Are you curious about astronomy? Join NYU Abu Dhabi's research associate and moderator, Moe Abbas every Tuesday as he interviews leading academics and stars of astronomy on the topic of space science. Each episode aspires to share the unfathomable beauty of our universe!
Exoplanetary Atmospheres with Dr. Heather Knutson
How do planetary systems form and evolve? In this episode, we speak to Dr. Heather Knutson, an astrophysicist and professor of planetary science who has won the Newton Lacy Pierce Prize in Astronomy for her research into exoplanetary atmospheres.
Knutson explores how exoplanets became such a foundational aspect of modern day astronomy, considers the potential for James Webb to help us see new, gaseous atmospheres, and discusses the burgeoning field of exoplanet meteorology. We also hear about some challenges Knutson faced through her career, and her advice for young people interested in a career in sciences.
Documenting Astronomy News With Richard J. Bartlett
A former monthly columnist for Astronomy magazine, Richard J. Bartlett has had a passion for the stars since the age of six. More recently, he's also written for the Daily Beast and Orion Telescopes and now hosts his own podcast, Stars 'n Stuff (http://tinyurl.com/snspod). His first website, StarLore, was featured in Sky & Telescope magazine in early 2001. Following that success, he freelanced for Astronomy, reviewing astronomical websites and software in his monthly Webweaver Picks column. Additionally, he has moderated on the Universe Today forums, operated his own astronomical message board and tweets the latest in space and astronomical news. (@astronomywriter).
Supermassive Black Holes with Dr. Becky Smethurst
What are supermassive black holes? In this episode, we communicate with astrophysicist, science communicator and author Dr. Becky Smethurst. We discuss the growth of supermassive black holes and their impact on galaxies, and explore where Smethurst’s interest with astrophysics stems from. In addition, Smethurst talks about her experiences as a science communicator on YouTube and how young people interested in the sciences can engage with the field.
Communicating Astronomy with Dr. Paul Sutter
What are different ways to disseminate scientific knowledge to the public? Our guest in this episode, Dr. Paul Sutter, has educated a variety of audiences on science as a professor of Astrophysics at Stony Brook University, and through books, videos, and podcasts. We reflect on the importance of science outreach and the challenges of engaging with the field, before considering the latest news in astronomy and his thoughts on science fiction.
Origins of the Universe with Dr. Brian Keating
What did the origins of the universe look like? In this episode, we interview Dr. Brian Keating, an astrophysicist and cosmologist who works on observations of the cosmic microwave background and its relationship to the origins of the universe. He describes projects he has been involved with, such as Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization (BICEP), and how he has engaged with various theories about the origins of the universe. We also consider his approach as a professor and hear his advice for young people interested in the sciences.
A Day in the Life of an Astrophysicist With Dr. Sarah Pearson
How are galaxies structured and how do they evolve? In this episode, we speak to computational astrophysicist and science communicator Dr. Sarah Pearson. We explore an average day for an astrophysicist and discuss recent research into stellar streams and galactic bars. Then, we reflect on Pearson’s experience as a woman in a traditionally male dominated field, and consider how scientists relay scientific knowledge to non-scientific audiences.