Universe Today Podcasts With Fraser Cain



The Guide to Space is a series of space and astronomy poddcasts by Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe Today


  • 851: Mystery Rocket Crash Site Found, ISS Independence from Russia, Space Nuclear Power | Space Bites

    02/07/2022 Duración: 19min

    NASA teases JWST images, Rocket Lab launches CAPSTONE, mystery rocket's crash site found on the Moon, how magnetars are created, ISS gets more independent from Russia and more. 00:00 Intro 00:32 NASA teases first JWST images Weekly Space Hangout with Lee Feinberg https://youtu.be/0pEmQ1zpKtI 03:44 NASA funds space nuclear reactor development https://www.universetoday.com/156461/nasa-funds-the-development-of-a-nuclear-reactor-on-the-moon-that-would-last-for-10-years/ 05:21 Rocket Lab launches CAPSTONE https://www.universetoday.com/156493/rocket-lab-launches-nasas-capstone-mission-to-the-moon/ 06:39 Mystery rocket crash site found https://www.universetoday.com/156469/remember-that-rocket-that-was-going-to-crash-into-the-moon-scientists-think-theyve-found-the-crater/ 08:08 Independence from Russia's Progress is coming for the ISS https://www.universetoday.com/156500/cygnus-boosts-the-international-space-station-for-the-first-time-nasa-can-now-potentially-keep-the-station-aloft-without-russias-progress-space

  • 850: Medical Emergencies on the ISS, White Dwarf VS Red Dwarf, True Color of SLS | Q&A 189

    28/06/2022 Duración: 37min

    In this week's Questions and Answers show, I explain how astronauts are trained to deal with medical emergencies if the Universe is expanding smoothly or chaotically, and what would survive longer, a white dwarf or a red dwarf? 00:00 Start 01:34 [Tatooine] What if there's a medical emergency on the ISS? 04:13 [Coruscant] Could we see before the Big Bang? 09:28 [Hoth] Are there stars below the Earth too? 12:22 [Naboo] Is there a way to see something moving faster than light? 15:00 [Kamino] Why is the SLS fuel tank orange? 16:30 [Bespin] Could Titan serve as a fuel depot? 18:19 [Mustafar] Would the expansion of the Universe eventually spaghettify all matter? 21:37 [Alderaan] If you rode a space elevator, wouldn't you fall back down? 23:36 [Dagobah] What lasts longer, a red dwarf or a white dwarf? 25:44 [Yavin] Would I like a solution to dark matter or dark energy? 26:41 [Mandalore] Why doesn't the Moon fall down to the Earth? 28:28 [Geonosis] Has anyone actually tried going the speed of light? 29:20 [Corellia]

  • 849: China VS NASA, SpaceX Breaking Records, Repeating FRB Mystery | Space Bites

    25/06/2022 Duración: 20min

    SLS finally got through WDR (almost), Falcon 9 are setting new reuse records, China is about to beat NASA to Mars with a sample return mission, Charon red spot explained and more. 00:00 Intro 00:29 New records for SpaceX 01:33 SLS goes through WDR (kinda) https://www.universetoday.com/156446/nasa-says-its-satisfied-with-rehearsal-for-sls-moon-rocket-launch/ 02:39 South Korea joins the space club https://www.universetoday.com/156405/south-korea-is-now-a-space-faring-nation-with-the-orbital-launch-of-their-homegrown-nuri-rocket/ 03:15 China's Mars sample return mission 05:55 Samples from Ryugu are full of amino acids https://www.universetoday.com/156245/samples-of-asteroid-ryugu-contain-more-than-20-amino-acids/ 07:34 How Asteroid 16 Psyche might look like https://www.universetoday.com/156333/this-is-what-the-metal-asteroid-psyche-might-look-like/ 08:55 Support what we do https://patreon.com/universetoday 09:35 Charon's red spot mystery https://www.universetoday.com/156395/charons-red-cap-at-its-north-po

  • 848: Gaia Data Release 3 with Dr. Martin Barstow

    23/06/2022 Duración: 52min

    Dr. Martin Barstow is is a Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester and the former President of the Royal Astronomical Society. Dr. Barstow was part of the team who worked on the recent Gaia Data Release 3, which categorized almost 2 billion stars in the Milky Way. https://le.ac.uk/people/martin-barstow

  • 847: Can ISS Be Recycled, Artificial Meteor Storms, Can Hubble See JWST | Q&A 188

    21/06/2022 Duración: 41min

    In this week's questions and answers show, I explain why most quasars are very far away, consider what would happen if you brought Pluto into the inner Solar System, and deliver the heartbreaking news of why the ISS won't be recycled. 00:00 Start 01:25 [Tatooine] Can quasars appear anywhere in the Universe? 04:35 [Coruscant] What if you brought Pluto into the inner Solar System? 07:13 [Hoth] Why can't the ISS be recycled? 11:22 [Naboo] Why don't we see objects repeating in the Universe? 13:17 [Kamino] What lies beyond the observable universe? 15:54 [Bespin] Could an asteroid push the Earth into the Sun? 18:45 [Mustafar] Are dust storms a threat to Mars settlers? 21:14 [Alderaan] Could a solar gravitational lens help detect technological civilizations? 23:06 [Dagobah] Would an asteroid strike on another planet be a risk to Earth? 23:59 [Yavin] Could the moon of a gas giant be habitable? 25:32 [Mandalore] What do I think about NASA's UAP study? 29:04 [Geonosis] Could you create an artificial meteor storm? 30:22

