And More...
1:02:09
00:00:00 Start 00:04:45 Can we know how much of the Moon is Earth and what is Theia? 00:06:41 Where did the Earth's water come from? 00:09:24 Would alien AI be friendly? 00:12:01 How far could we detect alien civilizations? 00:15:58 Why isn't metallic hydrogen made with nuclear weapons? 00:19:37 Is there water on Titan? 00:22:35 Is the outer Solar System rich in water? 00:24:03 Do stars leak hydrogen? 00:26:32 Can we own mining facilities on the Moon? 00:31:08 Is the Universe orbiting a huge black hole? 00:33:20 What are all the stuff behind me? 00:34:35 Why is it taking so long to send missions to the ice giants? 00:36:58 Favorite lunar lander? 00:40:13 Why is everyone making fun of Starship? 00:44:10 Can ion engines be scaled up? 00:48:00 Could a Falcon 9 carry Orion? 00:51:13 Am I happy to see Bridenstine step down? 00:52:30 What are the limitations of horizontal launches? 00:55:15 What about Sea Dragon? 00:59:05 Why does it take so long to get to Jupiter? πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Dec 15, 2020
Episode 704: Interview: Elizabeth Howell PhD, Canada's Role in Space Exploration
1:00:58
My guest this week is the science journalist Elizabeth Howell. Dr. Howell is one of the most prolific space journalists working in the field, contributing thousands of articles across almost every space news site (including Universe Today). She has also written and collaborated on several books. Her latest book is called "Canadarm and Collaboration", and it's all about Canada's role in spaceflight. https://elizabethhowell.ca/ Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Dec 14, 2020
Episode 703: Open Space 98: Can White Dwarf Stars Have Habitable Planets? And More...
1:01:37
In this week's live questions show, I explain why planets can remain habitable long after their stars have died, what we're going to do now that Arecibo has collapsed, how we'll explore the oceans underneath Europa. I also answer the question of whether or not I'm ready to learn about the secret Galactic Federation. Our live shows are provided ad-free thanks to the support of our amazing patrons. Join our community at https://patreon.com/universetoday. 00:00:00 Start 00:06:07 Can white dwarf stars have planets? Is it habitable in the long term? 00:09:50 Can bugs fly on the space station? 00:11:16 How will we track asteroids without Arecibo? 00:13:41 Could Arecibo have been collapsed safely? 00:16:28 Can ISS dodge meteors? 00:18:45 What would it take to rebuild Arecibo? 00:19:45 Is there dark matter here in the Solar System? 00:22:59 No ads 00:23:17 Will we be watching the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter? 00:23:40 Will Arecibo engineers be able to get other jobs? 00:24:20 Could there be captured interstellar objects in the Solar System? 00:26:50 Will I be watching the Starship test? 00:30:43 Seriously? Conjunction Star Party? 00:31:41 Will a Ryugu sample be contaminated by the Solar System? 00:33:55 Will China share their space station? 00:37:43 Should James Webb launch on a different rocket? 00:40:17 How could we actually drill into Europa? 00:43:27 How will we scan Europa's oceans? 00:46:12 Are there positive and negative magnetars? 00:48:22 How will we not contaminate other worlds with Earth life? 00:50:22 What if someone is hurt on the International Space Station? 00:51:53 Can we join the Galactic Federation? 00:52:50 Are Cargo Dragons reused? 00:53:33 How will the Europa Clipper's lander work? 00:55:35 Why doesn't Starship have escape pods? 00:57:03 What about a mission to other Jovian moons. πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: https://universetoday.com/itunes Spotify: https://universetoday.com/spotify πŸš€ EMAIL NEWSLETTER: ════════════════════════════════════ Read by 50,000 people every Friday. Written by Fraser. No ads. Subscribe Free: https://universetoday.com/newsletter πŸš€ OTHER PODCASTS: ════════════════════════════════════ Weekly Space Hangout: Weekly news roundup with Fraser, special guests, and other space journalists. RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/feed/wshaudio/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/weekly-space-hangout-audio/id836926769 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: Award-winning, long-running deep dive into space and astronomy with Fraser and Dr. Pamela Gay. RSS: https://astronomycast.libsyn.com/rss/ iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/astronomy-cast/id191636169?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg πŸš€ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: ════════════════════════════════════ Patreon: https://patreon.com/universetoday πŸš€ OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: ════════════════════════════════════ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://facebook.com/universetoday Instagram: https://instagram.com/universetoday Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain πŸš€ CONTACT FRASER: ════════════════════════════════════ Email: frasercain@gmail.com πŸš€ LICENSE: ════════════════════════════════════ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) You are free to use my work for any purpose you like, just mention me as the source and link back to this video.
Dec 08, 2020
Episode 702: Interview: Alex Ignatiev and Manufacturing on the Moon
54:33
My guest this week is Alex Ignatiev, from Lunar Resources. Alex and his team are working on a rover that could build solar panels, wiring and even radio antennae out of lunar regolith. This could support future bases or even radio telescopes. You can learn more about Lunar Resources here: http://lunarresources.space/ Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Dec 08, 2020
Episode 701: Open Space 97: What if SagA* Turned into a Quasar? And More...
1:01:09
In this week's live questions show, I explain how amateurs can contribute to space and astronomy research, will I sign up for Starlink, and what would happen if the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way turned into a quasar? 00:00:00 Start 00:03:13 How can amateurs can contribute to science? 00:05:50 What if Sgr* turned into a quasar? 00:07:00 Will the Universe end in a Big Rip? 00:10:32 How can solar sails be pushed by massless photons? 00:12:45 Do we know what rocky planets are made out of? 00:14:18 How did my mind change after interviewing Wallace Arthur 00:18:06 Will I sign up for Starlink Beta? 00:20:00 Am I looking forward to Dune? 00:23:30 Isn't the buy in cost for Starlink too expensive? 00:26:08 How can the methuselah star be older than the Universe? 00:27:31 Can we observe Oort clouds in other Solar Systems? 00:30:00 Does Andromeda have a supermassive black hole? 00:32:43 Any progress on Event Horizon Telescope? 00:34:35 What if an Earth-sized world fell into the Sun? 00:36:01 How can spacecraft journey from star to star? 00:37:31 Is Andromeda more massive? 00:38:31 Propulsion systems I'm excited about? 00:40:23 Is the Sun gaining or losing mass? 00:41:10 Why is it a good year for comets? 00:42:52 Can we use fusion for spaceflight? 00:46:15 How could we destroy Saturn's rings? 00:47:23 Any update on Terrascope? 00:48:52 Could we put astronauts to sleep? 00:51:53 What about cold fusion? 00:53:21 Is a hot big bang feasible? 00:55:15 Could there be planets in globular clusters? 00:58:20 Could neutrinos be dark matter? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Dec 02, 2020
Episode 700: Interview: Wallace Arthur and the Biological Universe
59:44
Wallace Arthur is an evolutionary biologist and emeritus professor of Zoology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His newest book is called the Biological Universe, and features the search for life in the Milky Way and Beyond. https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/biological-universe/4599E17C7FAAECE4A87038C62039C755 Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Nov 26, 2020
Episode 699: Open Space 96: The End of the International Space Station? And More...
1:01:29
In this week's Open Space, we had a series of questions about the International Space Station. How long will it remain in orbit, and what role will it continue to play with other space stations under construction? We also talked about how much longer the Earth will remain habitable, and if it could be possible to replace Arecibo. 00:00:00 Start 00:03:35 How much longer with the Earth be habitable? 00:06:30 The great conjunction 00:09:11 Is nuclear power a good option in space? 00:13:31 What is the future of the ISS? 00:18:24 What are the chances of replacing Arecibo? 00:21:57 Couldn't we melt down the station for raw material? 00:23:35 What do I think of Axiom's private space station? 00:27:28 What's the best supernova candidate? 00:32:25 Could we add mass to Mars to restart its core? 00:36:03 Am I excited about the next Gaia release? 00:40:45 Are we looking backwards in time? 00:42:00 How's Chinese going? 00:46:39 What's the future of the Thirty Meter Telescope? 00:50:24 Will there be more international collaboration? 00:54:45 How much of the Universe has already disappeared? 00:56:33 Future telescope names? 00:57:00 Legit warp drive? 00:59:45 Any value putting a telescope on Mars? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Nov 24, 2020
Episode 698: Open Space 95: Would SpaceX Have Survived without NASA? And More...
1:00:15
00:00:00 Start 00:01:31 How much oxygen is too difficult? 00:03:46 Do the Falcon 9 boosters really land, or does the camera always cut out? 00:04:55 Could SpaceX have succeeded without NASA? 00:07:53 Will Gateway get delayed too? 00:11:20 Too drunk to control a telescope? 00:12:38 Is the Universe heating up? 00:16:00 Why rush to Mars? 00:19:50 Why research things that'll happen in the far future? 00:22:10 Could we use railguns? 00:26:00 Does thinking about the Universe drive you crazy? 00:28:45 Why don't we send cubesats in all directions? 00:31:32 Why could reduce the atmospheric pressure of Venus? 00:33:13 What's the farthest humans will go? 00:37:17 Will self replicating robots be built? 00:41:47 Will we never go to other stars? 00:44:07 Could a Dyson Sphere hide its radiation? 00:46:30 Where is the life in the Universe? 00:48:00 Dyson Sphere is a dumb idea. 00:49:47 What will be attributed to aliens next? 00:50:00 What are the cause of fast radio bursts? 00:53:30 Will we control space junk? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Nov 23, 2020
Episode 697: Interview: Theoretical Physicist Dr. Peter Woit
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Dr. Peter Woit is a theoretical physicist and senior lecturer in the math department at Columbia University. He's a critic of string theory, wrote a book called "Not Even Wrong" and maintains a blog of the same name. http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/ Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Nov 16, 2020
Episode 696: Open Space 94: Is It Realistic to Declare a "Free Mars"? And More...
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In this week's live QA, I talk about Elon Musk's hope of establishing a free Mars, the future of gravitational wave detectors, and what do I think about trying to live in other places in the Solar System? 00:00:00 Start 00:03:00 Thoughts on Bridenstine leaving NASA? 00:08:10 Should we declare a Free Mars? 00:11:43 How sensitive will gravitational wave detectors become? 00:17:05 More damage at Arecibo 00:19:20 Why is the Moon the same visual size as the Sun? 00:22:02 Are white holes real? 00:25:48 Any hard sci-fi 00:28:30 Why doesn't Elon talk about nuclear propulsion or artificial gravity? 00:31:03 Why is artificial gravity research so expensive? 00:33:00 What's going to happen with Artemis? 00:37:33 What do I think about GPT-3? 00:42:43 Could we live on Venus? 00:48:00 Give Venus an artificial satellite? 00:49:22 Would Mercury be better to live on? 00:51:00 What is the Great Attractor? 00:52:27 Is Titan the best? 00:53:16 Live underground on Venus? 00:55:00 Is Mercury a good source of metals? 00:55:56 Could we terraform Ceres? 00:58:15 How close can planets get to their star?
Nov 10, 2020
Episode 695: Q&A 130: Does the Dark Forest Explain the Fermi Paradox? And More...
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In this week's questions show, I talk about the Dark Forest theory in the Three-Body Problem series of books. Is it a compelling answer to the Fermi Paradox? How much of a risk is dust to interstellar travel? Is black hole evaporation negated by black holes absorbing additional material and energy? 00:00 Start 00:46 Is the Dark Forest a reasonable answer to the Fermi Paradox? 04:05 How much dust is in interstellar space? 05:57 Can we go faster than the Voyagers? 08:24 Are black holes gaining mass faster than they're evaporating? 10:07 Is abiogenesis happening right now? 13:47 How do we calculate the habitable zones around other stars? 15:45 How close can binary stars be and still be habitable? 17:50 Could we find debris in the Lagrange Points? 19:27 Can gravitational waves let us see past the CMB? 22:07 What is a galactic halo? 23:49 Are there gas dwarfs? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Nov 02, 2020
Episode 694: Interview: Fred Watson, Australia's Astronomer at Large
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https://www.darkskytraveller.com.au/fredwatson Space Nuts Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/space-nuts-astronomy-space-and-science-news/id1080090608 Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Oct 27, 2020
Episode 693: Open Space 92: Why I Hate Embargoed News Stories, and More...
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00:00:00 Start 00:04:10 Searching for exomoons 00:07:35 Why I hate embargoes 00:11:29 Discovery of water on the Moon 00:17:00 Could Spitzer target the Moon? 00:17:30 Would Jupiter's magnetosphere protect you? 00:20:56 Any space telescopes for Starship? 00:26:27 Cost of a replacement James Webb? 00:27:45 Do you need gravitational assists to go to the outer Solar System? 00:30:49 Is Juno still flying? 00:31:17 When will Starship do its next hop? 00:32:35 Could you have a world made entirely of water? 00:36:05 Will amateurs be able to use Gaia? 00:38:16 What's the impact of James Webb on other missions? 00:43:26 How can small businesses work with NASA? 00:47:00 Quantum foam particles. 00:48:40 What are the most habitable stars? 00:52:36 Does nothingness exist? 00:55:10 What does it mean that the Universe is expanding? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Oct 27, 2020
Episode 692: Open Space 91: Any Updates on Venus? And More...
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00:00 Start 05:54 Have we learned any more about Venus? 08:31 Elon Musk interview with the Mars Society 11:15 How small would Earth be as a black hole? 11:31 Could space be infinite at the Big Bang? 13:57 Will we mine the Moon for Helium 3? 17:08 How does inflation improve the Big Bang? 23:22 Why didn't the Universe collapse again? 27:03 OSIRIS-REx update 28:17 Could you turn condensed light into matter? 30:11 Will the magnetic reversal be devastating? 32:35 How can you have atmospheric pressure without a container? 33:45 What will Starship land on? 34:47 Will it cost more than a ton of gold to bring gold back from the Moon. 36:20 Why do I think multicellular life is rare? 41:47 Starfleet or Space Force? 42:38 Would there be a Universe without us to observe it? 44:27 What rocket launch do I want to see? 45:39 What's the difference between the SpaceX suits and the shuttle suits? 47:43 Will the first person on Mars be Chinese? 49:23 Could we start building our Dyson Sphere now? 51:37 Are there any full views of the Earth from satellites? 54:47 Have any black holes evaporated yet? 55:45 Is interstellar space cold or hot? 56:59 Could you use the transit method to communicate between stars? 58:32 Is Planet 9 a black hole? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Oct 22, 2020
Episode 691: Interview: Seth Shostak from the SETI Institute
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This week I'll be talking Dr. Seth Shostak from the SETI Institute about his work searching the Universe for evidence of extraterrestrials. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Oct 14, 2020
Episode 690: The Opposition of Mars with Ralph Crewe
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Oct 14, 2020
Episode 689: Open Space 90: Could We Drill for Life on Mars? And More...
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In this week's live questions show, I answer questions about drilling for microbes on Mars, missions that could survive the surface of Venus, and if anyone else is dissatisfied with the Big Bang. 00:00 Start 04:18 Any updates on the Chinese mission to Mars? 05:41 How many exoplanets are confirmed? 07:18 Can any rovers drill for microbes? 10:31 Any ways to survive the surface of Venus? 13:10 How do you know if an exoplanet has cleared its path? 15:31 Is anyone dissatisfied with the Big Bang? 19:50 Favorite solution to Planet 9? 21:48 When did I start getting interested in space? 22:55 How likely is the Venus phosphine abiotic? 27:45 How intense is the radiation field at Jupiter? 28:54 Will I ever stream video games? 34:03 Could we detect planets in the Magellanic Clouds 36:13 Would would life be like near a black hole? 38:40 How many launches have I seen? 41:50 Is quantum mechanics a big hoax? 42:35 Good targets for astrophotography? 44:04 Raised by Wolves? 45:02 Are we living in a black hole? 45:31 When will there be lunar tourism? 45:60 Have I read Artemis? 47:20 Is the Universe computable? 47:41 How can the Universe expand faster than the speed of light? 50:00 Why is the Moon drifting away from us? 52:00 Do we know how fast the Universe is expanding? 53:17 Do Mercury and Venus pass in front of the Sun? 54:35 Most significant scientific advance in the last 20 years? 55:43 Is the expansion rate different in the Universe? 58:10 Will we screw up the climate permanently? 59:43 Wrap up Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Oct 06, 2020
Episode 688: Remnants From the Early Universe. Primordial Black Holes
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Black holes are already mind-bending enough. Matter and energy compressed into a region so dense that the escape velocity exceeds the speed of light. Places where space and time are tangled up so much that even if you could go faster than light speed, you’d still end up at the singularity. Astronomers know of two kinds of black holes in the Universe: stellar mass and supermassive, and how we get them have been worked out pretty well. But there’s a third class of black hole, one which has never been observed nor detected indirectly, and yet it could explain some of the mysteries of the Universe, including the nature of dark matter. Primordial black holes. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.omnicalculator.com/physics/schwarzschild-radius https://phys.org/news/2020-01-primordial-black-holes.html https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/nasa-scientist-suggests-possible-link-between-primordial-black-holes-and-dark-matter https://arxiv.org/pdf/1908.05403.pdf https://arxiv.org/abs/1909.01620 https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2020/09/scientists-detect-first-of-its-kind-intermediate-mass-black-hole-gravitational-waves/ https://arxiv.org/abs/2003.10455 https://phys.org/news/2020-07-scientists-planet-primordial-black-hole.html https://arxiv.org/search/?query=primordial+black+holes&searchtype=all&source=header https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_7iDe5KYFU
Oct 02, 2020
Episode 687: Open Space 89: Scott Gaudi and the HabEx Mission
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Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Oct 02, 2020
Episode 686: Q&A 129: Did Life Get a Ride to Venus from our Missions? And More...
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00:00 Start 00:16 Did we infect Venus with life? 02:27 Can we terraform Venus with bacteria? 04:03 This is boring. 06:21 It's probably not life. 09:07 Phosphine is on Jupiter too. 10:50 Are there spaceflight insurance companies? 12:59 Why can gas giants remain spherical? 15:21 What if the Moon was in geosynchronous orbit? 17:42 Are astronauts falling? 19:40 Could we use interstellar hydrogen as fuel? 22:52 Could supermassive black holes be primordial black holes? 26:25 Are there rogue intergalactic stars? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Sep 28, 2020
Episode 684: Open Space 87: What Would It Take to Terraform Venus, And More...
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Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Sep 28, 2020
Episode 685: Open Space 88: UFO Culture with Author Sarah Scoles
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Sarah Scoles is a Denver-based science writer who has supplied articles to WIRED Science and Popular Science. Her newest book is called "They Are Already Here: UFO Culture and Why We See Saucers". http://www.sarahscoles.com/ Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Sep 28, 2020
Episode 683: Open Space 86: The Venus Announcement, and More...
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Sep 17, 2020
Episode 682: Life on Venus? A Key Biosignature Called Phosphine has been Discovered in Venus' Atmosphere
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Well, did you hear the big news? Life on Venus. Life… on... Venus. Now, where have we heard this before? Oh right, life on Mars. If you’ve been watching any of my videos or listening to Astronomy Cast, you’re cautiously optimistic. Skeptical, but hopeful. That’s the right position to take, because buckle up, the internet’s about to run with this news. It’s going to be difficult to figure out what was really discovered, and what this means for the search for life in the Universe. Want to see this video early? Join our community at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.eso.org/public/news/eso2015/ https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/resources/681/solar-system-temperatures/ https://www.esa.int/ScienceExploration/SpaceScience/VenusExpress/TheunexpectedtemperatureprofileofVenussatmosphere https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/ast.2020.2244 https://phys.org/news/2020-07-scientists-volcanoes-venus.html https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/scientists-pull-living-microbes-100-million-years-beneath-sea https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2020/nasa-goddard-team-selected-to-design-concept-for-probe-of-mysterious-venus-atmosphere
Sep 17, 2020
Episode 681: Q&A 128: Which Supernova Created the Solar System? And More... With Astronaut Terry Virts
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In this week's questions show, I wonder about the supernova that formed the Solar System, how astronauts deal with air pressure differences, and how we're going to handle the cold temperatures on Mars. Featuring Astronaut Terry Virts https://terryvirts.com/ 00:00 Start 01:17 Where are the supernovae that created the Solar System? 03:53 Can astronauts get infected on Mars or in space? 05:20 When a black hole forms, is there still a neutron star inside? 08:02 Why is the CMB in its current location? 09:23 Is the idea of a primordial black hole absurd? 12:59 Why does the simulation get support while UFOs don't? 15:45 Could the Solar System capture a rogue planet? 17:57 Can we see the Orion arm of the Milky Way? 19:57 Handling the cold on Mars? 22:22 How much can we mine the Moon? 23:45 Will Pluto and Neptune ever collide with each other? 24:41 How do astronauts deal with ear pressure differences? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Sep 14, 2020
Episode 680: Interview with Fraser on Awesome Astronomy
1:28:09
Sep 10, 2020
Episode 679: Q&A 127: Does the Simulation Hypothesis Explain the Fermi Paradox? And More...
31:27
In this week's questions show, you wondered if the simulation hypothesis is a good answer to the Fermi Paradox. How to get a career in space manufacturing? Will a compass work on Mars? And more... Featuring Moiya McTier https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAzGSsOGMAJeet8SkO8TWmA https://twitter.com/GoAstroMo https://exolore.captivate.fm/listen 00:00 Start 00:27 Could the simulation hypothesis explain the Fermi Paradox? 02:54 The future of space manufacturing? 05:47 Does a compass work on Mars? 07:10 Why don't we have video from Juno and other spacecraft? 11:10 Could a black hole spin so fast that it tears itself apart? 13:08 Will the Universe eventually expand out of view? 16:31 Why do we assume Dyson Spheres are inevitable? 17:01 What megaprojects could Starship be used for? 22:26 How will astronauts be protected from meteorites on the Moon? 24:42 How to get started in astrophotography 29:07 How many planets are confirmed through multiple methods? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Sep 08, 2020
Episode 678: Q&A 126: When Did Mars' Dynamo Shut Off? And More...
