December 29th: Decoding Iapetus: An Exercise in "Sybil" Engineering

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Date: December 29, 2009 Title: Decoding Iapetus: An Exercise in “Sybil” Engineering Podcaster: Kevin Grazier Links: Cassini mission, CICLOPS Cassini image site. Description: If planetary scientists could take the moons of Saturn and, knowing what we know, re-assign the names already given them, the moon Iapetus would certainly become Janus. Janus was a two-faced god […]

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December 28th: Life in Technicolor

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Date: December 28, 2009 Title: Life in Technicolor Podcaster: Maria Pereira Organization: Columbia University Astronomy http://outreach.astro.columbia.edu Description: What will plants on other worlds look like? Will they be green and leafy as on Earth? Or could there be planets with purple trees? Black grassy plains? Orange marshes? These questions might seem purely speculative, something out […]

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December 27th: The Protestant Galileo

Date: December 27, 2009 Title: The Protestant Galileo Podcaster: Ted Haulley Contact: E-Mail thaulley@yahoo.com Description: Johannes Kepler was a contemporary of Galileo who also supported heliocentrism. His three laws of planetary motion are so fundamental that they still the basis for studies in planetary motion. He made his discoveries among personal and religious turmoil surrounding […]

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December 26th: Confessions of a Christmas Trash Scope

Date: December 26, 2009 Title: Confessions of a Christmas Trash Scope Podcaster: Richard S. Wright Description: The dreaded “Christmas Trash Scope”, the bane of amateur astronomers worldwide! Shoddy optics! Wobbly mounts! Dangerous solar filters! Misleading advertising! Heaven help us! But wait… could someone REALLY get a decent start to a lifelong and rewarding hobby with […]

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December 25th: Star of Wonder

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Date: December 25, 2009 Title: Star of Wonder Podcaster: Adler Planetarium Organization: Adler Planetarium, Adler Night and Day podcasts Description: Star of Wonder examines the theories behind the celestial event that prompted the Magi (Three Kings) to travel to Bethlehem. Was this light an exploding star, a brilliant comet, or an unusual grouping of planets? […]

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December 24th: Dancing in the Dark: Deities, Celebrations, and the Bottom of the Year

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Date: December 24, 2009 Title: Dancing in the Dark: Deities, Celebrations, and the Bottom of the Year Podcaster: Diane Duane Link: http://www.dianeduane.com Description: There’s something about the end of the year that makes people a little crazy… maybe because the Winter Solstice and the dark days surrounding it have presented human beings with numerous problems […]

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December 23rd: See the Universe with Chromoscope

Date: December 23, 2009 Title: See the Universe with Chromoscope Podcaster: Nancy Atkinson Organization: Universe Today Description: Nancy Atkinson of Universe Today talks with Stuart Lowe, Robert Simpson and Chris North about the online tool they developed,Chromoscope, which allows you to view the Universe in a range of wavelengths from X-rays to the longest radio […]

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