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By Rob Sparks on October 12, 2019 in
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The National Science Foundation has merged all of its ground based astronomy facilities as of October 1, 2019. In this podcast, NSF’s OIR Lab Deputy Director Dr. Beth Willman discusses the launch of the new organization.

By Rob Sparks on September 14, 2019 in
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In this podcast, Dr. Scott Kleinman discusses the new and upgraded instruments currently under development to keep Gemini Observatory at the forefront of astronomical research.

By Rob Sparks on August 10, 2019 in
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In this podcast, Dr. Knut Olson describes the SMASH survey & the citizen science project to analyze data from the SMASH Survey.

By Rob Sparks on July 13, 2019 in
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On July 2nd, a total solar eclipse passed over Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. A team of students from the University of La Serena attemped to recreate the Eddington Experiment that provided the first experimental evidence for Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.

By Rob Sparks on June 8, 2019 in
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Einstein published his general theory of relativity in 1915. Four years later, Arthur Eddington led and experiment to observe the deflection of starlight during a total solar eclipse providing critical evidence supporting Einstein’s Theory. Nearly 100 years later, a team of astronomers and students is attempting to recreate his experiment in Chile during a total solar eclipse on July 2nd.

By Rob Sparks on May 11, 2019 in
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Podcaster: Rob Sparks and Dr. Joan Najit 

By Rob Sparks on April 13, 2019 in
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Occasionally the ISS will pass directly in front of the Moon or Sun presenting an interesting photographic opportunity. In this podcast, Rob Sparks describes how he has successfully photographed the ISS transiting the Sun and Moon with a DSLR and a zoom lens and describes techniques you can use to capture this distinctive image.

By Rob Sparks on March 9, 2019 in
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In this podcast. Dr. Aaron Meisner discusses Backyard Worlds, a citizen science project that looks for brown dwarfs & other low mass stars in WISE data. #365DaysOfAstro