Finders Keepers (Show #58)

By Aaron on July 11, 2006 at 7:44 pm | In Slacker Astronomy Archival Podcasts | No Comments

Castdate: 060711
Title: Finder’s Keeper’s
Written By: Aaron
Disembodied Voices: Pamela, Travis, Rebecca
Engineered By: Travis
Rating: [OF] Office Friendly

And then there was dust … (Show #57)

By Slacker on July 6, 2006 at 6:47 pm | In Slacker Astronomy Archival Podcasts | 8 Comments

Images Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/B.E.K. Sugerman (STScI)

Show notes:


From the Spitzer website: “The dust factory, also known as supernova SN 2003gd, is shown at the center of the two small insets from Spitzer’s Infrared Array Camera (IRAC). A white arrow points to its exact location. The yellow-green dot shown in the July 2004 inset (top) shows that the source’s temperature is warmer than the surrounding material. This is because newly formed dust within the supernova is just starting to cool. By January 2005, the dust had cooled and completely faded from IRAC’s view. However, it was still detected in January 2005 by another instrument aboard Spitzer called the Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS). The MIPS image is not shown here.

The larger image to the right of the insets is the galaxy M74, as seen by Spitzer’s Infrared Array Camera. The white box to the left of the galaxy’s center identifies the location of the supernova remnant. In all the images, the blue dots represent hot gas and stars. The galaxy’s cool dust is shown in red.

The images are false-color, infrared composites, in which 3.6-micron light is blue, 4.5-micron light is green, and 8-micron light is red.

Bigger Than the Motor Car (Show #55)

By Aaron on June 7, 2006 at 10:57 pm | In Slacker Astronomy Archival Podcasts | No Comments

Castdate: 060706
Written by: Aaron
Disembodied Voices: Pamela & Travis
Engineered: Travis
Rating: [OF] Office Friendly

Chit Chat Show #9

By Aaron on June 1, 2006 at 6:38 pm | In Slacker Astronomy Archival Podcasts | 65 Comments

This week we have Mario Garcia as our in studio guest. He talks about recent trips on NASA’s Vomit Comet and other astronomy work he’s involved in. Also, Phil Plait returns and we have a wonderful visit from a friend we haven’t heard from in a long time – Derek of Skepticality. He has some awesome news to share also.

To the right is the SA seal by Sheala Bacon. Thanks, Sheala!

A rough order of things we covered:

-Listener Survey/Seal of Approval
-Exoplanet Discovery
-Mobil Broadcast Network
-WGBH
-Mario Garcia
-Derek
-Story Follow-ups
-Phil
-Listener Mail, Etc…

Skepticality…

And Phil…

Running Backwards (show #54)

By Pamela on May 22, 2006 at 1:52 pm | In Slacker Astronomy Archival Podcasts | No Comments

Show Notes:

SA Extra: Our Morning Story Ages Like a Fine Wine

By Aaron on May 19, 2006 at 4:17 pm | In Slacker Astronomy Archival Podcasts | No Comments

(I’ve always wanted to use extraordinaire in a real sentence, and I’ve finally succeeded! Mark one more thing off the to-do-before-I-die list.)

In April, 2005 we visited WGBH’s studios in Boston and recorded a joint show with Tony Kahn of the Morning Stories podcast. The idea was that we’d just chat for a bit and each of us would record and edit the material as we see fit, but put it online at the same time. Things got a bit busy…. okay VERY busy… but finally the long lost material sees the light of day.

On May 19th, WGBH’s podcast Morning Stories (the first public radio podcast) released an episode about various science topics and they included a snippet of the chat in the show. So now we are putting online our version – which is a complete recording of the 1 hour and 5 minute chit chat. Check it out! But remember that we were still only about 2 months old at the time – so a bit raw and unpolished.

Don’t forget to susbcribe to Tony’s Morning Stories podcast either. When Aaron first got the idea for Slacker Astronomy, he downloaded ipodder and the first podcast he subscribed to was Morning Stories so it has a special place his my heart. You never forget your first!

Aaron, Pamela, Travis, Tony Kahn, & Gary Mott in the studio.

Travis and Pamela being bathed in an eerie blue light. They are now sterile and we plan to sue.

 

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Why Space Telescopes Need a Union (Show #53)

By Aaron on May 16, 2006 at 11:22 pm | In Slacker Astronomy Archival Podcasts | No Comments

Castdate: 060516
Title: Why Space Telescopes Need a Union
Written By: Aaron
Disembodied Voices: Pamela & Travis & assorted protesters
Engineered: Travis
Rating: [OF] Office Friendly

ISO’s slew map:

SA Extra: Interview With Lars Lindberg Christensen

By Aaron on May 10, 2006 at 10:52 pm | In Slacker Astronomy Archival Podcasts | No Comments

Lars is the Head of Communications for the Hubble Space Telescope and the James E. Webb Space Telescope. He is responsible for many of the press releases and imagery which we’ve covered in this show. Before that he was head of a planetarium in Copenhagen for ten years. This is the last of our interviews from the 207th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

One Less Thing To Worry About (Show #52)

By Aaron on May 9, 2006 at 4:45 pm | In Slacker Astronomy Archival Podcasts | 30 Comments

Castdate: 060509
Title: One Less Thing To Worry About
Written By: Aaron
Disembodied Voices: Pamela & Travis
Engineered: Travis
Rating: [OF] Office Friendly

Sorry for the week off. All three slackers were busy at a meeting last week.

Digging In the Dirt (Show #51)

By Slacker on April 26, 2006 at 11:48 pm | In Slacker Astronomy Archival Podcasts | No Comments

Title: Digging In the Dirt
Castdate: 050425
Written By: Aaron
Disembodied Voices: Travis & Pamela (and Pamela’s friend playing Flora)
Engineered: Travis
Rating: [FF] Family Friendly

The first footprint on the Moon. Imagine the dirt Neil dragged in.

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