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Observing With Webb - December Episode

The 365 Days of Astronomy

Release Date: 12/04/2021

Travelers in the Night - Eps. 145E & 146E: Kissing Frogs & Know A Star show art Travelers in the Night - Eps. 145E & 146E: Kissing Frogs & Know A Star

The 365 Days of Astronomy

Dr. Al Grauer hosts. Dr. Albert D. Grauer ( ) is an observational asteroid hunting astronomer. Dr. Grauer retired from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2006. Today's 2 topics: - The idea that you have to "kiss a lot of frogs" to find true love has its roots in a more than one hundred year old Brothers Grimm fairy tale. - The AAVSO has a mentoring program to help you start on your path of discovery.    We've added a new way to donate to 365 Days of Astronomy to support editing, hosting, and production costs.  Just visit: and donate as much as you can! Share the...

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Deep Astronomy - Amateur Astronomy Kits For 2022 show art Deep Astronomy - Amateur Astronomy Kits For 2022

The 365 Days of Astronomy

Getting started in amateur astronomy can be a bewildering experience.  Following experienced amateurs who've been there before can save a lot of time, money and frustration.  In this highlight from Space Junk Podcast, Dustin and Tony discuss some kits available from OPT throughout the Christmas holiday that can augment your gear or become a gift for those who you know that are already involved in amateur astronomy.   We've added a new way to donate to 365 Days of Astronomy to support editing, hosting, and production costs.  Just visit: and donate as much as you can! Share...

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Weekly Space Hangout - Dr. Scott Bellamy, Mission Manager for DART show art Weekly Space Hangout - Dr. Scott Bellamy, Mission Manager for DART

The 365 Days of Astronomy

Host: Fraser Cain ( )Special Guest: This week we are excited to welcome Dr. Scott Bellamy to the WSH. Scott is the Mission Manager for NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission which successfully launched in the early morning hours from Vandenberg atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on November 24, 2021.    Scott Bellamy is one of the Mission Managers in the Planetary Missions Program Office (PMPO) at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), Huntsville, AL.  Presently, Scott is responsible for day-to-day oversight of the Europa Clipper flagship mission, as well as the...

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The Daily Space - JWST & The 30 Days Of Terror show art The Daily Space - JWST & The 30 Days Of Terror

The 365 Days of Astronomy

With the successful launch of the JWST, the focus turns to the complicated process of unfurling the sunshield and unfolding the mirror. We’ll look at just where NASA is in the process and how much farther we have to go before first light. Plus, Earth and supernovae, and in this week’s What’s Up, we look forward to 2022’s astronomy events.   We've added a new way to donate to 365 Days of Astronomy to support editing, hosting, and production costs.  Just visit: and donate as much as you can! Share the podcast with your friends and send the Patreon link to them too!  Every...

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Guide To Space - What Comes After LUVOIR? Three Extreme Ideas For Space Telescopes show art Guide To Space - What Comes After LUVOIR? Three Extreme Ideas For Space Telescopes

The 365 Days of Astronomy

From October 11, 2019. While we’re all waiting for James Webb to launch - which it will - the Extremely Large Telescope to be constructed, and LUVOIR to get approved.    (Please get approved, please get approved.)   We’re going to need a way to pass the time. So let’s have our imaginations take flight, out into the Universe, and consider some of the most incredible ideas suggested for telescopes.   Unless you’ve been crawling through scientific journals like me, I guarantee you’ve never heard of any of them. But when I’m done, you’re going to want to fund all...

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Cheap Astronomy - Dear CA #78: Life In Space show art Cheap Astronomy - Dear CA #78: Life In Space

The 365 Days of Astronomy

Such is life… - Does life arise from extremophiles or do extremophiles arise from life?  It’s unclear whether such organisms arose in such unfriendly environments or whether life on Earth might have begun in one of Charles Darwin’s imagined warm little ponds and then evolved and expanded its reach into more hostile environments. - Will we have pets in space?   So, firstly while having a pet in space might be a good thing for the owner, it’s also important to consider whether it’s going to be good for the pet.   We've added a new way to donate to 365 Days of Astronomy...

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Astronomy Cast Ep. 626: Terrestrial Planets - Mercury, Venus, Earth & Mars show art Astronomy Cast Ep. 626: Terrestrial Planets - Mercury, Venus, Earth & Mars

The 365 Days of Astronomy

We continue our refreshed tour of the solar system, checking in on the inner terrestrial planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. What have we learned about the formation, evolution and what they might tell us about planets across the Universe.   We've added a new way to donate to 365 Days of Astronomy to support editing, hosting, and production costs.  Just visit: and donate as much as you can! Share the podcast with your friends and send the Patreon link to them too!  Every bit helps! Thank you! ------------------------------------ Do go visit for cool Astronomy Cast and...

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Travelers in the Night - Eps. 143E & 144E: Full Moon & 8 Close Ones show art Travelers in the Night - Eps. 143E & 144E: Full Moon & 8 Close Ones

The 365 Days of Astronomy

Dr. Al Grauer hosts. Dr. Albert D. Grauer ( ) is an observational asteroid hunting astronomer. Dr. Grauer retired from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2006. Today's 2 topics: - In folklore the full Moon is associated with insanity, magic, and other paranormal events.  None of this has any basis in scientific fact. - In less than 10 nights my team, the NASA funded Catalina Sky Survey, discovered 8 new close approaching asteroids. Jess Johnson discovered 2015 KW121.   We've added a new way to donate to 365 Days of Astronomy to support editing, hosting, and...

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NOIRLab - Undergraduate Students Discover The Early Universe’s Brightest Gravitationally Lensed Galaxy show art NOIRLab - Undergraduate Students Discover The Early Universe’s Brightest Gravitationally Lensed Galaxy

The 365 Days of Astronomy

Gravitational Lenses magnify the light from very distant galaxies enabling astronomers to see much farther and learn about the universe’s distant past. At the University of Chicago, a group of undergraduate students used data from the Dark Energy Camera Legacy Survey (DECALS) and follow up observations from the Gemini Observatory to discover the early universe’s brightest gravitationally lensed galaxy. In this podcast, learn the fascinating story of how this gravitational lens was discovered and what we can learn about the early universe from this discovery.    Bio:  - Rob...

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Weekly Space Hangout - Astronaut & Artist Nicole Stott & Her First Book “Back to Earth” show art Weekly Space Hangout - Astronaut & Artist Nicole Stott & Her First Book “Back to Earth”

The 365 Days of Astronomy

Host: Fraser Cain ( )Special Guest: To ring in 2022 on Weekly Space Hangout we are pleased and excited to welcome Nicole Stott to the show. Nicole is an astronaut, aquanaut, artist, mom, and now author of her first book Back to Earth: What Life In Space Taught Me About Our Home Planet – And Our Mission To Protect It. She creatively combines the awe and wonder of her spaceflight experience with her artwork to inspire everyone’s appreciation of our role as crewmates here on Spaceship Earth.   Nicole is a veteran NASA Astronaut with two spaceflights and 104 days living and working in...

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More Episodes

Why get out there in the cold of December?  It’s a time of transitions and wonder.  We’ve got a meteor shower, plenty of lunar encounters, Comet Leonard, planets visible but changing, and very long nights.

 

Welcome to Observing With Webb, where a high school astronomy teacher tells you what you’re looking at, why it’s so cool, and what you should check out later this month…at night. 

 

December 13th – 14th – Geminid Meteor Shower – This is a decent year for the strongest annual meteor shower known as the Geminids, especially if you don’t mind getting up early.

 

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