StarDate Online 3 Mar 2018, 06:00 UTC A brilliant streak of light flashed above Long Island on the afternoon of October 18th, startling hundreds of observers. Another one was seen above northern New York a few weeks later. And in early January, yet another one punctuated the night skies of Manitoba and Ontario. All three of these events were fireballs — chunks of space rock burning up as they slammed into Earth’s atmosphere.
SpaceTime with Stuart Gary 2 Mar 2018, 08:24 UTC Astronomers have discovered what might be some of the biggest supermassive black holes ever seen. The new findings follow observations of 72 galaxies in some of the known universe’s brightest and most massive galaxy clusters.
NASACast Audio 1 Mar 2018, 18:31 UTC A conversation with Chris McKay from NASA and Ronald Oremland from the U.S. Geological Survey about ocean worlds and the search for life. This is the third episode of a mini-series about NASA and USGS collaboration.
ESOcast 28 Feb 2018, 13:07 UTC This 16-minute video presents the history of ALMA from the origins of the project several decades ago to the recent first science results. Illustrated by dramatic helicopter footage, the movie takes you on a journey to the 5000-metre-high Chajnantor Plateau, where ALMA stands, in the unique environment of the Atacama Desert of Chile. The movie was released by ESO, with its international partners to mark the occasion of the inauguration of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) on 13 March 2013.
SpaceTime with Stuart Gary 28 Feb 2018, 12:49 UTC A new study claims our nearest big neighbour the Andromeda galaxy M-31 and our own galaxy the Milky Way are about the same mass. The findings contradicts earlier studies which concluded that Andromeda was two to three times larger than the Milky Way.
The Planetary Society Radio Podcast 28 Feb 2018, 06:00 UTC It has been 40 years since Carl Sagan and others shared the best of humanity with the stars. A new online multimedia project has been created as a 21st century homage to the Golden Record. We visit with two of its creators, Stephen Canfield of WeTransfer, and Jacinte Faria of Stink Studios. Drill baby drill! That’s what the Curiosity team has asked the mars rover to do for the first time in months, after pausing to take a selfie. Emily Lakdawalla provides a mission update. Jason Davis tells us about NASA’s new name and plans for a space station near the Moon. Bruce Betts joins Mat for another visit to the stranger things in the night sky.
StarDate Online 27 Feb 2018, 06:00 UTC In the 1969 novel “The Andromeda Strain,” microbes from beyond Earth attach themselves to an orbiting satellite. When the satellite returns to Earth, the microbes kill several people and threaten everyone on the planet. A special team of scientists is called in to save the day.