Rob Sparks Archive
Nov 14th: Big Astronomy

Nov 14th: Big Astronomy

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Modern astronomy takes a wide variety of people to run observatories and make new scientific discoveries. Big Astronomy is a new planetarium show that highlight the people that make these discoveries possible. In this podcast, we discuss the process of filming scenes for Big Astronomy at NOIRLab facilities in Chile.

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Nov 14th: Big Astronomy

Aug 8th: Live From NOIRLab

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Live From @NOIRLabAstro is a new youtube live series that airs every Wednesday from Gemini Observatory, Kitt Peak National Observatory and NOIRLab Chile on a rotating basis. More with @halfastro at #365DaysOfAstro

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Nov 14th: Big Astronomy

May 9th: Cellphone Astrophotography

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Cellphones are now to the point where they can produce pleasing astronomical images. This podcast describes how to use your cellphone to capture pleasing wide field images of the sky and how to attach your cellphone to a pair of binoculars or a telescope to capture fainter objects.

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Nov 14th: Big Astronomy

Apr 11th: NOIRLab Updates

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Updates about NSF’s National Optical Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory. First, the organization has a new name: NOIRLab. The Globe at Night program is still running strong and there is a quick update about the New Horizons Parallax Program.

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Mar 14th: The Red Supergiant Problem

Mar 14th: The Red Supergiant Problem

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Red supergiants are massive stars at the end of their lives. Theoretical predictions about how they go supernova have not matched observed data. In this podcast, Dr. Emma Beasor discusses recent research that attempts to explain the red supergiant problem.

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