Episodes
In this week's Questions and Answers show, I explain what James Webb will see when it looks at SgrA*, why black holes happen to be facing towards us, and if asteroid strikes can hurl dinosaurs into space. 00:00 Start 00:59 [Tatooine] Will Webb look at SgrA*? 05:23 [Coruscant] Why are both black holes facing us? 07:16 [Hoth] Were dinosaurs hurled to space during an asteroid impact? 09:57 [Naboo] How do stars get bigger than red dwarfs? 12:36 [Kamino] Will there be new physics beyond Newton...
Published 05/24/22
Dr. Jonathan Jiang is the supervisor of the Aerosol and Cloud Group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Jiang has contributed over 220 peer-reviewed papers in a variety of journals. Most recently, he collaborated on a paper that investigates the future of human space exploration beyond the Moon and Mars, even to the outer Solar System. https://science.jpl.nasa.gov/people/jjiang/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST...
Published 05/20/22
In this week's News Bites segment, I talk about the successful launch of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner, how astronomers watch a nova unfold in real time, the (not) door way on Mars, and the chance to see the greatest meteor storm in a generation. 00:00 Intro 00:41 Boeing Starliner Successful Test Launch 03:49 China Continues to Extend Its Plans for Space Programs ...
Published 05/20/22
Dr. Ashish Goel is a Research Technologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the Robotic Surface Mobility group. He has helped develop the plans to build a giant radio telescope inside a crater on the Moon, providing a pristine view to the Universe, using the Moon to block Earth's radio transmissions. https://www-robotics.jpl.nasa.gov/who-we-are/people/ashish_goel/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST...
Published 05/20/22
Professor Stephen Sweeney works in the department of physics at the University of Surrey. He specializes in photonics, using lasers and photovoltaics for new types of communication, remote power transmission, and other concepts in space exploration. https://www.surrey.ac.uk/people/stephen-sweeney πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: ...
Published 05/20/22
Michael Amato is an engineer at NASA and has been a member of the team behind NASA's DAVINCI spacecraft which will be launching to Venus in 2029. The spacecraft will be exploring the atmosphere of Venus with more clarity and detail than has ever been seen before, giving us a better sense about how the world became so different from Earth. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2022/amato-helped-keep-davinci-probe-on-track πŸš€ OUR...
Published 05/18/22
In this week's episode, I talk about how close to the Sun Parker Solar Probe can get, what is the smallest possible star that's turned into a red giant, why do I think aliens will need to adhere to the laws of physics, and more. Oh, and why am I so cynical? 00:00 Start 01:17 [Tatooine] Will Parker Solar Probe fly low enough to dodge prominences? 03:32 [Coruscant] What is the smallest mass star to have turned into a red giant? 06:23 [Hoth] Why do we think aliens have to adhere to the laws of...
Published 05/16/22
We finally have the SgrA* supermassive black hole image by the Event Horizon Telescope, China announces their plans to launch a space telescope, and Russia threatens to leave the ISS. 00:00 Intro 00:20 Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole https://www.universetoday.com/155874/this-is-it-meet-the-supermassive-black-hole-at-the-heart-of-the-milky-way/ 03:48 China will launch a space telescope https://www.universetoday.com/155825/china-announces-its-new-flagship-space-telescope-mission/ 05:57...
Published 05/15/22
Edward Balaban is a research scientist at NASA Ames and the principal investigator of the Fluidic Telescope Experiment, or FLUTE. The idea is to create a giant lens in space out of a fluid that could maintain its shape in microgravity. The technology was recently tested during the Axiom-1 mission to the International Space Station. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/ames/nasa-tries-new-ways-fluid-materials-to-build-giant-space-telescopes πŸš€ OUR...
Published 05/11/22
In this week's Questions and Answers show, I explain why we don't see much stuff in space unfolding in real time, how long will Musk's Tesla be a recognizable object, and what are some feasible structures we could build to help send payloads to space. 00:00 Start 03:38 [Tatooine] Why don't we see space stuff in real time? 07:40 [Coruscant] When will the Voyagers actually leave the Solar System? 09:43 [Hoth] What do I use to take notes? 12:04 [Naboo] Could we make better rocket fuel? 14:41...
Published 05/11/22
Dr. Kevin Cannon is an assistant professor of geology and geological engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Cannon has been studying the properties of lunar regolith, developing techniques that could help to mitigate its dangers during long-duration lunar exploration missions. https://geology.mines.edu/project/cannon-kevin/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: ...
Published 05/11/22
Rocket Lab almost catches their Electron booster with a helicopter, China building an asteroid redirection mission, NASA gives out awards and astronomers find a new type of space explosions. 00:00 Intro 00:35 Rocket Lab Almost Caught a Booster with a Helicopter https://www.universetoday.com/155706/they-did-it-rocket-lab-uses-copter-to-catch-and-release-a-rocket/ 02:06 China is Building an Asteroid Deflection Mission ...
