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The 365 Days of Astronomy

Release Date: 07/01/2022

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The 365 Days of Astronomy

The first in a series of three Astronomy 101 videos from this spring’s AstroCamp where Dr. Jen is explaining some basics of astronomy.   In this first video, we're taking a look at the colour of stars and why stars appear the colours they do. She'll also explain how the mass of a star is related to its temperature, what happens to expanding dying stars and why we don't see any green or purple stars.   But please do help us out by subscribing to the show:   We've added a new way to donate to 365 Days of Astronomy to support editing, hosting, and production costs.  Just...

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A trio of stories examines the possibilities for finding life in strange, new places, including deep underground here on Earth, in the subsurface oceans of Europa, and fossilized within sedimentary rocks on Mars. Plus, a SpaceX launch, gamma-ray bursts, and this week’s What’s Up.   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...

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- If we want a lunar orbiting space station, couldn’t we just send the ISS there?  Well we could, but whether it would work is another question. There’s a fundamental principle that things are built-for-purpose. Of course, you can re-purpose things, but that’s only worthwhile if it makes practical and economic sense. - Could bacteria have hopped aboard the Venera probes and seeded Venus’ atmosphere?  So, as you may have heard there’s phosphine in them there clouds of Venus and the astronomical community is cautiously excited, but also ready for a gentle let down if it turns...

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From December 7, 2009. Let’s assume that humans survive the next few hundred years without destroying ourselves, or the planet, and we actually become a space faring civilization. What kinds of challenges will we face, and what projects will we build to expand ourselves out into the Solar System and eventually the galaxy. You just need to think big.   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! ...

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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: - We all will miss this scientific treasure. - Greg Leonard discovered 623’ diameter 2020 XU6.   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...

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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.   2022 is the summer of morning planets!  Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Venus are all quite prominent, with Mercury stopping by in June.  Throughout the summer, get up early to see the weeks where the Moon drives by the planets, and maybe catch a few meteors in August, as some of the planets return to the evening skies.    Sunset – only in August: Mercury – All of August, look W right...

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A star cataloged as Gliese 781 is approaching our solar system and in slightly more than a million years from now, will reach the Oort Cloud, likely disrupting the orbits of icy bodies that could head toward Earth. Plus, an Indian launch, Asteroid Day, understanding our ice giants, and a review of “Kaiju Preservation Society” by John Scalzi.   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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Hosted by Chris Beckett & Shane Ludtke, two amateur astronomers in Saskatchewan. Conjunctions galore in the morning sky! Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, Mars, Venus and more! Then there’s the Moon spoiling the Perseid meteor shower…   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 CosmoQuest...

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Paul Hill, Ralph Wilkins and Dr. Jenifer “Dr. Dust” Millard host.  Damien Phillips, John Wildridge and Dustin Ruoff produce. The Discussion:  - The release of JWST’s first images, the press conferences and media coverage. - Emails on astrophotography, Dr Jen’s TV appearances and a more politically correct alternative name for JWST.   The News:  Rounding up the astronomy news in August, we have: - We now know why Jupiter doesn’t have rings like Saturn. - A huge triple star system with a violent past. - A fossil galaxy – one of the first galaxies from the early...

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What makes the principle of least action so important? Who came up with it? Is it all just a bunch of math or does it actually mean something? I discuss these questions and more in today’s Ask a Spaceman! Please support our amazing sponsors of this episode: • Visit BetterHelp to get 10% off your first month! • Join Paul's Audio Book Club on Chirp. There are no commitments or subscription required. Listen along with Paul, and you can enjoy deeply discounted prices (for a limited time) on each of Paul's Book Club Selections! Just go to https://www.chirpbooks.com/spaceman and follow the...

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Host: Fraser Cain ( @fcain )
Special Guest: Since JWST launched in December, 2021, we have been holding our collective breath as it made its way to its final home at the L2 Lagrange point. Throughout its approximate month-long journey, JWST systematically worked through a complicated series of deployment and commissioning procedures, including the all-critical focusing and alignment of the telescope's 18 primary mirror segments using 132 different actuator motors. On April 29, 2022, it was announced that focusing and alignment had completed successfully. Tonight, we are joined by Lee Feinberg, Optical Telescope Element (OTE) Manager for JWST, who will tell us what this exacting process truly entailed.

 

Lee Feinberg is the NASA Optical Telescope Element (OTE) Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, a role he has been in since 2002. Earlier in his career, Lee was the Assistant Chief for Technology in the Instrument Systems and Technology Division at Goddard and prior to that Lee was part of the optical team that repaired the Hubble Space Telescope on SM1, STIS instrument manager on SM-2, and he co-led the concept study for Wide Field Camera-3.

 

Lee was a member of the LUVOIR and Habex Science and Technology Definition Teams and focuses his current research on ultra-stable telescopes and segmented space telescopes. Lee is a Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Fellow and a Goddard Space Flight Center Senior Fellow.

 

To learn more about Lee, visit his NASA webpage https://jwst.nasa.gov/content/meetThe... as well as this featured Conversations With Goddard interview https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/...

 

Lee explains the process of Webb's early alignment: https://m.facebook.com/watch/?v=10875...

Seeing the Light | Lee Feinberg | TEDxUniversityofRochester: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWbd4...

Interview on Your Space Journey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEMWV...

 

Finally, be sure to follow Lee on Twitter: https://twitter.com/leefeinberg1

Regular Guests:

Dr. Leah Jenks ( https://leahjenks.com/ / @leahgjenks )

Dave Dickinson ( http://astroguyz.com/ & @Astroguyz )

Pam Hoffman ( http://spacer.pamhoffman.com/ & http://everydayspacer.com/ & @EverydaySpacer )

This week's stories:

- An impact crater on the Moon.

- The damage by space tourism on the ozone layer.

- What to see in the sky this summer.

- A fast nova!

- A super-Jupiter found in Gaia Data Release 3!

 

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