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The Guide to Space is a series of space and astronomy podcasts by Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe Today

    Episode 775: Q&A 165: How Could We Explore the Oceans of Europa? And More...

    Episode 775: Q&A 165: How Could We Explore the Oceans of Europa? And More...

    In this week's live questions and answers show, I explain why NASA doesn't build standardized rovers, how we know the Universe is approximately 13.8 billion years old, and which are the best (and worst) entry-level telescopes to get.


    Mars Magnetosphere story
    https://www.universetoday.com/153368/an-absolutely-bonkers-plan-to-give-mars-an-artificial-magnetosphere/


    00:00 Start
    00:28 When will NASA make standard models of rovers?
    04:28 Is the Universe older than 13.8 billion years?
    07:06 What are the best and worst entry level telescopes?
    10:29 Why isn't there more of a push to explore Europa?
    13:40 could dark matter be a heavier element?
    16:29 How could we drill down through Europa's ice sheet?
    19:23 Will supervoids grow as the Universe expands?
    21:11 What's the best technology for interstellar travel?
    23:15 Could we protect Mars with a giant solenoid?
    25:37 Could we build a second James Webb?
    27:08 Could a longer ramp let Spinlaunch send humans to space?
    29:39 What is the economic cost of contaminating Mars?
    33:18 Do Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have any business strategy for colonizing space?
    35:08 How do neutron stars die?
    36:28 Better to live on a water world or Mars?
    37:37 Any way to collect small pieces of space junk?


    Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here.


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    Episode 774: Q&A 164: Could Too Much Gravity Prevent a Civilization Going to Space? And More...

    Episode 774: Q&A 164: Could Too Much Gravity Prevent a Civilization Going to Space? And More...

    In this week's live questions and answers show, I speculate what kind of civilization could be permanently stuck on the surface of their planet, if rival nations could shoot down each other's spacecraft, and how do I really feel about the Space Launch System?


    00:00 Start
    01:01 How much gravity makes spaceflight impossible?
    04:40 Could a rival shoot down a rocket during launch?
    07:07 Should I apologize for advocating for SLS?
    11:50 Do photons experience time?
    13:42 Can you see Earth's lights from the Moon?
    15:28 Can we detect exoplanets with their magnetic fields?
    17:27 What missions do I wish were never cut?
    20:21 Does finding life mean we're doomed?
    22:45 Are galaxies orbiting something bigger?
    23:42 Can a star collapse directly into a black hole?
    25:36 Should we move away from complex telescopes?
    29:03 What does it cost to use Hubble?


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    Episode 773: Searching for Exomoons with Alex Teachey

    Episode 773: Searching for Exomoons with Alex Teachey

    My guest today is Dr. Alex Teachey, a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics (ASIAA) in Taipei, Taiwan. Alex specializes in searching for moons orbiting extrasolar planets: exomoons. Learn why these could be some of the most interesting places to search for life in the Universe.


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    • 57 min
    Episode 772: Q&A 163: Is There No Way to Repair James Webb in Space? And More...

    Episode 772: Q&A 163: Is There No Way to Repair James Webb in Space? And More...

    In this week's episode, I answer questions about the speed of supernovae, if a black hole can pull itself apart, is there really no way to repair James Webb, and more...


    00:00 Start
    00:41 What are the timescales for a supernova?
    02:59 Could a black hole spin itself apart?
    05:37 Will James Webb launch on time?
    07:10 What do I think about Apophis?
    09:24 Can a magnetar collapse into a black hole?
    12:43 When will we reach the Kessler Syndrome/
    16:26 Would we try to fix James Webb?
    19:27 Will there be a permanent Moon base in our lifetime?
    21:28 What do I think about Spin Launch?
    24:06 What's the temperature on the night side of Venus?
    26:01 What's the point of sending humans to Mars?
    29:56 Does a supermassive black hole's gravity pull on its galaxy?
    31:35 Will the Moon get a magnetic field?


    Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here.


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    • 34 min
    Episode 771: QA 162: Could We Build a Particle Accelerator on the Moon? And More...

    Episode 771: QA 162: Could We Build a Particle Accelerator on the Moon? And More...

    In this week's live Q&A, I explain what would happen if we build a particle accelerator around the entire Moon (and what would happen if it generated a black hole), if you can ice skate on Pluto, and is it better to do sample return missions or explore with rovers and landers.


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    • 21 min
    Episode 770: Using Pulsars to Detect Gravitational Waves: with Boris Goncharov

    Episode 770: Using Pulsars to Detect Gravitational Waves: with Boris Goncharov

    My guest today is Dr. Boris Goncharov, a researcher at the Gran Sasso Science Institute. Boris is part of the team using the precise signals from pulsars as a way to detect gravitational waves. This technique could be sensitive enough to even detect merging supermassive black holes.


    http://bgoncharov.com/


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Fraser and team make Canada proud!

If you want to stay up to date with space and astronomy news and are sick of sensationalist mainstream media coverage/garbage (let’s be honest), this podcast is for you!

Fraser Cain covers the latest news from space agencies from around the world and interviews the actual scientists who do the work. And it’s clear Fraser himself puts in a lot of hard work into making the show, I’m even inclined to say he’s a workaholic or just addicted to space news I guess, which is understandable. ;)

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