133: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Mercury with Dr. Padovan

  Dr. Sebastiano Padovan  talks about the planet closest to the sun, Mercury. He compares the evolution of planets to movies, and says that understanding a planet's history from its current state is like trying to figure out the plot of an entire movie from a single snapshot. He also explains why Mercury is "a favorite" of scientists who do computational modeling.

Dr. Sebastiano Padovan talks about the planet closest to the sun, Mercury. He compares the evolution of planets to movies, and says that understanding a planet's history from its current state is like trying to figure out the plot of an entire movie from a single snapshot. He also explains why Mercury is "a favorite" of scientists who do computational modeling.

132: Introducing people to the reach of infinity with Tim Thompson

  Tim Thompson , former JPL scientist and member of the Mt. Wilson Institute Board of Trustees, talks about the Mt. Wilson Observatory. He explains why he doesn't operate the Mt. Wilson telescopes himself, and tells us why astronomers hate the twinkling of the stars. This episode was recorded on location, and Tim talks about the many public events offered at Mt. Wilson.  Learn more about Mt. Wilson and see upcoming events at  www.mtwilson.edu.    Image: 1909 image of the dome housing the 60 inch reflector telescope.

Tim Thompson, former JPL scientist and member of the Mt. Wilson Institute Board of Trustees, talks about the Mt. Wilson Observatory. He explains why he doesn't operate the Mt. Wilson telescopes himself, and tells us why astronomers hate the twinkling of the stars. This episode was recorded on location, and Tim talks about the many public events offered at Mt. Wilson.

Learn more about Mt. Wilson and see upcoming events at www.mtwilson.edu.

Image: 1909 image of the dome housing the 60 inch reflector telescope.

124: Searching Antarctica for meteorites with Dr. Cohen

  Dr. Barbara Cohen  returns to the show to talk about meteorite collecting in Antarctica. These trips, which involve weeks of camping on the ice, provide invaluable scientific samples. She talks about what it's like to search for the rocks that "don't belong" in the frozen desert.  NASA put out a great article on her work as well, read it  here ! Also check out Dr. Cohen's  Wikipedia page .

Dr. Barbara Cohen returns to the show to talk about meteorite collecting in Antarctica. These trips, which involve weeks of camping on the ice, provide invaluable scientific samples. She talks about what it's like to search for the rocks that "don't belong" in the frozen desert.

NASA put out a great article on her work as well, read it here! Also check out Dr. Cohen's Wikipedia page.

121: Solar storms with Dr. Janvier

  Dr. Miho Janvier  talks about her work studying solar storms, and tells us about the ways these storms have impacted humans in the past. She explains why they are challenging to model and says why she's interested in "garbage" data from planetary missions.  Folllow Dr. Janvier on  Twitter , and watch her  TED talk !   Image : Miho Janvier speaks at TEDGlobal 2017, Arusha, Tanzania. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

Dr. Miho Janvier talks about her work studying solar storms, and tells us about the ways these storms have impacted humans in the past. She explains why they are challenging to model and says why she's interested in "garbage" data from planetary missions.

Folllow Dr. Janvier on Twitter, and watch her TED talk!

Image: Miho Janvier speaks at TEDGlobal 2017, Arusha, Tanzania. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

117: Guardians of (a very small part of) the galaxy with Dr. Fast

  Dr. Kelly Fast  tells us about the  Planetary Defense Coordination Office , which finds asteroids before they find us. She talks about a recent exercise involving the tiny asteroid 2012 TC4, where asteroid hunters across the world coordinated to observe this object on a recent fly-by. We also talk about ‘Oumuamua, the first interstellar asteroid ever discovered.

Dr. Kelly Fast tells us about the Planetary Defense Coordination Office, which finds asteroids before they find us. She talks about a recent exercise involving the tiny asteroid 2012 TC4, where asteroid hunters across the world coordinated to observe this object on a recent fly-by. We also talk about ‘Oumuamua, the first interstellar asteroid ever discovered.

114: The densest stuff in the universe slamming together at the speed of light with Dr. Kanner

  Dr. Jonah Kanner  talks about  LIGO ’s spectacular detection of two neutron stars merging together. This merger was not only detected by gravitational wave detectors in the US and Europe, it was also seen by many telescopes across the world and in space. This new discovery will help unlock many longstanding mysteries in astronomy and fundamental particle physics.   

Dr. Jonah Kanner talks about LIGO’s spectacular detection of two neutron stars merging together. This merger was not only detected by gravitational wave detectors in the US and Europe, it was also seen by many telescopes across the world and in space. This new discovery will help unlock many longstanding mysteries in astronomy and fundamental particle physics.