Ep. 156: Famous Stars

VY Canis Majoris

VY Canis Majoris

This week we’re going to talk about famous stars. But not those boring human ones you read about in People magazine. No, we’re talking about those hot balls of plasma across the distant Universe. The close ones, the bright ones, the massive ones, the giant ones. Let’s get to know some famous stars.

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    14 Responses to Ep. 156: Famous Stars

    1. gary October 13, 2009 at 8:03 am #

      Don’t forget Wolf 359 was on the original Outer Limits in 1964. They depicted it as having a solar system too.

      Love the show, thanks.

    2. Anders October 13, 2009 at 8:56 am #

      The most famous star is probably the sun…

    3. Jim October 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

      With the star that you mentioned that was ‘passing through’ the galaxy at high speed, this reminds me of a discussion on “hypervelocity stars” in another podcast interview with a Dr Church from Cambridge Uni – very interesting stuff. Who knew there was still so much to learn about stars? 🙂

    4. Jim October 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

      oops forgot the link

      http://tinyurl.com/yhxw57a

    5. Mark October 14, 2009 at 11:57 am #

      Rigel was also mentioned in Star Trek on a number of occasions. This was one of my favorite episodes to date, but enjoy them all. Keep them coming!!

    6. Jef October 14, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

      Umm, I cant find any shownotes or transcripts from the famous stars episode? I was particularly after the link Pamela mentioned to the video of a flythrough showing the scales of star sizes.

    7. Stuart Wheaton October 14, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

      156 episodes… seems that unless I suck more at math than I think I do, that is 3 whole years!!!

      Congrats to Pamela and Frasier!

    8. BigFriendlyDave October 15, 2009 at 11:54 am #

      Fun show –
      Here’s one video showing the scales – great music aside!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEheh1BH34Q&feature=related

    9. Paul3000 October 20, 2009 at 6:05 am #

      VY Canis Majoris is the biggest star we can see. Can stars be bigger than even this behemoth!

    10. Alice October 21, 2009 at 9:32 am #

      Oh man, I hate to be the huge canon nerd here, but I have to ask for a correction.

      Epsilon Eridani is not the home star system of the Vulcans in “Star Trek” canon. 40 Eridani A is. But it’s still a cool star system! Seriously!

    11. Ahmed October 22, 2009 at 8:48 am #

      I thought there was some repetition in this episode, or not? Like a technical problem or something. Anyway, I really enjoyed it. Thanks a lot, Fraser and Pamela!

    12. Margaret October 25, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

      This was a very enjoyable episode. I am recommending it to friends. Thank you for helping me to better understand astronomy through these 156 episodes and questions shows. Please keep them coming!

    13. Zach Kessin November 10, 2009 at 7:55 am #

      I think Epsilon Eridani was the home of Babylon 5

    14. eddy December 2, 2012 at 12:41 am #

      the sun is the famouse star

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