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Podcast Profile: The Star Spot

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100 episodes
2015 to 2020
Median: 37 minutes
Collection: Physics, Math, and Astronomy


Description (podcaster-provided):

The astronomy and space exploration podcast


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Space exploration • Astronomy • Supernovae • Black holes • Extrasolar planets • Mars • Space missions • Astrophysics • Aliens • Cosmic phenomena • Technological advancements • Environmental science

"The Star Spot" is an astronomy and space exploration podcast that delves into diverse and fascinating topics related to the universe. Hosted by knowledgeable experts in the field, the podcast features discussions on groundbreaking discoveries, scientific theories, and the latest research conducted by prominent astronomers and physicists.

Listeners can expect in-depth explorations of mysterious cosmic phenomena such as supernovae, black holes, and fast radio bursts. The podcast often brings in feature guests who are leading researchers, providing firsthand insight into cutting-edge studies and their implications for our understanding of the cosmos. Notable guests include professors and researchers from esteemed institutions who discuss their work on topics ranging from the mass extinction events potentially triggered by supernovae to phenomena like fast radio bursts originating from within and beyond our galaxy.

The episodes cover a variety of intriguing subjects, including the potential for extraterrestrial life and the advancements in technology that might enable human exploration of other worlds. Episodes dive into both the theoretical and practical aspects of space exploration, including the scientific endeavors and technological innovations necessary for missions such as those undertaken by NASA and other space agencies.

Recurring themes in the podcast include detailed analyses of our solar system's planets and moons, examining the latest data from missions studying Jupiter, Mars, and Earth’s own satellite, the Moon. There is a strong emphasis on understanding the dynamic processes that shape planetary bodies, both within our solar system and in extrasolar systems. Additionally, the podcast often discusses the intersection of space science with other disciplines, including the impact of astronomical events on Earth's environment and life.

For anyone interested in the ever-evolving field of astronomy and the mysteries of the universe, "The Star Spot" provides an informative and engaging platform for discovering and understanding the latest in space science.


