Podcaster: Host : Fraser Cain ; Guest: Michael Foley, Dr. Nick Castle, Beth Johnson, Dave Dickinson

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Title: Weekly Space Hangout – How the Sun’s Local Bubble Drives Nearby Star Formation with Michael Foley

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Today’s story:

  • Parker Solar Probe’s photo of Venus.
  • The ATLAS asteroid telescope is operational!
  • Dead planets crashing into dead stars.
  • The youngest pair of asteroids.
  • SpaceX lost 40 StarLinks.
  • Where do Jupiter’s aurorae come from?

Host: Fraser Cain ( @fcain )

Special Guest: This week we are airing Fraser’s prerecorded interview with Michael Foley, co-author of a recently published paper that talks about how the local bubble around the Sun drives nearby star formation. You can watch Carolyn Collins Petersen talk about this research during the January 19, 2022, WSH News Roundup (

Michael Foley is a fourth-year NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics where he works with magnetohydrodynamics simulations of stellar feedback and turbulence.

Mike earned his undergraduate degree in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Notre Dame where he conducted research on supernovae, exoplanets, and primordial nucleosynthesis.

In addition to his research, Mike is very passionate about science education and equity/inclusion initiatives. In his free time, enjoys enjoy literature, soccer, volleyball, chess, and traveling.

Be sure to visit Mike’s Harvard webpage ( and you can read the research paper about the Local Bubble on arXiv here:

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