Kimberly Arcand, Megan Watzke, Monday, 5-20-13 May 21, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Smithsonian Books, "Your Ticket To the Universe: A Guide To Exploring The Cosmos, art and space science, astrobiology, astronomy, Chandra X-Ray Observatory, cosmology, Europa, Exomoons, Exoplanets, field guide to the universe, galaxies, human spaceflight exploration, International Year of Astronomy, Kepler Space Telescope, Kimberly Arcand, light minutes, Mars analogs, Megan Watzke, Milky Way, NASA budget, Pluto, robotic exploration, solar system, speed of light, Starry Night, Svalbard, telescopes
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Kimberly Arcand, Megan Watzke, Monday, 5-20-13
Guests: Kimberly Arcand, Megan Watzke. Topics: Touring our Solar System with our two guests. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. We welcomed Kimberly (Kim) Arcand and Megan Watzke to the program to discuss their new book, “Your Ticket To the Universe: A Guide To Exploring The Cosmos” published by Smithsonian Books. Visit their website for more information our guests and this amazing book, www.yourtickettotheuniverse.com/Index/Home.html. Also check out this YouTube video for the book, www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-KamC0Plro. If you order the book using this Amazon URL, Amazon will make a contribution to The Space Show: www.amazon.com/Your-Ticket-Universe-Exploring-Cosmos/dp/1588343758/ref=onegiantlea20.
During the first part of our 90 minute discussion, our guests explained why they wrote this book and how they came up with its unique structure, format & famous person quote at the beginning of each chapter. We talked about the pictures used in the book and a few of the items that stood out to me including “Taking an Alien to a Baseball Game” which helps us understand visible light along with all of the other types of light. A listener with a copy of the book emailed in to ask about the use of the terms light second, light minutes, and light hours when describing objects in our Solar System. Their discussion of Pluto as a dwarf planet came up in addition to my talking about the book as an excellent teaching tool for school libraries, students of all ages, even adults. Our authors talked about art and I noticed the inclusion of the famous painting Starry Night in the book. Don’t miss what Kim and Megan had to say about why Starry Night was used in their book and the overall subject of art, space science, aesthetics, and the night sky abundant with stars. As our segment was ending, we talked about Mars analogs here on Earth such as Svalbard and Rio Tinto among the many Earth Mars analogs referenced in this book, plus the book’s astrobiology focus.
In our second segment, I asked our guests if space exploration was worth it and why. Don’t miss what each had to say in answering the question. We talked about the NASA budget, what is accomplished with the budget, and general population misunderstandings about the actual amount of the NASA budget. I mentioned a TV documentary on the Dutch East Indies Company and the necessity of human exploration. I asked our guests what they thought our world would look like had we sent robots out instead of humans in those very early and risky exploration missions. A listener asked about the description of the book as both a coffee table book and a science book, and we talked about that hybrid description. Near the end of our discussion, I asked each guest for their favorite place mentioned in the book where they would want to hang out. You might be surprised by their choices. Both Kim and Megan signed off with excellent closing comments that you will want to hear and remember.
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The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 6-20-12 June 21, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: : John Batchelor, dark energy, dark matter, Dr. David Livingston, Dr. Seth Shostak, Exoplanets, extraterrestrial life, intelligent life elsewhere., Kepler Space Telescope, science fiction, SETI Organization, SETIcon II, The John Batchelor Show "Hotel Mars
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The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars,” Wednesday, 6-20-12
Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Seth Shostak, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: SETIcon II Conference, science fiction & space science. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. During our 11.5 minute discussion, Dr. Shostak talked to us about the upcoming SETIcon II Conference sponsored by the SETI Organization. For details about the conference, visit www.seticon.org. The three of us talked about the programming, many of the guests and panels, but John also asked about the Kepler Space Telescope and finding exoplanets, the habitat zone, and life elsewhere off Earth. Dark matter, dark energy came up, along with the question which is addressed by this conference concerning if Earth is a miracle or if Earth is more common with life in other places even if not yet discovered by us here on Earth. In looking over the program agenda, you will recognize many of the speakers and panel members as Space Show guests and actual scientists and academics. You will hear me talk about why this is a special type of sci-fi conference. For those of you in the Bay Area or able to attend it this coming weekend, I strongly recommend you do so. It is affordable, it will be fun and above all, SETIConII will be information packed and educational.
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Dr. Chris Impey, Sunday, 4-15-12 April 15, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " outward in space, " Saturn V, "How It Began: A time-Traveler's Guide To The Universe, Andromeda, Apollo forgotten memories, backward in time, black holes, Chinese Space Program, conspiracy theory, Cosmological Principle, dark energy, dark matter, Dr. Chris Impey, Earth-Based telescopes, electromagnetism, event horizon., Exomoons, Exoplanets, First Light, Hubble Space Telescope, interstellar probes, James Webb Space Telescope, Kepler Space Telescope, Mars, Mars meteorites, Milky Way, Moon, Moon rocks, multiverse, nanobots, NEO human spaceflight mission, neutrinos, robotic science missions, string theory, super novas, Supernova 1987A, the Big Bang, time travel
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Dr. Chris Impey, Sunday, 4-15-12
Guest: Dr. Chris Impey. Topics: We discuss Dr. Impey’s new book, “How It Began: A time-Traveler’s Guide To The Universe” along with astronomy, physics, and cosmology topics. We also discussed space policy and the future of human spaceflight plus science missions. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed Dr. Chris Impey back to the program to discuss his new book. Remember, if you buy the book from Amazon using the following URL, Amazon makes a contribution to The Space Show/OGLF: www.amazon.com/How-It-Began-Time-Travelers-Universe/dp/0393080021/ref=onegiantlea20. For the Kindle version, use www.amazon.com/How-It-Began-Time-Travelers-ebook/dp/B005LW5J30/ref=onegiantlea20. During the first half of the program, Dr. Impey talked about the book’s structure which is a bit different from other books addressing similar topics. For example, the further outward in the universe you go via reading the book, the more backward in time you go which is why the book is a time-traveler’s guidebook to the universe. Dr. Impey explains this to us and the going back in time is with us for the entire Space Show discussion. Our first stop was our Moon and our guest had much to say about it, including its origins, why and how it orbits Earth at about 240,000 miles, and more. We also learned what Earth would probably be like without the Moon. As we went into deeper space after leaving the Moon, we talked about the Kepler Space Telescope (KST) and finding exoplanets plus searching for exomoons. A listener asked about the delay encountered with supernova 1987A and our guest explained this to us. I also asked our guest about his statement on page 19 at the bottom about time and Apollo becoming a “distant cultural memory.” This turned into a lively discussion you don’t want to miss. We then talked about human spaceflight (HSF) with Dr. Impey suggesting that due to the high cost of HSF and the constant improvements with robotics, we might very well see advanced robotic missions over the coming years rather than human missions which may prove unaffordable. Don’t miss this conversation, it may very well be an accurate forecast for the future for HSF and robotic missions.
