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NEW PODCAST: Countdown for Upcoming Solar Eclipses November 15, 2011

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Description: Noted astronomer Dr. Jay Pasachoff talks about the upcoming solar eclipses through 2017.

Bio: Jay Pasachoff, Chair of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Eclipses, is Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College. He has viewed 53 solar eclipses, and is an expert on both their use for scientific observations and their use for public education. Pasachoff is past president of the International Astronomical Union’s Commission on Education and Development and Chair-Elect of the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society. He received the Education Prize of the American Astronomical Society. Pasachoff is the author of textbooks on astronomy and of the Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, and co-author of Nearest Star: The Surprising Science of Our Sun and, on a more technical level, The Solar Corona. His research at the two eclipses of 2012 is supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

NEW PODCAST! : Carnival of Space September 27, 2011

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Description: The Carnival of Space is a weekly compilation of astronomy, space and general science-related news drawn from science blogs and websites across the Internet.

NEW PODCAST UP: Encore, The Magnetosphere August 31, 2011

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Sponsored by the EIU Physics department.

Description: This is a short non mathematical introduction to some important elements of space plasma physics. Stephen plays the role of a confused student to allow a pedagogical dialog to progress.

Bio: Terry did graduate research in space physics at the University of Iowa

New Podcast: Apollo 11: Part 2 – The Landing July 21, 2011

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Title: Apollo 11: Part 2 – The Landing

Podcaster: Steve Nerlich

Organization: Cheap Astronomy

Link: www.cheapastro.com

Description: This is the second of an epic podcast trilogy, celebrating the 42nd anniversary of the first Moon landing.

Bio: Cheap Astronomy offers an educational website in peace, for all mankind – as long as it doesn’t cost too much.

Sponsor: This episode of “365 Days of Astronomy” is sponsored by the Physics Department at Eastern Illinois University: “Caring faculty guiding students through teaching and research” atwww.eiu.edu/~physics/

NEW PODCAST: Probing the Kuiper Belt and Beyond June 17, 2011

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Description: Meg and Brooke discuss what we have learned by studying the small planetesimals orbiting beyond Neptune in the Kuiper belt and beyond. In particular they discuss Sedna, a roughly Pluto-sized body on a highly eccentric orbit beyond Neptune that challenges our understanding of the solar system and suggests the presence of a distant icy population of bodies residing beyond the Kuiper belt. They discuss the possible origin of Sedna’s orbit and the search for more Sedna-like bodies.

Bio: Meg Schwamb is National Science Foundation (NSF) Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University’s Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (YCAA). As part of the La Silla-QUEST KBO Survey (http://hepwww.physics.yale.edu/lsqkbo), she is searching the southern skies for the largest and brightest members of the Kuiper belt and beyond, and studying the orbital and physical characteristics of these new discoveries. Meg is also studying the processes of planet formation and evolution as project scientist for Planet Hunters (www.planethunters.org), a citizen science project searching for the signatures of transiting exoplanets in the data collected by NASA’s Kepler mission.

Brooke Simmons is a researcher at the Yale Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics, studying the mechanisms by which black holes and galaxies co-evolve over cosmic time. Currently, her research focuses on extending our understanding of galaxies hosting actively growing supermassive black holes to a time when the universe was less than a quarter of its present age. Brooke is also actively involved in Galaxy Zoo (www.galaxyzoo.org), a citizen science project that invites the public to participate in forefront scientific research.

NEW PODCAST: Quasars in Galaxy Clusters! May 19, 2011

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Description: Quasars are some of the most luminous objects in the universe. Quasars are ancient galaxies that harbor massive black holes at their centers. The black holes emit huge amounts of energy across the spectrum as they consume matter. In this podcast, Dara Norman discusses her research on how quasars interact with their environment. Many quasars occur in galaxy clusters which can play a role in turning on quasars as well as their evolution.

Bio: Dr. Dara Norman is a research astronomer at the NOAO. Her research interests are in the area of Active Galactic Nuclei, including Quasars, and their cluster environments, in particular the triggering of AGN, and their influence on galactic evolution. She is also interested in how Quasars can be used to understand large-scale structure in the universe.

April Podcast: The Moon’s Mysterious Exosphere April 23, 2011

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Description: It is commonly thought that the moon has no atmosphere – we hear how the Apollo astronaut’s footprints are undisturbed because there is no atmosphere or weather on the Moon to precipitate any changes, but we now know that the Moon actually does have an extremely thin exosphere. With us today is Brian Day, the Education and Public Outreach Lead for NASA’s upcoming LADEE mission, and with the NASA Lunar Science Institute.

Bio: The NLSI brings together leading lunar scientists from around the world to further NASA lunar science and exploration.

Brian Day is the Education and Public Outreach Lead for NASA’s upcoming LADEE mission, and works with the NASA Lunar Science Institute.

Nancy Atkinson is a science journalist and is the Senior Editor for Universe Today

NEW PODCAST:Galaxy Zoo 2 – Do Bars Kill Spirals? March 21, 2011

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Description: Chris and Karen discuss the first results from Galaxy Zoo 2 classifications, which looks at the types of spiral galaxies that host bars and what that might mean for their future.

Bios: Chris and Karen are English astronomers invoved in Galaxy Zoo.

Chris Lintott is a researcher who is involved in a number of popular science projects aimed at bringing astronomical science to a wider audience. He is the co-presenter of Patrick Moore’s BBC series “The Sky at Night” and a co-author of the book Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe with Patrick Moore and Queen guitarist Brian May. He is one of the principal investigators for the Galaxy Zoo project, and runs Zooniverse projects which allow you to help scientists explore the Universe. Chris is now the Director of Citizen Science Initiatives at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

Karen Masters is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation and the University of Portsmouth, UK (and SEPnet; www.sepnet.ac.uk). She has been involved in Galaxy Zoo since 2008 and has spent most of her time producing scientific research from the classifications, but also contributes to the Galaxy Zoo Blog (http://blogs.zooniverse.org/galaxyzoo/author/karen). She is also the Public Engagement Co-ordinator for the LOFAR-UK (www.lofar-uk.org) project — the UK contribution to the next generation radio telescope, LOFAR (www.lofar.org).

Today’s sponsor: This episode of “365 Days of Astronomy” is sponsored by the Physics Department at Eastern Illinois University: “Caring faculty guiding students through teaching and research” at www.eiu.edu/~physics/


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Sponsored by the Physics Department at Eastern Illinois University


This podcast discusses the topic of Exoplanets and life on other planets out of our solar system

Thomas HofstätterBio: Born in 1993 near Vienna, Austria, Europe. Upper High School with focus on Computer Science.Interested in extreme small and extreme big, devious and uninvestigated things.Thomas Hofstätter main aim is to bring astronomy to public and to establish secular interest in astronomy, physics and mathematics. Host of :: The Hidden Space Project :: at


NEW PODCAST:What’s New With Supermassive Black Holes January 18, 2011

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What’s New With Supermassive Black Holes by Rob Knop
For the third year the physics department is sponsoring monthly podcasts at 365 days of astronomy

Description: Of all astronomical objects, there are few that inspire the imagination more than black holes. I’ll tell you about a couple of results that have come out recently having to do with supermassive black holes.
Rob Knop obtained a PhD in Physics from Caltech in 1997. He then worked with the Supernova Cosmology Project and was part of the discovery that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating. After six years as an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University, he worked in the computer industry for two years. He now teaches physics the new college Quest Unviersity in British Columbia. He gives regular astronomy talks in Second Life in association with the Meta-Institute of Computational Astronomy.