  • 846: Advanced Propulsion Systems with Dr. Sonny White

    20/06/2022 Duración: 01h14min

    Dr. Sonny White is a physicist and mechanical engineer. He previously worked at NASA's Eagleworks Lab testing advanced propulsion systems, and developing ideas for faster-than-light travel. He's now working with Limitless Space, founded with the vision of advancing human space exploration beyond the Solar System by the end of the 21st century. https://www.limitlessspace.org/

  • 845: Starship Approved by FAA, Rogue Black Hole's Mass, Balancing Rock on Mars | Space Bites

    20/06/2022 Duración: 21min

    FAA finally gave its approval to SpaceX for Starship launches from Boca Chica, Gaia released its third data drop, China stars continuous space presence, Perseverance finds another weird rock on Mars.

  • 844: Self Sustaining Space Habitats with Annika Rollock

    15/06/2022 Duración: 48min

    Annika Rollock is a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is studying next generation space habitats and recently published a paper about how future space stations can remain self-sufficient, especially when support and communication from Earth are far away. https://www.annikarollock.com/

  • 843: How JWST Sees in Color, Where Is Dark Matter, Did Earth Life Come from Space | Q&A 187

    15/06/2022 Duración: 37min

    In this week's questions and answers show, I explain how JWST and other telescopes see color, how images from observatories are released to the public, and how much of the sky can JWST see. Also, a bunch of non-Webb questions too. 00:00 Start 01:55 [Tatooine] How does JWST see color? 09:58 [Coruscant] How are astronomical images released to the public? 12:52 [Hoth] How does JWST handle spacedust? 14:48 [Naboo] How is JWST pointed? 16:39 [Kamino] Could dark matter be detected in specific parts of the Universe? 18:52 [Bespin] Is dark matter just a smart guess? 23:10 [Mustafar] Why does Earth have water and the Moon doesn't? 26:09 [Alderaan] Is Panspermia inevitable? 28:28 [Dagobah] Is the Big Bang a past event or is it still happening? 29:43 [Yavin] What's the best telescope to see planets? 31:19 [Mandalore] If we mapped the CMB from Andromeda, would it look different? 33:10 [Geonosis] Why do we see light from long ago, shouldn't it have passed us? 34:49 [Corellia] How can we promote diversity in STEM? Want to

  • 842: Liquid Mirror Telescope with Dr. Paul Hickson

    14/06/2022 Duración: 50min

    Dr. Paul Hickson is a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Hickson is overseeing a team that built a telescope out of liquid mercury in India. The International Liquid Mirror Telescope is 4 meters across and built on top of a 3,000-meter mountain in India. This will prove the technology and allow for larger and larger liquid mirror telescopes on Earth (and eventually in space). https://science.ubc.ca/news/indian-ubc-astronomers-celebrate-first-light-liquid-mirror-telescope

  • 840: Searching for Technosignatures with Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra

    14/06/2022 Duración: 52min

    Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra is a geologist and astrobiologist with the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science. He studies the conditions that allowed life to spread across the Earth and searches for similar environments across the Universe. In a recent paper, Dr. Haqq-Misra suggests methods that we could search for technologically advanced civilizations across the Universe. https://haqqmisra.net/ https://arxiv.org/pdf/2206.00030.pdf

  • 841: Interview with Fraser on the Spaced Out Podcast

    14/06/2022 Duración: 42min

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  • 838: Using Pulsars to Navigate in Space with Dr. Zach Putnam

    11/06/2022 Duración: 51min

    Dr. Zach Putnam is an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He's part of a team developing navigation techniques that use the signals from pulsars to always know your location, anywhere in the Solar System. https://aerospace.illinois.edu/directory/profile/zputnam

  • 839: James Webb Mirror Damaged, Comet Interceptor Confirmed, NASA Investigates UFOs | Space Bites

    11/06/2022 Duración: 17min

    JWST got damaged by a micrometeoroid but seems to be okay, NASA buys more Crew Dragon flights, Mars rovers see interesting stuff, ESA confirms a comet hunter, UFOs get official NASA investigations, all planets get into order in the night sky and more. Discord Discussion Club https://discord.gg/9vXZFCGKMg?event=983521001998549092 00:00 Intro 00:28 JWST’s mirror got hit and damaged by a micrometeorite https://www.universetoday.com/156219/jwst-was-recently-hit-by-a-surprisingly-large-micrometeoroid/ James Webb Video: https://youtu.be/tadR5fUatHo 02:23 Hubble finds a lot of targets for JWST https://www.universetoday.com/156189/hubble-finds-a-bunch-of-galaxies-that-webb-should-check-out/ 04:10 All planets in order in the night sky https://www.universetoday.com/156057/see-all-naked-eye-planets-this-month-in-order/ 05:09 NASA is investigating UFOs https://www.universetoday.com/156223/whats-out-there-nasa-sets-up-independent-study-on-ufos/ 07:10 Join our Discord Server https://discord.gg/bRxr4JTNqh 08:09 Europe

