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Ep. 375: The Search For Life in the Solar System

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) With the discovery of water ice in so many locations in the Solar System, scientists are hopeful in the search for life on other worlds. Guest Morgan Rehnberg returns to Astronomy Cast to explain the best places we should be looking for life. Download the...

Ep. 374: Stern-Gerlach Experiment

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) In the world of quantum mechanics, particles behave in discreet ways. One breakthrough experiment was the Stern-Gerlach Experiment, performed in 1922. They passed silver atoms through a magnetic field and watched how the spin of the atoms caused the...

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 the rest of the Universe. For example,...

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 we’re going to talk about the work...

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 Searcher which has already turned up 130...

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 times over its 5-year mission. If all goes...

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