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By Mike Simonsen, Virginia Renehan, and Rebecca Turner on September 7, 2009 in
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Date: September 7, 2009 Title: Cataclysmic Variables Podcasters: Mike Simonsen, Virginia Renehan, and Rebecca Turner of AAVSO Organization: American Association of Variable Star Observers www.aavso.org Description: Today we are going to talk about cataclysmic variable stars, CVs for short. Because hundreds of CVs get bright enough to study with even modest telescopes, and due to […]

By Kenneth Johnston on June 30, 2009 in
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Date: June 30, 2009 Title: It’s All About the Reference Frames Podcaster: Kenneth Johnston Organization: United States Naval Observatory Description: We’re all used to finding directions here on Earth. We orient ourselves based on our local experience of “up-down”, “left-right”, “front-back”. But how do you orient yourself in space? You need a reference frame, and […]

By Larry Sessions on June 11, 2009 in
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Date: June 11, 2009 Title: Round, Round, Round We Go Podcaster: Larry Sessions Links: http://home.comcast.net/%7Esternmann/index.htm http://twitter.com/NASkies Description: We are taught that the Earth circles the Sun once a year, but is this really true? If it is not true, where do we really end up each time the Earth completes an orbit? Motion in space […]

By Christopher Crockett on April 8, 2009 in
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Date: April 8, 2009 Title: Drifting Through the Zodiac Podcaster: Christopher Crockett Organization: Lowell Observatory http://www.lowell.edu/users/crockett/ Description: Flip through your local paper and you’re bound to find a daily horoscope whose Zodiac signs share their names with twelve constellations. But have you ever wondered what’s so special about these constellations? And how did astrologers arrive […]

By Patrick McQuillan on February 27, 2009 in
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Date: February 27, 2009 Title: The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius. Or is it? (Astrology Part 1) Podcaster: Patrick McQuillan Organization: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)       www.iris.edu Description: Most everyone has heard the term: the Age of Aquarius. But do you know what it means? Are we in the Age of Aquarius? Did I […]

By Christopher Crockett on January 11, 2009 in
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Date:  January 11, 2009 Title:  The North Star Podcaster:  Christopher Crockett from the Lowell Observatory Description:  The North Star is arguably the most famous star in the sky and one of the most useful for finding one’s way around the heavens. In this podcast, I’ll introduce you to this jewel of the night. You will learn […]