  • 836: Orbit Size Telescopes, Meteors Destroying Satellites, Artificial Gravity | Q&A 186

    08/06/2022 Duración: 38min

    In this week's Questions and Answers show, I answer what it would take to build a telescope as big as the Earth's orbit around the Sun, why SgrA* seems to have been rolled over on its side, and how we know the age of stars. 00:00 Start 01:50 [Tatooine] Could we have a telescope the size of Earth's orbit? 08:11 [Coruscant] Why is SgrA* rolled over on its side? 09:53 [Hoth] How do we know the age of stars? 14:19 [Naboo] Could you have a collection of smaller mirrors working together? 17:19 [Kamino] Why not build two Uranus missions? 19:11 [Bespin] Why do white dwarfs explode at 1.4 times the mass of the Sun? 21:23 [Mustafar] Where are the Voyagers? 22:20 [Alderaan] Could a meteor storm destroy satellites? 23:49 [Dagobah] Could aliens know there's life on Earth? 27:03 [Yavin] Has anyone ever built artificial gravity in space? 31:36 [Mandalore] How do we get more people to try stargazing? 33:06 [Geonosis] How do you orbit a Lagrange point? 35:31 [Corellia] Are there any missions to return to Pluto? Want to be par

  • 837: Cosmology and Relativity with Dr. Leah Jenks

    08/06/2022 Duración: 49min

    Einstein's Theory of General Relativity has been tried and tested many times, and so far, Einstein was right. But we know his theory must be incomplete, as it still doesn't integrate with quantum mechanics. Where are physicists searching next for the future of cosmology and relativity? Dr. Leah Jenks is a PhD recipient from Brown University, and will become a KICP Fellow at the University of Chicago. https://leahjenks.com

  • 835: New NASA Spacesuits, JWST Color Images Announced, Another Starship Delay | Space Bites

    03/06/2022 Duración: 22min

    NASA selects two suppliers for new spacesuits, James Webb reveals the date of first color images, JUICE moves closer to launch and a new kind of solar sail gets to next NIAC round. 00:00 Intro 00:32 First JWST images date revealed James Webb Video: https://youtu.be/tadR5fUatHo 02:01 NASA selects Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace for spacesuit contracts https://www.universetoday.com/156117/nasa-will-rent-future-spacesuits-from-longtime-supplier-and-newcomer/ 04:37 Planetary Defense Training 07:25 Voyager getting strange telemetry https://www.universetoday.com/156065/voyager-1-doesnt-know-where-it-is-generating-random-looking-telemetry-data/ 09:07 New kind of solar sail can help us reach places in solar system https://www.universetoday.com/156092/a-new-kind-of-solar-sail-could-let-us-explore-difficult-places-to-reach-in-the-solar-system/ 10:57 Support us on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/universetoday Interview with Nancy Graziano https://www.patreon.com/posts/expanding-2-66877346 Interview with Nancy Atk

  • 834: What Will JWST Discover? Everything You Need To Know | The Big Q

    31/05/2022 Duración: 22min

    James Webb is the most expensive and most advanced telescope in human history. Will it be worth its $10B price? What it will discover? How long will JWST last? Will it ever be serviced? All the answers are in this episode of The Big Q. 00:00 Intro 00:39 How JWST came together. 02:58 The telescope that ate astronomy. 04:36 Leading to launch. 06:08 Staying at the L2 Lagrange point. 07:09 Infrared spectrum observations. What will JWST see? 11:06 Potential targets for JWST. 15:12 What is Fraser most excited about? 16:53 What will the pictures look like? 18:12 How long will JWST last? 20:30 Even more info about JWST? 21:14 Outro Host: Fraser Cain Producer: Anton Pozdnyakov Editing: Artem Pozdnyakov Video credits: NASA, ESO, Arianespace, Spitzer

  • 833: Interview with Fraser: Defending My Belief That We're Alone in the Observable Universe

    30/05/2022 Duración: 01h27min

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  • 832: Jumping to Multicellular Life with Dr. William Ratcliff

    30/05/2022 Duración: 01h10min

    How did life go from single-celled to multi-celled? Dr. William Ratcliff is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Quantitative Biosciences at the School of Biological Science at Georgia Tech. Dr. Ratcliff and his collaborators are working with single cells of yeast, watching them make the jump to become multi-cellular organisms. It turns out, life has done this many times in the past, and not just the jump that created the modern animals we know of today. https://biosciences.gatech.edu/people/will-ratcliff

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