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Welcome to Deep Astronomy, a podcast dedicated to helping us understand our place in the universe.

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    • 4.5 • 23 Ratings

Welcome to Deep Astronomy, a podcast dedicated to helping us understand our place in the universe.

    Countdown to JWST #1: Finally Ready to Launch?

    Countdown to JWST #1: Finally Ready to Launch?

    Here's the first installment of Countdown to JWST, a podcast that will track the mission up to launch (hopefully) later this year.  Let's light this candle!

    • 21 min
    Was There A First Cause?

    Was There A First Cause?

    Was there a first cause?  Can there be a event that started everything?  What would such an event look like?  In this episode Tony and Charlotte discuss the scientific and philosophical understanding of the beginning of the universe and what an effect that does NOT have a cause must look like.

    • 54 min
    When An Atheist Met A Catholic Theologian

    When An Atheist Met A Catholic Theologian

    This episode kicks off what I hope will be a weekly posting for the DA Show.  My wife Charlotte is a Catholic theologian and philosopher who has taught me much outside of my scientific realm.  I have heartily enjoyed our conversations over the years and now I hope to share some of them with you.  

    • 38 min
    A Cautionary Science Tale: BICEP2 and the Perils of the Nobel Prize

    A Cautionary Science Tale: BICEP2 and the Perils of the Nobel Prize

    Remember all the commotion about the BICEP2 mission back in 2014?  Cosmologist had announced the observation of polarized "B-mode" waves that, if connected to the universal cosmic microwave background, would lend credence and observational support to the Inflationary Theory of Cosmology, this period just after the Big Bang when astronomers think the universe expanded exponentially and faster than light.

    The story made the front page of the New York Times and we were hearing about it everywhere.  While I doubt that very many people understood what was being said, clearly something big was happening and so everyone paid attention.  Dr. Brian Keating from USCD was a member of the BICEP2 team and talks about that time with me along with other really interesting goings-on in the world of science, including whether having something like the Nobel Prize is hurting science.

    Brian Keating's Book: "Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition and the Peril of Science's Highest Honor" is available on the Deep Astronomy Amazon Page here:

    https://amzn.to/2JHl7W4

    • 56 min
    Using Nuclear Power for Deep Space Exploration

    Using Nuclear Power for Deep Space Exploration

    It turns out that NASA and others have been thinking about the inefficiencies of using chemical rockets to go to the Moon, Mars and the Outer Planets.  One very attractive solution is Nuclear Thermal Propulsion, a technology that was begun in the 1960's and considered as a viable method of propelling Apollo astronauts to the Moon, but was abandoned in favor of chemical rockets.  Fast forward to the twenty first century and we are back thinking about using this promising propulsion to get humans and space probes to the outer solar system quickly.  This podcast is the audio version of a Future in Space Hangout sponsored by the American Astronautical Society.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Apophis Asteroid: Should You Be Worried?

    The Apophis Asteroid: Should You Be Worried?

    Let's talk about the potentially hazardous asteroid known as Apophis.  In April, 2029 this 320 meter rock will get so close that it will pass under the orbit of geosynchronous satellites!  Astronomers held a conference in late April of 2019 to discuss the science that can be done as it passes so close to the Earth.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Rambo8649 ,

Excellent podcast

This is one of very few podcasts I listen to. Tony Darnell is an excellent host. Astronomy, cosmology, etc..science...there is a lot of information here, very stimulating to the mind. I learn something new every time I listen to this podcast.

Nshepro ,

Just how fast the universe expands.

Very interesting topic, but I am not an Astro-physicist and therefore I have a hard time understanding much of the technical information. That is the most interesting part is when something complex is explained so we can understand and follow along. For example, I still don’t know how a supernova helps us know how far away stars are. They explained it, but none of it made sense to me.

Thank you for making these podcasts Tony.

Bmillerart ,

Where are the reviews!?!??! Great pod!

Amazing podcast for anyone interested in the rest of the universe and up to date news of the exploration that is happening.

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