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November 8th: Radio Astronomy: An Important Tool

November 8th: Radio Astronomy: An Important Tool

Date: November 8, 2009 Title: Radio Astronomy: An Important Tool Podcaster: Nitza Santiago Organization: Columbia University Astronomy http://outreach.astro.columbia.edu Description: Radio astronomy is an indispensable tool used by scientists to study the Universe. Throughout the years astronomers have used it to learn more about different sources of radio emission such as stars and galaxies. It was […]

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October 19th: When Galileo Fell into Jupiter

October 19th: When Galileo Fell into Jupiter

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Date: October 19, 2009 Title: When Galileo Fell into Jupiter Podcaster: Adam Fuller from Columbia Astronomy Organization: Columbia University Astronomy – http://outreach.astro.columbia.edu Description: In December 1995, NASA’s unmanned spacecraft, Galileo, dropped a probe into Jupiter’s atmosphere and provided us with the first in situ observations of an outer planet’s atmosphere. Getting the probe into an […]

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September 28th: The Connection Between Metal Abundances and the Evolution of Galaxies

September 28th: The Connection Between Metal Abundances and the Evolution of Galaxies

Date: September 28, 2009 Title: The Connection Between Metal Abundances and the Evolution of Galaxies Podcaster: Duane Lee from Columbia Astronomy Organization: Columbia University Astronomy http://outreach.astro.columbia.edu Description: Metals in astronomy refer to any element heavier than Helium on the periodic table. The abundance of metals, with the exception of a few, tells us the processing […]

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August 31st: Grote Reber: The First Radio Astronomer

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Date: August 31, 2009 Title: Grote Reber: The First Radio Astronomer Podcaster: Destry Saul Organization: Columbia University Astronomy: http://outreach.astro.columbia.edu Description: The first detection of radio waves from space was made by Karl Jansky in 1932, but it was an amateur radio enthusiast in a suburb of Chicago that would continue Jansky’s work. His name was […]

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August 24th: The Reemergence of Planetary Science: Revisiting Percival Lowell

Date: August 24, 2009 Title: The Reemergence of Planetary Science: Revisiting Percival Lowell Podcaster: Holly Larson Capelo from Columbia Astronomy Organization: Columbia University Astronomy http://outreach.astro.columbia.edu Description: At the turn of the 20th Century, Percival Lowell published a series of books promoting the notion that there were advanced civilizations on Mars. His writing was particularly compelling […]

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August 10th: What Happened to Saturn’s Rings?

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Date: August 10, 2009 Title: What Happened to Saturn’s Rings? Podcaster: Adam Fuller from Columbia Astronomy Organization: Columbia University Astronomy http://outreach.astro.columbia.edu Description: 400 years ago Galileo turned his telescope towards Saturn and saw what he thought were three separate round bodies. For the next 50 years astronomers hotly debated the true nature of Saturn. Then, […]

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August 3rd: Black Hole Street Smarts

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Date: August 3, 2009 Title: Black Hole Street Smarts Podcaster: Lia Corrales and David Tam Organization: Columbia University Astronomy http://outreach.astro.columbia.edu Description: We will explore the history and legacy of the most publicly known yet misunderstood astronomical object. We’ll be interviewing people on the streets of New York City to highlight common questions and misconceptions about […]

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July 27th: Astronomical Ballooning – Or, What Goes Up Must Come Down

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Date: July 27, 2009 Title: Astronomical Ballooning – Or, What Goes Up Must Come Down Podcaster: Sarah Tuttle from Columbia Astronomy Organization: Columbia University Astronomy http://outreach.astro.columbia.edu Description: Scientific balloons are a (relatively) cheap and cheerful way to do novel astronomy and test ideas. I’ll be talking about our recent flight of FIREBall – Faint Intergalactic […]

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