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Astronomy Cast takes a fact based journey through the cosmos as it offers listeners weekly discussions on astronomical topics ranging from planets to cosmology.

Astronomy Cast takes a fact based journey through the cosmos as it offers listeners weekly discussions on astronomical topics ranging from planets to cosmology.
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Astronomy Cast takes a fact based journey through the cosmos as it offers listeners weekly discussions on astronomical topics ranging from planets to cosmology.

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English


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Ep. 479: Rockets pt. 1- What Does "Single Stage To Orbit" Really Mean?

2/16/2018
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To celebrate the launch of the Falcon Heavy, we figured it was time for an all new series, this time on the rockets that carry us to space. Today we're going to talk about why single stage to orbit rockets are so difficult to carry out.

Duration:00:27:06

Ep. 478: Apollo 8 with Paul Hildebrandt

2/9/2018
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On Christmas Day, 1968 Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders became the first human being to see the far side of the Moon. Their mission, of course, was Apollo 8, the first time human beings had ever left Earth orbit and seen the far side of the Moon. Today we talk all about Apollo 8, with special guest Paul Hildebrandt, director of a new documentary about the mission.

Duration:00:33:45

Ep. 477: State of Exploration: Once and Future Moon

2/2/2018
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It's been decades since humans set foot on the Moon. Well, it's time to go back, in theory. Of course, we've heard this all before. What are the plans afoot to send humans back to the Moon this time. What hardware will we use, and what other strategies are in the works to make this happen?

Duration:00:31:03

Ep. 476: The Overview Effect

1/26/2018
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After they’ve been to space, many astronauts report that seeing the world from above has given them a totally new perspective on humanity and the state of our planet. It’s called the Overview Effect. Today we’ll talk about this, and what this perspective can teach us all.

Duration:00:29:49

Ep. 475: Fast Radio Bursts

1/19/2018
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You know what’s fun? Mysteries. Here’s one: fast radio bursts. Astronomers have been detecting mysterious one-time signals from across the sky. What’s causing them? Nobody knows for sure, but the search is on to get to the bottom of them.

Duration:00:32:19

Ep. 474: Predictions for 2018

1/12/2018
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Phew, 2018, time to press the reset button and enjoy a whole new year of space exploration and space science. What’s coming up this year? What should we expect to launch, and what will we see in the sky?

Duration:00:32:31

Ep. 473: Remembering the Best Space Science of 2017

1/5/2018
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2017 was a crazy year for, well, you know. But, it was a great year for space science, a kilonova, extrasolar planets, reusable rockets and more. Let’s look back at the year that was and remember our favorite space science.

Duration:00:30:20

Ep. 472: Best Modern Sci Fi for the Science Lover - Part 4: Bioscience

12/29/2017
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What happens when the future meets biology? Bioscience science fiction, of course. And that's our focus today as we continue our journey though science-based science fiction.

Duration:00:28:10

Ep. 471: Best Modern Sci Fi for the Science Lover - Part 3: Human Computer Relations

12/22/2017
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It's time to talk computers, and how we're going to be dealing with them in the future. In our next segment on modern sci-fi, we talk about the future of the human-computer interface.

Duration:00:26:53

Ep. 469: Best Modern Sci Fi for the Science Lover - Part 1 Space Exploration

12/15/2017
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Our journey through interesting science fiction, this time we talk about speculative fiction dealing with materials science, nanotechnology and 3D printing. It’s a staple in Star Trek, but what other stories deal with it?

Duration:00:28:25

Ep. 469: Best Modern Sci Fi for the Science Lover - Part 1 Space Exploration

12/8/2017
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We’ve always been fans of science fiction, but we really like our science. Today we’ll talk about some books we’ve been reading recently that do a good job of dealing with the science in science fiction.

Duration:00:31:20

Ep. 468: Simulations for Science and Fun

12/1/2017
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Astronomers depend on simulations to study the Universe. From relatively straightforward orbital simulations to vast simulations that try to recreate the large scale structure of the Universe from the Big Bang. Today we're going to talk about some of those simulations, as well as tools you can use simulate the Universe.

Duration:00:30:13

Ep. 467: Resonance

11/19/2017
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Many of the moons and planets across the Universe are in resonance with each other and their star. What causes this resonance, and how can it help us understand the history of planetary formation and migration?

Duration:00:30:27

Ep. 466: Origins of Zero (0)

11/17/2017
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We depend on zero for our math to work right, but this number was actually invented in fairly recent times. Why do we need zero? Was it inevitable?

Duration:00:28:34

Ep. 465: Exploiting Interfering Light

11/10/2017
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Electromagnetic radiation, also known as “light” is pretty handy for astronomers. They can use it to directly and indirectly observe stars, nebula, planets and more. But as you probably know, light can act like a wave, creating interference patterns tto teach us even more about the Universe.

Duration:00:28:46

Ep. 464: Why the Hype over an Exorock?

11/6/2017
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Astronomers this week announced that they had discovered an asteroid or comet on a trajectory that brought it from outside the Solar System? Is this the first case of an object from deep space? And what can we learn from this discovery?

Duration:00:27:51

Ep. 463: Pareidolia and the Moon

10/30/2017
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The man in the moon, the pyramids on Mars. Every cloud, ever. Humans have a tendency to pattern match when they're looking around the Universe - it's called pareidolia. What causes this behaviour, and how can we use this to debunk some hilarious conspiracy theories?

Duration:00:24:41

Ep. 462: Modeling the Weather

10/23/2017
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Have you noticed that weather forecasting has gotten much better in the last few years? Thanks to weather satellites, weather stations, and better forecasting techniques. How do scientists predict the weather with any kind of accuracy days or even weeks in the future.

Duration:00:28:41

Ep. 461: Measuring the Weather with Satellites

10/16/2017
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What’s the weather doing? Is it going to rain today? How much? What about temperatures? We depend on modern weather forecasting, thanks, in part to the vast network of weather satellites. What instruments do they have, what orbits do they use.

Duration:00:29:42

Ep. 460: Earth from Afar: Remote Sensing

10/9/2017
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The space age has given us the ability to look at every corner of the globe in every wavelength. It’s revolutionized our ability to predict the weather, keep track of environmental damage, and watch the world change. Today we look at what missions and technologies give us the ability to watch our world from afar.

Duration:00:30:48

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