All posts by Susie Murph

Susie Murph is a Communications Specialist at CosmoQuest. She produces the Astronomy Cast, the Weekly Space Hangout and Daily Space.

By Susie Murph on February 25, 2020 in

The latest issue of Nature Geoscience is a special issue filled with new science from the Mars Insight mission. We bring you the highlights and make sense of some of the click bait headlines you may already be seeing. A Year of Surprising Science From NASA’s InSight Mars Mission (NASA) Yesterday, we gently laughed at […]

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By Susie Murph on February 24, 2020 in

Today we look at a wide variety of topics, from the Insight mission’s increasingly humorous techniques to get its mole to burrow, to weird rocks on the Moon’s far side, to antimatter way of working just like regular matter. We are also sad to share that mathematician and orbital computer Katherine Johnson has passed away […]

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By Susie Murph on February 22, 2020 in

Sometimes how news is reported is as much of a story as the stories in that news. Today is that day. I talk about the way two different results are communicated: the discovery of a neutron transitioning from being an x-ray binary to being a millisecond-pulsar, and the observation that the Sombrero Galaxy has a […]

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By Susie Murph on February 19, 2020 in

Susie reads the podcast for Annie, and shares the latest things that have gone to space, including: Mochii, even more Starlink satellites, a Japanese commercial communications satellite, and South Korea’s GEO air-quality monitoring system. Our first launch of the week was a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket with CRS2 NG-13 on February 15, 2020 at 8:21 […]

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By Susie Murph on February 18, 2020 in

Today marks 90 years from Clyde Tombaughs discovery of Pluto and in celebration we look at New Horizon’s flyby and the new science coming out of MU69. We also look at an image of Mars with a crescent moon as the passed in last night’s sky. Pluto at 90 – Tombaugh’s discovery revolutionized knowledge of […]

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By Susie Murph on February 14, 2020 in

Carbon dioxide and salt water ice on Mars melts when the sun’s angle changes, leading to “Crocus Melting”, according to new research. Betelgeuse is actually changing shape due to stellar activity or dust ejection. And the OLA camera is malfunctioning on OSIRIS-REx – so it can’t focus on all the rocks, currently, but this is […]

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By Susie Murph on February 13, 2020 in

We’ve been seeing a lot of reports about a possible alien signal from a weird radio source observed by the CHIME telescope. We look at the original research paper and sort fact from fiction (and the aliens are fiction). We also look at new efforts to work with the UN to limit the effects of […]

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By Susie Murph on February 12, 2020 in

After a couple weeks of low activity, it’s actually been a busy week in aerospace! Annie chats about the second batch of satellites for OneWeb, Japan’s new spy satellite, a failed Iranian launch, and ESA’s Solar Orbiter. New this week: useless space facts! Our first launch of the week was an Arianespace Soyuz-2 from Baikonur […]

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By Susie Murph on February 11, 2020 in

Today’s show starts with a mighty YORP. It turns out the YORP effect may spin asteroids to death in dying star systems. We also look at how the formations of giant planets and brown dwarf stars differ, and a new way to get science from dust. Supercharged light pulverizes asteroids, study finds (Warwick) Today’s episode […]

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By Susie Murph on February 10, 2020 in

Today’s main story looks at the weird star HD 101584 and explains its odd looks with a stellar merger gone berserk. Additional news includes CHEOPS first light images, and new results from Rosetta mission about comet C/G 67P and its orbital color changes. Incredible Image Shows The Extraordinary Aftermath of One Star Engulfing Another (Science […]

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