Universe Today Podcast

Your Ultimate Guide to All Things Space

Space news, interviews, Q&As, and exclusive content from Universe Today.
Audio versions of Fraser Cain YouTube channel.

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    July 23rd, 2024

    What are those lasers shooting out from telescopes? Can we build a space elevator? Could we grow plants in Mars regolith? Why not assemble telescopes in space? Answering all these questions and more in this week's Overtime Q&A.

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    July 22nd, 2024

    It's already been two years of JWST operations. In this episode we accumulated all the major science results, all the amazing images and graphs, all the important discoveries and controversies. Enjoy the ULTIMATE GUIDE to the second year of James Webb.

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    July 19th, 2024

    Europa Clipper might be delayed. NASA is cancelling its VIPER lunar rover mission. Mapping the dark matter in a dwarf galaxy. And a real-life stillsuit.

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    July 17th, 2024

    Oumuamua and Borisov were the first interstellar visitors found by humanity. There should be many more of them. How can we find it and what will it mean for Astronomy? Finding out the answers.

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    July 17th, 2024

    This is an episode of our Patreon-exclusive Q&A show that I do with my producer Anton.

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    July 16th, 2024

    Can Iron kill stars like poison? Will a Moon telescope be better than JWST? Can a fast-moving star be fatal for the Solar System? Which worlds are the best to extract resources? Answering all these questions and more in this week's episode of Overtime.

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    July 15th, 2024

    Previously the only way to image black holes was with the Event Horizon Telescope, a combination of many radio telescopes across the globe. It is complicated and time-consuming. But with Vera Rubin going online soon, there might be a simpler way to observe black holes with a single telescope using a really clever method.

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    July 15th, 2024

    This is an interview with me on the Pale Blue Pod podcast. We did talk about publishing in the space and astronomy sector. Enjoy!

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    July 12th, 2024

    A strange eye ball world seen by Webb, did ancient astronomers see a kilonova in the sky, extreme moss that could handle Mars, and Ariane 6 flies successfully to space (mostly).

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    July 9th, 2024

    Can stars be born without a parent galaxy? Can quasars destroy life in an entire galaxy? Is there another planet in our Solar System after all? Did the Sun have a sibling star at some point? Answering all these questions and more in this week's Q&A show.

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    July 8th, 2024

    Seeing an Earth-like planet around a Sun-like star isn't possible with current telescopes. The difference in brightness is just too big. But future space telescopes will have multiple tricks up their sleeve specifically for that. Which ones? Finding out in this interview.

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    July 5th, 2024

    Plate tectonics could be incredibly rare, LEGO bricks made from actual space rocks, mapping the Milky Way’s dark matter halo, and Perseverance’s SHERLOC instrument is fully operational again.

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    June 27th, 2024

    China returns samples from the far side of the Moon, SpaceX will be de-orbiting ISS, could you surf the methane waves on Titan, and who knows when Starliner is coming home

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    June 26th, 2024

    Not every new space mission needs a separate launch and dedicated hardware. With this proposal, there's a huge potential for finding signals from primordial black holes by just using signals from a spacecraft flying to Uranus or Neptune. No additional hardware required.

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    June 25th, 2024

    How often do objects fall into the Sun? Why do some stars explode as novae, not as Type 1a supernovae? Can the US Army just donate NASA a Hubble 2? Will humans be living underground on Mars? Answering all these questions and more in this week's Q&A.

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    June 24th, 2024

    AI is practically everywhere right now. But what practical use does it have in science? How can machine learning and large language models help in Astronomy and Cosmology? What can they look like and what use can we get out of them?