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Hear stories about the alien moons orbiting our Sun, of cold stars, and the future of space exploration. Every week, scientist Dr. Carrie Nugent chats about an amazing part of our universe with an expert guest. Spacepod is the podcast that gives you an inside look into space exploration. Learn more: http://listentospacepod.com

Spacepod Carrie Nugent

    • Astronomy
    • 4.9 • 314 Ratings

Hear stories about the alien moons orbiting our Sun, of cold stars, and the future of space exploration. Every week, scientist Dr. Carrie Nugent chats about an amazing part of our universe with an expert guest. Spacepod is the podcast that gives you an inside look into space exploration. Learn more: http://listentospacepod.com

    Space Advocacy with Casey Dreier

    Space Advocacy with Casey Dreier

    Casey Dreier, Chief Advocate of the Planetary Society, stops by to chat about space policy. He explains why human spaceflight is such a challenge, and talks about how scientists decide which planet to explore. He also explains how individual citizens from around the world can influence space policy.

    • 27 min
    Not just a telescope with Dr. Virkki

    Not just a telescope with Dr. Virkki

    Dr. Anne Virkki talks about the Arecibo Radio Telescope, which recently sustained severe damage. She talks about the discoveries made at the telescope and explains that it could be rebuilt, if there was enough public support.

    • 23 min
    Bonus episode: Voting

    Bonus episode: Voting

    A quick bonus episode for my American listeners. Voting is the keystone of our democracy, and your voice deserves to be heard. This episode goes over some common voting questions. For more, see www.ballotpedia.org.

    • 5 min
    Light reverberations from supermassive black holes with Dr. Gorjian

    Light reverberations from supermassive black holes with Dr. Gorjian

    Dr. Varoujan Gorjian returns to the show! He explains what supermassive black holes are and how they work. He also tells us about an elegant technique that astronomers use to determine the size of the debris cloud around black holes.

    • 38 min
    Preventable disasters with Prof. Nugent

    Preventable disasters with Prof. Nugent

    The tables are turned! Regular host Professor Carrie Nugent talks about her research with guest host Anthropology Professor Caitrin Lynch. We discuss near-Earth asteroids, and how Prof. Nugent is building open-source asteroid hunting software with a team of students.

    • 30 min
    Getting curious with Dr. Fraeman

    Getting curious with Dr. Fraeman

    Dr. Abby Fraeman returns to the show to talk about NASA's Curiosity rover. For the past eight years, Curiosity has been exploring Gale Crater on Mars. Dr. Fraeman talks about a discovery she made on the Vera Rubin Ridge, and we discuss how the Curiosity scientists and engineers have kept the rover running during the coronavirus pandemic.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
314 Ratings

314 Ratings

Kantalope ,

Good stuff

I have many in my feed but I listen to this first.

arlothehero ,

This podcast fuels my art practice.

One of my favorite things to do is binge listen podcasts while I’m working on art in my studio. Spacepod is always my top choice because, I know nothing about astronomy and listening completely captures my curious, conscious brain. Meanwhile, my creative subconscious brain is free to roam. I end up hitting pause often to jot down new ideas or solutions to conceptual and technical problems that usually have nothing to do with space.

Additionally, I am so into the community Carrie is building around this podcast and the mass of information being made available to non-scientists like me. Her warmth and friendly demeanor makes the whole thing that much more enjoyable.

Thanks for enhancing my art practice Carrie!
🪐💙☄️

Ralph_MB ,

Real Astronomers Talking Tech But Easy to Understand

Real astronomers, engineers, physicists, and other scientists discussing their work in terms that the public can follow. I enjoy some of the details, like astronomers needing to know programming so that they can do image analysis, or the automated fault protection and correction work that went into the Cassini Probe. Very easy to listen to and follow.

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