Rob Sparks Archive
Sep 11th: The Discovery Of The Fastest Moving Asteroid

Jul 10th: The Case Of The Missing Earths

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Finding Earth-sized planets around other stars is a very exciting area of astronomical research. Recently a team lead by Dr. Katie Lester followed up data from the TESS satellite using the International Gemini Observatory and the WIYN 3.5 meter telescope at Kitt Peak. They found that we may be missing many Earth-sized worlds orbiting binary stars. This podcast explores how they reached this interesting conclusion and how we may go about finding these worlds in the future.

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Sep 11th: The Discovery Of The Fastest Moving Asteroid

May 8th: May’s Total Lunar Eclipse

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The first total lunar eclipse in over 2 years will take place on May 26th. This total lunar eclipse will be visible from all three of NOIRLab’s sites with different viewing conditions. In this podcast, learn about how and when you can observe this exciting celestial event!

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Sep 11th: The Discovery Of The Fastest Moving Asteroid

Mar 13th: The First Results From MAROON-X

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Extrasolar planet research is a hot topic in astronomy. Astronomers are continually trying to build new instruments to measure the properties of planets orbiting other stars. One new instrument is called MAROON-X on the Gemini North Telescope in Hawai’i.

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Sep 11th: The Discovery Of The Fastest Moving Asteroid

Jan 9th: The 2021 Globe At Night Kickoff

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Globe at Night is a citizen science program to raise awareness of and collect data about light pollution levels from around the world. Today, @Halfastro will describes how you can participate in Globe at Night and help us collect even more data than our record breaking 2020 campaign!

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Sep 11th: The Discovery Of The Fastest Moving Asteroid

Dec 12th: The Mystery of CK Vulpeculae

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CK Vulpeculae was first observed hundreds of years ago and thought to be a nova. Modern observations have called this into question. In this podcast, Tom Geballe tells us about recent observations with the Gemini International Observatory which deepen the mystery of CK Vulpeculae.

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