20:57
In this week's questions show, I consider what the benefits might be to humanity if we discover that we aren't alone in the Universe. How long did Mars planetary dynamo take to turn off? Could we find and repair the lunar rovers? 00:00 Start 00:12 Would extraterrestrial life have any impact on us? 03:01 When did Mars shut down? 05:16 Could the rovers be repaired? 07:05 Would an ejected star take its planets with it? 08:54 Dangerous to go to Mars at the same time? 10:19 Is there any way to go faster? 13:37 Should the smallest black holes already have evaporated? 15:48 Shouldn't Voyager be coming back? 17:15 Could there be life inside Jupiter? 18:50 Does the Sun have a binary black hole partner? 19:57 Aren't I on vacation? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jul 30, 2020
Episode 677: Q&A 125 Can Stars Orbit So Close They're Touching? And More...
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In this week's questions show, I explain how it's possible for stars to orbit so closely they're actually touching. What are the limits to gravitational slingshots, and how astronomers know where to point their telescopes in the Universe. 00:00 Start 00:44 Can stars touch? 02:39 What is the maximum slingshot speed? 05:32 How do astronomers know where to look? 08:27 Could a planet orbit backwards? 10:56 Will nations allow deadly space lasers? 13:06 What if a black hole stopped rotating? 15:06 How would you control a warp drive? 17:32 Is Planet 9 a captured rogue planet? 21:36 Does this mean there are new physics? 25:08 How common are supernovae that don't leave a remnant? 27:14 Why would red dwarf planets be tidally locked? 28:54 How do space agencies decide to launch missions? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jul 24, 2020
Episode 676: Lunar Rovers. From Apollo to Artemis
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When the Apollo astronauts first landed on the Moon, they couldn’t go far on foot. That’s why the three final missions were equipped with Lunar Roving Vehicles, or Moon buggies, which allowed the astronauts to cover much more ground and do more science. Now that NASA is returning to the Moon by 2024 as part of its Artemis Program, it’s considering a fleet of new vehicles that will help astronauts roam far and wide across the surface of the Moon. 60 fps Apollo Videos from Dutchsteammachine https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRGEIYuo_HbUR6GhFLeEkPA Want to see this video early? Join our community at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://space.nss.org/wp-content/uploads/Lunar-Bases-conference-2-706-Lunar-Roving-Vehicle.pdf https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/apollolrv.html https://www.nasa.gov/missionpages/apollo/missions/apollo11.html https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/explorationroverconceptsgrc.pdf https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228353156ConceptforaRadioisotopePoweredDualModeLunarRover https://www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar/documents/NTRS/collection2/NASACR192034.pdf https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/technology/spaceexplorationvehicle/ https://www.nasa.gov/pdf/284669mainLERFactSheet_web.pdf https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-to-industry-send-ideas-for-lunar-rovers/ https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-administrator-signs-declaration-of-intent-with-japan-on-artemis-space-station https://global.toyota/en/newsroom/corporate/27059582.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eney3cJBtow
Jul 21, 2020
Episode 675: Q&A 124: Are We Even Mentally Capable of Understanding the Universe? And More...
26:17
In this week's questions show I explain why it's still important to do science, even if it's difficult, can we use multiple methods to measure distance, and why the Trojan asteroids don't collect into a single object? 00:00 Start 00:40 Why should we bother trying to understand the Universe? 05:01 Can different methods be used to measure distances to the same object? 07:50 Why don't Trojans collect into a single object? 10:24 Split the videos up? 13:02 Do supernovae cause a chain reaction? 14:27 Why settle the Milky Way? 16:48 What if a black hole came close to the Earth? 18:04 Is there an escape velocity from the Milky Way? 18:51 Could we detect something moving faster than light? 20:48 Could we detect pulsars in other galaxies? 22:44 When does a planet end, and an atmosphere begin? 24:06 Could we store photons for energy? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jul 20, 2020
Episode 674: A Massive Star Just Disappeared. No Supernova, Just Straight to Black Hole
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When the largest stars die, it’s usually pretty obvious. Supernovae are visible from billions of light-years away. But recently astronomers watched a massive star just disappear. No explosion, nothing, it just… vanished? Of course, it could have been dust. It’s always dust. But one intriguing possibility is that the star just imploded directly into a black hole, without the supernova detonation. And if that’s the case, is this happening more often, we just didn’t notice it? Want to see this video early? Join our community at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.eso.org/public/archives/releases/sciencepapers/eso2010/eso2010a.pdf https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2017/09/05/the-suns-energy-doesnt-come-from-fusing-hydrogen-into-helium-mostly/#456b5d0670f9 https://www.eso.org/public/usa/news/eso2010/ https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/collapsing-star-gives-birth-to-a-black-hole https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2017/12/26/direct-collapse-black-holes-may-explain-our-universes-mysterious-quasars/#1575aa7b71f0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEZu3pXAFWY
Jul 14, 2020
Episode 673: A New Way to Measure The Expansion of the Universe. The Cosmological Crisis Deepens.
22:19
This episode is a segment that we did in the Weekly Space Hangout talking about how astronomers are using masers (water lasers) to measure the expansion rate of the Universe. You'd think that another, independent way to measure the expansion rate of the Universe would be helpful, but it's only deepened the mystery of the cosmological crisis. Subscribe to the Weekly Space Hangout https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg Watch this episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzO-QhBFz04 Thumbnail credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser Want to see this video early? Join our community at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.universetoday.com/146523/evidence-is-building-that-the-standard-model-of-the-expansion-of-the-universe-needs-some-new-ideas/ https://arxiv.org/pdf/2001.09213.pdf
Jul 08, 2020
Episode 670: NASA is Considering the Trident Mission. Going Back to Neptune and Triton.
9:29
Earlier this year, NASA announced 4 new Discovery-class missions that they were considering. These are low-cost, rapidly-built missions that will help scientists understand some mystery in astronomy and planetary science. One of these missions is called Trident, and it’s going to be targeting the Planet Neptune. And more specifically, it’s going to be providing close up pictures of its largest moon Triton. Want to see this video early? Join our community at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7680 https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/galleries/images-voyager-took/neptune/ https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7597 https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2019/pdf/3188.pdf https://www.nasa.gov/planetarymissions/discovery.html https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2019/pdf/3188.pdf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-v7HRsanZY
Jul 04, 2020
Episode 671: Q&A 123: What if a Supernova Exploded Beside a Black Hole? And More...
28:33
In this week's questions show, I answer what would happen if a supernova exploded right beside a black hole, how do we know that it's impossible to travel faster than the speed of light, can we hitch a ride on an interstellar object, and more... 00:00 Start 00:17 What if a supernova exploded right beside a black hole? 03:09 Is interstellar travel just too difficult? 05:25 How do we know FTL is impossible? 07:58 How does the Mars helicopter navigate? 09:18 Why does NASA still pay Boeing for Starliner? 11:25 How does the speed of causality work? 14:15 What if you watched a warp drive ship? 16:35 Will China go to Mars? 20:26 Why aren't we tidally locked to the Sun? 22:22 Maybe dark matter is in another dimension? 23:48 Can we hitch a ride on an interstellar asteroid? 26:15 Turning energy into matter Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jul 04, 2020
Episode 672: Open Space 85: Final Open Space Before Hiatus, Live QA with Fraser
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This week, it'll be the last Open Space with Fraser before the show goes on its summer hiatus until September. If you've got some burning space questions, no will be your chance to ask them. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jul 04, 2020
Episode 669: Interview with Fraser on Space Junk Podcast - Mars is the Worst Place to Live
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Jun 29, 2020
Episode 668: Q&A 122: How Will We Know It's Alien Life? And More...
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In this week's episode, I answer questions about alien life, why the ISS is at its current altitude, and of course, many questions about black holes. 00:00 Start 00:11 How do we know it's life? 02:00 Could smaller planets form directly? 04:33 Any way to service Hubble? 05:55 Boost the station up? What does that mean? 07:18 If you went the speed of light to 10 light-years away... 08:40 Will we change our DNA? 11:34 Is Paul really a Doctor? 15:13 Have any stars gotten closer than Alpha Centauri? 16:13 Why can't you escape an event horizon? 17:30 Are black holes a singularity? 19:44 Why have we found so many hot Jupiters? 22:25 Why is ISS at its current altitude? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jun 29, 2020
Episode 667: Open Space 84: Are Red Dwarf Planets Doomed? Should the Space Shuttle Have Been Built? And More
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Another week, another Open Space. In this week's questions show, I talk about planets orbiting red dwarf stars, if planets could steal moons from each other, and whether or not the space shuttle should have ever been built. 02:58 Is Proxima Centauri C a gas giant? 05:22 How doomed are red dwarf planets? 07:37 Could a planet steal a moon? 10:25 Should we sent asteroids back to Earth to mine them? 14:00 Do any sunlike stars have promising planets? 15:35 Why do meteors turn green? 17:51 Will Starlink communicate from Earth to Mars? 21:50 What if our supermassive black hole increased in mass? 23:35 Will spaceforce administer justice in space? 27:29 Will we discover life on Enceladus? 31:10 What is the limit of ion engines? 32:33 Have any lava tubes been explored? 34:05 How will we deal with astronaut mental health? 36:52 Would I want three telescopes at L3, L4, L5 39:10 How does the speed of gravity affect the movement of stars in the Milky Way? 40:15 Was the shuttle prematurely ended? 43:52 Is there competition for small rockets? 49:00 What if the Sun was different type of star? 51:28 Is space radiation underappreciated risk? 54:44 what are my expectations for James Webb? 55:38 What are the best ideas for cleaning space debris? 57:51 Will James Webb find biosignatures? 58:15 Does the Solar System line up with the Milky Way? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jun 23, 2020
Episode 666: Two Confirmed Planets at Proxima Centauri. One in the Habitable Zone!
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Astronomers have discovered thousands of exoplanets, and still need to confirm thousands more. And over the coming decades, we’ll probably learn of millions of planets, orbiting stars we’ve never heard of. That’s why it’s reassuring to know astronomers are learning a tremendous amount about the closest star system to our own, Proxima Centauri. In fact, we now know of two planets orbiting the red dwarf star, one of which is in the habitable zone. Thumbnail credit: NASA/Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics/D. Aguilar Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.universetoday.com/146262/powerful-telescope-confirms-theres-an-earth-sized-world-orbiting-proxima-centauri/ https://arxiv.org/abs/1609.03449 https://arxiv.org/abs/2005.12114v2 https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/3/eaax7467 https://mcdonaldobservatory.org/news/releases/20200602 https://www.universetoday.com/145697/astronomers-might-have-imaged-a-second-planet-around-nearby-proxima-centauri-and-it-might-have-a-huge-set-of-rings/ https://arxiv.org/pdf/2004.06685.pdf https://breakthroughinitiatives.org/initiative/3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2YkvWdUUNQ
Jun 23, 2020
Episode 663: Interview with Fraser on the Interplanetary Podcast
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Jun 22, 2020
Episode 665: Open Space 83: Dr. Jamie Molaro on Asteroid Bennu and OSIRIS-REx
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In this week's episode of Open Space, I talk with Dr. Jamie Molaro, a planetary scientist who helped discover that the surface of asteroid Bennu has rocks that crack because of the constant day/night cycle. Learn more about her work: https://twitter.com/spacejammie Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jun 22, 2020
Episode 664: Open Space 82: What Will Happen in the Next 5 Decades? And More...
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Another week, another Open Space. This week I answer questions about what we might see in the next 5 decades. When dark matter will get debunked, and who will carry the Mars torch after Elon Musk passes away. 03:35 What will happen in the next 5 decades? 07:09 Will dark matter be debunked? 10:50 Who will carry the Mars torch after Elon? 13:17 Do I have a PhD? 14:33 Could civilizations be hiding in the infrared? 19:07 What laws should be in place before a mission to Mars? 23:25 If you could name a space program? 24:28 Can light travel faster than light? 25:30 Why aren't we using gliders to access the ISS? 28:12 What if a white hole passed through the Solar System? 29:26 Where do Von Neumann probes get their raw materials? 30:30 Am I happy with the militarization of space? 33:21 Have I read the Bobiverse books? 33:37 What if the speed of light wasn't constant? 35:10 Is Planet X a myth? 37:41 How will James Webb view habitable exoplanets? 39:02 What is the most frustrating space myth? 41:30 Is there something beyond Neptune? 44:35 How do coronographs work? 47:28 Would incoming alien ships unite the Earth? 49:20 Could you fly through Jupiter? 51:48 Should we let aliens know we eat ham and pineapple pizza? 52:25 How can the core of Jupiter be hotter than the surface of the SuN? 53:18 What field does metallic hydrogen generate? 54:00 What sci-fi books would make good movies? 56:40 What's the most likely answer to the Fermi Paradox? 56:53 Is anything in space named after me? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jun 22, 2020
Episode 662: How Do We Know Black Holes Exist? With Dr Paul Sutter
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I’d say half the astronomy-related videos on YouTube are all about black holes. Clearly, they’re a fascinating topic, but they’re also a mystery. How do you observe something that can absorb all the radiation and matter falling onto them, and nothing can ever escape? How do we know they’re really there, and what are the best observations we can make? Today I’m joined by Dr. Paul Sutter, a cosmologist, and astrophysicist to talk about how we know black holes are really there and not just a figment of an astrophysicist’s imagination? Paul's Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBr7XOxxQyBHEwqkhoci7vw Paul's new book: http://www.pmsutter.com/book Thumbnail credit: ESO Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jun 22, 2020
Episode 661: Q&A 121: What Stops the Space Station from Re-Entry? And More... Featuring Michael Rodruck
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In this week's questions show, I answer questions about how the International Space Station stays above the Earth's atmosphere, does dark matter need a better name? And how do astronomers know they're looking at exoplanets and not sunspots? Michael Rodruck with Pennsylvania State University https://sites.psu.edu/mrodruck/ 00:18 How does the ISS stay up? 01:54 Does dark matter need a better name? 04:12 Could planets orbit something that isn't a star? 07:00 GOTO Telescopes 09:22 How do we know it's exoplanets and not sunspots? 11:55 Interstellar travel without wormholes? 14:23 Why make Mars habitable? 16:38 Have we mapped Venus? 18:23 What would it feel like to stand on a massive disk? 20:25 Can dark matter get concentrated into a black hole? 22:30 Are there even closer black holes? 24:21 How do we know how many stars in the Milky Way? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jun 09, 2020
Episode 660: Crew Dragon Reaches the Station. What it Took to Replace the Space Shuttle
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On Sunday, May 31st, 2020, a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley docked with the International Space Station. This was a tremendous accomplishment for SpaceX and NASA, giving the United States the capability of launching its own astronauts, and no longer relying on its Russian partners. This was the 5th time that US astronauts went into orbit on a new kind of space vehicle, following in the footsteps of Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and the Space Shuttle. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.nasa.gov/specials/ccp-press-kit/main.html https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/2020/05/27/historic-launch-pad-39a/ https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/2020/05/31/international-space-station-welcomes-first-spacex-crew-dragon-with-nasa-astronauts/ https://www.space.com/2811-nasa-places-500-million-bet-firms.html https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/news/COTS_selection.html https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/the-trampoline-is-working-spacex-returns-human-spaceflight-to-america/ https://www.nasa.gov/specials/ccp-press-kit/dm1.html https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/2019/12/ https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/commercial/crew/index.html https://spaceadventures.com/space-adventures-announces-agreement-with-spacex-to-launch-private-citizens-on-the-crew-dragon-spacecraft/ https://www.universetoday.com/144791/nasa-is-going-to-add-a-commercial-module-to-the-space-station/ https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/2020/04/06/boeing-to-fly-second-uncrewed-orbital-flight-test-for-nasa/
Jun 05, 2020
Episode 659: Open Space 81: Will Space-Time Freeze in the Far Future? And More...
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Another week, another Open Space. This week, I answered questions about whether space-time could freeze, are standard candles like Type 1a supernovae still useful? And is the Great Attractor just a black hole? 04:33 Could spacetime freeze? 06:48 Any plans for solar observing in the star parties? 07:26 Are standard candles still useful? 14:15 Predicting future locations of planets? 15:26 Is the great attractor a black hole? 19:02 Is there a speed limit for gravity assists? 20:04 Why are there so many red dwarfs? 22:02 Did the Big Bang happen in one place? 23:02 Map of the Solar System's magnetic fields? 23:45 Favorite space travel system? 24:15 Star party for Jupiter/Saturn conjunction? 25:15 Are there stars bigger than UY Scuti? 26:50 Can moons have moons? 28:47 Best Star Trek? 29:33 Does the Moon have Lagrange Points? 30:45 Will Virgo supercluster stay together? 32:11 Favorite artificial gravity? 33:00 Would aliens feel different gravity on Earth? 34:30 What else did Crew Dragon take to the station? 34:56 Are we in a new space race? 36:33 Could you use a Moon for artificial gravity? 37:29 Why does it have to be a space race? 40:25 What did I think of Space Force? 41:26 How would territory be allocated on the Moon? 43:50 Will Mars colonists live underground? 45:00 Is James Webb too big to fail? 47:09 What about NatGeo's Mars? 47:38 Canadian space projects? 50:08 Why no missions to Uranus and Neptune? 51:20 What is Blue Origin up to? 54:50 Isaac Arthur just got married! 56:37 Strange matter versus black holes? 57:00 Canada arms and Canada legs? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jun 03, 2020
Episode 658: Open Space 80: Will We Ever Get Close to the Speed of Light? And More...
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In this week's live Open Space, people wanted to know if solar sails really work, will we ever get close to the speed of light, what's the best way to get out of Venus' gravity well, and more? 01:46 Do solar sails really work? 02:48 Will we ever get close to the speed of light? 06:22 Best way to get off Venus? 08:45 What about the standard candle? 11:45 Why is it so hard to get to Mercury? 14:15 Could FTL escape a black hole? 15:10 How did the astronauts deal with regolith? 18:12 Could there be liquid water on Mercury? 19:41 What's the best place on Earth to look through a telescope? 21:01 Does the regolith get into spacesuits? 22:20 Could an Alcubiere Drive get out of a black hole? 23:15 Do I ever use the telescope behind me? 24:08 Why is the speed of light so disproportionate to the size of the Universe? 26:07 Do I use the RASA? 27:03 How will I watch Crew Dragon? 28:00 Could we build a particle accelerator on the Moon? 30:16 What if another system collided with us? 32:32 Is it worth launching visible light telescopes? 34:22 Would I live in orbit for a month? 36:20 Should we colonize Mars? 39:50 Where will we find life in the Solar System? 41:00 Will bigger rockets make simpler big telescopes possible? 45:49 Why is Andromeda heading towards us? 46:19 Do I believe in alternate universes? 47:26 Any good ideas for space debris? 50:31 Could a black hole eat a supernova? 53:14 What space problem keeps me up at night? 56:19 Is the Planck scale the resolution of the Universe? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
May 29, 2020
Episode 657: Q&A 120: Dark Matter Black Holes? And More...
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In this week's questions show, I answer whether or not dark matter could become a black hole, how do we know the Universe is flat, and what would happen to the world's market for precious metals once we start mining asteroids? Natalie Hinkel, SWRI http://www.nataliehinkel.com/ Follow Natalie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/natalie_hinkel/ 00:26 Can dark matter turn into a black hole? 05:07 If the Universe is flat, how can it be expanding? 08:00 Will asteroid mining devalue markets on Earth? 10:06 Good binoculars for a newbie? 11:13 Why haven't we found Planet 9 yet? 12:55 What species will replace humanity on Earth? 16:14 What if someone found our spacecraft orbiting an interstellar object? 17:45 What if Venus and Earth swapped sizes? 19:09 Why do we need a reason for an accelerating Universe? 22:37 Is NASA moving too fast? 26:13 Could you use a leaf blower on the Moon? 27:51 Could you have an exoplanetary system without a star? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
May 25, 2020
Episode 656: Searching For Ice In The Moon’s Shadowed Craters
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When you’re out in space, water is the most precious resource you can get your hands on. It can be used for air, water, to grow food, radiation shielding, and most importantly, as the propellant for your spacecraft. Exploration of the Moon has revealed that there’s a tremendous amount of water ice locked into the regolith, but it’s probably very difficult to access. But there are also permanently shadowed craters at the Moon’s poles that could have more than enough water to support a permanently inhabitable station on the Moon. But it’s going to be tricky to get at, considering the fact that temperatures in the shadows plunge to -240 degrees Celsius, just 30 degrees above absolute zero. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://theprint.in/science/discovery-of-water-on-moon-what-indias-first-chandrayaan-mission-achieved-a-decade-ago/317591/ https://www.nasa.gov/feature/ames/ice-confirmed-at-the-moon-s-poles https://directory.eoportal.org/web/eoportal/satellite-missions/c-missions/chang-e-4 https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/01/06/china-publishes-change-4-data-one-year-after-first-landing-on-far-side-of-the-moon/ https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/nasa-cubesat-will-shine-a-laser-light-on-the-moons-darkest-craters https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/lunar-flashlight/ https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9076196 http://www.esa.int/EnablingSupport/SpaceEngineeringTechnology/Laser-poweredrovertoexploreMoonsdarkshadows https://www.esa.int/EnablingSupport/SpaceEngineeringTechnology/RoversdrivethroughTenerife_darkness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eney3cJBtow
May 20, 2020
Episode 654: Open Space 78: Astronomer Royal Martin Rees on the Future of Humanity
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On a special time, we've got a special guest, Professor Martin Rees, a British cosmologist and astrophysicist. He's the Astronomer Royal and helped develop many of the modern theories of astronomy and cosmology. His latest book is On the Future: Prospects for Humanity, published in October, 2018. https://royalsociety.org/people/martin-rees-12156/ Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
May 20, 2020
Episode 655: Open Space 79: How Can Black Holes Have Infinite Density But Not Infinite Gravity? And More...
