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Astrobites for your ears. Three grad students bring you cutting-edge research findings in astronomy and connect the dots between diverse subfields.

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Astrobites for your ears. Three grad students bring you cutting-edge research findings in astronomy and connect the dots between diverse subfields.

    Episode 60: An Ear for Education (Sonification 2)

    Episode 60: An Ear for Education (Sonification 2)

    It’s time for our jam-packed sonification sequel, which includes two interviews, 5 (!) space sounds, and a critical fourth “i” for how sonification is used in astronomy! We’re first joined by Paul Green and Afra Ashraf, the creators of the new sonification project Sensing the Dynamic Universe. Then Sarah Kane, a senior undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania, joins us to talk about her journey in astronomy and sonification while being legally blind. We round things out by listening to kilonovae, radio interferometers, and the atmosphere of Uranus! Is there anything we didn’t discuss? 


    0:00 First 3 “i”s

    5:05 Sensing the Dynamic Universe interview (4th “i”)

    29:17 Reflections on SDU

    32:14 Sarah Kane interview

    55:31 Our educational sonifications


    Sensing the Dynamic Universe: https://lweb.cfa.harvard.edu/sdu/index.html

    Our sonification astrobite from last year: astrobites.org/2021/06/17/getting-started-in-sonification/

    An article about Sarah Kane (isn’t she so fashionable?): omnia.sas.upenn.edu/story/disability-advocacy-and-sciences



    Twotone: twotone-midiout-beta.netlify.app

    Miditime (for advanced users): github.com/cirlabs/miditime

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 59: Staring into the Voids in the Universe

    Episode 59: Staring into the Voids in the Universe

    Is it Halloween yet? This week, Alex, Kiersten, and Sabrina zoom out to stare at the spookiest voids on the most massive scales. Alex tells us how we can use baryonic acoustic oscillations, or BAOs – the astrophysical counterpart to the delicious buns – to study the shapes of these voids. Sabrina turns up the power for her space sound, and we turn on the lights while listening to Kiersten describe a chilling cold spot in the CMB.






    Space Sounds: 


    • 40 min
    Episode 58: Funky Fluids

    Episode 58: Funky Fluids

    Episode 58: Funky Fluids


    To take a break from the summer heat, Sabrina, Will, and Kiersten don their floaties and take a dive into some space fluids. Sabrina plays in the sandbox of granular instabilities, explaining how solids can behave like fluids. Then Will teleports everyone to a planet with an ocean where you’re guaranteed not to get a sunburn, but getting zapped by galactic Cosmic Rays™ might be worse. 






    Space Sounds: 



    Rayleigh Taylor Instability Video: 


    • 44 min
    Episode 57: Hot Planet Summer

    Episode 57: Hot Planet Summer

    Break out your swim suits and fire up your Weber Spirit II 3-Burner Liquid Propane Grills, it’s summer vacation for those of us in the states! With their time off, Will, Kiersten, and Alex take a trip around the solar system in search of the best sunbathing spots. Will takes us to a molten Earth in search of the planet’s first “little dudes”, while Kiersten surfs on metallic Venusian lava flows. Alex made our road trip playlist, but it’s more ominous than we wanted.






    Space Sounds: 




    Geological Time Scales Poster: 



    • 41 min
    Episode 56: Overpowered in the Universe

    Episode 56: Overpowered in the Universe

    Episode 56: Overpowered in the Universe


    In this episode, Sabrina teaches Will gamer lingo and the gang applies it to astronomy. Alex discusses a class of super-charged supernovae with bumpy and clumpy physics, and Sabrina shows us how to use pulsars to upgrade our data security (once we figure out how to uninstall Norton Antivirus).   

    Then we discuss whether objects in the universe really can be OP (overpowered) and Alex begins to question if he ever really understood the definition (spoiler: he didn’t).




    Space sound: https://chandra.si.edu/photo/2022/sgra/animations.html#audio


    Sonification Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO/K.Arcand, SYSTEM Sounds (M. Russo, A. Santaguida); Image Credit: Radio: EHT Collaboration; X-ray (NASA/CXC/SAO); Infrared (NASA/HST/STScI)

    • 40 min
    Episode 55.5: Four Moving For-ward

    Episode 55.5: Four Moving For-ward

    Our astro[sound]bites family has grown! New co-hosts Kiersten Boley and Sabrina Berger join Alex Gagliano and Will Saunders as the four moving forward. From now on, you’ll be hearing from three of us in each episode, so get ready to mix and match your favorite a[s]b combo pack. 


    In this mini-episode, we get to know our new co-hosts a little and share some of the things we’re excited about in the coming year. We also learn that Kiersten’s voice is smooth as silk, Sabrina definitely doesn’t hate radio astronomy, Will is ready to be a 3am disc jockey, and Alex sleeps soundly at night, unafraid of the carnivorous cosmos. 


    Space sounds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESz8Cvirh00&ab_channel=ChandraX-rayObservatory (NASA/CXC/SAO/K.Arcand, SYSTEM Sounds (M. Russo, A. Santaguida))


    (NASA/STScI/Lightkurve Collaboration


    More about sonification: https://astrosoundbites.com/2021/04/11/episode-33-scintillating-sounds-of-science/

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

anna555631 ,

I enjoy and learn from every episode

Fabulous podcast!

Nyncca ,

Geeky and wonderful

Easily digestible bits of knowledge around various astrophysical and cosmological topics. Fun to listen to and perfect length. I also really enjoy the hosts—a group of enthusiastic grad students who bring a lot of (sometimes eye-rolling) humor to their topics. Keep up the great work!

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