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By Bruce Palmquist, Feliciti Fredsti, and Marilyn Magenis on April 13, 2009 in
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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. […]

By Colin Stuart on April 6, 2009 in
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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 […]

By Darren Bennett on April 4, 2009 in
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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 […]

By Chris Marr on March 29, 2009 in
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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, […]

By Ed Sunder on March 15, 2009 in
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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 […]

By Rob Knop on February 14, 2009 in
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Date: February 14, 2009 Title: Astronomical References in Shakespeare Podcaster: Robert Knop Organization: The Meta Institute of Computational Astronomy www.mica-vw.org Description: Shakespeare’s plays are full of the occasional astronomical reference.  Whether it is a reference to “the stars”, a specific referenced to the number of stars in the Pleiades, or even a veiled reference to […]