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June 30th: It’s All About the Reference Frames

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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 […]

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May 29th: Dear Lyla, This is where you came from

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Date: May 29, 2009 Title: Dear Lyla, This is where you came from Podcaster: Lyla’s Uncle Johnny Organization: None Description: May 29th will be my niece’s 1st birthday. I’ll write/read her a “letter” explaining where the heavier elements in her body came from, explaining how they were created millions of years ago in supernova explosions […]

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May 18th: The Life of a Proton

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Date: May 18, 2009 Title: The Life of a Proton Podcaster: Nik Whitehead Description: The universe around us is made up of many different types of atoms, yet only two types, hydrogen and helium, were created in the Big Bang. Other elements have been formed by a wide variety of fascinating astrophysical processes since then. […]

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April 13th: Edward, Annie, and Williamina Discuss Spectral Classification

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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, http://www.cwu.edu/~physics 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. […]

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April 6th: Chandra: Contemplating Infinity

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Date: April 6, 2009 Title: Chandra: Contemplating Infinity Podcaster: Colin Stuart Description: The year is 1930. We’re in India, a country still under the iron grip of the British Raj. At the bustling docks of Madras a young nineteen-year-old Indian physicist is setting sail for English shores and Cambridge University. Voyaging westward Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Chandra […]

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April 4th: Census of the Solar System

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Date: April 4, 2009 Title: Census of the Solar System Podcaster: Darren Bennett Organization: South East Queensland Astronomical Society Description: When I grew up, there were nine planets, a couple of dozen moons, a hundred comets, and six thousand asteroids. But that was thirty years ago, and things have changed. This podcast combines a look […]

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March 29th: A Magnitude of Confusion

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Date: March 29, 2009 Title: A Magnitude of Confusion Podcaster: Chris Marr Organization: The Astronomical Society of Western Australia http://aswa.info Description: Everything about star magnitudes, from the name to the numbers, seems to confuse the newcomer. However, that doesn’t mean one shouldn’t try to explain them. In this podcast, magnitudes are explained in layman’s language, […]

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March 15th: The Messier Objects

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Date: March 15, 2009 Title:   The Messier Objects Podcaster:   Ed Sunder Organization:  Flintstone Stargazing http://flintstonestargazing.com Description:   When anyone gets interested in astronomy, one of the things that is talked about almost immediately are the Messier Objects. What are they? How do you observe them? Which are the most interesting? Where do they come from? These questions […]

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