Posts by Susie


A brand new telescope has completed on Maui’s Haleakala, and it has just one job: to watch the Sun in unprecedented detail. It’s called the Daniel K. Inouye telescope, and the engineering involved to get this telescope operational are matched by the incredible resolution of its first images.

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Ep. 558: Supernova SN 2006gy

Ep. 558: Supernova SN 2006gy


Posted on Feb 5, 2020 in podcast, Stars

http://traffic.libsyn.com/astronomycast/AstroCast-200210.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS We’ve been following this story for more than a decade, so it’s great to finally have an answer to the question, why was supernova 2006gy so insanely bright? Astronomers originally thought it was an example of a supermassive star exploding, but new evidence provides an even more fascinating answer....

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Ep. 557: Red Dwarfs: Friend or Foe

Ep. 557: Red Dwarfs: Friend or Foe


Posted on Jan 28, 2020 in podcast, Stars

http://traffic.libsyn.com/astronomycast/AstroCast-200203.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS On the one hand, red dwarfs are the longest lived stars in the Universe, the perfect place for life to hang out for trillions of years. On the other hand, they’re tempestuous little balls of plasma, hurling out catastrophic flares that could wipe away life. Are they good or bad places to live? Download MP3|...

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For the longest time astronomers could only study the skies with telescopes. But then new techniques and technologies were developed to help us see in different wavelengths. Now astronomers can study objects in both visible light, neutrinos, gravitational waves and more. The era of multi-messenger astronomy is here.

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