Episodes:
Episode 185: Did a Supernova Cause a Mass Extinction?, with Brian Fields
2020-Sep-28
41 minutes
Episode 184: The Milky Way's First Fast Radio Burst, with Sandro Mereghetti
2020-Sep-14
41 minutes
Episode 183: COVID-19 Meets the NASA Space Apps Challenge, with James Slifierz
2020-May-25
38 minutes
Episode 182: Planet Nine or Black Hole One, with Jakub Scholtz
2020-May-11
40 minutes
Episode 181: Reports of Betelgeuse’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated, with Emily Levesque
2020-Apr-27
41 minutes
Episode 180: Wormholes through Space and Time, with John Cramer
2020-Apr-06
51 minutes
Episode 179: Dreams of Floating Cities, with Geoffrey Landis
2020-Mar-02
28 minutes
Episode 178 Sibling Rivalry at the Centre of the Galaxy, with Smadar Naoz
2020-Feb-03
42 minutes
Episode 177: The Case of the Missing Dark Matter, with Guo Chi
2020-Jan-20
33 minutes
Episode 176: Second Genesis, with Jay Melosh
2020-Jan-06
43 minutes
Episode 175: The Truth is Out There (at the University of Manitoba)
2019-Dec-23
41 minutes
Episode 174: Fuzzy Dark Matter, with Lachlan Lancaster
2019-Nov-25
33 minutes
Episode 173: Discovering an Ancient Oasis, with William Rapin
2019-Nov-11
43 minutes
Episode 172: The Hubble Not-So Constant
2019-Sep-16
34 minutes
Episode 171: Ploonets: When Moons Go Rogue, with Jorge Zuluaga
2019-Sep-02
41 minutes
Episode 170: The Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts, with Vikram Ravi
2019-Aug-19
42 minutes
Episode 169: Science at the Limits (Part 2)
2019-Aug-05
46 minutes
Episode 168: Celebrating Apollo + Science at the Limits (Part 1)
2019-Jul-22
38 minutes
Episode 167: Current in Space + The Best of The Star Spot: Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt
2019-Jul-08
31 minutes
Episode 166: Nanodiamonds are Forever, with Jane Greaves
2019-Jun-10
28 minutes
Episode 165: Landing on Europa, with Cynthia Phillips
2019-May-27
52 minutes
Episode 164: Jupiter's Ancient Odyssey, with Simona Pirani
2019-Apr-29
33 minutes
Episode 163: The Ring Worlds of Saturn, with Bonnie Buratti
2019-Apr-15
40 minutes
Episode 162: The End is Nowhere Near Nigh, with Fred Adams
2019-Mar-18
36 minutes
Episode 161: The Boom Time of the Universe, with Rosemary Wyse
2019-Mar-04
32 minutes
Episode 160: Boom to Bust Part 1: Before the Beginning, with Katrin Heitmann
2019-Feb-18
32 minutes
Episode 159: Living on the Edge: Are We On the Boundary of an Expanding Universe?, with Ulf Danielsson
2019-Jan-21
40 minutes
Episode 158: Telling Space Stories, with Rayna Slobodian
2019-Jan-07
27 minutes
Episode 157: How We Discovered Blazars Cause Mysterious Cosmic Rays
2018-Dec-24
50 minutes
Episode 156: The Do-It-Yourself Spacesuit, with Cameron Smith
2018-Nov-30
49 minutes
Episode 155: Artificial Photosynthesis: Taking the Sun on the Road, with Katharina Brinkert
2018-Nov-12
37 minutes
Episode 154: The Vatican Observatory: Astronomy and Faith in the Modern World, with Cosette Gilmour
2018-Oct-29
21 minutes
Episode 153: A Reality Check on Terraforming Mars, with Bruce Jakosky
2018-Oct-15
33 minutes
Episode 152: Alien Viruses, with Ken Stedman
2018-Oct-01
34 minutes
Episode 151: New Moons of Jupiter, with Scott Sheppard
2018-Sep-17
32 minutes
Episode 150: At the Birth of Our First Newborn Planet, with André Müller
2018-Sep-03
35 minutes
Episode 149: The Question of Life on Mars, with David Hamilton
2018-Aug-20
44 minutes
Episode 148: Does Canada Have a Vision for Space Exploration?, with Chuck Black
2018-Aug-06
40 minutes
Episode 147: Postcards From Home
2018-Jul-23
12 minutes
Episode 146: Supernovae and the Evolution of Life on Earth, with Brian Thomas
2018-May-28
28 minutes
Episode 145: Can Sibling Rivalry Explain This Supernova?, with Stuart Ryder
2018-May-16
35 minutes
Episode 144: A Rough Upbringing: The Discovery of Stars in the Galaxy’s Core, with Farhad Yusef-Zadeh
2018-Apr-02
35 minutes
Episode 143: Planet Hunting Goes Extragalactic, with Xinyu Dai
2018-Mar-19
34 minutes
Episode 142: Jupiter Transformed, with Scott Bolton
2018-Feb-19
39 minutes
Episode 141: The Mysterious Origin of Superpowerful Radio Blasts, with Jason Hessels
2018-Feb-05
33 minutes
Episode 140: How Humans Are Healing the Ozone Hole… and Might Just Solve Other Environmental Problems, with Susan Strahan
2018-Jan-22
33 minutes
Episode 139: Can Alien Life Hitch a Ride on Space Dust?, with Arjun Berera
2018-Jan-08
29 minutes
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas everyone!
2017-Dec-24

