Astronomy Cast Archive
Aug 8th: Future Civilizations

Aug 8th: Future Civilizations

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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.

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Aug 8th: Future Civilizations

Aug 1st: Multiverses

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What if our Universe was just one in an infinite number of parallel universes; a possible outcome from the specific predictions of quantum mechanics. The idea of multiple universes is common in science fiction, but is there any actual science to back this theory up?

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Aug 8th: Future Civilizations

Jul 25th: Did JWST Work?

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We’re FINALLY going to talk about the James Webb Space Telescope. After decades of development, delays, budget creep, the powerful infrared observatory is at its final home at the L2 Lagrange point. Yesterday (at the time we’re recording this) we saw the first scientific images from the telescope and according to Pamela’s rules, we’re finally allowed to talk about it.

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Aug 8th: Future Civilizations

Jul 18th: Space Tourism

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Have you ever wanted to go to space, but lacked the… uh, I dunno, everything… to be an astronaut? There are now companies offering zero-G flights, sub-orbital flights, and there have even been paying customers who have gone into orbit. Is this going to be space travel for the rest of us?

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Aug 8th: Future Civilizations

Jul 4th: Summer Observing

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Summer is officially, astronomically here, and for the folks in the northern hemisphere that means it’s a perfect time to head outside and see what’s happening in the sky. Today we’ll give you a good list of things to keep an eye out for with or without a telescope.

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Aug 8th: Future Civilizations

Jun 13th: The Future of the ISS

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The International Space Station has been continuously inhabited for over 20 years now, serving as a peaceful collaboration between space-faring nations. But it’s a machine, and it’s getting old. In addition, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has made things, complicated. What’s the future for the ISS?

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Aug 8th: Future Civilizations

Jun 6th: Light Echoes

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Just as sound can echo off distant objects, light can echo too. And the echoes of light bouncing off stellar remnants, black hole accretion disks, and clouds of gas and dust provide astronomers with another method of probing the distant cosmos.

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