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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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    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

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

    Episode 79: The Vanishing Act

    Episode 79: The Vanishing Act

    Spooky season is here! In this episode, we’re investigating the ghostly disappearances of astrophysical objects. Sabrina does some detective work to solve the mystery of a missing black hole, and Kiersten tries to convince her that Halloween is the best holiday. Meanwhile, Cormac convenes with ghosts of stars to figure out where they have vanished off to. It turns out that gravitational waves are the perfect medium for an astrophysical seance! 
    Space sound:

    • 44 min
    Episode 78: There’s More Air out There

    Episode 78: There’s More Air out There

    We went on summer break (or winter break for our astronomer down under) but JWST did not! In our first episode back, we report on two new JWST Astrobites about exoplanet atmosphere. Kiersten tells us about the search for an atmosphere in a famous planetary system, Sabrina explains how poisonous gasses can signal “pre-life,” and Will appreciates null results that aren’t his own. 
    Space sound: 

    • 54 min
    Episode 77.5: Astro[sound]bites on three continents

    Episode 77.5: Astro[sound]bites on three continents

    In this episode, astro[sound]bites gets even more international as we welcome our new co-host, Cormac Larkin, based in Europe! We sit down in three different time zones and continents to learn more about Cormac and discuss what we’re each excited about for the next year of astro[sound]bites. 
    Introduction to research with astro[sound]bites:
    Introduction to exoplanets with astro[sound]bites:

    • 12 min
    Episode 77: The Air out There

    Episode 77: The Air out There

    We take a deep breath of exoplanet atmospheres, discussing what JWST is capable of and what it already has accomplished using transmission spectroscopy. In this episode, we learn that Sabrina misses SOFIA, brown dwarfs have sandy clouds, and Will knows a thing or two about Picaso (yes, that’s with one “s”). AND as a tribute to Black Space Week, following up from Episode 76, the papers we presented in this episode were both written by Black astronomers. 
    Space sound: HARP. You can sign up to be a part of this amazing citizen science research! 

    • 47 min
    Episode 76: Black In Astro 2023

    Episode 76: Black In Astro 2023

    Only 1% of Physics PhDs awarded to US citizens were to Black students in 2019 (according to the American Institute of Physics). In celebration of Juneteenth, we’ve invited the Black In Astro team to chat about their mission to support and highlight Black people in space science-related fields. We hear about their trajectories in space sciences and astronomy and their perspectives on the future. This episode’s release also marks the beginning of Black Space Week hosted by Black in Astro! They tell us how the celebration will be bigger and better in 2023 to continue celebrating Black scientists worldwide. 
    Black In Astro: https://www.blackinastro.com/
    Black Space Week 2023: https://www.blackinastro.com/posters-and-advertisements-for-bsw2023
    Juneteenth: https://www.nytimes.com/article/juneteenth-day-celebration.html
    Black Representation in Physics & Astronomy: https://astrobites.org/2020/06/12/blackinastro-black-representation-in-astro-physics-and-the-impact-of-discrimination/
    American Institute of Physics Report: https://www.aip.org/statistics/reports/trends-physics-phds-171819

    • 59 min
    Episode 75: Stellar Snacks

    Episode 75: Stellar Snacks

    Did you know that talking about astronomy can actually make you hungry? In this episode, Kiersten and Will take us on a culinary adventure through food themed astrobites. Instead of starting with the main course, Will takes us to Mars for dessert where we dine on a meteorite that initially got confused for a huge piece of chocolate. Then, Kiersten takes us to a stellar cooking class where we learn about the ingredients needed to make small exoplanets and its striking similarities to baking a cake. 
    Sonification & Visualization:
    Sounds of Exoplanet Systems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idlB8JgKGU4

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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16 Ratings

16 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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