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In this week's live QA, I explain why a black hole can have infinite density but not infinite gravity. Does your perception of time change due to your mass, and am I ever intimidated by the people I get to interview? 03:00 How can a singularity have infinite density and not infinite gravity? 06:02 Does your perception of time change due to your mass? 08:10 How do I feel about String Theory? 10:20 Am I intimidated by people I interview? 12:47 Is intelligent design a scientific theory? 15:21 Why don't we see practical applications on quantum mechanics? 16:34 Anyone on my wishlist of guests? 19:00 Are there alien bodies at Area-51? 20:25 Would you feel it falling into a supermassive black hole 22:00 Will we get a Grand Unified Theory in our lifetimes? 27:21 Is Blue Origin for real? 30:35 Should the US have built the super collider? 34:17 Does time go backwards if you exceed the speed of light? 35:20 What's happening with Perseverance? 37:03 Could we jumpstart a rocket planet to get a magnetosphere? 40:35 How far are we from a nuclear rocket? 42:50 Could they make a bigger particle accelerator? 45:00 Would I get neurolink? 46:42 Humans on the Moon or a 30M telescope? 48:02 Have I watched Upload yet? 48:25 Why don't we explore the deep ocean first? 51:45 Wouldn't a solar sail be stopped by photons from another star? 53:49 Could we use Ceres or Vesta to warm up Mars? 54:52 Why is the Hubble Constant increasing? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
May 20, 2020
Episode 653: Catching Interstellar Objects. What If We Could Explore Oumuamua Or 2I/Borisov?
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The distances to other stars are depressingly enormous. Sure, it’s incredibly far to get to Mars, Jupiter, and even Pluto, but at least you can design a robotic spacecraft to make the journey and see the science results in your own lifetime. But in the case of other stars, interstellar flight times will take thousands and even tens of thousands of years to send just a robotic mission. Fortunately, the Milky Way has got our back. Other star systems have been hurling comets and asteroids towards the Solar System. All we’ve got to do… is catch them. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://news.ucsc.edu/2020/04/oumuamua.html https://public.nrao.edu/news/alma-reveals-unusual-composition-of-interstellar-comet-2i-borisov/ http://www.esa.int/ScienceExploration/SpaceScience/ESAsnewmissiontointerceptacomet https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2020PhaseIPhaseII/DynamicOrbital_Slingshot/ https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/factsheet/plutofact.html https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1711/1711.03155.pdf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0SMNucXwgo
May 14, 2020
Episode 652: Open Space 77: Moiya McTier
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This week's guest is Moiya McTier. You might know Moiya as one of the regular co-hosts on the Weekly Space Hangout. She's an astrophysicist and science communicator, working with Columbia's Cool Worlds Lab. Find out more: https://www.moiyamctier.com/ Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
May 14, 2020
Episode 650: Dancing, Flaring Supermassive Black Holes Prove Stephen Hawking's Theory
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The Moon orbits around the Earth. The Earth orbits around the Sun. And out in the distant Universe, astronomers have found a system that takes this logical progression to its most extreme. There’s a system where a supermassive black hole with millions of times the mass of the Sun orbits another black hole with billions of times the mass of the Sun. How astronomers discovered this incredible interaction took careful observations, imagination, and the hard work of the Spitzer Space Telescope, taken during its final years of operation. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2020-080&fbclid=IwAR2MTTay3H5hxWWjwGFeL5PrdojNdKAI70HqSgFdzOBNlPP1UcjLRWQimFg https://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/science/objects/activegalaxies1.html https://arxiv.org/abs/1808.09309 https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/presskits/spitzer/ https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/resources/1075/spitzer-exoplanet-observation-of-hd-80606b/ http://legacy.spitzer.caltech.edu/features/articles/20051220.shtml https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZHRjrhziWw
May 11, 2020
Episode 651: Open Space 76: What Do I Think About Those UFO Videos? And More...
58:36
In this week's live QA, I explain what's happening with Universe Today during the megavirus, what I think about the recently released UFO videos, how aliens could hide their existence, and if Starship will cause a Kessler Syndrome. 05:05 What about those UFO videos? 08:38 How could aliens hide their existence? 13:20 How does the Decadal Survey work? 14:12 Will Starship cause a Kessler Syndrome? 16:06 Starship SN4 update 17:21 Why would aliens bother using old tech to communicate? 19:34 Could regolith be paved so it doesn't kick up dust? 21:04 Could WFIRST replace Hubble? 23:06 Did an asteroid just miss us? 27:11 How much damage will the pandemic cause to space exploration? 30:25 Our show helped someone get an A on their science report. 30:46 How is the curvature of space determined? 32:57 What of the Overwhelmingly Large Telescope got built? 35:10 When will we see boots on Mars? 36:48 What about the Middle East for space exploration? 38:30 Will Elon die on Mars? 43:34 Can a golf ball travel at the speed of light? 44:16 What value will we see from Starlink? 48:52 When will we see an exomoon? 52:25 Was I born too early or late? 54:42 What will Mars Internet be like? 56:40 What will the next century focus on? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
May 11, 2020
Episode 649: Open Space 75: DasValdez from Kerbal Space Academy
1:00:21
This week's guest is DasValdez, a popular Twitch stream who covers all things Kerbal Space Space. Das has carried this love of space exploration and astronomy into the real world, with absolutely fascinating coverage of rocket launches and virtual tours of museums. Follow DasValdez on Twitch https://www.twitch.tv/dasvaldez Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
May 07, 2020
Episode 648: Open Space 74: Alien Oceans With NASA's Dr. Kevin Peter Hand
59:12
This week I'm joined by Dr. Kevin Peter Hand, the Pre-Project Scientist for the Europa Lander mission concept and Director of JPL's Ocean Worlds Lab to talk about the alien oceans located across the Solar System. Learn more about Dr. Hand here: https://science.jpl.nasa.gov/people/Hand/ His new book is out now: https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691179513/alien-oceans Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Apr 22, 2020
Episode 646: Open Space 72: Electric Sails with Dr. Pekka Janhunen
1:01:20
Dr. Pekka Janhunen is a researcher with the Finnish Meteorological Institute and the inventor of the Electric Solar Wind Sail concept, using the solar wind as a propulsion system for spacecraft. These could allow spacecraft to explore many regions of the Solar System without any onboard propellant at all. More information about Dr. Janhunen: https://space.fmi.fi/~pjanhune/ Learn more about the concept in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pIl_cv3OkA Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Apr 22, 2020
Episode 647: Open Space 73: Dr. Ryan Watkins, Planetary Science Institute
1:00:08
This week I'll be joined by Dr. Ryan Watkins, a planetary scientist who focuses on exploration of the Moon. She's a member of the Science Advisory Board for the Blue Origin Blue Moon landing program. Learn more about her work here: https://www.psi.edu/about/staffpage/rclegg-watkins Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Apr 22, 2020
Episode 644: Open Space 70: Professor Brian Keating
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Professor Brian Keating returns to Open Space to talk about the big concepts in cosmology, from inflation to the largest scale structures. Dr. Keating was the Principal Investigator of the BICEP2 experiment, and now he's the Director of the Simons Observatory in Chile. https://briankeating.com/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmXH_moPhfkqCk6S3b9RWuw/ Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Apr 08, 2020
Episode 645: Open Space 71: Scott Manley
1:03:09
I'll be joined by Scott Manley, programmer, DJ and spaceflight explainer on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxzC4EngIsMrPmbm6Nxvb-A Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Apr 08, 2020
Episode 641: Open Space 67: Science Communication with Susanna Kohler
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Today I'll be joined by Susanna Kohler, an astrophysics Ph.D. and science writer for the American Astronomical Society. Follow Dr. Kohler on Twitter: https://twitter.com/susannakohler Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Mar 31, 2020
Episode 643: Open Space 69: Matt O'Dowd from PBS Space Time
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Today I'm joined by Dr. Matt O'Dowd from the successful PBS Space Time YouTube Channel. Matt is an astrophysicist and associate professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the Lehman College of the City University of New York. Check out PBS Space Time here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7gcs09iThXybpVgjHZ7g Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Mar 31, 2020
Episode 642: Open Space 68: Dangers and Rewards of Moon Mining with Dr. Phil Metzger
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Today I'm joined by Dr. Phil Metzger, a planetary physicist with the Planetary Science faculty at the University of Central Florida. Phil specializes in economic planetary science, helping humanity learn to prosper in space. https://www.philipmetzger.com/bio/ Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Mar 31, 2020
Episode 638: Open Space 65: Rob Hoyt, Tethers Unlimited
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My guest today is Rob Hoyt, the CEO and Chief Scientist of Tethers Unlimited. Founded in 1994, Tethers Unlimited is working on space-based assembly and manufacturing technologies. Learn more about the company here: https://www.tethers.com/ Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Mar 12, 2020
Episode 639: Waterworlds. Can There Be Life Without Land?
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One of the longstanding questions astronomers have had is, are we normal? Is our Solar System a template for what we might expect to see as we look out into the Milky Way at other star systems? As the data continues to come in, the answer to that question really seems to be no, we’re not normal. Star systems seem to have a huge variety of planets orbiting them. Familiar planets like our own terrestrial, gas and ice worlds. But then there are also super earths, mini-neptunes, hot jupiters. And it looks like there are planets, located in their star’s habitable zone, which are completely covered with liquid water. Like, oceans which are dozens and maybe even hundreds of kilometers deep. What would it be like on one of these worlds, and of course, we always want to know, could they be habitable? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/how-much-water-there-earth?qt-sciencecenterobjects=0#qt-sciencecenterobjects https://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=1385+kilometer+ https://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=1.06%C3%9710%5E19+kilograms&assumption=%22ClashPrefs%22+-%3E+%22%22 https://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1916/ https://arxiv.org/abs/1909.04642 https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/ab7229 https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/large-exoplanet-could-have-the-right-conditions-for-life https://www.pnas.org/content/116/20/9723 https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/aad6e0 https://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2020/02/27/waterworld https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NJSCRPeNpU
Mar 12, 2020
Episode 640: Open Space 66: Special Guest Jim Al-Khalili, The World According to Physics
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Today I'll be joined by Jim Al-Khalili, a professor of physics at the University of Surrey. He's a well-known science presenter in the UK and has written many books on science and physics. His newest book is "The World According to Physics". Learn more about Jim: https://www.jimal-khalili.com/ Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Mar 12, 2020
Episode 637: Q&A 119: Why Should Artemis Bother When We've Got Starship? And More... Featuring Dr. Pamela Gay
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In this week's questions show, I explain why we should be excited for both Starship and Artemis. Do we have a cognitive bias when thinking about advanced civilizations? Should humans or robots explore space? And more... Watch Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Follow Dr. Pamela Gay on Twitter: https://twitter.com/starstryder 00:30 Why should Artemis bother? Starship is better 04:34 Do we have a cognative bias when thinking about aliens? 08:55 Do I have a bobble-head? 10:36 Humans or robots? 13:35 Stop with Premieres? 17:04 Can we land without fuel? 19:55 Can we see farther into the Universe? 21:48 Could superearth inhabitants launch rockets? 23:47 What if my content is wrong? 25:50 Can we predict when a supernova will happen? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Mar 05, 2020
Episode 635: Japan is Going to Bring a Sample of Phobos Back to Earth. The Martian Moon eXploration Mission
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Mars has been the destination for so many of our spacecraft, and for good reason, it’s probably the most Earthlike place in the Solar System, with water ice on its surface and reservoirs of the liquid beneath the surface. If we’re going to find life, Mars might be the place. But the tiny moons orbiting Mars, Phobos and Deimos, are scientifically fascinating on their own, and so far, a mission has never reached them. Last week, Japan announced that they’ve greenlit their Martian Moon eXploration mission, or MMX, which will launch an orbiter, lander and maybe even a rover to Phobos in 2024, returning samples back to Earth by the end of the decade. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: http://mmx.isas.jaxa.jp/en/ http://www.hayabusa2.jaxa.jp/en/ https://www.universetoday.com/145054/japan-is-sending-a-lander-to-phobos/ https://sci.esa.int/web/rosetta https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/hayabusa/in-depth/ http://mmx-news.isas.jaxa.jp/?p=1016&lang=en https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/moons/mars-moons/phobos/in-depth/ https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/phobos-grunt/in-depth/ https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA21837 https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6965 https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA04746 https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?fea
Mar 03, 2020
Episode 636: Open Space 64: Why Send Humans to Space when Robots are Better? And More..
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No guest this week, just a live QA with me. I counsel people on how to be patient when living on Elon Musk time, what is NASA interested in with the Moon, what's the purpose of human space exploration, and more. 01:23 Starship prototype failure 04:29 Elon Musk time 05:45 Any lunar surface mission objectives? 08:10 What's the purpose of human space exploration? 09:34 How long have I been running Universe Today? 11:45 Did Starship go higher than SLS will ever go? 13:48 Kirk or Picard? 14:44 Is there zero gravity in interstellar space? 17:25 New advanced telescope ideas coming? 19:38 Farewell Freeman Dyson 21:12 Titan, Enceladus or Europa? 22:38 Was WFIRST cancelled? 23:23 Steam powered rocket death 24:19 Is AI dangerous? 28:51 What would be certain evidence of life on another world? 31:35 How does NASA know how much fuel is on the Voyagers? 36:20 How do we know we're going to collide with Andromeda? 38:00 Favorite deep space objects 39:50 Could a Dyson Sphere around a black hole stop the heat death of the Universe? 41:22 What is the Great Attractor? 44:04 Would a laser weapon work in space? 46:59 Do we live in a simulation? 47:35 Is Betelgeuse getting brighter? 48:17 Where is Andromeda's supermassive black hole? 48:38 Influence of Big Canada Arm 50:00 Is the Universe Infinite or Finite? 52:37 What happened to MarsOne? 55:10 Is dark energy in doubt? 57:17 What if we learn that something wasn't true? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Mar 03, 2020
Episode 633: How Will Humans Return to the Moon in 2024? Lunar Lander Options for Artemis
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After almost 50 years since the Apollo Moon landing missions ended, NASA announced that they’re going to return to the surface of the Moon with their Artemis mission, ideally taking the first lunar footsteps in 2024. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine asked for additional funding to achieve this goal, and the other branches of government haven’t been as enthusiastic about this plan. So don’t be surprised if the landing date slips to 2028 or even farther. But NASA is moving forward on its architecture to return humans to the Moon, from its launch rocket to the entire method of getting astronauts down to the surface. Exactly which rockets, modules and landing systems that will be used are still getting worked out, with different options still getting considered. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.nasa.gov/missionpages/apollo/missions/index.html http://fiso.spiritastro.net/telecon/Kokan1-29-20/Kokan_1-29-20.pdf https://spacenews.com/nasa-issues-call-for-proposals-for-human-lunar-landers/ https://www.blueorigin.com/blue-moon https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/spacecraft/rover/summary/ https://www.space.com/jeff-bezos-blue-origin-artemis-moon-lander-team.html
Mar 02, 2020
Episode 634: Open Space 63: China's Plans for the Moon and More...
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No guest this week, just a live QA with me. We talked about what China is up to on the Moon and what comes next. How well have we mapped the surface of the Moon. Why has NASA chosen to build the Artemis mission differently from the Apollo missions, and more... Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Mar 02, 2020
Episode 630: Betelgeuse Is Still Dimming! And We Have the Pictures to Prove It
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Near the end of 2019, astronomers watching the red giant Betelgeuse noted how much the star had dimmed, continuing to steadily fade for months. It’s a variable star, and it’s known to get dimmer and brighter, but the big surprise is that it’s still continuing to dim, recently passing magnitude 1.56 and still getting dimmer. This is unprecedented in the decades that astronomers have been watching the star. The world’s biggest telescopes are on the case, and the European Southern Observatory released dramatic new images of Betelguese, resolving features on the star’s surface and surrounding area showing how it’s dramatically changed over the course of 2019. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msVuCEs8Ydo https://twitter.com/betelbot/status/1228395402245890048 https://www.eso.org/public/news/eso2003/ https://www.eso.org/public/teles-instr/paranal-observatory/vlt/vlt-instr/sphere/ https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1640a/ https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso2003b/ https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso2003a/ https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso2003d/ https://www.eso.org/public/teles-instr/paranal-observatory/vlt/vlt-instr/visir/
Feb 21, 2020
Episode 629: Should We Fly to Another Star Soon? Or Wait for Better Technology to Come Along?
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It’s hard to really wrap your mind around the vast distances between stars. The fastest spacecraft ever launched into an interstellar trajectory right now is Voyager 1. If it was directed at the nearest star, it would take tens of thousands of years to make the journey across the interstellar gulf. Even so, groups like Breakthrough Starshot and Icarus Interstellar are working on plans right now to try and send spacecraft to other stars, ideally within our lifetimes. But we can see how quickly technology is advancing all around us, from materials science to high energy physics, not to mention reusable rockets. It seems reasonable to ask, should we invest in an interstellar mission now, or wait a few decades or even centuries for better technology to come along which could make the trip much shorter? Watch Chris Hadfield's video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6woV3encOA Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://breakthroughinitiatives.org/initiative/3 http://www.icarusinterstellar.org/ http://lifeunbounded.blogspot.com/2010/07/summer-reading.html https://www.researchgate.net/publication/260275150InterstellarTravel-TheWaitCalculationandtheIncentiveTrapofProgress
Feb 21, 2020
Episode 631: Q&A 118: Are We In a New Space Race? And More... Featuring Dr Jessie Christiansen
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In this week's questions show, I talk about how we're in a new space race, and what this means for returning to the Moon. Of course, lots of follow up answers about the Fermi Paradox. Could Betelgeuse release gravitational waves if it explodes? And what is our responsibility if we are truly alone in the Universe? Follow Dr Jessie Christiansen on Twitter https://twitter.com/aussiastronomer 00:24 New space race 05:27 How can I say that aliens don't exist? 07:07 Lack of evidence isn't evidence of non-existance 11:00 How can we talk about life in the Universe? 14:50 Are humans inept? 16:25 Could Betelguese released gravitational waves? 19:04 arxiv.org papers aren't peer-reviewed 21:19 If we're alone in the Universe, we shouldn't fight each other 25:18 Is the expansion of the Universe stronger than the expansion force? 27:32 How big a telescope to reveal features on exoplanets? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Feb 21, 2020
Episode 632: Open Space 62: Will We Need a Prime Directive in the Future? And More...
