Universe Today podcasts with Fraser Cain

Space and astronomy news from Fraser Cain, Publisher of Universe Today

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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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  • 850: Medical Emergencies on the ISS, White Dwarf VS Red Dwarf, True Color of SLS | Q&A 189

    June 28th, 2022  |  37 mins 49 secs
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    In this week's Questions and Answers show, I explain how astronauts are trained to deal with medical emergencies if the Universe is expanding smoothly or chaotically, and what would survive longer, a white dwarf or a red dwarf?

  • 849: China VS NASA, SpaceX Breaking Records, Repeating FRB Mystery | Space Bites

    June 24th, 2022  |  20 mins 8 secs
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    SLS finally got through WDR (almost), Falcon 9 are setting new reuse records, China is about to beat NASA to Mars with a sample return mission, Charon red spot explained and more.

  • 848: Gaia Data Release 3 with Dr. Martin Barstow

    June 23rd, 2022  |  52 mins 20 secs
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    Dr. Martin Barstow is is a Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester and the former President of the Royal Astronomical Society. Dr. Barstow was part of the team who worked on the recent Gaia Data Release 3, which categorized almost 2 billion stars in the Milky Way.

  • 847: Can ISS Be Recycled, Artificial Meteor Storms, Can Hubble See JWST | Q&A 188

    June 21st, 2022  |  41 mins 23 secs
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    In this week's questions and answers show, I explain why most quasars are very far away, consider what would happen if you brought Pluto into the inner Solar System, and deliver the heartbreaking news of why the ISS won't be recycled.

  • 846: Advanced Propulsion Systems with Dr. Sonny White

    June 20th, 2022  |  1 hr 14 mins
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    Dr. Sonny White is a physicist and mechanical engineer. He previously worked at NASA's Eagleworks Lab testing advanced propulsion systems, and developing ideas for faster-than-light travel. He's now working with Limitless Space, founded with the vision of advancing human space exploration beyond the Solar System by the end of the 21st century.

  • 845: Starship Approved by FAA, Rogue Black Hole's Mass, Balancing Rock on Mars | Space Bites

    June 20th, 2022  |  21 mins 43 secs
    astronomy, space, space exploration

    FAA finally gave its approval to SpaceX for Starship launches from Boca Chica, Gaia released its third data drop, China stars continuous space presence, Perseverance finds another weird rock on Mars.

  • 844: Self Sustaining Space Habitats with Annika Rollock

    June 15th, 2022  |  48 mins 27 secs

    Annika Rollock is a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is studying next generation space habitats and recently published a paper about how future space stations can remain self-sufficient, especially when support and communication from Earth are far away.

  • 843: How JWST Sees in Color, Where Is Dark Matter, Did Earth Life Come from Space | Q&A 187

    June 15th, 2022  |  37 mins 42 secs

    In this week's questions and answers show, I explain how JWST and other telescopes see color, how images from observatories are released to the public, and how much of the sky can JWST see. Also, a bunch of non-Webb questions too.

  • 842: Liquid Mirror Telescope with Dr. Paul Hickson

    June 14th, 2022  |  50 mins 34 secs

    Dr. Paul Hickson is a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Hickson is overseeing a team that built a telescope out of liquid mercury in India. The International Liquid Mirror Telescope is 4 meters across and built on top of a 3,000-meter mountain in India. This will prove the technology and allow for larger and larger liquid mirror telescopes on Earth (and eventually in space).

  • 840: Searching for Technosignatures with Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra

    June 14th, 2022  |  52 mins 24 secs

    Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra is a geologist and astrobiologist with the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science. He studies the conditions that allowed life to spread across the Earth and searches for similar environments across the Universe. In a recent paper, Dr. Haqq-Misra suggests methods that we could search for technologically advanced civilizations across the Universe.

  • 841: Interview with Fraser on the Spaced Out Podcast

    June 14th, 2022  |  42 mins 11 secs

    Here's an interview with me on the Spaced Out Podcast from the Center for Astro, Particle, and Planetary Physics at NYU Abu Dhabi. We talk about my career as a space journalist, how I approach the news, what my role is as a science communicator.

  • 839: James Webb Mirror Damaged, Comet Interceptor Confirmed, NASA Investigates UFOs | Space Bites

    June 10th, 2022  |  17 mins 57 secs

    JWST got damaged by a micrometeoroid but seems to be okay, NASA buys more Crew Dragon flights, Mars rovers see interesting stuff, ESA confirms a comet hunter, UFOs get official NASA investigations, all planets get into order in the night sky and more.

  • 838: Using Pulsars to Navigate in Space with Dr. Zach Putnam

    June 10th, 2022  |  51 mins 6 secs

    Dr. Zach Putnam is an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He's part of a team developing navigation techniques that use the signals from pulsars to always know your location, anywhere in the Solar System.

  • 836: Orbit Size Telescopes, Meteors Destroying Satellites, Artificial Gravity | Q&A 186

    June 7th, 2022  |  38 mins 47 secs

    In this week's Questions and Answers show, I answer what it would take to build a telescope as big as the Earth's orbit around the Sun, why SgrA* seems to have been rolled over on its side, and how we know the age of stars.

  • 837: Cosmology and Relativity with Dr. Leah Jenks

    June 7th, 2022  |  49 mins 57 secs

    Einstein's Theory of General Relativity has been tried and tested many times, and so far, Einstein was right. But we know his theory must be incomplete, as it still doesn't integrate with quantum mechanics. Where are physicists searching next for the future of cosmology and relativity? Dr. Leah Jenks is a PhD recipient from Brown University, and will become a KICP Fellow at the University of Chicago.

  • 835: New NASA Spacesuits, JWST Color Images Announced, Another Starship Delay | Space Bites

    June 3rd, 2022  |  22 mins 51 secs

    NASA selects two suppliers for new spacesuits, James Webb reveals the date of first color images, JUICE moves closer to launch and a new kind of solar sail gets to next NIAC round.