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Podcast: Spontaneous Complexity

  • By Jasmin Evans
  • October 6, 2015
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Click to listen! (17.9MB MP3, right-click to save) Transcript (Text, PDF) Jasmin Evans is an undergrad in astronomy and physics at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. She shadowed us for the week and while she was here, she interviewed Dr. John Mather for our podcast. We let … Continue Reading →


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Podcast: Finding Herschel

Click to listen! (14.5MB MP3, right-click to save) Transcript (Text, PDF) In July we had astronomer Nick Howes do a guest blog post about how he was able to image the Herschel observatory, which sat a million miles away from the Earth at the 2nd Lagrange point (and is now … Continue Reading →


Phil Part 4

Podcast: How We Learn, Part 4 of our interview with “The Bad Astronomer,” Dr. Phil Plait

  • By Maggie Masetti
  • September 9, 2013
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Click to listen! (7MB MP3, right-click to save) Transcript (Text, PDF) Here’s the last part of our four part interview with Dr. Phil Plait, the “Bad Astronomer.” Phil is a scientist who now writes about science for the public, with a large focus on debunking bad science and astronomy. In … Continue Reading →


Go Outside and Look Up

Podcast: “Go outside and look up!,” Part 3 of our interview with “The Bad Astronomer,” Dr. Phil Plait

  • By Maggie Masetti
  • June 26, 2013
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Click to listen! (9MB MP3, right-click to save) Transcript (Text, PDF) This is part three of four of our interview with Dr. Phil Plait, the so-called “Bad Astronomer.” Phil is a scientist, writer, and specializes in debunking bad science. In part 1, we learned how he got started, and in … Continue Reading →


Podcast: Ring Around the Exoplanet

Podcast: Ring around the Exoplanet

Click to listen! (11MB MP3, right-click to save) Transcript (Text, PDF) A college friend of Maggie’s, Dr. Eric Mamajek, discovered a cool potential exoplanet system that might also have a ring system – we reported on it last January after the American Astronomical Society exhibit. We checked with Eric a … Continue Reading →


The art of space 2

Podcast: The Art of Space, Part 2

This is the second part of our interview with space artist Ron Miller. He’s an author, illustrator, former art director for the National Air & Space Museum’s Albert Einstein planetarium, and his work is truly inspirational! Here is Part 1 of our interview where we talk about how he got … Continue Reading →


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Podcast: The Art of Space, Part 1

Blueshift recently interviewed space artist Ron Miller. Not only is he an amazingly talented illustrator, but he’s also the author, consultant, and former art director for the National Air & Space Museum’s Albert Einstein planetarium. He’s written and illustrated many books, one of which, “Out of the Cradle,” is a … Continue Reading →


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Podcast: Studying Simulated Stardust

  • By Sara Mitchell
  • April 25, 2013
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Dust – on Earth, it’s a nuisance. But in space, it’s a valuable natural resource, a raw material essential to the formation of nearly any object imaginable. NASA Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Christina Richey studies interstellar dust grains through laboratory-created analogs, comparing the properties of simulated stardust to data from missions … Continue Reading →


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Podcast: Hubble’s Scientific Successor

  • By Maggie Masetti
  • December 20, 2012
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As you might imagine, the James Webb Space Telescope is a pretty big deal here at NASA Goddard, because much of it is being assembled here. You’ve seen our posts with image of its primary mirror segments arriving, and glimpses of other flight hardware in our cleanroom. As a companion … Continue Reading →


Science in a Nutshell

Podcast: Science in a Nutshell, Part 2 of our interview with “The Bad Astronomer,” Dr. Phil Plait

  • By Maggie Masetti
  • December 4, 2012
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Click to listen! (6.5MB MP3, right-click to save) Transcript (Text, PDF) As science educators, encouraging critical thinking and skepticism is something we think is really important. We interviewed the “Bad Astronomer,” Dr. Phil Plait, to get his thoughts on the subject. He is a trained scientist who used to work … Continue Reading →


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