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In this week's live Q&A, and talk about whether or now we're going to need a Prime Directive in the future like Star Trek, and why aliens might have one already, could life exist on a red dwarf, and if balloons could be used to launch rockets. 04:25 Did Solar Probe break orbit? 05:45 Why do we pronounce Dutch words in our English way? 08:09 Will NASA need more money to get to the Moon? 10:54 What will it take to get into the space industry? 14:21 Do we do book reviews on Universe Today? 15:12 What was the coolest thing we saw at the AAS? 16:46 Will we need the Prime Directive in the future? 20:00 Is there a limit to a rocky planet? 20:45 Will there be information panspermia? 22:25 Is there an ultraviolet habitable zone? 23:37 Can we solve global warming without fusion? 25:33 Could life exist on a red dwarf planet? 27:08 Plans for a space elevator on the Moon? 28:43 Was there a second genesis on Mars? 31:19 How do you respond when someone says that abiogenesis isn't possible? 32:10 Will the Russians fly on Crew Dragon? 33:42 When will Bigelow Aerospace actually fly a module? 35:23 Why can't Europe sent people to space? 36:46 How is Solar Orbiter different? 38:31 Is the Skylon still a thing? 41:21 Could we use ballons for rocket launches 43:32 What about aliens that don't want to fly to space? 45:54 How do you escape your sky city on Venus? 46:34 Will hypersonic spaceplanes replace airlines? 48:18 Can nuclear bombs provide propulsion? 49:06 Can there be emission free launches? 51:02 What future telescopes are coming? 52:19 Simulation or multiverse? 54:33 Coronavirus fears? 57:45 Understanding infinite Universes Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Feb 21, 2020
Episode 627: We've Never Seen the Sun's Poles. That's About to Change With Solar Orbiter
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On February 9, 2020, the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Florida on top of an Atlas V 411 spacecraft. The spacecraft’s mission is to fly inside the orbit of Mercury, on a tilted orbit that takes it above and below the Sun, capturing images of the Sun’s poles for the first time. This is just a year and a half after the launch of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, which will fly even closer. Together, the two spacecraft will measure the Sun from every angle up close, providing detailed images and insights of our closest star, to help understand how it creates and controls the giant bubble of plasma that surrounds the entire Solar System. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://sci.esa.int/web/solar-orbiter/-/liftoff-for-solar-orbiter-esa-s-mission-to-face-the-sun-up-close https://www.esa.int/ScienceExploration/SpaceScience/SolarOrbiter http://www.esa.int/ESAMultimedia/Videos/2019/10/SolarOrbitersjourneyaroundtheSun http://www.esa.int/ScienceExploration/SpaceScience/Ulyssesoverview https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/ulysses/in-depth/ https://www.nasa.gov/content/solar-orbiter-overview https://sci.esa.int/web/solar-orbiter/-/51169-what-drives-the-solar-wind-and-where-does-the-coronal-magnetic-field-originate-from https://sci.esa.int/web/solar-orbiter/-/51170-how-do-solar-transients-drive-heliospheric-variability https://sci.esa.int/web/solar-orbiter/-/51171-how-do-solar-eruptions-produce-energetic-particle-radiation-that-fills-the-heliosphere https://sci.esa.int/web/solar-orbiter/-/51172-how-does-the-solar-dynamo-work-and-drive-connections-between-the-sun-and-the-heliosphere https://sci.esa.int/web/solar-orbiter/-/51217-instruments http://parkersolarprobe.jhuapl.edu/The-Mission/index.php https://www.eso.org/public/outreach/eduoff/vt-2004/mt-2003/mt-mercury-orbit.html https://www.esa.int/EnablingSupport/SpaceEngineeringTechnology/PaintitblackStoneAgesunscreenforSolarOrbiter https://www.esa.int/EnablingSupport/SpaceEngineeringTechnology/SolarOrbitersshieldtakesSunsheat
Feb 13, 2020
Episode 628: Q&A 117: Why Am I So Negative About Aliens? And More... Featuring Dr. Jason Wright
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In this week's questions show, I explain why I've got such a skeptical view about the search for aliens if there might be multiple great filters, and why NASA doesn't just go back and use Apollo hardware to return to the Moon? Follow Dr. Wright on Twitter: https://twitter.com/astro_wright 00:40 Are there multiple Great Filters? 02:35 Could we refuel ships in space to land on Mars 06:01 Could we put a light on the Moon to prove what we landed there? 08:18 Will James Webb Launch? 09:52 What will it take to confirm signs of life? 12:30 How long until cosmic rays die down? 16:03 Why don't we just use Apollo hardware to go back to the Moon? 19:46 Why am I so negative? 22:29 Good sources of journals? 25:43 When will you believe that it's actually aliens? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Feb 13, 2020
Episode 625: Q&A 116: When Will the Cosmic Microwave Fade Away? And More... Featuring James Davenport
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In this week's questions show, I answer when the cosmic microwave background will shift into radio waves, what the Sun would sound like if space was filled with air, and limits of our knowledge about planets through simulations. Visit James Davenport's YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg6zx6fQG_Xo639TIjwJSZA 00:45 When does the CMB turn into radio waves? 03:49 Sounds in space 06:06 How much can we learn about planets through simulations? 09:16 What does clearing an orbit mean? 11:22 Could a science experiment cause the Great Filter? 13:49 What about putting telescopes on ships? 15:45 How hard would it be to send a radio signal out in all directions? 18:05 Is Earth a good place to sustain life, but not create it? 20:05 Will we have an interstellar health organization? 22:02 Why can we find exoplanets, but not planets in the Solar System? 23:12 Why do larger stars have shorter lives? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Feb 11, 2020
Episode 626: This is the Highest Resolution Image Ever Taken of the Sun
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You’re looking at the highest resolution image that has ever been taken of our Sun, using the brand new Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope in Maui. These lighter regions are convection cells, blobs of hot gas the size of Texas which have carried heat from deep below the surface of the Sun, releasing it into space. The darker lines are cooler regions, where the material is sinking back down into Sun. This image is just a demonstration of the incredible power of this 4-meter observatory, which will join NASA’s Parker Solar Probe and ESA’s Solar Orbiter in ushering in the golden age of solar astronomy. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.nso.edu/inouye-solar-telescope-first-light/ https://www.universetoday.com/144814/destructive-super-solar-storms-hit-us-every-25-years-or-so/ https://www.nasa.gov/missionpages/stereo/news/stereoastronauts.html https://www.nso.edu/telescopes/dkist/dkist-telescope/m1/ https://spie.org/news/1432-large-off-axis-mirrors-key-to-giant-astronomical-telescope?SSO=1 https://www.nso.edu/telescopes/dkist/fact-sheets/resisting-the-heat/ https://www.nso.edu/telescopes/dkist/dkist-telescope/tma/
Feb 11, 2020
Episode 624: Open Space 61: Do I Think We'll Ever Travel Faster Than Light? And More...
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In this week's life Q&A, I explain why we don't send animals to space any more, why I don't think we'll ever travel faster than the speed of light, and how graveyard orbits work. 00:35 Why don't we send animals to space anymore? 06:02 Will faster than light travel ever possible? 07:34 What are graveyard orbits? 09:05 Should we go to the Moon or Mars? 12:49 High resolution images of the Sun 14:44 How do you refine metal in space? 16:11 Will SLS use pre-flown RS-25 engines 20:48 How will the ISS end? 22:49 Why we'll never build a space elevator 24:40 Is Betelgeuse continuing to dim? 26:30 Do black holes increase in volume? 28:28 What's happening with the DarkSat? 29:56 Would we detect neutrinos from Betelgeuse first? 31:25 Do I think astronomers will use legal action to stop Starlink? 35:15 How's my light pollution? 38:15 What about postponing the Moon landings to 2028? 39:40 Would I attend Stellafane? 41:15 Would I pay for others to access the internet? 42:27 Are winters bad on Vancouver Island? 43:32 Could we use the Sun as a gravitational lens? 44:50 What if the Earth doubles its rotational speed? 48:05 Does the Fermi Paradox apply to all animals? 51:05 Books I'm reading 52:25 When will Ethan Siegel return? 53:52 Can we create simulated lunar regolith? 54:44 Why doesn't gravity slow down light? 57:12 Canadian sounds for the Golden Record Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Feb 04, 2020
Episode 623: Escape! Spaceflight Abort Systems from the Launch Pad to Interplanetary Travel
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On Sunday, January 19th, 2020, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying its newly designed Crew Dragon spacecraft. 84 seconds into flight, at the moment of maximum aerodynamic pressure, the capsule fired its eight SuperDraco thrusters, detaching from the top of the rocket and flying ahead. Moments after, the Falcon 9 rocket exploded in midair, destroying a completely good rocket, but the capsule was completely safe, jettisoning its trunk and landing gently in the ocean a few minutes later. Nobody was on board the spacecraft, just a couple of test dummies, but this test proved that in the case of an emergency during the ascent stage fo the mission, Crew Dragon would be able to carry its astronaut crew to safety. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: https://twitter.com/universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://spacenews.com/spacex-performs-in-flight-abort-test-of-crew-dragon-spacecraft/ https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19690017921.pdf https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/albums/72157649018048375/with/22609781825 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzIcDDJyTRI https://spaceflightnow.com/2015/05/06/spacex-crew-capsule-completes-dramatic-abort-test/ https://spacenews.com/boeing-performs-starliner-pad-abort-test/ https://www.nytimes.com/1983/10/12/world/soyuz-accident-quietly-conceded.html https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/space/5-myths-of-challenger-shuttle-disaster-debunked.aspx https://apnews.com/50c3be84147652b242204463a5b036d5 https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/successful-orion-test-brings-nasa-closer-to-moon-mars-missions https://www.space.com/42319-soyuz-launch-abort-russia-identifies-cause.html https://www.nytimes.com/1985/07/30/us/challenger-limps-into-a-low-orbit-as-an-engine-fails.html https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19690017921.pdf https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/nasa-international-space-station-iss-computer-spacewalk-broken-mission-emergency-a7749956.html http://www.spaceref.com/iss/ops/iss.emergency.ops.pdf https://history.nasa.gov/afj/ap13fj/10day3-free-return.html https://engineering.purdue.edu/AAC/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Inspiration-Mars-2018-Free-Return-Trajectory-Edelman-Hughes-Longuski-Loucks-Carrico-Tito.pdf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6lPMFgZU5Q
Feb 04, 2020
Episode 622: Finally! An Explanation for One of the Most Powerful Supernovae Ever Seen
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In 2006, astronomers spotted the telltale sign of a supernova detonating in the galaxy NGC 1260, located about 240 million light-years away in the constellation of Perseus. As telescopes around the world turned their collective light-gathering power on the expanding explosion designated as SN 2006gy, they realized they were seeing something very unusual. This clearly wasn’t a regular supernova. It grew to be 100 times brighter than the typical stellar explosion and lasted much much longer. More than a decade after that cosmic explosion, astronomers finally think they know what series of events led to the release of this much energy, now called a superluminous supernova. A red giant ate a white dwarf. An event so rare it probably accounts for only 1 in 1000 supernovae. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: @universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2007/07maybigsupernova https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2020/01/24/the-brightest-supernovae-of-all-have-a-suspiciously-common-explanation/#179f6c4e20c0 https://science.sciencemag.org/content/367/6476/415 https://www.mpa-garching.mpg.de/797272/news20200124 https://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/science/objects/cataclysmicvariables.html https://www.space.com/superluminous-supernova-explosion-explained.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZKiWGT4Za4&list=PLbJ42wpShvml6Eg22WjWAR-6QUufHFh2v&index=153&t=0s
Jan 31, 2020
Episode 621: Q&A 115: Could We See a Nuclear Explosion on the Moon? And More... Featuring Dr. Amber Straughn
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In this week's questions show, I explain if we'd be able to see a nuclear bomb explode on the Moon, have we already passed the Great Filter, and where we could put DNA to keep it safe in the Solar System. 00:22 Could we see a nuclear bomb on the Moon? 02:18 Have we already passed the great filter? 05:28 Where could we put our DNA to keep it safe? 07:52 Could rogue planets explain dark matter 09:12 Will Betelgeuse create a nebula? 10:35 ET will use quantum mechanics? 12:04 What if there isn't water on the Moon? 14:00 Low metal stars with planets? 16:20 Could we use neutrinos to communicate through the Moon? 18:19 Why bother astronomy when we should be studying the Solar System? 20:46 Would it be worth it to have Starlink to have more telescopes? 24:35 Will James Webb be good for Solar System objects? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jan 30, 2020
Episode 620: Is There A Shadow Biosphere? Life On Earth That Isn't Related To Us
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Whenever I talk about the search for life in the Universe and its emphasis on water, I get comments that scientists aren’t being creative enough. Why does life rely on water? Couldn’t there be lifeforms which are completely different from life on Earth? Isn’t that the textbook definition of alien? Astrobiologists have only scratched the surface in their search for life in the Universe, and they’re going after the low-hanging fruit. Since life on Earth can be found wherever there’s water, why not check out the water on other worlds? If that doesn’t pan out, then they’ll expand the search. But it’s possible there are aliens living right here on Earth among us, in a shadow biosphere, we just haven’t detected them yet. Thumbnail credit: http://blogs.esa.int/caves/2019/09/11/a-new-journey-into-earth-for-space-exploration/ Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: @universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2478661/ https://www.jcvi.org/gos https://aeon.co/ideas/there-are-more-microbial-species-on-earth-than-stars-in-the-sky https://www.researchgate.net/publication/24206781SignaturesofaShadow_Biosphere https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/nonprotein-amino-acids https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/looking-for-life-on-mars-viking-experiment-team-member-reflects-on-divisive-findings/ https://www.livescience.com/64829-hachimoji-dna.html https://phys.org/news/2012-07-dispel-shadow-biosphere-earth.html
Jan 28, 2020
Episode 619: Open Space 60: Will Aliens Be Kind Or Cruel?
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In this week's questions show, I wonder whether any aliens out there would be nice to us or try to wipe us out. What would be their motivations? Why are planets turning in the wrong direction? Would Betelgeuse generate gravitational waves? XKCD Solar System Changes https://m.xkcd.com/2258/ Phil Metger's take: https://twitter.com/DrPhiltill/status/1220519840315736064 Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jan 28, 2020
Episode 618: The Future Of Gravitational Waves. Seeing Every Black Hole Collision In The Observable Universe?
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In 2015, scientists discovered the telltale signal from ripples of spacetime sweeping over the Earth. It was the very first direct detection of gravitational waves, generated by the merger of two massive black holes 1.3 billion light-years away. This discovery was the culmination of decades of research and construction of huge instruments called interferometers to detect the warping of spacetime caused by gravitational waves. Today, the most advanced detectors, the LIGO/VIRGO collaboration, have turned up over 50 gravitational wave discoveries - on average one every week - allowing astronomers to perceive the Universe in a completely different way. What new gravitational wave instruments are in the works, and what does the future hold for this relatively new field of study? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: @universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/page/what-is-interferometer https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/system/mediafiles/binaries/313/original/LIGOHistory.pdf https://gwcenter.icrr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/plan http://www.gw-indigo.org/tiki-index.php https://www.osa-opn.org/home/articles/volume29/may2018/features/gravitationalwavestheroadahead/ http://www.et-gw.eu/ https://tds.virgo-gw.eu/?callfile=ET-0106C-10.pdf https://cosmicexplorer.org/ https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1907/1907.04833.pdf https://sci.esa.int/web/lisa/-/61367-mission-summary https://sci.esa.int/web/lisa-pathfinder/-/59238-lisa-pathfinder-to-conclude-trailblazing-mission https://arxiv.org/pdf/1907.11305.pdf
Jan 24, 2020
Episode 617: Q&A 114: Why Isn't There A Microscope On Mars? And More... Featuring Stella Kafka from AAVSO
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In this week's questions show, I explain why it doesn't make sense to send a microscope to Mars, how we could use a black hole to see a reflection of Earth and see dinosaurs, and why we don't just send a solar sail down to the Sun. Featuring Stella Kafka from the American Association of Variable Star Observers https://www.aavso.org/ 00:42 Why no microscopes to Mars? 02:38 Could we see a reflection of Earth? 04:37 Send a solar sail to the Sun? 07:03 How will red dwarfs die? 08:51 Do radio telescopes have pixels? 10:58 Do aliens have to be close to detect us? 13:21 Will civilizations want to settle every star? 15:17 What is expanding in between space? 17:18 Will we get out of balance with nature? 21:42 Do black holes come in different shapes? 24:03 How could a civilization go extinct? 26:37 Are their models for dying stars? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jan 23, 2020
Episode 615: The Far Side Of The Moon Is The Perfect Place For a Radio Telescope
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We’ve now passed the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, and all eyes are back on the Moon. NASA is planning to return to the Moon by 2024 with its Artemis mission, the Chinese have put the Moon firmly in their plans for space exploration, and even SpaceX thinks the Moon is the perfect destination to test out the capabilities of its Starship. But what can you do with the Moon? Refuel spacecraft with resources drawn from the lunar regolith? Mine its helium 3 for your fusion reactors? Build a lunar amusement park? In fact, the far side of the Moon might make one of the best platforms we have for radio telescopes. One side of the Moon is completely blocked from Earth’s constantly increasing radio traffic, giving it the perfect view to the most sensitive radio signals in the Universe. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: @universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/leag/white-papers-astronomy/FARSIDE190710Final.pdf https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/planck https://jwst.nasa.gov/content/science/firstLight.html https://www.haystack.mit.edu/edu/pcr/Data/pdf/Hydrogen%2021-cm%20Emission%20line-final.pdf https://www.universetoday.com/144206/theres-now-an-operational-radio-telescope-on-the-far-side-of-the-moon/
Jan 21, 2020
Episode 616: Open Space 59: Professor Greg Eghigian and the History of UFOs
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This week I'm joined by Professor Greg Eghigian, from Penn State University to talk about the history of UFO sightings and claims of alien contact. You can read a recent essay by Dr. Eghigian on Smithsonian's Air and Space Magazine: https://www.airspacemag.com/space/year-ufos-180973965/ And learn more about his work here: https://history.la.psu.edu/directory/gae2 Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jan 21, 2020
Episode 614: Starlink And Its Impact On Astronomy
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On Monday, January 6th, 2020, another SpaceX Falcon 9 blasted off from Cape Canaveral, carrying another 60 Starlink internet communications satellites, bringing the full size of the constellation to 180. With just three launches, SpaceX becomes the largest satellite operator in the world. But the company is just getting started. They’re planning to do this again every couple of weeks during 2020, bringing the total number of satellites in the constellation to about 1440, which is enough to provide high-speed internet services to the United States and parts of Canada. Shortly after launch, as the satellites are raising their altitude, they’re clearly visible to the eye as they streak across the sky in a close train. Astronomers aren’t happy. Thumbnail credit: Victoria Girgis/Lowell Observatory Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: @universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.businessinsider.com/spacex-starlink-internet-satellites-itc-filing-30000-additional-42000-total-2019-10 https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-fccs-approval-of-spacexs-starlink-mega-constellation-may-have-been-unlawful/ https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/14/21043229/spacex-starlink-satellite-mega-constellation-concerns-astronomy-space-traffic https://spacenews.com/spacex-gets-ok-to-re-space-starlink-orbits/ https://www.businessinsider.com/spacex-starlink-satellite-ufo-terminals-how-network-works-2020-1
Jan 17, 2020
Episode 613: Q&A 113: Could We Attach Telescopes To Starlink? And More Featuring Jeff Foust
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In this week's questions show, I've got another expert guest answerer. Space News reporter and Space Review editor Jeff Foust answers your tricky spaceflight questions. Could we attach telescopes to Starlinks? What impact will these megaconstellations have on astronomy? What can humans do that robots can't? And more... Check out Jeff's work at: https://spacenews.com/ https://www.thespacereview.com/ 00:30 Could there be airtight caves on Mars containing atmosphere? 01:26 Why would we actually want to go to Mars? 02:30 Could we attach telescopes to Starlinks? 03:17 Could we do gravity experiments with animals on Earth? 04:34 Has anyone tried to do surgery in space? 05:20 What can humans do in space that robots can't? 06:16 How will Starlink impact astronomy? 07:42 How will megaconstellations affect launches? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jan 16, 2020
Episode 612: Open Space 58: First Pictures From the New Telescope, And More...
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Thanks to our good friends at Oceanside Photo and Telescope, our livestreaming telescope is back online. I featured a couple of quick pics I took with the telescope during a test stream on Twitch Sunday night. I also answered questions about our trip to the AAS in Hawaii, if it's possible to make a more powerful telescope out of smaller telescopes, and why the ISS doesn't have an artificial magnetosphere. 02:20 New pictures from the telescope 04:30 American Astronomical Society meeting in Hawaii 07:45 Can we make a big telescope out of smaller telescopes? 11:59 Why don't we make a magnetic field around ISS? 14:10 Why hasn't TESS found many planets? 17:20 Has my opinion on the Fermi Paradox changed? 20:10 How do Type 1a supernovae form? 22:18 Can New Horizons flyby more objects? 23:50 How can we detect life if we're seeing the past? 26:19 Any plans for next generation of Hubble? 29:08 Any cool new images at AAS? 31:05 What about Origins? 31:44 Did I read many posters? 35:59 Are we the first civilization? 37:44 Next decadal survey? 39:00 How can evidence of civilization disappear? 41:35 Does the Solar System have too many planets? 43:55 Should humanity spread life into the Universe? 45:38 Interesting conversations at AAS? 49:07 Why focus on Mars? 51:20 Shouldn't we focus on asteroid defense? 53:04 Does Starlink increase the odds of a Kessler Syndrome? Want to see the experiments, join me at: https://www.twitch.tv/fcain Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jan 14, 2020
Episode 611: Are Aliens Watching Us And How Could We Hide? With Dr. David Kipping
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Once again, at the AAS Meeting in Hawaii, I got a chance to sit down with another astronomer to talk about their research. This time it was Dr. David Kipping from Columbia University's Cool World's Lab. We talked about how easy it'll be for aliens to know our planet is inhabited, and some ways we might be able to hide the evidence of our existence. Check out Cool Worlds: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGHZpIpAWJQ-Jy_CeCdXhMA Follow David on Twitter: https://twitter.com/david_kipping Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jan 14, 2020
Episode 609: Why Haven't Aliens Settled Every Star In The Milky Way? With Adam Frank
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At the American Astronomical Society's meeting Honolulu I got a chance to talk with Adam Frank about new research he's worked with Caleb Scharf, Jonathan Carroll-Nellenback and Jason Wright about the Fermi Paradox. They calculated how difficult it would be for aliens traveling at 10% the speed of light to settle the entire Milky Way, and it turns out, it's not as simple as you might think. Visit Adam Frank's website: https://www.adamfrankscience.com/ Read the article at Scientific American here: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/life-unbounded/galactic-extremism/ Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jan 12, 2020
Episode 610: Open Space 57: Could We Terraform Earth To Make It Better? And More...
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In this week's Open Space QA, I respond to complaints about my Betelgeuse video, wonder about alien civilizations stuck in heavy gravity, and consider whether we could terraform Earth to make it better. 03:30 Betelgeuse video comments 08:30 Can gravitational waves travel at the speed of light 11:45 Can we terraform Earth to a better place? 13:38 Could there be civilizations stuck in heavy G? 15:39 Artemis or capture a NEO? 18:12 Could other planets have oil? 19:17 Is math universal? 21:38 What am I reading? 23:47 What kinds of pictures will James Webb take? 24:55 When humans walk on Mars? 27:04 Why don't I get older? 27:42 How many satellite constellations will there be? 28:44 Collecting questions 31:00 How can satellite internet compete? 31:35 Will James Webb be extra fragile? 32:20 Stream Rimworld? 33:11 How do you find sanity considering the infinite Universe 35:25 Should we care about the Universe that we can't see? 37:07 Disappearing stars? 37:30 Can we agree on the Hubble constant yet? 37:55 Speed of magnetism 38:23 First destination with a FTL spaceship 39:52 Do black holes run out of energy? 40:45 Do black holes eat spacetime? 41:50 How important are plate tectonics for life? 43:00 Is there a limit to satellite constellations? 45:10 Why don't you answer my questions? 45:52 Biggest threat from space? 48:13 Will Starlink be a problem for astronomers 50:00 String Theory, science or philosophy? 51:45 Simulation hypothesis, science or philosophy? 51:16 Which telescope to buy? 55:45 When will there be independent settlements in space? 56:45 How to protect astronauts inside Orion? 57:52 How long is a supernova dangerous? 58:21 What did I think of Consider Phlebas? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jan 12, 2020
Episode 608: Q&A 112: Are Stars Moving The Same Speed And More. Featuring Ethan Siegel
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This week's questions show was recorded at the 235th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Honolulu, Hawaii. I was lucky enough to have 3,500 astronomers, space scientists and others to talk with. Ethan Siegel from "Starts with a Bang" is back, and this time he's answering your questions about space and astronomy. Visit his blog here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/#5bfca02e2c5e Follow Ethan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/StartsWithABang Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jan 12, 2020
Episode 607: Q&A 111: Will We Ever Study All The Planets? And More...
