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By Holly Larson Capelo on August 24, 2009 in

Date: August 24, 2009 Title: The Reemergence of Planetary Science: Revisiting Percival Lowell Podcaster: Holly Larson Capelo from Columbia Astronomy Organization: Columbia University Astronomy 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 […]

By Scott Kardel on April 26, 2009 in

Date: April 26, 2009 Title: A New Sky Survey at Palomar Observatory Podcaster: Scott Kardel Link: Description: The Palomar Transient Factory (, is new sky survey taking place at Palomar Observatory. It is a fully-automated, wide-field survey that is unique in a variety of ways and is already returning important discoveries. This pod cast […]

By Bruce Palmquist, Feliciti Fredsti, and Marilyn Magenis on April 13, 2009 in

Date: April 13, 2009 Title: Edward, Annie, and Williamina Discuss Spectral Classification Podcaster: Bruce Palmquist, Feliciti Fredsti, and Marilyn Magenis Organization: Central Washington University Physics department, Description: In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Harvard College Observatory Director Edward Pickering hired dozens of women, nicknamed the Harvard Computers, to process and analyze astronomical data. […]

By Scott Kardel on February 26, 2009 in

Date: February 26, 2009 Title: Palomar Sky Surveys on Your Desktop Podcaster: Scott Kardel Organization: Palomar Observatory / Caltech Description: The Palomar Observatory has had a long tradition of performing sky surveys. Here’s a look at some old and new sky surveys that have been performed with the 48-inch Samuel Oschin Telescope at Palomar. The podcast […]