Universe Today podcasts with Fraser Cain

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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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  • 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.

  • 834: What Will JWST Discover? Everything You Need To Know | The Big Q

    May 31st, 2022  |  22 mins 1 sec

    James Webb is the most expensive and most advanced telescope in human history. Will it be worth its $10B price? What it will discover? How long will JWST last? Will it ever be serviced? All the answers are in this episode of The Big Q.

  • 833: Interview with Fraser: Defending My Belief That We're Alone in the Observable Universe

    May 30th, 2022  |  1 hr 27 mins

    This is a special bonus episode on the YouTube channel. I was interviewed on the Street Epistemology Call-In Show to defend one of my beliefs. I chose to defend my belief that we're alone in the observable Universe. We had an interesting discussion about philosophy and other topics in space afterwards, I hope you enjoy it. Here's a link to the original full-length episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qy5-ES_2E-E

  • 832: Jumping to Multicellular Life with Dr. William Ratcliff

    May 30th, 2022  |  1 hr 10 mins

    How did life go from single-celled to multi-celled? Dr. William Ratcliff is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Quantitative Biosciences at the School of Biological Science at Georgia Tech. Dr. Ratcliff and his collaborators are working with single cells of yeast, watching them make the jump to become multi-cellular organisms. It turns out, life has done this many times in the past, and not just the jump that created the modern animals we know of today.

  • 831: Meteor Storm Update, Boeing Starliner Returns, Refueling Broken Satellites | Space Bites

    May 27th, 2022  |  18 mins 38 secs

    Boeing finally completes a demo mission, scientists grow plants in lunar regolith, NASA will launch a mission to repair and refuel a satellite, space suits are leaking on the ISS again, and more.

  • 830: Who Will Get to Mars First, Black Hole Through Earth, Dinosaurs in Space | Q&A 185

    May 24th, 2022  |  36 mins 38 secs

    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.

  • 827: The Lunar Crater Radio Telescope with Dr. Ashish Goel

    May 20th, 2022  |  43 mins 44 secs

    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.

  • 828: Sending Humans to the Outer Solar System with Dr. Jonathan Jiang

    May 20th, 2022  |  57 mins 19 secs

    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.

  • 826: Beaming Power in Space with Dr. Stephen Sweeney

    May 20th, 2022  |  58 mins 54 secs

    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.

  • 829: HUGE Upcoming Meteor Storm?, Starliner Success, Nova in Real Time | Space Bites

    May 20th, 2022  |  21 mins 26 secs

    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) doorway on Mars, and the chance to see the greatest meteor storm in a generation.