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In this week's questions show I explain how we'll ever study 100 million planets, what's the business case for space exploration, and how I pull the questions together for these shows. 00:42 Can we ever study all the planets? 03:33 Return on investment from space exploration? 03:35 Will we become a post-scarcity economy? 05:59 Why not a better Mars simulation? 08:16 How do I manage the QAs? 10:10 What will low gravity do to humans? 12:04 Private industry will explore space? 14:17 Where will power on Mars come from? 16:18 Expanse, Season 4! 17:54 How would the skies look on Mars? 18:47 Who gets the resources of a planet? 21:05 Are smaller content creators getting squeezed? 23:16 Is 100 million exoplanets just a guess? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Dec 31, 2019
Episode 606: Betelgeuse Is Dimmer Than We've Ever Seen It
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Over the last weekend, astronomy Twitter started noting that the red giant Betelgeuse, the prominent shoulder of Orion was looking visibly dimmer in the sky, and I had a few people reach out to me and ask me if it was really happening and if I knew what was going on. This is exciting, of course, because Betelgeuse is living on borrowed time, and it could explode as a supernova any day now. Or, it might not detonate for another 100,000 years. We just don’t know. What’s Betelgeuse up to? Is this a sign that it’s about to explode? And what would it mean if it did? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: @universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://twitter.com/starstrickenSF/status/1209207523179237376 https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/what-will-happen-when-betelgeuse-explodes-df5b04164b2 https://www.eso.org/public/usa/images/potw1726b/ https://hubblesite.org/image/4027/gallery https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0708a/ http://www.astronomerstelegram.org/?read=13341 https://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/feature1.shtml https://twitter.com/starstrickenSF/status/1209242710281986048 https://www.astro.princeton.edu/~gk/A403/pulse.pdf https://arxiv.org/pdf/1712.01852.pdf https://aasnova.org/2018/01/03/astrophysics-of-red-supergiants/ https://neutrinos.fnal.gov/sources/supernova-neutrinos/ https://snews.bnl.gov/ https://researchblog.duke.edu/2014/01/22/supernova-explosion-in-m82-exciting-but-no-neutrinos/ https://aasnova.org/2018/04/20/capturing-neutrinos-from-a-stars-final-hours/ https://www.phys.hawaii.edu/~jgl/nuastron.html
Dec 27, 2019
Episode 604: 100 Million Exoplanets By 2050? How Will We Get There?
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As I’m recording this video near the end of 2019, the total number of confirmed exoplanets stands at 4,104. We’ve come a long way since the discovery of the first exoplanet orbiting a sunlike star back in 1995 with 51 Pegasi b. And the reality is that the race to find new exoplanets is only accelerating. New ground and space-based telescopes are turning up planetary candidates at an increasing rate. New techniques will find planets in entirely new ways. The bottom line is that over the next few decades, this mere 4000ish will multiply by orders of magnitude. So let’s run the clock forward and try to calculate what the future holds for exoplanets. How many worlds will we know about 3 decades from now, in the year 2050? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: @universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1911.12114.pdf https://www.investopedia.com/terms/m/mooreslaw.asp http://exoplanet.eu/catalog/51pegb/ https://sci.esa.int/web/plato/-/42276-summary https://www.eso.org/sci/facilities/eelt/ https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/habex/ https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2013A%26A...556A.133S/abstract https://sci.esa.int/web/gaia/-/58788-detecting-exoplanets-with-astrometry https://arxiv.org/pdf/1707.01348.pdf
Dec 17, 2019
Episode 605: Open Space 56: SpaceX's Andrew Rader and "Beyond the Known"
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This week I'm joined by Andrew Rader, a game designer and mission manager at SpaceX. Andrew's new book is called Beyond the Known and it's all about the history and future of space exploration. Learn more about Andrew here: https://andrew-rader.com/ And learn about his book here: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Beyond-the-Known/Andrew-Rader/9781982123536 Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Dec 17, 2019
Episode 603: What Is The Crisis in Cosmology? With Dr. Paul Sutter
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How old is the Universe? In order to figure that out, all you have to do is figure out how quickly it’s expanding, and then the clock backward until everything is crunched together. And astronomers have measured the rate that the Universe is expanding with tremendous precision at various times in its history; at the beginning, and much more recently. The problem is, these expansion rates disagree, but they’ve both been measured so accurately that their error bars don’t overlap. In other words, there are multiple, highly accurate estimates for the age of the Universe, and they disagree. Check out Paul's channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBr7XOxxQyBHEwqkhoci7vw Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: @universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Dec 16, 2019
Episode 602: Q&A 110: Why Can't I Just Be Realistic About Mars? And More...
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In this week's questions show, I explain why I don't think we always need to be realistic, if galaxies in the local group are bound together gravitationally, and what we should call Earth-moving equipment on Mars. 00:20 Be realistic. 04:24 Are galaxies in the local group bound? 05:56 Will gravitational waves give us advanced notice of collisions? 08:36 Will we ever be able to live outside on Mars? 10:16 Are we going to ruin Mars too? 12:42 Mars-moving equipment? 14:07 Could the Moon have an atmosphere? 15:51 Liquid water on the surface of Mars 16:49 Is there a business case for Mars? 19:17 What about nitrogen? 21:21 What will need to come from Earth? 23:06 Are there planets with less gravity than Earth? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Dec 12, 2019
Episode 601: Living Off The Land On Mars. What Can We Find On The Red Planet?
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Extending humanity to other worlds in the Solar System is at the very limits of our modern technology. And unless there are dramatic discoveries in new propulsion systems or we learn how to build everything out of carbon nanotubes, the future of space exploration is going to require living off the land. The technique is known as In-Situ Resource Utilization or ISRU, and it means supplying as much of your mission from local resources as possible. And many of our future exploration destinations, like Mars, have a lot to work with. Let’s look at the raw materials on Mars that missions can use to live off the land and the techniques and technologies that will need to be developed to make this possible. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: @universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20160005963.pdf https://space.nss.org/the-promise-of-mars-by-robert-zubrin/ https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7038 https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/msa/ammin/article/103/7/1011/537180/gypsum-bassanite-and-anhydrite-at-gale-crater-mars https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/jarosite-in-the-noctis-labyrinthus-region-of-mars http://fti.neep.wisc.edu/neep533/SPRING2004/lecture19.pdf https://www.nature.com/articles/ngeo1923 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/242525435PerchlorateonMarsAchemicalhazardandaresourceforhumans https://mars.nasa.gov/news/curiosity-finds-evidence-of-mars-crust-contributing-to-atmosphere/ https://mars.nasa.gov/resources/8200/boron-sodium-and-chlorine-in-mineral-vein-diyogha/ https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6544 https://mars.nasa.gov/mars-exploration/missions/viking-1-2/ https://www.nasa.gov/jpl/msl/pia18387 https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20110015862.pdf https://phys.org/news/2019-04-methane-route-storage-renewable-energy.html https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/9159/213d6ad79bd800d07525bc37463588742662.pdf https://www.icis.com/explore/resources/news/2007/11/05/9075777/ethylene-uses-and-market-data https://www.universetoday.com/144136/using-bacteria-to-build-a-base-on-mars/ https://madeinspace.us/press-releases/made-in-space-wins-nasa-contract-to-develop-hybrid-metal-manufacturing-system-for-space-exploration/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gfS5k8juDM https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-01157-w??utmmedium=affiliate&utmsource=commissionjunction&utmcampaign=3nsn6445deeplinkPID7596969&utmcontent=deeplink https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lunarisru2019/presentations/5066Mueller.pdf https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/centennial_challenges/3DPHab/latest-updates-from-nasa-on-3d-printed-habitat-competition
Dec 10, 2019
Episode 600: Q&A 109: Could We Have A Steam Powered Rocket? And More...
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In this week's questions show, I explain why you could have a steam-powered rocket, how often spacecraft have crashed into asteroids and comets, and why a red supergiant star actually has a very low surface gravity. 02:42 Could you build a steam-powered rocket? 04:48 Have any probes crashed into asteroids or comets? 06:47 Surface gravity of UY Scuti 08:57 Will we ever send humans to the surface of Venus? 11:08 Lol 11:24 Does Venus have a magnetic field? 12:22 Longer guest interviews? 14:09 Save the shoutouts to the end 15:55 Could a probe float at the surface of Venus? 16:47 Where do I get my news? 20:29 Why don't meteor showers hit satellites? 21:57 Why not add a module to James Webb? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Dec 06, 2019
Episode 599: Flying In The Cloudtops Of Venus. Balloons, Airships And Airplanes For Venus
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The exploration of Venus has been mainly about getting down to the surface of the planet. The Soviet Union sacrificed lander after lander to discover just how extreme the conditions are down there on the ground. But higher up, among the clouds, the climate on Venus is surprisingly Earthlike in temperature and pressure, and there have been some fascinating ideas for robotic and human explorers to fly the skies of Venus, to help understand our evil twin planet. Let’s take a look at them. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: @universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/venus/in-depth/ https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/factsheet/venusfact.html http://www.esa.int/ScienceExploration/SpaceScience/VenusExpress/Acidcloudsandlightning https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/magellan/in-depth/ https://progearthplanetsci.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40645-018-0181-x https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/resources/2197/aerial-platforms-for-the-scientific-exploration-of-venus/ https://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/solarsystem/venus-20070827.html https://trs.jpl.nasa.gov/bitstream/handle/2014/44535/13-5079A1b.pdf?sequence=1 https://unmanned-aerial.com/nasa-taps-black-swift-to-develop-uas-for-studying-venus https://www.universetoday.com/144045/stingray-glider-to-explore-the-cloudtops-of-venus/ https://www.lpi.usra.edu/vexag/meetings/STIM/presentations/PolidanVAMP%20for%20STIM%20Meeting%20Jan%202013%20-%20Final%20Approved.pdf https://sacd.larc.nasa.gov/smab/havoc/
Dec 04, 2019
Episode 598: Open Space 55: Jason Derleth, NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts
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This week I'm joined by Jason Derleth from NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (or NIAC). This is a special part of NASA that funds innovative ideas for new telescopes, propulsion systems and rovers. Many of the cool, science-fiction ideas I present on this channel come from research done at NASA. Jason is an aerospace engineer and tech analyst, and the Program Executive for NASA NIAC. Learn more about NIAC here: https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/index.html Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Dec 02, 2019
Episode 597: Q&A 108: Why Are There Meteor Showers Every Year? And More, Featuring Paul Geithner from JWST
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In this week's questions show, I explain why we can see meteor showers every year, why we're not 3D printing telescopes in space, why there aren't any plans to launch telescopes with SpaceX Starship. And a lengthy answer to one of the most common James Webb questions we get: can it be refueled? This was answered by Paul Geithner, a Deputy Project Manager for James Webb during a recent livestream. 01:00 Why do we see meteor showers every year? 02:49 Why not also use 3D printing for space telescopes? 04:40 Why don't they design telescopes for Starship? 07:20 Could there be a privately backed telescope? 09:54 Is there glass on the Moon to build telescopes? 11:46 Could ISS help build new space telescopes? 13:47 Space telescopes on the far side of the Moon? 15:06 Is Andromeda actually much closer? 16:27 Why spend money on science? 19:20 Why is the dark side of the Moon illuminated? 21:34 Can James Webb be refueled? Watch the full livestream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX0iCqCTKzE Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Nov 29, 2019
Episode 595: Fraser as Guest on the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe
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Nov 27, 2019
Episode 596: Open Space 54: Dr. Casey Handmer On How Starship Changes Everything
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Today I was joined by Dr. Casey Handmer, an accomplished theoretical physicist who currently works at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. Casey has a fascinating blog where he considers current trends in space exploration and what the future holds. Learn more about Casey here: https://caseyhandmer.wordpress.com/ We talked about the implications of SpaceX Starship, Starlink, why power beamed from space or asteroid mining will never turn a profit down here on Earth, and why he's not that scared about space radiation. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Nov 27, 2019
Episode 594: Building Space Telescopes... In Space
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When it comes to telescopes, bigger is better. That’s true down here on Earth, and it’s especially true out in space. As astronomers and engineers design the next generation of giant space telescopes, they’re running up against the limits of current launch providers. There are only so many ways you can fold a huge telescope to get it to fit inside a 5-meter launch fairing. The upcoming James Webb Space Telescope is pretty much the very limit of what you can construct on Earth and put into space in a single launch. To go bigger, space agencies will need to consider assembling their next-generation space telescopes… in space. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://hubblesite.org/mission-and-telescope http://herschel.cf.ac.uk/mission/launch https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exep/technology/in-space-assembly/iSATstudy/ https://www.nasa.gov/missionpages/station/structure/elements/space-station-assembly https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacex/2019/07/29/cargo-dragon-berthed-to-station/
Nov 26, 2019
Episode 593: Q&A 107: All Your James Webb Questions, Answered
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In this week's questions show, I tackle all the questions about James Webb generated by the videos we did this week. Can it be refueled? How can it see the entire sky? Is the delay a blessing? And more... 00:30 How will JWST run out of propellant? 03:12 Are there spacecraft that could service JWST? 05:00 Can JWST only see half the sky? 08:21 Is the delay a blessing in disguise? 10:58 Why not construct it in Low Earth Orbit? 13:09 Could we build a copy? 14:29 Could JWST use gravitational lensing? 15:55 Will JWST image black holes? 17:52 Is the telescope an antique? 18:49 Should we look or explore? 20:52 Could it find vegetation? 22:00 Is James Webb already a failure? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Nov 22, 2019
Episode 592: Open Space 53: Live QA with Paul Geithner from James Webb
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Today I'll be joined by Paul Geithner, the Deputy Project Manager for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. You've had questions about this mission. Well... now's your chance to get them answered directly from the source. Paul started working with NASA in 1991 on the Hubble Space Telescope, shifting over to James Webb. In 2011, he became the Deputy Project Manager, Technical for James Webb. Learn more here: https://jwst.nasa.gov/content/meetTheTeam/people/geithner.html Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Nov 22, 2019
Episode 591: The History And Future Of The James Webb Space Telescope
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On March 30, 2021, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will blast off from the European Space Agency’s European spaceport in Kourou, French Giana on board an Ariane 5 rocket. It’ll fly to the Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange point, a relatively stable spot in space that keeps the glare from the Sun, Earth, and Moon all in a tiny spot in the sky. Then, it’ll unfurl its tennis court-sized sunshade, fold out its gigantic 6.5-meter mirror, and peer out into the distant cosmos. Over the course of the next 10 years, this infrared observatory will help astronomers learn about the earliest moments of the Universe, directly observe the atmospheres of planets orbiting other stars, and peer at newly forming stars and planets. And if you listened to the words I just said with equal parts terror and skepticism, I don’t blame you. James Webb’s path to space has been long and tortuous. And the risks that the mission still faces are very real. Hopefully, the science will be worth it. Hopefully, nothing else goes wrong from now until deployment. So today, I want to do a deep dive into James Webb. To talk about the history of the mission, why it exists, how the development went, and where it stands today. I’ll warn you though, the length of this video is going to go way over budget. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: http://www.stsci.edu/jwst/about-jwst/history https://www.nasa.gov/missionpages/hubble/servicing/index.html https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/2017/highlights-of-hubble-s-exploration-of-the-universe http://www.stsci.edu/files/live/sites/www/files/home/hst/documentation/documents/NextGenerationSpaceTelescope.pdf https://webb.nasa.gov/content/about/faqs/whoIsJamesWebb.html http://www.stsci.edu/jwst/about-jwst/history/design-reference-mission-drm https://archive.ph/20120805155712/http://www.stsci.edu/jwst/news/2003/nasa-announces-contract https://www.nature.com/articles/4671028a http://www.icc.dur.ac.uk/~tt/Lectures/Galaxies/Images/Infrared/Regions/irregions.html https://jwst.nasa.gov/content/observatory/sunshield.html https://jwst.nasa.gov/content/observatory/instruments/index.html https://jwst.nasa.gov/content/observatory/instruments/nircam.html https://jwst.nasa.gov/content/observatory/instruments/fgs.html https://jwst.nasa.gov/content/observatory/instruments/miri.html https://jwst.nasa.gov/content/about/comparisonWebbVsHubble.html https://jwst.nasa.gov/content/about/faqs/faq.html http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/ https://jwst.nasa.gov/content/forScientists/faqScientists.html https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-completes-webb-telescope-review https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/nasa-s-james-webb-space-telescope-has-been-assembled-for-the-first-time
Nov 19, 2019
Episode 590: Open Space 52: Dustin Gibson from Oceanside Photo and Telescope
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Today's guest is Dustin Gibson from Oceanside Photo and Telescope (OPT). Dustin will talk about his journey to becoming an astrophotographer and eventually running one of the most successful telescope retailers in the world. Follow Dustin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gibsonpics/ Or visit Oceanside Photo and Telescope https://optcorp.com/ Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Nov 18, 2019
Episode 589: Q&A 106: Do Geostationary Satellites Reenter The Atmosphere? And More...
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In this week's questions show, I answer what will bring geostationary satellites back to Earth, if you could use the heat on Venus to power a rover, why are we so arrogant to believe that life formed only here on Earth, and more. 01:38 How long will geostatationary satellites survive? 04:31 Could you use the heat on Venus to power a rover? 05:50 Arrogant to think Earth is unique with life 07:33 What kinds of rocks are on Mars? 09:31 Perovskite solar panels on Earth? 11:27 Could there be planets with polar orbits? 13:13 SagA* % mass of the Milky Way 14:25 How do missions tackle micrometeorites? 17:05 Why doesn't a black hole turn into a regular object? 18:22 Why do sci-fi spacecraft move unrealistically in space? 21:11 What clocks will Martians use? 23:03 Could we search for dips in light to find Planet 9? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Nov 15, 2019
Episode 588: Open Space 51: Where Would I Send A Rover? And More...
