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That periodic Fast Radio Burst Is. Not. Aliens. (And a side of Starlink and the Pale Blue Dot image)

By 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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Rocket Roundup for February 12, 2020

By 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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Asteroid destruction, Brown Dwarf formation, and getting science from dust

By 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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Stars eating stars, CHEOPS unfocused light, and comet C/G 67P’s color change explained

By 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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Looking forward to Solar Orbiter Launch, plus an Exhausted Massive Galaxy

By on February 7, 2020 in

Today is a day busy with much preparation for the launch of the Solar Orbiter on Sunday, and we also learn how scientists creatively found ways to study a massive galaxy that exhausted itself very early in its lifetime. Solar Orbiter (NASA) NASA to Broadcast Solar Orbiter Launch, Prelaunch Activities (NASA) All because it’s the […]

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