Hosts: Jesse, Paul, Rob B., Harrison Title: Gravity at the end of the Universe
Return of the hosts! Harrison and Rob B. come out of retirement to help Jesse review the movie ‘Gravity,’ even though Paul had not seen it yet (SPOILER ALERT). Dream Chaser successfully completes its test by with a crash, while ATV-Einstein sets to burn up on reentry. The most distant galaxy yet has been discovered at a redshift greater than 7.5, or roughly 13 billion light years away. Thanks for listening! Podcast and show notes below.
This week in space/astronomy history: 1. August 28, 1789 – William Herschel discovers Enceladus, moon of Saturn.
2. September 1, 1979 – Pioneer 11 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Saturn (second spacecraft to fly through the asteroid belt).
3. August 30, 1871 – Happy birthday Ernest Rutherford (August 30 1871-19 October 1937). Characterised radioactivity (alpha and beta radiation) and improved our understanding of radioactive decay and the atom in general. Originally from New Zealand, Rutherford ended up at McGill University (Montreal) via the University of Manchester.