loader from loading.io

Being a Star: Nature vs Nurture

EVSN: Escape Velocity Space News

Release Date: 09/20/2022

Planning to go back to the moon show art Planning to go back to the moon

EVSN: Escape Velocity Space News

This week… there was a far too much news problem. We saw the last flight of Virgin Galactic’s Unity suborbital spacecraft, the first crewed flight of Boeing's Starliner capsule to the ISS, a more successful launch test of SpaceX’s massive starship, the successful landing, loading, and liftoff of Chang’e 6 at the Moon, and… the beginning of the end for the HST as it shifted into single gyro operations.

info_outline
Climate in Crisis (and stars in formation) show art Climate in Crisis (and stars in formation)

EVSN: Escape Velocity Space News

In this episode, we bring you stories on how JWST - Not LIGO and Virgo - spotted the most distant Black Hole merge to date, why the search for life on other worlds gets more challenging the more we look, and we take a deep dive into the things we’re doing that cause and relieve climate change.

info_outline
Carrington 2024 show art Carrington 2024

EVSN: Escape Velocity Space News

In this episode, we’re taking a closer look at Sunspot complex 3664 and the beautiful chaos that it’s been creating. And because we’re in a planetary science kind of mood, we’re also looking at stories related to observing weather on alien worlds, the history of Mars Climate, and even how solar storms might affect that particular Red Planet.

info_outline
Io and Juno Begin to Part Ways show art Io and Juno Begin to Part Ways

EVSN: Escape Velocity Space News

In February, on the closest approach, NASA's Juno spacecraft was within 930 miles of the closest moon Io’s surface. Since then, Juno’s orbit has been shrinking, bringing the mission closer to Jupiter and away from the circling Galilean moons. Io and Juno have parted ways, and Juno is now snuggling down into tighter orbits around her Jupiter.

info_outline
Catch the (Alien) Rainbow show art Catch the (Alien) Rainbow

EVSN: Escape Velocity Space News

As scientists discover and explore the atmospheres of more and more planets orbiting stars other than our Sun, we are learning that if you can imagine it, it probably exists. In a new paper discussing the planet WASP-76b, researchers describe what appears to be a giant rainbow in the atmosphere of another world... a circular rainbow... and it's not caused by refracted starlight!

info_outline
Following the Water Toward Climate Change show art Following the Water Toward Climate Change

EVSN: Escape Velocity Space News

This week’s episode is brought to you by last week’s terrible weather. While experiencing hail and thunder IRL, we also saw press release after press release and article after article discussing climate change. This one-two punch of new science and the need for a new roof means we will touch on climate change in our closer look this week. We apologize in advance; it’s not pretty out there -- unless you like storm chasing, then it’s kind of the stuff of dreams at the moment.

info_outline
Planet Formation is (Still) Not Well Understood show art Planet Formation is (Still) Not Well Understood

EVSN: Escape Velocity Space News

One of our recurring topics is “Planet formation is not well understood,” and a trio of new papers is making it clear why planet formation continues to... not be well understood. Put simply: the universe likes to create more diverse solar systems than an entire planet’s worth of sci-fi writers can imagine.

info_outline
SPECIAL SHORT: How NASA Budget Cuts Will Hurt Space Science show art SPECIAL SHORT: How NASA Budget Cuts Will Hurt Space Science

EVSN: Escape Velocity Space News

Earlier in March, Congress voted into place the FY2024 budgets for multiple agencies, including NASA. The agency is being asked for an overall 2% cut. Combined with inflation rates over 3%, we are looking at a fairly significant cut to the U.S. budget for space science. Dr. Pamela Gay breaks down what these cuts will affect, including people and missions, as we move forward with this already stressful fiscal year. (This episode was recorded on March 14, 2024)

info_outline
Grindavik, Iceland, and Volcanoes with Dr. Melissa Scruggs show art Grindavik, Iceland, and Volcanoes with Dr. Melissa Scruggs

EVSN: Escape Velocity Space News

As you know, our team loves volcanoes, and since we’ve been focused on Iceland for months, we brought in Dr. Melissa Scruggs (aka VolcanoDoc on Twitch) for a chat about Grindavik and all things volcanic in Iceland.

info_outline
Stability, Instability, Drama, and How We are Space Stuff show art Stability, Instability, Drama, and How We are Space Stuff

EVSN: Escape Velocity Space News

It is possible to buy stickers, sweatshirts, mugs, and other stuff and things emblazoned with the simple phrase, “We are star stuff”. This phrase was popularized by Carl Sagan, and it serves as a gentle reminder that all the complex atoms - by which I mean most everything heavier than helium - found their start either in the nuclear core of a star or in the nuclear explosions of a dying star or stars. But, as with so many things, the truth is much more complicated than the meme.

info_outline
 
More Episodes

Asteroseismologists are combining data from TESS, Kepler, and eventually JWST to study stellar oscillations in ‘infant’ stars, with the goal of creating new models for how such young stars form and evolve over time. Plus, JWST images Mars, Hubble images stars, and SpaceX manages to launch another Starlink mission in spite of weather delays.