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It was another solo live QA this week and I did my best to answer as many audience questions as I could do, closing in on 60 questions during the hour. Needless to say it was a wide-ranging conversation with questions about where I think rovers should go, what do I think about time travel, and whether we should do more SETI or build more space telescopes. The thumbnail is for a Greenland rover called Grover. Here's an article about it: https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/grover.html 01:28 Updates 05:58 Has Canada got an exoplanet? 06:10 Thoughts on Hygiea? 07:00 Where would I send a rover? 07:79 Has NASA done sex studies in space? 08:05 How can black holes ever merge? 09:55 What does a rocket push against? 11:05 What do I think of metallic hydrogen? 12:50 What's my most memorable space event? 15:36 Have I seen any time travel videos? 16:00 Could Valles Marineris caused by a scraping asteroid 17:13 Why doesn't JWST's Ariane rocket have an abort system? 18:14 What would happen if a comet passed through the atmosphere? 18:39 Is Mercury tidally locked? 19:03 What will the do about food on Mars? 19:43 Do I believe in ancient aliens 19:56 How do we measure the expansion of the Universe? 21:18 Happy Halloween 21:39 What about Nibiru? 23:12 Do different worlds experience different time dilation? 24:50 Can you brew beer in microgravity? 25:20 Any relativistic calculators? 25:45 Could we see Earth in the past with a black hole? 27:45 Could we blow up asteroids? 29:00 Will SpaceX be violating the Outerspace Treaty? 31:29 Super spiral galaxies 32:35 Europa lander keep from getting fried 33:42 What do I read in my spare time? 35:05 Have they found the bolts in James Webb? 35:27 Are aliens too different? 37:00 Any breakthroughs in propulsion? 38:18 Did I see Halley's Comet? 38:30 Are there any bright comets coming? 39:37 How frequent were meteor impacts in the Late Heavy Bombardment? 40:15 Will the Moon landings actually happen? 41:30 Will there be version of Starship that could service satellites? 42:50 Space Telescopes versus SETI 43:55 Will CRISPR help modify humans to travel in space? 44:39 Collaboration with Joe Scott 45:00 Can we terraform Venus? 45:30 Live telescope streaming? 45:54 Upcoming astronomy events? 46:07 Why grow plants in regolith? 46:56 Why do we only see photons when they hit a thing? 48:04 Could we move a pole faster than the speed of light 48:55 Could they make an anti-asteroid version of Starship? 49:58 Where did Theia come from? 50:50 What if a star made a direct hit on a black hole? 51:37 Could we terraform Mars if we set up factories on it? 52:56 Is the Sun part of Alpha Centauri? 53:29 What does the X-37B 55:00 Does it make sense to send a new Voyager? 55:39 Could there be infinite Earths? 56:00 Most realistic space movie? 57:38 When will we live off fusion energy? 59:20 What's SpaceX's plan to get through the Van Allen Belts? 59:40 How did X-37B launch? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Nov 08, 2019
Episode 587: Why Launch Solar Panels When You Can Print Them Directly In Space? Printing Perovskite Panels
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Solar energy is the ideal way to power a spacecraft. There’s no weather, there’s no pesky atmosphere, just pure photons streaming from the Sun to harvest for whatever you need. Well, as long as you’re within the inner Solar System. But solar panels are complicated and fragile made of sensitive electronics and glass - not to mention, really heavy. Any spacecraft equipped with solar panels needs to handle the gravity down here on Earth for the construction and testing, then the shaking and high Gs of launch. The solar panels need to unfold perfectly once they get to space. And the total amount of energy you can harvest is limited by the size of your rocket’s launch fairing. Maybe there’s a new strategy. NASA is currently funding research into a new type of solar panel that can be carried into space as a liquid and then sprayed onto a surface to turn it into a power generating surface. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-funds-demo-of-3d-printed-spacecraft-parts-made-assembled-in-orbit http://news.mit.edu/2019/robots-large-structures-little-pieces-1016 https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2002/solarcells/ https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2016/03/kind-solar-panels-nasa-use/ https://scitechdaily.com/important-breakthrough-in-perovskite-solar-cells/ https://news.ucmerced.edu/news/2019/uc-merced-reaches-stars-solar-cells https://www.nasa.gov/feature/glenn/2019/building-solar-panels-in-space-might-be-as-easy-as-clicking-print https://www1.grc.nasa.gov/facilities/eppl/#vacuum-facility-6-vf6-
Nov 08, 2019
Episode 586: Q&A 105: Why Not Send Earth Life to Europa? And More... Featuring Back to Space
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In this week's questions show, I tackle questions about seeding Europa with hardy Earth life, what makes galaxies spin, what are we competing with aliens for, and why is it so hard for second stages of rockets to land? Subscribe to Back to Space https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHZ63YtVtdQDqLxKyTDmtmw 01:46 Why not take Earth life to Europa? 04:00 What if the aliens are aligned to Planet 9? 06:09 What makes a galaxy spin? 07:22 What are we competing with aliens for? 09:39 Are we constantly reusing atmosphere on ISS? 11:33 Should we settle ice worlds? 13:52 Why can't second stages be landed? 17:03 Does Sag A* spin the same way as the Milky Way? 20:22 Is the search for life in space a waste of time? 21:59 Could asteroid mining change their orbits? 23:51 Would SpaceX send NASA astronauts to Mars? 24:25 How much fuel does ISS need? 25:01 What kind of training do astronauts get? 25:52 What is Max Q? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Nov 08, 2019
Episode 585: Can Life Spread From Star to Star? The Theory of Galactic Panspermia
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The race is on to find life in other places in the Solar System, from underground reservoirs on Mars to the subsurface oceans on Europa and Enceladus. If spacecraft, rovers or even astronauts make the momentous discovery of life on another world, that’ll just open up new questions. Did it originate all on its own, completely independently from Earth, or are we somehow related? And if we are related, how long ago did our evolutionary trees branch away from each other. Even though Mars is millions of kilometers away, it could be possible that we’re still related thanks to the concept of Panspermia; the idea that meteor impacts could transfer rocks and maybe even living creatures from world to world. But could you go one step further? If we find life on another star system, could we discover that we’re actually related to them too? Is Galactic Panspermia possible? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.hoyle.org.uk/resources/virusesfromspacecompressed.pdf https://www.lpi.usra.edu/lpi/meteorites/TheMeteorite.shtml https://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2013/03211549-lpsc-hermean-meteorite.html https://www.dlr.de/me/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-1752/2384read-54290/ https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Humanoid https://phys.org/news/2018-08-timescale-evolution-life-earth.html https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1011/1011.0101.pdf https://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest-blogs/2013/20130926-gravity-assist.html https://arxiv.org/abs/1011.0101 https://phys.org/news/2010-11-necropanspermia-seeding-life-earth.html https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article/198/3/723/1012846 https://arxiv.org/pdf/1910.06414.pdf https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/hubble-observes-1st-confirmed-interstellar-comet/ https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article/476/3/3031/4909830 https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/hyakutake.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2YkvWdUUNQ
Nov 05, 2019
Episode 584: Surviving On Venus. Is It Time To Go Back To That Awful Place?
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If you’ve watched this channel enough, you might have the impression that I hate Venus. It’s possible, just possible I’ve even suggested that the planet is so terrible it should be pushed into the Sun. The reality, of course, is that it’s an absolutely fascinating world - the closest twin to the Earth that we have in the Solar System. It’s nearly the same mass and has the same surface gravity. While Earth is the beautiful life-filled world we all enjoy, Venus is a tortured hellscape, with temperatures hot enough to melt zinc. With atmospheric pressures more than 93 times what we experience here on the surface of Earth. And I always forget about the sulphuric acid rain. The Soviets sent a series of landers to a horrible demise for a glimpse of the surface of Venus in the 70s and 80s. But nobody’s been back since. There have been new techniques and technologies in development that might make a serious exploration of the surface of Venus possible again. Exploration that could help us understand why the planet went so horribly horribly wrong. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/vexag/vexaggoals2007.pdf https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/nasa-studying-shared-venus-science-objectives-with-russian-space-research-institute https://www.nytimes.com/1984/12/16/world/soviet-spacecraft-heads-for-comet.html https://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest-blogs/2015/0305-venus-from-33-years-ago.html https://www.researchgate.net/publication/268472597AnalysisofSolarCellEfficiencyforVenusAtmosphereandSurfaceMissions https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1029/2017EA000355 https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2018/pdf/1243.pdf http://www.russianspaceweb.com/venerad.html https://www.lpi.usra.edu/vexag/meetings/archive/vexag14/presentations/27-Kremic-Long-Lived%20Venus%20Station.pdf https://science.nasa.gov/technology/technology-stories/electronics-demonstrate-operability-in-simulated-venus-conditions https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/a-clockwork-rover-for-venus https://www.lpi.usra.edu/vexag/meetings/archive/vexag15/presentations/9-Saunder-AREE.pdf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9fki7dligU https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2012phaseIfellowslandis.html https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn12905-antique-fridge-could-keep-venus-rover-cool/
Oct 30, 2019
Episode 582: Q&A 104: Should We Reconsider The Definition Of A Moon? And More...
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In this week's questions show, I explain why it's probably not time to reconsider the definition of a moon, if we could make artificial gravity with a chunk of a neutron star, and why a supermassive black hole isn't the anchor for an entire galaxy. 00:47 Should we reconsider the definition of a moon? 03:35 Could we make artificial gravity with mass? 05:48 Why didn't the Big Bang collapse back into black hole? 07:47 Why can't a black hole be the anchor of the galaxy? 10:45 How far and how small can we see? 13:37 What is left after a black hole evaporates? 15:00 Could you have a star made out of something else? 16:32 Could a planet orbit a binary star? 18:29 Could aliens Planet 9? 19:24 If aliens are advanced, we're no threat 21:35 How can aliens not exist? 22:30 Why don't they put a microscope in a rover? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Oct 30, 2019
Episode 583: A Single Spacecraft Will Visit Seven Asteroids. NASA's Lucy Mission Passes Its Design Review
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Scientists have had the opportunity to examine several asteroids in the Solar System now, and what they’ve learned is how much variety is out there, depending on the mass, distance from the Sun and composition. Astronomers currently know of 829,400 asteroids across the Solar System, and they’d love to visit as many of them as possible to learn more about them. Considering the price of a single spacecraft, that’s going to get expensive. Fortunately, there are places in the Solar System that have trapped a large number of asteroids in a way that a single spacecraft can visit several of them as part of a mission. They’re at Jupiter’s L4 and L5 Lagrange points, and this week NASA approved a new mission that’ll explore 7 different asteroids over a 12-year journey. It’s called Lucy. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/lucy-mission-clears-critical-milestone https://www.lpi.usra.edu/decadal/sbag/topicalwp/AndrewSRivkin-trojans.pdf https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/lucy-the-first-mission-to-jupiter-s-trojans http://lucy.swri.edu//mission/Targets.html https://www.esa.int/ScienceExploration/SpaceScience/AsteroidsStructureandcompositionofasteroids https://sci.esa.int/web/mars-express/-/31031-phobos http://lucy.swri.edu//mission/Spacecraft.html
Oct 30, 2019
Episode 581: Open Space 50: When Will There Be Giant Rotating Space Stations? And More...
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In this week's live QA, we talked about rotating space stations, the materials that can be made in space, what telescopes and binoculars I use. And there were a lot of questions about James Webb. 04:15 When will we see a rotating space station? 09:27 Are there materials that can only be made in space? 11:11 What's my telescope? 12:51 What are my binoculars? 13:47 What's the status of the B612 Foundation? 15:16 Could we terraform Venus? 17:52 More on my binoculars 19:19 Should we build a sunshield to offset climate change? 21:43 If SLS is canceled, what happens? 26:42 What happens when there's no mass? 28:45 What are my hopes about James Webb? 31:47 Is there a finite amount of mass in the Universe? 32:07 Is there a backup James Webb? 33:45 How is time affected in zero mass? 34:15 Why launch James Webb from South America? 36:44 Borisov is coming through the ecliptic 37:37 Will LUVOIR get built? 40:35 Will James Webb find Planet X? 41:15 Is the Planetary Society a lobbiest organization? 44:20 Will we migrate to another planet? 49:36 Sea Dragon revisted? 50:47 Where would I go in the Universe? 55:46 Could we use asteroids for tourism? 58:15 What if Starship landed on Titan? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Oct 28, 2019
Episode 580: Is Humanity Prepared To Discover Alien Life?
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People always ask me how I think humanity will react if we discover life somewhere out there in the Universe, whether it’s bacteria under the surface of Mars, a biosignature of alien life in the atmosphere of another world, or a radio signal from another civilization. Will our civilization lose its collective mind and have a temper tantrum on a global scale? Will we become one of those purge planets from Rick and Morty? Will the discovery suddenly end all religion, as we wait for guidance from our new alien overlords? Will we gather together as a species to present a common front to whatever cosmic horrors await us beyond the Solar System? In my opinion, if I could sum up the collective response in a single word, it would be: meh. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/30/us/nasa-life-on-mars-jim-green-scn-trnd/index.html http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/47015 https://archive.org/details/marsabodeoflife00loweiala/page/n8 https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/im-convinced-we-found-evidence-of-life-on-mars-in-the-1970s/ https://www.lpi.usra.edu/lpi/meteorites/The_Meteorite.shtml https://www.astrobio.net/mars/the-continuing-controversy-of-the-mars-meteorite/
Oct 25, 2019
Episode 579: Q&A 103: How Many Stars Have Zero Planets? And More...
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In this week's questions show, I explain why we'll never know which stars have no planets. How we could prevent a catastrophe to Earth, and why aliens might still be a threat to us. Check out more of Dustin Gibson's photographs at: https://www.instagram.com/gibsonpics/ 00:48 How many stars don't have planets? 02:29 Could we prevent a catastrophe? 05:16 No aliens would be a threat to us 07:38 Can I have any name for Patreon? 08:20 Why not put a laser on the solar sail spacecraft 09:40 How can neutrinos go faster than light? 10:45 How do you calculate exposure times for Hubble? 14:32 What would cause stars to collide 17:19 Why don't we track asteroids? 18:55 How do magnetars form? 20:36 How could we destroy the planet? 22:45 Can a brown dwarf become a star? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Oct 18, 2019
Episode 578: Open Space 49: How Can Planets Capture Asteroids? And More...
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No guest this week, just a live QA with me and the audience about all things space and astronomy. People had questions about how planets can capture asteroids to turn them into moons, what rocket James Webb will use to fly to space, and why you can't use antimatter to destroy a black hole. 05:45 How can a planet capture an asteroid? 07:21 Why are quasars so far from us? 09:26 How could you make a black hole of photons? 11:25 Would I rather live a year on the Moon or Mars? 12:46 What will JWST launch on 14:08 What's the limit on a planet's mass for rocketry? 17:06 Do I prefer to observe alone? 18:55 Why doesn't antimatter destroy black holes? 20:43 Will we get space engines from The Expanse? 24:05 Shouldn't we solve our problems here on Earth? 26:30 What happens to us when the Sun dies? 28:28 Why aren't there video cameras on Mars? 30:00 How do we learn about what things are made of with radio waves? 32:00 Are there any metals in space that can't find on Earth? 33:12 How do we measure distances to stars? 35:16 EMDrive 36:23 Are metals precious to the planet you're on 37:05 Will Skylon fly? 38:35 Cyanogen gas in comets 39:12 Talking to people who don't care about space 41:00 How do planets start forming? 41:48 What do I think of antimatter rockets? 43:09 Could we build an arm to lift us to space? 43:32 Should we just colonize space itself? 44:20 Is Planet 9 a black hole? 50:11 Does Canada have radio telescopes? 50:50 When will a black hole turn into regular matter again? 51:30 Wildlife on Vancouver Island 53:13 Could breakthrough starshot work to redirect asteroids? 54:25 Could we see life on Alpha Centauri? 57:00 Is Alpha Centauri visible from the North? 57:30 Would generation ships work? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Oct 15, 2019
Episode 577: AstroClipper: Plans For A Two-Stage, Fully Reusable Spaceplane
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Even as the first rockets were launched into space decades ago, aerospace knew it was a wasteful process. Rocket stages, motors, and complex equipment crashed into the ocean or burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere. Could spaceplanes bring the costs down? Flying to orbit with a combination of jet engines and rockets and then safely re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere again. Single-stage to orbit spacecraft and spaceplanes have always seemed out of reach, and actually not that practical. But what about a two-stage, fully reusable spaceplane? Exodus Space Corporation has been secretly working on this concept for a decade now, and what they’re proposing is pretty revolutionary. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://history.nasa.gov/SP-4407/vol4/cover.pdf https://io9.gizmodo.com/early-design-specs-show-the-space-shuttle-could-have-be-1528524224 https://www.exodus-space.com/ https://www.exodus-space.com/astroclipper/ http://fiso.spiritastro.net/telecon/Ayala10-9-19/Ayala10-9-19.pdf
Oct 15, 2019
Episode 576: What Comes After LUVOIR? Three Extreme Ideas For Space Telescopes
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While we’re all waiting for James Webb to launch - which it will - the Extremely Large Telescope to be constructed, and LUVOIR to get approved. (Please get approved, please get approved.) We’re going to need a way to pass the time. So let’s have our imaginations take flight, out into the Universe, and consider some of the most incredible ideas suggested for telescopes. Unless you’ve been crawling through scientific journals like me, I guarantee you’ve never heard of any of them. But when I’m done, you’re going to want to fund all of them. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1908/1908.02080.pdf https://arxiv.org/abs/1906.05079 http://hypertelescope.org/project/hypertelescope-space/
Oct 11, 2019
Episode 575: Q&A 102: Will Starship Cause Global Warming? And More... Featuring Tony Darnell from Deep Astronomy
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In this week's questions show, I explain why Starship probably won't contribute to human carbon emissions, if there's a galactic Prime Directive, and if SpaceX has finally perfected the single-stage to orbit. Featuring Tony Darnell from Deep Astronomy and the Space Junk Podcast https://www.youtube.com/user/tdarnell https://optcorp.com/blogs/podcast 00:30 Won't Starship cause global warming? 02:33 Do we live in a Galactic Zoo? 04:45 Has SpaceX perfected SSTO? 07:17 How will Starship's thermal protection work? 09:54 How will asteroid mining companies prospect? 11:57 What could cause binary stars to collapse? 13:48 Can tidally locked planets have a tilt? 15:16 Find Mars meteorites on the Moon 16:22 Can Hubble record video? 17:29 Can we avoid a runaway greenhouse effect? 19:05 How do we know what's happening now? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Oct 11, 2019
Episode 574: Venus Could Have Supported Life For Billions Of Years. First Habitable Planet In The Solar System?
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After decades of research, including multiple landers and orbiters, science can definitively say: Venus sucks. Seriously, that place is the worst, with its boiling temperature, intense pressure, sulfuric acid rain, and more. But was it always this bad? According to new research from NASA and various universities in Sweden and the US, Venus might have actually been the first habitable world in the Solar System. And it might have maintained a reasonable climate for billions of years, finally rolling over into a runaway greenhouse effect just a few hundred million years ago. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1608/1608.00706.pdf https://data.giss.nasa.gov/rocke3d/maps/ https://www.europlanet-society.org/could-venus-have-been-habitable/
Oct 10, 2019
Episode 573: Open Space 48: Floating in Darkness with Astronaut Ron Garan
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This week I was joined by astronaut Ron Garan to talk about his new book "Floating in Darkness". Ron is an accomplished F-16 pilot, flying combat missions during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He flew to space twice, first aboard STS-124, and then a six-month stay on board the International Space Station as part of Expedition 27. Learn more about his new book: https://publishizer.com/floating-in-darkness-/ Follow Ron on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Astro_Ron Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Oct 10, 2019
Episode 570: What Will It Take To Feed A Million People On Mars?
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In 2017, Elon Musk laid out his grand sweeping plans for the future of SpaceX, the company that would take humanity to Mars. Over decades, tens of thousands of Starship flights would carry a million human beings to the surface of the Red Planet, the minimum Musk expects it’ll take to create a self-sustaining civilization. The number of details in an effort like this is mind-boggling. What about the reduced gravity, radiation exposure, and space madness? What about return flights? Replacement parts? Building materials? What’s everyone going to eat? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/space.2017.29009.emu https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/space.2019.0018 https://eden-iss.net/ https://www.nasa.gov/feature/how-does-your-space-garden-grow https://www.nasa.gov/missionpages/station/research/GivingRootsandShootsTheirSpace_APH https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/newsevents/2018/0119.html https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-cricket-protein-powder-grocery-store-1.4560177 https://www.forbes.com/sites/daphneewingchow/2019/06/20/is-cultured-meat-the-answer-to-the-worlds-meat-problem/#358246444468 http://eatlikeamartian.org/
Oct 01, 2019
Episode 571: Starship Takes Shape. Are We Months Away From A Fully Reusable Rocket System?
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On Saturday, September 28th, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk stood in front of an audience in Boca Chica, Texas, and presented the fully assembled SpaceX Starship, 50 meters tall and made from shiny stainless steel. As part of his presentation, Musk showed off the history of the company’s developments so far and gave us an updated view of what Starship and its first stage Superheavy booster will look like when they’re fully operational. It was actually a pretty short presentation, and there weren’t a lot of details. But he stuck around to answer questions from many space journalists, and we’ve got a much better idea about Starship and what happens next. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOpMrVnjYeY
Oct 01, 2019
Episode 572: Open Space 47: Quantum Mechanics With Caltech's Sean Carroll
1:03:01
My guest this week was Professor Sean Carroll from Caltech. Sean's a theoretical physicist, author of many books, and podcaster. His newest book, "Something Deeply Hidden" has just been released, presenting his ideas about the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. Learn more about Sean Carroll here: https://www.preposterousuniverse.com/ Subscribe to his podcast: https://www.preposterousuniverse.com/podcast/ Follow Sean on Twitter: https://twitter.com/seanmcarroll Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Oct 01, 2019
Episode 569: Open Space 46: Dr. Robert Zubrin and the "Case for Space"
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One of my most requested guests is Dr. Robert Zubrin, engineer and founder of the Mars Society. It was Dr. Zubrin's "Case for Mars" that helped inspire me to get into space journalism in the first place. We had a wide-ranging interview that updated the Case for Mars, looked at what comes next, and how current efforts are stumbling in their efforts to return humans to the Moon, and then on to Mars. Visit the Mars Society here: https://www.marssociety.org/ https://twitter.com/robert_zubrin Case for Space https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42046662-the-case-for-space Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Sep 27, 2019
Episode 568: Q&A 101: How Do We Know Meteorites Came From Mars? And More... Featuring Dr. Nick Cowan from McGill
27:20
In this week's questions show, I explain how scientists know that meteorites came from Mars, is it dangerous to look for alien civilizations, what citizen science projects to get involved in, and more. Featuring Professor Nick Cowan from McGill University. 00:20 How do we know a meteorite came from Mars 02:27 Why look for aliens? 05:20 Observational bias finding big planets? 08:03 What projects can software engineers get involved in? 09:50 Why bother thinking about superhabitable worlds? 11:31 Shouldn't Earth be turned in the wrong direction? 13:00 Can we communicate with gravity waves? 14:19 Would electronics survive a journey of thousands of years? 16:28 Could we set up a system to communicate with Voyagers better? 18:14 What gear setup do we use? 21:13 What will enable deep space travel? 22:57 Habitable zones on a tidally locked planet? Professor Nick Cowan https://msi.mcgill.ca/~cowan/ Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Sep 26, 2019
Episode 567: Open Space 45: Exomoons and the Terrascope with Professor David Kipping
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This week I was joined in a livestream with Dr. David Kipping from Columbia University. We had a great interview about his research into exomoons, what new observatories will do for this field. We also talked about his idea of the Terrascope, using the Earth's atmosphere as a lens to study the Universe. And we talked about how scientists can better use the internet to communicate directly with the public about their research. Subscribe to Dr. Kipping's YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGHZpIpAWJQ-Jy_CeCdXhMA Learn more here: http://user.astro.columbia.edu/~dkipping/index.html Or follow David on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/david_kipping
Sep 24, 2019
Episode 566: Better Than Earth? Are There Superhabitable Worlds In The Milky Way?