Episode 138: Making Contact, with Jill Tarter
2017-Dec-11
53 minutes
Episode 137: An Alien Asteroid in Our Solar System, with Alan Stern
2017-Nov-27
26 minutes
Episode 136: So You Want to Become an Astronaut?, with Cordell Grant
2017-Nov-12
44 minutes
Episode 135: Studying Cosmic Alchemy with Gravitational Waves, with Michael Landry
2017-Oct-30
43 minutes
Episode 134: Searching for Aliens All-Sky All-the-Time, with Bill Diamond
2017-Oct-02
49 minutes
Episode 133: Discovering an Asteroid Family Unchanged Since the Birth of the Solar System, with Marco Delbo
2017-Sep-18
45 minutes
Episode 132: Does Titan Harbour the Building Blocks of Life?, with Ravi Desai
2017-Sep-03
34 minutes
Episode 131: Heavy Metal Explosion: The Rockstars of the Supernova World, with Matt Nicholl
2017-Aug-21
30 minutes
Episode 130: There Are How Many More Comets!?, with James Bauer
2017-Aug-07
32 minutes
Episode 129: Building on Gravitational Wave Astronomy, with Danny Steeghs
2017-Jul-24
36 minutes
Episode 128: A Shocking Theory About the Multiverse, with Dan Falk
2017-Jul-10
46 minutes
Episode 127: When Day Becomes Night, with Dan Falk
2017-Jun-26
45 minutes
Episode 126: SpaceX: A New Paradigm for Space Exploration, with Chris Prophet
2017-Jun-12
42 minutes
Episode 124: The Best Candidate for Life, with Jason Dittmann
2017-May-15
29 minutes
Episode 123: Dark Matter Bridging the Galaxies, with Michael Hudson
2017-May-01
31 minutes
Episode 122: What if the Sun had a Sibling?, with Quinn Konopacky
2017-Apr-17
30 minutes
Episode 121: Scary Resolutions to the Fermi Paradox, with David Kipping
2017-Mar-20
24 minutes
Episode 120: When Galaxies Collide, with Gurtina Besla
2017-Mar-06
29 minutes
Episode 119: From Knots to Donuts: Exotic Possibilities for the Shape of Our Universe, with Paul Sutter
2017-Feb-20
44 minutes
Episode 118: The Sun: Our Local Mystery, with Terry Kucera
2017-Feb-06
33 minutes
Episode 117: The Universe is Going Green, with Matt Malkan
2017-Jan-23
36 minutes
Episode 116: The Transit of Mercury, with Suzanna Nagy
2017-Jan-09
17 minutes
Episode 115: Searching for Aliens with the World’s Biggest Telescopes, with Dan Werthimer
2016-Dec-26
43 minutes
Episode 114: The Milky Way's Dark Matter Twin, with Roberto Abraham
2016-Dec-12
42 minutes
Episode 113: Astronomical Observatories of Ancient Britain, with Gail Higginbottom
2016-Nov-14
44 minutes
Episode 112: Geysers on Europa, with William Sparks
2016-Oct-31
38 minutes
Episode 111: Can Supernovae Cause Extinctions!?, with Shawn Bishop
2016-Oct-17
53 minutes
Episode 110: Peering Into the Void, with Nico Hamaus
2016-Oct-03
28 minutes
Episode 109: Rethinking Ancient Mayan Astronomy, with Gerardo Aldana
2016-Sep-19
42 minutes
Episode 108: The Closest Exoplanet Could Be Habitable, with Guillem Anglada-Escudé
2016-Sep-05
39 minutes
Episode 107: Surveying the Cosmos, with Ludovic Van Waerbeke
2016-Aug-22
24 minutes
Episode 106: Is Our Solar System Unique? The Complex Process of Planetary Formation, with Aaron Boley
2016-Aug-08
36 minutes
The Star Spot Episode 105: Ad Astra?, with Zachary Fejes
2016-Jul-25
36 minutes
The Star Spot Episode 104: The Great Terraforming Mars Debate: The Dream, with Chuck Black
2016-Jul-11
39 minutes
The Star Spot Episode 103: The Great Terraforming Mars Debate: The Ethics, with John Rummel
2016-Jun-27
37 minutes
Episode 102: The Great Terraforming Mars Debate - Part 2: The Biology, with Olathe MacIntyre
2016-May-30
35 minutes
Episode 101: The Great Terraforming Mars Debate - Part 1: The Science, with Paul Delaney
2016-May-16
39 minutes
Episode 100: The Monster at the Centre of our Galaxy, with Feryal Özel
2016-May-02
37 minutes
Episode 99 Pulsars and the Detection of Gravitational Waves, with Ingrid Stairs
2016-Apr-18
36 minutes
Episode 98: What Our Beliefs About Aliens Say About Us!, With Brian Trent
2016-Apr-04
49 minutes
Episode 97: Making Life in the Lab and Its Implications for Alien Hunting, with Lynn Rothschild
2016-Mar-21
37 minutes
Episode 96: Did Universe's First Moments Set the Stage for Life?, with Fred Adams
2016-Mar-07
32 minutes
Episode 95: Galaxy Clusters: The Largest Structures in the Universe, with Gil Holder
2016-Feb-22
49 minutes
Episode 94: What Alien Intelligence Means for Humanity, with Don Lincoln
2016-Feb-08
53 minutes
Episode 93: Will the Electric Sail Get Us to Deep Space? with Les Johnson
2016-Jan-25
33 minutes
Episode 92: Inventing the Electric Solar Sail, with Pekka Janhunen
2016-Jan-11
24 minutes
Episode 91: Monster Galaxies of the Early Universe, with Henry Joy McCracken
2015-Dec-14
38 minutes
Episode 90: Discovering the Furthest Object in the Solar System, with Scott Sheppard
2015-Nov-30
32 minutes
Episode 89: The Surprising Ubiquity of Ice in the Solar System and the Staggering Implications for Life, with David Paige
2015-Nov-16
35 minutes
Episode 88: Two's Company: From Binary Stars to Binary Supermassive Black Holes, with Pawel Artymowicz
2015-Nov-02
53 minutes
Episode 87: 147 Years of Astronomy Outreach, with Randy Attwood
2015-Oct-05
53 minutes
Episode 86: When the Universe Began, with Wendy Freedman
2015-Sep-21
40 minutes