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Episode 12: Fraser Cain

Episode 12: Fraser Cain

With large telescopes like the LSST coming on in the near future we discuss why astronomy is so important today and in the future. Fraser Cain is publisher of Universe Today, an astronomy news site and co-host of Astronomy Cast. His new book The Universe Today Ultimate Guide to Viewing the Cosmos: Everything You Need to Know to Become an Amateur Astronomer is out now and features the best tips and tricks for viewing our solar system and deep sky objects, as well as detailed charts, graphs and tables to find must-see events for years to come. This comprehensive guide is complete with stunning and exclusive photography from top night sky photographers, as well as advice on how to take your own incredible photos.


Episode 11: Seth Shostak

Episode 11: Seth Shostak

Are we alone? The Search for Extraterrestrial intelligence. An exploration into the concept of searching for extraterrestrial intelligence in the universe with Dr. Seth Shostak of SETI and discussing the use of the Allen Telescope array. Dr. Shostak has long been a major player in SETI and predicts that we very well find signs of alien civilizations within the next 20 years. Also discussed are new avenues for SETI such as biosignatures and technosignatures, and how exocivilizations might choose to try to communicate.


Episode 10: Isaac Arthur

Episode 10: Isaac Arthur

John will be joined by his long time friend and colleague Isaac Arthur. Does humanity face a bright future? What will it be like? We ask these questions in a discussion with Isaac Arthur host of Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur. Other topics include, uplifting of intelligent species like Dolphins, Chimpanzees, and locked in water world aliens on exoplanets. As well as blackhole farming and if alien civilizations will decide to come together when the lights go out.


Bonus Specials Week

Bonus Specials Week

Fast Radio Bursts, or FRBs are blasts of radio energy that hit Earth from outside the milky way galaxy, lasting only milliseconds before they disappear. Dr. Avi Loeb of Harvard University and Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discusses the possibility that they could be leakage from highly powerful lasers pushing on light sails or other signs of advanced extraterrestrial intelligence. As well as the interstellar object known as ‘Oumuamua and if it is a solar sail or alien probe. Avi Loeb also discusses what are the most dangerous and immediate threats to life on earth from space, asteroid collisions, solar flares including the Carrington Event, and black holes.



Do we live in a simulation? The question of if reality is real is an old one and a new one. Would you choose to upload yourself into one. Would you become a copy of yourself or even worse a zombie, following programmed inputs losing freewill? John Michael Godier is joined with Dr. Travis Langley, author of Westworld Psychology where they discuss this and more.



The big bang is the term we use for the event that happened that started our universe, but what happened before? How does Einstein’s general relativity relate to the structure of space time at the earliest points of our universe. How much do we understand gravity, dark matter and Gravitational waves? John Michael Godier is joined in this bonus clip with Paul Sutter of the Ask A Spaceman YouTube Channel.


Episode 9: Dr. Karen J. Meech

Episode 9: Dr. Karen J. Meech

John Michael Godier spoke to Dr. Karen Meech, who leads the Astrobiology research team at the University of Hawaii which discovered the first interstellar object, named ‘Oumuamua, by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope. Dr. Meech’s team recently led the characterization to determine the size, shape, color and light curve of this first interstellar visitor from afar – ‘Oumuamua.

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