10:26
I’ve said many times in the past that the Earth is the best planet in the Universe. No matter where we go, we’ll never find a planet that’s a better home to Earth life than Earth. Of course, that’s because we, and all other Earth life evolved in this environment. Evolution adapted us to this planet, and it’s unlikely we could ever find another planet this good for us. However, is it the best planet? Are there places in the Universe which might have the conditions for more diversity of life? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://arxiv.org/abs/1301.6674 https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1401/1401.2392.pdf https://www.sciencealert.com/there-may-be-exoplanets-out-there-even-better-suited-for-life-than-earth https://data.giss.nasa.gov/rocke3d/maps/ https://www.giss.nasa.gov/projects/astrobio/ https://asd.gsfc.nasa.gov/luvoir/reports/LUVOIRFinalReportAppendices2019-08-26.pdf
Sep 23, 2019
Episode 565: Q&A 100: When Will Earth Be Uninhabitable? And More, Featuring Anton Petrov
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In this week's questions show, I explain that life on Earth has less time than you think, if there could be multiple supermassive black holes inside the Milky Way, and what would we see if Mars replaced the Moon. Featuring Anton Petrov from WhatDaMath. Check out his channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCciQ8wFcVoIIMi-lfu8-cjQ 00:29 When will the Earth be unlivable? 03:00 Are there more supermassive black holes inside the Milky Way? 04:48 What if Mars replaces the Moon? 06:32 Can bed bugs handle space travel? 07:37 Let's use the Moon's resources 09:25 Other methods of finding gravitational waves? 12:01 Could we put a Voyager to sleep for a long time? 13:58 Could we jump off Phobos or Deimos? 15:35 Could Alpha Centauri see the Earth? 17:24 Why refuel in space? 19:22 Are quasars dangerous? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Sep 19, 2019
Episode 564: Interview with Fraser on the Big Beard Theory
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Sep 19, 2019
Episode 563: Want To Explore Mars? Send Humans To The Moons Of Mars First: Phobos And Deimos
11:59
Humans to Mars. That’s the plan right? The problem is that sending humans down to the surface of Mars is one of the most complicated and ambitious goals that we can attempt. It’s a huge step to go from low Earth orbit, then lunar landings, and then all the way to Mars, a journey of hundreds of millions of kilometers and 2 years at the least. But there are two places humans can go which are a stepping stone between Earth and Mars. Base camps that would let us gather our resources in relative safety before dropping down into that gravity well. I’m talking about the moons of Mars: Phobos and Deimos. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZD5nnScDks https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/moons/mars-moons/phobos/in-depth/ https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/moons/mars-moons/deimos/in-depth/ https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/85b0/1edc59d0667525bb546281b3a12997f32204.pdf?_ga=2.250002438.1632319045.1568499640-640080446.1568499640 https://space.nss.org/media/2003-Space-Colonization-Using-Space-Elevators-From-Phobos.pdf http://www.csc.caltech.edu/talks/hopkins.pdf https://www.geekwire.com/2019/safest-bet-space-settlers-believe-inside-mars-moon-deimos/
Sep 17, 2019
Episode 562: Open Space 44: Astrophotography With Dylan O'Donnell
58:25
This week I was joined by Dylan O'Donnell, an incredible astrophotographer and amateur astronomer from Australia. Dylan's photography has been featured in exhibits and websites around the world, and he's the organizer of the Starstuff Conference in Byron Bay (https://starstuff.com.au/) and has a website featuring all his astrophotography (https://deography.com/) Check out his channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgOf4wBnoGg8WHHHr_h4otQ Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Sep 17, 2019
Episode 561: Water Vapor Seen In the Atmosphere Of An Exoplanet. It Might Even Be Rain
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We’re learning more and more about extrasolar planets, and for the first time, astronomers have discovered water vapor in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star. The planet is located in the habitable zone of its star, so this might even be rain. Of course, it’s not all good news, it’s much more massive than Earth, with higher gravity, and is probably bathed in radiation from its red dwarf star. But, it’s a good start in the search for habitable places in the Universe, places where there might be life. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1916/ https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/sep/11/rocky-super-earth-k2-18b-named-most-habitable-known-world-beyond-solar-system https://arxiv.org/abs/1707.04292 http://exoplanet.eu/catalog/k2-18b/ https://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=surface+gravity+calculator&assumption=%7B%22F%22%2C+%22GravitationalAcceleration%22%2C+%22r%22%7D+-%3E%226371.000++2.2+km%22&assumption=%7B%22FS%22%7D+-%3E+%7B%7B%22GravitationalAcceleration%22%2C+%22g%22%7D%7D&assumption=%7B%22F%22%2C+%22GravitationalAcceleration%22%2C+%22M%22%7D+-%3E%225.972%C3%9710%5E24+kg++8%22&assumption=%22FSelect%22+-%3E+%7B%7B%22GravitationalAcceleration%22%7D%7D https://sci.esa.int/web/cosmic-vision/-/59796-esa-s-next-science-mission-to-focus-on-nature-of-exoplanets https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRuEh0qhk4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PstUvHlKEg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCTGIxmM-e4
Sep 14, 2019
Episode 560: Q&A 99: Could We Find Life On Venus? And More, Featuring SciManDan
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In this week's questions show, I talk about searching for life on Venus, trying to get to orbit with a jet, and why NASA probably shouldn't hire me. This episode features special guest SciManDan. Check out his channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRtsZ5Iak9wSLsQLQ3XOAeA 00:20 Could there be life on Venus? 03:30 Could you get into orbit with a jet? 06:31 Should NASA hire me? 08:57 Will junk get trapped in the Lagrange points 10:57 Kerbal 2? 12:23 Are Earth and the planets drifting away from the Sun? 13:44 Are Type III Civilizations a huge leap? 18:29 Could you turn a gas giant into a rocky planet? 19:40 How would a Moon base be powered? 21:02 Why's it hard to go to the Sun? 22:52 Couldn't we dig deep into the Moon or Mars? 25:13 Is the Earth above or below the plane of the Milky Way? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Sep 12, 2019
Episode 559: Open Space 43: Welcome to Season 2. Mixing Concrete in Space, And More...
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Welcome back to Season 2 of my weekly live QA. Your chance to ask me your questions about space and astronomy... live. Sometimes I'll have guests, and sometimes I won't. This week... I didn't. You wanted to know about recent news about astronauts mixing concrete in space, the formation of craters on Titan, and what might be the difficulties of people going to the Moon or Mars? 04:22 Mixing concrete on ISS? 07:44 Could you make shotcrete from regolith? 09:50 Why do some planets spin backwards? 12:22 Formation of Titan's lakes 14:02 Why don't millionaires and billionaires live on the Moon? 18:40 Will SpaceX make electric rockets? 21:21 What if Mars crashed into Jupiter? 23:12 Why are LISA and LIGO only 2-dimensional? 26:13 Could we survive without a pressure suit? 27:24 How is the Planet 9 search going? 28:25 Why hasn't Tim Dodd finished his new video? 29:19 Does gravity move in a different speed through different media? 30:46 Any difficulties in crewed missions to the Moon or Mars? 33:35 What is my opinion on the Great Filter? 34:26 How do we know how old the Universe is? 36:34 How do we avoid space madness? 38:29 Does quantum enganglement allow instant communication? 41:30 When will we prove dark matter exists? 45:39 Is it possible that dark matter is antimatter? 46:30 When will we visit Neptune again? 47:10 Does the Fermi Paradox make me less scared about AI? 48:12 Any protocols for alien contact? 49:23 Plans to send an asteroid hunter to L3 50:23 What's the deal with Saturn's rotation? 51:24 Why are we hearing about NEOs? 55:10 Do they do autopsies on astronauts? 56:34 Upcoming shows and projects Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Sep 10, 2019
Episode 558: A Tour Of The Lagrange Points. Part 3 - Trojans and Space Colonies at L4/L5
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We’ve reached the third part of our series on Lagrange Points, those stable spots in the Solar System, where you can sort of hover with the minimum amount of fuel. This episode we’re going to look at the L4 and L5 points which share the orbit with a more massive object. Part 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WN7lS9bpB4 Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgIZgrOZElo Building an artificial magnetosphere https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjFTke8E1jA Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WN7lS9bpB4 https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=3080 https://earthsky.org/earth/earths-dust-cloud-satellites-kordylewski https://phys.org/news/2016-09-astronomers-neptune-trojans.html https://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-017-0179 https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2015/pdf/2845.pdf https://arxiv.org/abs/1212.2816 https://space.nss.org/settlement/nasa/75SummerStudy/TableofContents1.html https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/90432/stabilizing-a-mckendree-cylinder-habitat
Sep 09, 2019
Episode 557: Q&A 98: What's The Best Use For The Moon? And More...
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In this week's questions show, I explain what I think the best uses of the Moon might be, why I'm qualified to answer questions about space, and if you could use a black hole as mirror that lets you look back in time. 00:28 What's the best use of the Moon? 03:46 What are my qualifications? 05:44 Could a black hole bend light back to us? 07:12 How can the Moon drift away? 10:18 What are black holes made of? 12:18 Could we search for aliens who have organized their stars? 15:28 Could we build gravity trains? 17:24 What if we find life on Europa? 19:18 The Solar System is the weird one 21:10 Could there be aliens that look like us? 23:36 Will VR get so good we won't want to go to space? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Sep 05, 2019
Episode 556: A Tour Of The Lagrange Points. Part 2 - Space Telescopes At L2 And Nothing At L3
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Lagrange Points. Stable spots in space that you just can’t stop thinking about. What spacecraft work best in which places? What are some amazing ideas that could utilize these regions across the Solar System? In the last episode, I gave an overview of the Lagrange points, and then went into the details of spacecraft missions sent to L1, the perfect place to constantly observe the Sun, the Earth, or to block radiation coming from the Sun. The best place for a lunar elevator, or a spot to put a space station at the Moon. This week, we’re going to talk about L2 and L3, the other meta-unstable spots that you can park a spacecraft at. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WN7lS9bpB4 https://map.gsfc.nasa.gov/mission/observatoryl2.html https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00568378/document https://www.nasa.gov/missionpages/stereo/main/index.html https://www.nasa.gov/missionpages/stereo/news/entire-sun.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=598UtgxFd1E https://map.gsfc.nasa.gov/ https://wind.nasa.gov/ http://sci.esa.int/herschel/ https://www.esa.int/OurActivities/SpaceScience/Herschel/Thelargestinfraredspacetelescope https://www.esa.int/OurActivities/SpaceScience/Planck http://sci.esa.int/gaia/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxgdcGNQyA http://www.russianspaceweb.com/spektr_rg.html https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49504866 https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/07/nasa-james-webb-space-telescope-northrop-grumman-cost/566186/ https://www.jwst.nasa.gov/ http://sci.esa.int/euclid/ https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/wfirst-wide-field-infrared-survey-telescope http://sci.esa.int/plato/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCTGIxmM-e4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0SMNucXwgo http://sci.esa.int/athena/ https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1211/1211.3462.pdf https://www.universetoday.com/142896/the-lunar-gateway-will-be-in-a-near-rectilinear-halo-orbit/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2c7nZB-040
Sep 03, 2019
Episode 554: Q&A 97: By Request, Here's Our Dog. And Then Some Actual Questions...
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In this week's questions show, I introduce Ona, by request. I explain why I don't think going to space is going to fix the big challenges that humanity faces, and how do astronomers figure out how big a planet is? Talking about existential threats with Phil Torres https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKYTrKapyrs 00:00 Meet Ona 02:00 Will going to space fix our evil humanness? 04:40 Sparks under the space shuttle main engine 05:27 How do we know how big a planet is? 07:23 Can we push the Earth outward? 10:03 Why make so many telescopes? 11:50 Will we see less of the Universe in the future? 13:16 Will we have space colonies in my lifetime? 15:50 Is life beyond the scope of our ability to observe? 17:56 What about planets with long orbital periods? 19:57 What would happen if magnetars collided? 21:44 What will the CMB look like in billions of years? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Aug 31, 2019
Episode 555: A Tour Of The Lagrange Points. Part 1 - Past And Future Missions To L1
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Thanks to gravity, there are places across the Solar System which are nicely balanced. They’re called Lagrange Points and they give us the perfect vantage points for a range of spacecraft missions, from observing the Sun to studying asteroids, and more. Various spacecraft have already visited Lagrange Points, used them for some or all of their missions, and there are fascinating plans in the works that could put new missions and even space colonies into these balanced places in the Solar System. Let’s explore the Lagrange Points. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/resources/754/what-is-a-lagrange-point/ http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2014/02070836-isee-3.html http://sci.esa.int/lisa-pathfinder/47363-fact-sheet/ https://neocam.ipac.caltech.edu/page/Orbit https://www.pnas.org/content/103/46/17184.full#sec-7 https://phys.org/news/2017-03-nasa-magnetic-shield-mars-atmosphere.html https://www.researchgate.net/publication/268569275TerraformingVenusAChallengingProjectforFutureColonization https://www.nasa.gov/pdf/604657main4-%20GER%20Stakeholders%20Workshop%20Earth-Moon%20L1L2%20Bobskill.pdf http://www.niac.usra.edu/files/library/meetings/fellows/mar05/1032Pearson.pdf
Aug 31, 2019
Episode 553: Bringing Mars To Earth. The Plans For a Mars Sample Return Mission
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One of the great accomplishments of the Apollo missions was to bring home hundreds of kilograms of lunar rock. Suddenly, geologists had a lifetime’s worth of lunar samples captured from several different spots across the Moon. These rocks and dust have been under continuous analysis since the Apollo 11 astronauts came home over 50 years ago. And they’re still making discoveries. Scientists have samples of the Sun’s solar wind, particles from a comet’s tail, a few grams from an asteroid, with more coming shortly. But there’s one world, the focus of so much scientific study, which has never had a sample returned: Mars. NASA and the European Space Agency have been making plans to bring a sample home from Mars for decades, and now, missions could fly in the next few years, finally bringing a chunk of the Red Planet home to Earth for us to study directly. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/cassini/mission/quick-facts/#targetText=MISSION&targetText=Total%20distance%20traveled%3A%20At%20Cassini's,trajectory%20from%20Earth%20to%20Saturn. https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/luna-16/in-depth/ https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/genesis/ https://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/hayabusa/in-depth/ https://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov/reports/E2E-iSAGFINALREPORT.pdf https://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/metsoc2001/pdf/5452.pdf https://sites.nationalacademies.org/cs/groups/ssbsite/documents/webpage/ssb059308.pdf https://www.esa.int/OurActivities/HumanandRoboticExploration/Exploration/ExoMars/EuropetoMarsandback https://www.esa.int/OurActivities/HumanandRoboticExploration/Exploration/ExoMars/EuropetoMarsandback https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/ninthmars2019/pdf/6369.pdf https://www.esa.int/OurActivities/HumanandRoboticExploration/Exploration/ExoMars/EuropetoMarsand_back
Aug 28, 2019
Episode 552: A Spacecraft Is Going To Build Its Own Solar Panels In Space: Archinaut One
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As I’ve mentioned in several episodes now, humanity is in a bit of a transition period, a time when it makes sense to launch material up and out of Earth’s gravity well into orbit, and beyond. But it’s really expensive, costing up to $10,000 per pound you want in orbit, and 10 times if you want it on the Moon. But over the coming decades, more and more of our space-based infrastructure will be built in space, manufactured out of materials that were mined in space. The only thing that’ll actually need to leave the Earth’s clingy gravity well will be us, the humans, the tourists, wanting to visit all that space infrastructure. Of course, in order to achieve that space future, engineers and mission planners will need to design and construct the technology that will make this possible. That means testing out new prototypes, technologies and methodologies for mining and space-based manufacturing. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/nasas-technology-program-funds-ambitious-in-space-manufacturing-mission/ https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-funds-demo-of-3d-printed-spacecraft-parts-made-assembled-in-orbit https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4818 https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-announces-new-partnerships-to-develop-space-exploration-technologies https://madeinspace.us/press-releases/made-in-space-inc-completes-successful-ground-based-manufacturing-assembly-testing-for-archinaut-program/ https://www.space.com/40516-made-in-space-vulcan-nasa-contract.html https://madeinspace.us/capabilities-and-technology/vulcan/ https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/upward33bookv4web.pdf https://madeinspace.us/capabilities-and-technology/plastic-recycler/
Aug 23, 2019
Episode 551: Q&A 96: Why Are Astronomers Finding Such Bizarre Exoplanets? And More...
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In this week's questions show, I explain why all the planets astronomers have found are so bizarre. Couldn't we use laser highways to go faster? Is the lunar gateway really a lunar tollbooth? 00:14 Why do planets orbit so quickly? 02:33 What about laser highways? 03:57 Is the Lunar Gateway a Lunar Tollbooth? 07:15 How much artificial gravity is needed for human health? 08:43 Will Titan turn into Earth as the Sun expands? 10:14 Could Mars colonists work at night? 11:41 How do we know the temperatures of exoplanets? 13:00 Does the Moon affect satellite orbits? 14:50 Where will we find life first? 16:24 What's happening in real time? 17:57 Could we predict when something will crash into Sgr A* Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Aug 22, 2019
Episode 550: Exploring The Icy Moons of Jupiter. NASA's Europa Clipper and ESA's JUICE
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Mars is the place that most of our spacecraft, landers and rovers are studying, searching for any evidence that life ever existed somewhere else in the Solar System. But talk to planetary scientists, and they’re just as excited about the ocean worlds of the Solar System; the moons, asteroids, dwarf planets and Kuiper Belt objects where there could be vast oceans of liquid water under thick shells of ice. The perfect environment for life to thrive. We’ve only had tantalizing hints that these oceans are there, but NASA is building a spacecraft that will study one of these worlds in detail: the Europa Clipper. And they’re not the only ones. The European Space Agency is building their own mission, the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://europa.nasa.gov/about-europa/ocean/ https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/galileo/overview/ https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6772 https://europa.nasa.gov/about-clipper/instruments/ https://spacenews.com/europa-or-enceladus-if-nasa-switches-from-sls-to-falcon-heavy-it-wont-have-to-choose/ https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7122 https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20190522/109552/HMKP-116-AP00-20190522-SD002.pdf https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/without-champion-europa-lander-falls-nasa-s-back-burner https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/10/18075556/jupiter-moon-europa-lander-nasa-john-culberson-midterms-life https://newatlas.com/europa-giant-ice-spikes/56704/ http://sci.esa.int/juice/49837-juice-assessment-study-report-yellow-book/# http://sci.esa.int/juice/50068-science-objectives/ https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/moons/jupiter-moons/ganymede/in-depth/ http://sci.esa.int/juice/61415-arianespace-and-esa-announce-jupiter-icy-moons-explorer-launch-contract/
Aug 20, 2019
Episode 549: Why Build Big Rockets At All? It’s Time For Orbital Refueling
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On Tuesday, July 30th, NASA announced 19 different partnerships with 13 different companies to use their expertise to help them develop space technologies, from advanced communications systems to new methods of entry, descent and landing. Instead of contracting out specific projects, NASA will make its employees, facilities, hardware and software available to these companies, for free. One of the most notable of these partnerships will be with SpaceX and NASA’s Glenn and Marshall Centers to help advance the technology of transferring propellant in orbit. In other words, NASA is going to help SpaceX figure out how to refuel a spacecraft while it’s in space. And if they can figure this out, it could completely change the way missions are launched and flown. Everyday Astronaut - Raptor Engine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbH1ZDImaI8 Article from Ars Technica about the ACES Program https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/rocket-scientist-says-that-boeing-squelched-work-on-propellant-depots/ Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-announces-us-industry-partnerships-to-advance-moon-mars-technology https://www.spacex.com/mars https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20000121212.pdf https://www.nasa.gov/missionpages/station/structure/elements/progressabout.html https://sspd.gsfc.nasa.gov/roboticrefuelingmission.html https://www.ulalaunch.com/docs/default-source/exploration/evolving-to-a-depot-based-space-transportation-architecture.pdf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu72H3jMpuY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbZKfno1KNc https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/rocket-scientist-says-that-boeing-squelched-work-on-propellant-depots/
Aug 16, 2019
Episode 548: Q&A 95: Is Techno-Optimism Blinding Us To The Challenges of Space Exploration? And More...
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In this week's questions show, I answer if techno optimism is blinding us to the challenges of spaceflight, why there aren't spacecraft at all the planets right now, could the Great Attractor be dark matter? And more... Links to various raw images Cassini - https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/raw-images/raw-image-viewer/?order=earthdate+desc&perpage=50&page=0 Curiosity - https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/#/?slide=2496 Dawn - https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/dawn/galleries/images/?page=0&perpage=25&order=createdat+desc&search=&tags=dawn&condition1=1%3Aisinresourcelist&category=51 00:33 Is techno-optimism blinding us to challenges of spaceflight 04:17 Why aren't there spacecraft at all the planets right now? 06:22 What if the Universe wraps? 08:39 Could the Great Attractor be dark matter? 10:21 What's the biggest telescope that could be built on the Moon? 11:50 Open your mind to crop circles 13:59 How do you steer a solar sail? 16:25 Twin planets in L3 Lagrange Points? 18:23 Shouldn't the frost line move outward? 19:59 Can a red giant support life? 22:07 What if astronauts get sick? 24:07 How does the radial velocity method detect multiple planets? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Aug 16, 2019
Episode 547: Spacecraft Gyroscopes And Reaction Wheels. You Can Never Have Enough
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It’s amazing to think there are telescopes up in space, right now, directing their gaze at distant objects for hours, days and even weeks. Providing a point of view so stable and accurate that we can learn details about galaxies, exoplanets and more. And then, when the time is up, the spacecraft can shift its gaze in another direction. All without the use of fuel. It’s all thanks to the technology of reaction wheels and gyroscopes. Let’s talk about how they work, how they’re different, and how their failure has ended missions in the past. 06:49 Scientists May Have Figure Out Why So Many Spacecraft Were Failing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KibT-PEMHUU Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.nature.com/news/the-wheels-come-off-kepler-1.13032 http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis/lightsail-2-successful-flight-by-light.html https://astrobites.org/2013/05/21/kepler-reaction-wheel-failure-cripples-spacecraft-but-mission-thrives/ https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/dawn/news/dawn20120418.html https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/blog/2016/1/dawns-sunny-side-views-of-dwarf-planet-ceres/#RWAs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KibT-PEMHUU https://www.spacetelescope.org/announcements/ann1818/ https://jwst.nasa.gov/content/forScientists/faqScientists.html#wheels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFmOr1vMOT4
Aug 13, 2019
Episode 546: One Year, Almost 1,000 Planetary Candidates. An Update On TESS
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NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Telescope launched back in April, 2018. After a few months of testing, it was ready to begin mapping the southern sky, searching for planets orbiting stars relatively nearby. We’re just over a year into the mission now, and on July 18th, TESS has shifted its attention to the Northern Hemisphere, continuing the hunt for planets in the northern skies. As part of this shift, NASA has announced a handful of fascinating new planets turned up by TESS, including a couple of worlds in categories which have never been seen before. Farewell Kepler, Welcome TESS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiBqpsedsHE Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/nasa-s-tess-mission-completes-first-year-of-survey-turns-to-northern-sky https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/new-explorer-mission-chooses-the-just-right-orbit https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/news/1587/tess-finds-its-smallest-planet-yet/ https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/multimedia/images/tiny-planet-kepler-37b.html https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/confirmation-of-toasty-tess-planet-leads-to-surprising-find-of-promising-world https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/nasa-s-tess-mission-scores-hat-trick-with-3-new-worlds
Aug 09, 2019
Episode 544: Q&A 94: Can Solar Sails Explore The Outer Solar System? And More...