In the second half of our program, we moved out into the universe and talked about the Big Bang, First Light, and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). We also talked about large Earth-based telescopes, Hubble, and looking back close to 13 billion years with JWST while the universe is about 13.7 billions years old. We talked about why one cannot see the origins of the Big Bang with optical telescopes, but what we can “see” with microwaves. A listener asked about the Cosmological Principle and another asked about human time travel. This brought up the topic of black holes. Questions came up about string theory and the Multiverse, and then John called in to discuss both dark energy and dark matter which turned out to be another fascinating discussion led by Dr. Impey. Later, we went back to discussing HSF and we learned about the potential for nanobot probes for interstellar missions. Fleets of such probes acting in a sort of relay fashion might just be real someday. Near the end of the program, Dr. Impey discussed geopolitics as a driver for space exploration and said more about the early time after the Big Bang for the first 100 million years or so.
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Dr. David Kipping, Friday, 2-10-12 February 10, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Dr. David Kipping, Earth-like planets, Exomoons, Exoplanets, Goldilocks zone, habitable zone, Hubble Space Telescope, human spaceflight, infrared bands, interstellar travel, James Webb Space Telescope, Kepler public data, Kepler Space Telescope (KST), KST Field of View, nanosatellite swarms, planehunters.org, planet wobble, Pulsars, spectroscopy, STEM, Transit technique for planet finding
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Dr. David Kipping, Friday, 2-10-12
Guest: Dr. David Kipping. Topics: Searching for Exomoons and Exoplanets with Kepler Space Telescope (KST). You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed Dr. David Kipping to the program to discuss the search for Exomoons and Exoplanets. The primary tool for these searches is the Kepler Space Telescope (KST). We talked about the methods used to search for the exomoons, mainly planet transits. Later in our discussion we talked about the other methods including detecting wobbles and using pulsars. Another discussion issue was the fixed field of view for the KST (about 10 degrees) and the benefit of having multiple KSTs to look at different and broader fields of view of the sky. Dr. Kipping was asked several questions about finding exomoons in the habitable zone (Goldilocks zone). We also discussed the randomness of targets and the small number that are actually in the field of view from Earth. Charles in an email brought up spectroscopy in the searches.
In the second segment, we started out discussing pulsars and their role in these searches. Dr. Kipping went into some detail to explain to us the radiation pulses and how they can be interpreted in the exoplanet/moon searches. As you will hear, pulsars are not likely to be located in the Goldilocks zone but Dr. Kipping did give us an idea of the best targets for a visit were we to have interstellar space travel. Later we talked about the JWST and infrared searches along with the potential the JWST brings to astronomy. This discussion took into account the NASA budget, competition with the science missions and human spaceflight, and making hard choices for this or that funding. Our guest took some listener questions about nanosatellites and swarms of mini-KSTs. Dr. Kipping had much to say about this idea, including that it was a good one. Another issue covered was the international effort in these searches. I asked our guest about amateurs and planet searches. He told us about an interactive website, www.planethunters.org plus other programs that involved non-professionals in the searches. Near the end of the program, Dr. Kipping discussed the differences with the KST public data and private data.
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The John Batchelor Show, Hotel Mars Segment, Wednesday, 1-18-12 January 19, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: : John Batchelor, axial tilt, Dr. David Kipping, Earth size moons., Exoplanets, habitable zone, Hunt For Exomoons with Kepler (HEK), Kepler Space Telescope, planet mass, red dwarfs, The John Batchelor Show, transits
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The John Batchelor Show, Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 1-18-12
Kepler Space Telescoe and Exomoons
Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. David Kipping Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Kepler Space Telescope and the search for Exomoons. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. The topics in this 11 minute plus segment focused on the Kepler Space Telescope (KST) and the search for Exomoons. Our guest was Dr. David Kipping, an astronomer based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). Dr. Kipping has written extensively on the subject of exomoons and you can read one of his articles at www.time.com/printout/0,8816,2104376,00.html. During our segment, Dr. Kipping talked about transits, the role of exomoons in computer the mass of a planet and its makeup, size, speed, and more. We talked about how far out the KST can see and what it might take to discover Earth size moons. Toward the end of the segment, Mr. Batchelor brought up the role of red dwarfs in this discussion. If you have comments or questions, please post them on the blog URL above. Dr. Kipping has been invited to be a regular guest on an upcoming Space Show program.