170 episodes

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

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

    169: The flattest structures in the solar system with Dr. Tiscareno

    169: The flattest structures in the solar system with Dr. Tiscareno

    Dr. Matthew Tiscareno tells us about Saturn's rings. He describes how scientists measured their mass, and how the rings got their colors. He also explains why scientists are currently debating the age of the rings.

    • 26 min
    168: Meteorite strength with Prof. Cotto Figueroa

    168: Meteorite strength with Prof. Cotto Figueroa

    Professor Desireé Cotto Figueroa tells us about her research into the strength of meteorites. This research helps scientists understand the hazards from asteroids, and also will help engineers design asteroid-visiting spacecraft.

    • 15 min
    167: Far out with Dr. Sheppard

    167: Far out with Dr. Sheppard

    Dr. Scott Sheppard tells us about the two most distant objects ever observed in the solar system. He describes the clever techniques he and his collaborators used to spot these objects, and explains why he is searching for an undiscovered planet.

    • 24 min
    166: Why we went to the moon with Lillian Cunningham

    166: Why we went to the moon with Lillian Cunningham

    Lillian Cunningham talks about her podcast Moonrise. Moonrise explores why the United States decided to send humans to the moon. She talks about the surprising power of science fiction in shaping policy, and she comments on what might motivate nations to send humans to other planets in the future.

    • 17 min
    165: Exploring Titan with Dr. Soderblom

    165: Exploring Titan with Dr. Soderblom

    Dr. Jason Soderblom tells us about Titan, one of the largest moons in the solar system. He explains some of its geologic features, including dunes, probable cryovolcanos, and featureless plains that scientists nicknamed "the blandlands." He also tells us about Dragonfly, a new NASA mission that will explore Titan's surface.

    • 20 min
    164: Postcards to the cosmos with Dr. Bannister

    164: Postcards to the cosmos with Dr. Bannister

    Dr. Michele Bannister talks about interstellar objects, including the recent discovery of 2I Borisov. Astronomers are observing this object with every available telescope to answer key questions, such as: what is Borisov made of? Is it like comets from our own solar system, or is it "really weird and different"? Dr. Bannister fills us in on the latest results. This episode was recorded on November 13th, 2019.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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.

YGlen ,

Easy listening for the latest astronomy news

Keep up with the latest astronomy discoveries through very informative dialogue hosted by Carrie Nugent.

Silver Supertramp ,

Wonderfully refreshing

So quirky, fun, and fascinating! I love the fast pace and frank nature of the conversations, and the questions asked and answers given are always eloquent and sincere. I love special effects and high budget sounds in other styles of podcasts, but sometimes it’s just so refreshing to listen to these awesome folks have a conversation about what they love. The drinks in the beginning are also a brilliant way to add some humanity to what could be a dry and lifeless subject. All in all this is a must listen for anyone who enjoys learning and has a mind for space!

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