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In this week's questions show, I answer a question about solar sails, what geologists might learn from lunar rocks, if Earth could survive inside Jupiter, could gas giants be closer to the Sun, and more. Dark Site Finder: https://darksitefinder.com/map/ Videos mentioned: What is an Electric Sail? Another Exotic Way to Explore the Solar System - https://youtu.be/-pIlcv3OkA Oldest Rock From Earth Was Found On The Moon (Of All Places) - https://youtu.be/0hckjhGdjs What are Globular Clusters? Relics of the Early Universe - https://youtu.be/BjzptXhpsz8 Timecodes: 00:15 Solar sails to the outer Solar System? 01:57 What could geologists learn from more lunar rocks? 04:01 Could Earth survive inside Jupiter? 05:49 Would gas giants change if they were closer to the Sun? 08:01 What if aliens have different laws of physics? 10:19 Best places to put a telescope 12:03 Difference between globular clusters and dwarf galaxies 13:31 Water shielding for a rover 15:16 Do I play RPGs 17:32 Should science be outcome-based? 19:33 Could you orbit the Moon more closely? 21:17 Site to avoid light pollution Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Aug 08, 2019
Episode 543: What Are Light Echoes? Using Reflections Of Light To See Even Further Back In Time
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When we look outward into space, we’re looking backwards in time. That’s because light moves, at the speed of light. It takes time for the light to reach us. But it gets even stranger than that. Light can be absorbed, reflected, and re-emitted by gas and dust, giving us a second look. They’re called light echoes, and allow astronomers another way to understand the Universe around us. Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - http://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/arecibo-radar-returns-with-asteroid-phaethon-images https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/multimedia/lroimages/lroc-20100413-apollo15-LRRR.html https://www.spacetelescope.org/videos/heic0617a/ https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/light-echoes-give-clues-to-protoplanetary-disk https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/nasa-s-nicer-mission-maps-light-echoes-of-new-black-hole https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2017/news-2017-42.html https://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1814a/
Aug 05, 2019
Episode 542: How Habitable Is Titan? NASA Is Sending The Titan Dragonfly Helicopter To Find Out
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There are few places in the Solar System which are as fascinating as Saturn’s moon Titan. It’s a world with a thicker atmosphere than Earth. Where it’s so cold that it rains ammonia, forming lakes, rivers and seas. Where water ice forms mountains. Like Europa and Encleadus, Titan could have an interior ocean of liquid water too, a place where there might be life. Titan’s got layers, and fortunately, there’s an awesome new mission in the works to explore it: the Titan Dragonfly mission. Links to episodes I mention: Drilling under the ice on Europa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxU1VSSka4M Everyday Astronaut talks about Titan Dragonfly - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkS2dP7eiEU Missions to Titan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzg78ySwIn4 Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - http://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/moons/saturn-moons/titan/exploration/?page=0&perpage=10&order=launchdate+desc%2Ctitle+asc&search=&tags=Saturn&category=33#dutch-astronomer-christiaan-huygens-discovers-titan https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/cassini/mission/spacecraft/huygens-probe/ https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/nasa-usgs-landsat-8-satellite-pinpoints-coldest-spots-on-earth https://nai.nasa.gov/teams/can-8/jpl-titan/ https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasas-dragonfly-will-fly-around-titan-looking-for-origins-signs-of-life
Aug 02, 2019
Episode 545: Q&A 93: When Will The Space Junk Return To Earth? And More...
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In this week's questions show, I explain how long it'll take for space junk to burn up in the Earth's atmosphere, would it be possible to put advertising in space, and why panspermia is appealing as a hypothesis. 01:04 When will the space junk return to Earth? 03:14 Why don't we clean up the junk? 06:50 Can we advertise in the night sky? 08:36 Why is pansperimia appealing as a hypothesis? 10:53 Crewed space station dedicated to astronomy? 13:25 Best way to reduce light pollution? 16:08 What factors are important for life? 18:41 Can a star and black hole orbit each other? 20:41 How does time dilation work? 24:46 What will happen if Starship works? 28:49 How do galaxies collide if everything is expanding? 30:10 Why are Saturn's rings fading away? Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week, and answer them here. Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Aug 01, 2019
Episode 541: Why Is The Moon’s South Pole So Important? It’s All About Water
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As NASA prepares to return to the Moon by 2024 as part of its Artemis program, the agency is focusing its efforts on exploring the Moon’s polar regions. These are areas of the Moon which seem to have a lot of water mixed in with the regolith. Some of these craters are permanently in shadow, and might still have large quantities of water, that’s accessible to human and robotic explorers. This is a critical resource, and the Moon might be just the place to help humanity as it pushes out to explore the rest of the Solar System. But it might also be an illusion. We really won’t know until we look up close. Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - http://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/50-years-ago-lunar-landing-sites-selected https://curator.jsc.nasa.gov/lunar/ https://space.stackexchange.com/questions/1336/what-thickness-depth-of-water-would-be-required-to-provide-radiation-shielding-i https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/3480 https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/lro-sheds-light-on-lunar-water-movement https://www.nasa.gov/ames/LCROSS https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/inside-dark-polar-moon-craters-water-not-as-invincible-as-expected-scientists-argue https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/chang-e-landers-a-closer-look https://www.isro.gov.in/gslv-mk-iii-m1-chandrayaan-2-mission/launch-kit-glance http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2017/1207-koreas-first-lunar-mission.html https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-selects-12-new-lunar-science-technology-investigations https://www.astrobotic.com/2019/7/1/astrobotic-awarded-5-6-million-nasa-contract-to-deliver-autonomous-moon-rover http://www.planetary.org/explore/projects/planetvac/ https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/uom-nsu071119.php https://today.ttu.edu/posts/2019/07/Stories/NASA-picks-Nagihara-instrument-moon-landing
Jul 30, 2019
Episode 540: Planetary Society Deploys LightSail 2’s Solar Sail. What Does The Future Hold For Solar Sails?
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Where you can travel in space depends on how much propellant you’ve got on board your rocket and how efficiently you can use it. But there’s a source of free propellant right here in the Solar System - the Sun - which is streaming out photons in all directions. You just need to catch them. And right now, the Planetary Society’s new LightSail 2 spacecraft is testing out just how well it’ll work. Light Sail 2 Photos: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis/lightsail-2-team-continues-tweaks-tests.html Episode on Breakthrough Starshot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FWcEtXgK2g&list=PLbJ42wpShvml6Eg22WjWAR-6QUufHFh2v&index=146 Episode on Project Dragonfly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=598UtgxFd1E&list=PLbJ42wpShvml6Eg22WjWAR-6QUufHFh2v&index=23 Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - http://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-maximum-speed-a-chemical-rocket-can-achieve http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis/lightsail-2-has-launched.html http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis/lightsail-2-team-continues-tweaks-tests.html https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/6.2014-4435 https://www.nasa.gov/content/nea-scout https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2018/pdf/1406.pdf http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest-blogs/2017/20170925-solar-sail-dsg.html
Jul 26, 2019
Episode 539: Q&A 92: Can We Accelerate At 1G Like In The Expanse? Featuring Sophia Gad-Nasr
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In this week's QA, I tackle constant acceleration. Do we have anything that can accelerate at 1G for long periods of time? Why are there different sized stars? And do the heavier elements come from supernovae or colliding neutron stars? Check out Sophia on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/astropartigirl https://astropartigirl.com/ Traveling for billions of light years in a human lifetime https://youtu.be/4tjQ8o8j-O8 00:00 Continuous thrust at 1G? 02:25 How can bigger stars form? 03:56 Heavy elements from supernovae? 07:00 OWL versus E-ELT 09:34 Time dilation from living on Mars 12:55 Do Uranus' moons rotate around its equator? 14:38 Attach a telescope to ISS? 18:23 Terrified about the Sun 21:42 Do neutron stars turn into black holes 23:06 Why do astronomers call elements metal? 25:40 Can we find dark matter everywhere? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jul 24, 2019
Episode 537: Catching The Next Interstellar Asteroid Or Comet. ESA's Comet Interceptor Mission
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On October 19th, 2017 astronomers detected the first interstellar asteroid (or maybe comet) passing through the Solar System: Oumuamua. It had a brief encounter with the inner Solar System and then hurtled back out into interstellar space. Once astronomers noticed it, they directed the world’s telescopes on the object, but it was too far away to reveal anything more than a faint dot. Until now, we’ve only been able to study objects in our own Solar System. We have no idea what the rest of the Milky Way is like. But we were too late to catch it, no spacecraft was ready to make a quick intercept. Well, scientists aren’t going to make that mistake again. The European Space Agency announced their plans to build a comet interceptor. A spacecraft that will lurk out at the Earth-Sun L2 Lagrange point, waiting for a long-period comet or interstellar object to pounce on, and give us the first close up view ever. Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - http://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: http://www.cometinterceptor.space/ https://www.esa.int/OurActivities/SpaceScience/Giottooverview http://sci.esa.int/rosetta/2279-summary/ http://www.astro.uwo.ca/~wiegert/phd/Wiegertphd.pdf https://www.sciencealert.com/watch-the-sun-absolutely-destroy-the-fastest-comet-in-the-solar-system http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/61416-esa-s-new-mission-to-intercept-a-comet/ http://www.cometinterceptor.space/mission.html http://www.cometinterceptor.space/uploads/1/2/3/7/123778284/cometinterceptorexecutive_summary.pdf https://i4is.org/what-we-do/technical/project-lyra/
Jul 23, 2019
Episode 538: Searching For The Red Edge. How The Earth's Forests Are Telling The Aliens Where We Live
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People are always worried that alien civilizations will detect the transmissions from our old radio shows and television broadcasts, and send in the invasion fleet. But the reality is that life itself has been broadcasting the existence of life on Earth for 500 million years. Blame it on the plants. In addition to filling the atmosphere with oxygen, plants give off a very specific wavelength visible in infrared radiation. It’s the kind of signal that other civilizations could search for as they’re scanning the galaxy. It’s what we’ll be looking for too. But don’t just blame the plants. Other forms of life have been giving off signals too, signals we can search for as we discover new exoplanets and wonder if they have life there. Information on ESA's ARIEL mission https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCTGIxmM-e4 Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - http://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.nature.com/articles/365715a0.pdf https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/03/asteroid-bound-spacecraft-finds-signs-life-earth https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1907/1907.05245.pdf https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/07/exoplanet-evolution-astronomers-expand-cosmic-cheat-sheet https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~kchance/EPS238-2014/refdata/Seager-red-edge-2005.pdf https://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1905/ https://arielmission.space/ https://www.astrobio.net/news-exclusive/earthshine/
Jul 23, 2019
Episode 536: Q&A 91: Are Space Telescopes A Waste Of Money? And More...
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In this week's QA, I answer why space telescopes aren't a waste of taxpayer resources, if ground-based space telescopes will become obsolete, and whether it makes sense to crash phobos into Mars. 00:18 Waste of taxpayer money? 02:14 Will ground-based telescopes become obsolete? 03:50 Crash Phobos into Mars 04:56 Should NASA collaborate with China? 05:45 Entanglement to communicate faster than light? 08:09 Crop circles 08:36 Problem with wearing a weight suit in zero gravity 09:55 Methane rocket emissions 10:57 Why does Titan have an atmosphere? 11:51 Harvest energy from neutrinos Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jul 09, 2019
Episode 535: Fermi Paradox: Where are they? A Debate with John Michael Godier Moderated by Skylias
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This past weekend Skylias moderated a debated between John Michael Godier and Fraser Cain over their Fermi paradox theories. If there are aliens where are they? The Fermi paradox theory asks where are the alien civilizations in the galaxy? And in the universe. If they exist. Where are the extraterrestrials? Website: https://www.eventhorizonshow.com/
Jul 05, 2019
Episode 534: Q&A 90: How Do We Know What The Milky Way Looks Like? And More...
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In this week's questions show, I explain how astronomers know what the Milky Way looks like, what would happen in a catastrophic impact on the International Space Station, and who is the team who works with me on Universe Today? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jul 03, 2019
Episode 533: Earth To Mars In 100 Days? The Power Of Nuclear Rockets
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The Solar System is a really big place, and it takes forever to travel from world to world with traditional chemical rockets. But one technique, developed back in the 1960s might provide a way to dramatically shorten our travel times: nuclear rockets. Of course, launching a rocket powered by radioactive material has its own risks as well. Should we attempt it? Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - http://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/gamechangingdevelopment/NuclearThermalPropulsionDeepSpaceExploration https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19910017902.pdf https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2017PhaseIPhaseII/FusionEnabledPlutoOrbiterandLander/ https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20170003126.pdf
Jul 01, 2019
Episode 532: Q&A 89: Why Didn't NASA Build More Hubbles? And More...
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In this week's questions show, I explain why NASA decided to build James Webb and not more Hubble Space Telescopes, what would happen if you opened up a jar in space, and do we know of any stars without planets? 00:45 Why doesn't NASA build more Hubbles? 02:42 Where did life come from? 04:05 What if you opened a jar in space? 05:58 Why didn't I answer your question? 07:15 Will we give up all the sky? 09:06 Annoyed about light pollution. 10:28 Less satellites, higher up 11:41 Stars without planets? 12:25 Worth getting a degree in astronomy? 14:33 You can buy SpaceX stock 15:20 Do I really get death threats? 17:32 Can planets be independent from a galaxy? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jun 21, 2019
Episode 530: 386: Planetary Protection: What If We Destroy Life Before We Even Find It?
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Explorers have always brought stowaways with them on board. Thanks to our travels around the world, hardy creatures like rats, goats, pigs and starlings and more have found their way to every corner of the globe. Not to mention our plants, microbes and viruses. Wherever we go, life goes with us, whether we want it to or not. And when we travel to other worlds, it looks like the most extreme life Earth has ever cooked up is ready and willing to make the journey with us. Now that the big flybys are over, it’s time to dig into the regolith, search for life in underground lakes and oceans, return samples back to Earth. We’re going to give life every opportunity to contaminate other worlds. What can we do to prevent it? Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - http://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://planetaryprotection.nasa.gov/overview https://nodis3.gsfc.nasa.gov/OPDdocs/NID8020_109A.pdf https://spacescience.arc.nasa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/ReviewAssessmentPlanetaryProtectionPolicyDevelopmentProcesses.pdf https://planetaryprotection.nasa.gov/about-categories/ https://www.nasa.gov/feature/where-on-mars-might-humans-first-land https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94bIW7e1Otg https://arxiv.org/abs/1905.13681
Jun 18, 2019
Episode 531: Open Space 41: Seeing Jupiter At Opposition, And More...
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In this week's penultimate episode of Open Space before our summer hiatus, I give tips and tricks on seeing Jupiter, what's a good starting telescope, updates on LIGO, why rockets launch straight up, and more... 00:00 Introduction 02:00 Looking at Jupiter 02:38 Starting Telescope 03:55 Why do rockets launch vertically first? 05:04 How much should a telescope cost? 05:48 What has LIGO been seeing? 08:15 How bad is the radiation around Jupiter? 10:20 What do I think about the Lunar Gateway 13:17 Drilling into Europa 14:29 Will ISS have a successor? 16:19 Probe to Uranus/Neptune? 18:02 Why do a crewed mission to Venus? 19:39 Updates on Project Starshot? 22:30 Does light stop travelling? 23:30 What kind of transmission would come from Alpha Cen. 25:13 Ethical issues of asteroid mining 26:55 Why haven't we done rotating habitats in orbit? 31:35 Could dark matter turn into planets? 33:26 Moon base in 50 years? 35:50 Lots of people living in space by 2100? 37:14 Moon mining? 39:56 Books in any order? 40:30 When will ISS return to Earth? 41:47 Would I go to the Moon? 42:46 Have I read Artemis? 44:30 Who will be the first director to film in space 44:50 Will they take insects and worms to Mars 46:47 Best place to send humans scientifically 49:44 Is there an absolute stop? 51:11 Does the Moon have moons? 52:23 Why don't we build launch loops? 54:18 Will we infect Mars? 54:50 Missions to lava tubes? 56:30 What will AI do to us? 57:50 Would you be able to get radio signals on the Moon? 59:16 Views on AI ethics Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jun 18, 2019
Episode 529: Open Space 40: To The Moon By 2024? And More...
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In this week's live QA episode, I tackled questions about the reality of returning astronauts to the Moon by 2024, the loss of dark skies, will we ever be able to shop for our own personal spacecraft, and more. 01:00 Our hiatus 04:40 Can we really return to the Moon by 2024? 09:05 Dark sky controversy 10:28 Is it hard to stay fascinated about astronomy? 13:44 Will space travel ever be like air travel? 15:49 Didn't Trump say they weren't going to the Moon any more? 17:54 Did extraterrestrial visited our planet in the past? 19:57 Where can you get my new poster? 20:55 What is the most important invention? 23:33 If I was captain of a starship, where would I go? 24:15 Any merch? 25:40 Will we shop for personal spacecraft? 27:05 Is something looking back at us? 27:50 When will Starlink be available? 30:05 Star Trek, Star Wars or Rick and Morty 30:48 What about space elevators? 34:07 Will space planes ever be viable? 35:36 Can't they use robots to fix Hubble? 37:41 Why aren't ion engines used more often? 40:32 Would I fly on Virgin Galactic? 41:20 Why don't nations work on Mars missions together? 42:55 What does the poster behind my head say? 43:00 Will solar power work on Mars? 45:06 Would capturing satellites be profitable? 47:00 Are there more efficient ways to land on Mars? 47:44 Could SpaceX be allowed mine an asteroid? 50:25 Has audio been recorded on another world? 52:13 No weapons of mass destruction in space 52:53 Could someone get the RTGs from the Voyagers to make a weapon? 53:27 Are the number of stars in the Milky Way increasing? 55:32 Will we be able to communicate faster than light? 56:17 What's the punishment for violating the Outerspace Treaty? 57:30 Wrap up Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jun 12, 2019
Episode 528: Q&A 88: How Could We Cool Down Venus? And More...
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Here's my interview on Space Junk about the Fermi Paradox: https://anchor.fm/spacejunk/episodes/The-Fermi-Paradox-and-The-Great-Filter-w-Fraser-Cain-e44uff 00:29 Are rings only limited to gas giants? 02:30 If we blocked the light on Venus, would it cool down? 04:34 What would it take to build a generational ship? 06:20 Do airplanes avoid telescopes? 08:16 Examples of reused spacecraft designs. 10:17 Could we breath an alien atmosphere? 12:02 How do they evacuate ISS? 13:21 What is the cost of the Hubble Space Telescope? 15:12 Are we unique in the Universe? 17:10 Can't astronauts wear weights? 18:37 Research into weaponizing asteroids? 20:23 Dig caverns on the Moon or Mars? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
Jun 06, 2019
Episode 527: Just How Tough Is Earth Life? Tough Enough To Go Space And Still Thrive
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Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - http://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://www.dlr.de/me/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-1752/2384_read-54290/ http://eea.spaceflight.esa.int/attachments/spacestations/ID5c643608ee7a9.pdf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STUyjTO8gQw
Jun 04, 2019
Episode 526: Q&A 87: Why Is Starlink So Bright? Is It Right For Starlink To Provide Internet? And More...
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00:28 Why is Starlink so bright? 02:52 Should Starlink provide internet access? 07:02 How do chemical thrusters work in a vacuum? 07:50 Sgr A* is pretty cool? 09:09 Launch providers should provide a discount for science 10:16 Could Starlink satellites do science too? 12:50 Will corporations and governments surveil us? 14:45 Am I using a green screen 15:47 Can Starlink be blocked? 18:21 Worried about space junk? 18:40 Should you invest in SpaceX? 20:00 Should we trust Elon Musk? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: http://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com
May 31, 2019
Episode 525: SpaceX Just Launched the First 60 Satellites for Starlink. What About Space Junk?
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May 28, 2019
Episode 524: Space Junk Podcast - Interview with Fraser about the Fermi Paradox and the Great Filter
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May 27, 2019
Episode 523: Interview with Fraser on the SNaQ Podcast
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May 22, 2019
Episode 521: Open Space 39: Dennis E. Taylor, author of the Bobiverse Trilogy
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May 21, 2019
Episode 522: 382: Project Artemis: NASA's Plans To Return To The Moon By 2024
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May 21, 2019
Episode 520: Q&A 86 : Could We Move Atmosphere from Venus to Mars? And More... Featuring Dylan O'Donnell
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