Published 05/08/22
My guest today is Dr. Sam Howell, a planetary scientist with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Sam studies the interiors of icy worlds, like Europa and Enceladus and is pioneering methods to explore their subsurface oceans. https://science.jpl.nasa.gov/people/showell/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes: ...
Published 05/05/22
In this week's Questions and Answers show, I explain why James Web still can't see the Big Bang, if black holes can "unblack hole" later in life and what is the cutest nebula in the Universe? 00:00 Start 03:17 [Tatooine] Can Webb see back to the Big Bang? 08:20 [Corusant] Could antimatter destroy a black hole? 10:06 [Hoth] Why can't the aliens be hiding? 15:02 [Naboo] Can black holes lose enough mass to stop being black holes? 17:51 [Kamino] Why don't supermassive black holes suck...
Published 05/04/22
Every day about 100 tonnes of space dust strikes the Earth's atmosphere. Most of these space rocks vaporize, but some fall to the Earth at meteorites. Did you know that there are particles from space falling on the roof of your house? My guest today is Scott Peterson. Scott collects micrometeorites from his house and takes pictures of them using a microscope. We'll talk about how to find them, identify them and photograph them for yourself. https://micro-meteorites.com πŸš€ OUR...
Published 05/04/22
My guest today is Dr. Franck Marchis, a senior planetary astronomer and chair of the exoplanet group at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute and Chief Scientific Officer and Founder at Unistellar. Franck helps develop adaptive optics systems for research observatories and helped develop the fully automated eVscope telescope which helps amateurs do astrophotography and contribute to astronomical research. https://www.seti.org/our-scientists/franck-marchis πŸš€ OUR...
Published 05/04/22
NASA extended 8 space missions, EHT has groundbreaking announcements on the Milky Way's supermassive black hole, James Webb shows first images, SOFIA telescope is getting shut, Starship evaluation gets another delay, and more space news. 00:00 Intro 00:37 EHT announced β€˜groundbreaking Milky Way results’ https://www.eso.org/public/announcements/ann22006/ 02:25 Webb Has Almost Reached its Final, Coldest Temperature ...
Published 05/01/22
In this week's questions and answers show, I talk about supermassive black hole nucleosynthesis, the threat of grabby aliens and why would we ever bother building Von Neumann Probes. 00:00 Start 01:00 [Tatooine] Are elements being formed in quasars? 03:50 [Corusant] What will the coverage of the Moon landings be like? 06:39 [Hoth] How close will Comet C/2014 UN271 get to us? 08:29 [Naboo] Why send out Von Neumann Probes? 09:56 [Kamino] Will we actually develop the technology for Von Neumann...
Published 04/27/22
My guest today is Dr. Renu Malhotra, a planetary scientist who specializes in planetary migration and orbital mechanics. Dr. Malhotra and her team have discovered that Pluto's orbit is surprisingly chaotic at small timescales and yet surprisingly stable at larger timescale. We'll talk about her research and the science of orbital mechanics that led to the current orbits of the planets in the Solar System. https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/~renu/ πŸš€ OUR...
Published 04/27/22
Planetary Science Decadal Survey recommends a mission to Uranus, SLS is set for another delay, Perseverance sees a Phobos solar eclipse, all Hubble's images in a single picture and other most important space and astronomy news of the week. 00:00 Intro 00:43 Planetary Science Decadal Survey is out https://www.universetoday.com/155519/planetary-decadal-survey-says-its-time-for-a-mission-to-uranus-and-enceladus-too-1/ 04:11 NASA is Having a Tough Time Testing the SLS ...
Published 04/24/22
My guest today is Celeste Keith, a graduate student at the University of Chicago. Celeste and her team are searching for ways to detect the presence of primordial black holes, leftover from the Big Bang. These could be an explanation for dark matter and other phenomena in the Universe. https://astrophysics.uchicago.edu/people/profile/celeste-keith/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST...
Published 04/19/22
My guest today is Dr. Slava Turyshev, a physicist with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He helped to solve the Pioneer Anomaly, and is developing a mission that could use the Sun's gravity as a natural lens to focus the light from distant objects. https://science.jpl.nasa.gov/people/Turyshev/ πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST LINKS: ════════════════════════════════════ RSS: https://universetoday.com/audio iTunes:...
Published 04/19/22
My guest today is Dr. Margaret Meixner, the Director of Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Science Mission Operations. Previous to this role, Dr. Meixner was a Distinguished Astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) and a Project Scientist at James Webb Space Telescope. https://www.sofia.usra.edu/about-sofia/science-team/margaret-meixner πŸš€ OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ πŸš€ PODCAST...
Published 04/19/22
In this week's live Questions and Answers show, I provide the exact number of alien worlds that could detect the Earth, are we made of heavier elements made in other galaxies, will lasers remain perfectly parallel in space? And more... 00:00 Start 01:15 [Tatooine] Could any aliens see us by the transit/radial velocity method? 04:05 [Corusant] Are we made from atoms made in other galaxies? 07:23 [Hoth] Will lasers remain parallel in space? 09:32 [Naboo] Is the Universe just a...
Published 04/19/22