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Ep. 372: The Millikan Oil Drop

Ep. 372: The Millikan Oil Drop
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) In 1909 Robert Millikan devised an ingenious experiment to figure out the charge of an electron using a drop of oil. Let’s talk about this Nobel Prize winning experiment. Download the show [MP3] | Jump to...

Ep. 371: Eddington Eclipse Exp...

Ep. 371: Eddington Eclipse Experiment
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) At the turn of the 20th Century, Einstein’s theory of relativity stunned the physics world, but the experimental evidence needed to be found. And so, in 1919, another respected astronomer, Arthur Eddington,...

Ep. 370: The Kaufmann–Bucherer...

Ep. 370: The Kaufmann–Bucherer–Neumann Experiments
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) One of the most amazing implications of Einstein’s relativity is the fact that the inertial mass of an object depends on its velocity. That sounds like a difficult thing to test, but that’s exactly what...

Ep. 369: The Fizeau Experiment

Ep. 369: The Fizeau Experiment
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) Light is tricky stuff, and it took scientists hundreds of years to puzzle out what this stuff is. But they poked and prodded at it with many clever experiments to try to measure its speed, motion and interaction with...

Ep. 368: Searching for the Aet...

Ep. 368: Searching for the Aether Wind: the Michelson–Morley Experiment
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) Waves move through a medium, like water or air. So it seemed logical to search for a medium that light waves move through. The Michelson-Morley Experiment attempted to search for this medium, known as the...

Ep. 367: Spitzer does Exoplane...

Ep. 367: Spitzer does Exoplanets
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) We’ve spent the last few weeks talking about different ways astronomers are searching for exoplanets. But now we reach the most exciting part of this story: actually imaging these planets directly. Today...

Ep. 366: HARPS Spectrograph

Ep. 366: HARPS Spectrograph
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) Almost all the planet hunting has been done from space. But there’s a new instrument installed on the European Southern Observatory’s 3.6 meter telescope called the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet...

Ep. 365: Gaia

Ep. 365: Gaia
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) The European Gaia spacecraft launched about a year ago with the ambitious goal of mapping one billion years in the Milky Way. That’s 1% of all the stars in our entire galaxy, which it will monitor about 70...

Ep. 364: The COROT Mission

Ep. 364: The COROT Mission
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) Before NASA’s Kepler mission searched for exoplanets using the transit method, there was the European COROT mission, launched in 2006. It was sent to search for planets with short orbital periods and find solar...

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Episode List
  • Ep. 373: Becquerel Experiment (Radiation)
  • Ep. 372: The Millikan Oil Drop
  • Ep. 371: Eddington Eclipse Experiment
  • Ep. 370: The Kaufmann–Bucherer–Neumann Experiments
  • Ep. 369: The Fizeau Experiment
  • Ep. 368: Searching for the Aether Wind: the Michelson–Morley Experiment
  • Ep. 367: Spitzer does Exoplanets
  • Ep. 366: HARPS Spectrograph
  • Ep. 365: Gaia
  • Ep. 364: The COROT Mission
  • Ep. 363: Where Did Earth’s Water Come From?
  • Ep. 362: Modern Women: Carolyn Porco
  • Ep. 361: Modern Women: Maria Zuber
  • Ep. 360: Modern Women: Jocelyn Bell Burnell
  • Ep. 359: Modern Women: Margaret Geller
  • Ep. 358: Modern Women: Sandra Faber
  • Ep. 357: Modern Women: Vera Rubin
  • Ep. 356: Rotational Inertia
  • Ep. 355: Maker Space: 3D Printing Exploration
  • Ep. 354: Comet Siding Spring vs. Mars
  • Ep. 353: Seasons on Saturn
  • Ep. 352: Water, Water Everywhere!
  • Special Episode: Live from DragonCon 2014!
  • Ep. 351: Asteroid Adventures
  • Ep. 350: Space Ship One
  • Ep. 349: Mercury 7 and How the US Picked the First Astronauts
  • Ep. 348: Places with Numbers: 2 Independence Sq (NASA HQ)
  • Ep. 347: Live from Balticon!
  • Ep. 346: Numbered Places: Area 51
  • Ep. 345: Numbered Places: Launch Complex 39
  • Ep. 344: The Rings of Saturn
  • Ep. 343: The Universe is Trying To Kill You
  • Ep. 342: Sunsetting Spacecraft
  • Ep. 341: 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
  • Ep. 340: Wernher von Braun
  • Ep. 339: Space Conspiracy Theories
  • Ep. 338: Copernicus
  • Ep. 337: Photometry
  • Ep. 336: Units of Measure
  • Ep. 335: Photoelectric Effect
  • Ep. 334: Chelyabinsk
  • Ep. 333: When Worlds Collide
  • Ep. 332: Stellar Collisions
  • Ep. 331: Arthur C. Clarke’s Technologies
  • Ep. 330: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Ep. 329: Telescope Making, Part 3: Space Telescopes
  • Ep. 328: Telescope Making, Part 2: Serious Gear
  • Ep. 327: Telescope Making, Part 1: Toys and Kits
  • Ep. 326: Atmospheric Dust
  • Ep. 325: Cold Fusion
  • more ...
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