The 200th Episode: Just getting warmed up!

Episode 200, June 23, 2014
Hosts: Paul, Shah, Lianne, Julie, Ryan, Harrison, Ted, Jesse
Title: The 200th Episode: Just getting warmed up!
York Universe began in 2009 with the International Year of Astronomy (called ‘Live from York University’ at the time). Over the last 5 years, we’ve grown from a couple hosts and a twinkle in our eye to a full team of motivated individuals, captained by our resident Australian (and Dundee lookalike) Paul Delaney. Now celebrating our 200th episode, we look back over the history, and talk about the future. In this episode we also feature 2 panel discussions: The Human Exploration of Mars and Life in the Universe. We’ve had a great time with every episode, and look forward to the next ones. Thanks for listening everyone, podcast and show notes below.

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Meteors, Mars and Beyond (to Tatooine!)

Show notes for episode 185, February 10, 2014
Hosts: Paul, Hugh
Title: Meteors, Mars and beyond (to Tantooine!)

From the far flung visions of Galileo and Jules Verne, stopping off briefly to check up on Curiosity (and the latest “hole” on Mars), we finished the show by discussing the exciting research about circumbinary stars and the ability for exoplanets to survive amidst such ravaging gravitational influences.

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Coming Full Circle: October 21, 2013

Show notes for the 21st of October 2013

Hosts: Ryan, Hugh, Pat
Title: Coming Full Circle

This week in space/astronomy history:
1. October 23, 2013 – Planck satellite shuts off forever! Today (Oct. 21), ESA ordered Planck to run its thrusters to empty. After years hovering at a Lagrange point, the telescope will be put in a ‘parking orbit’ to circle the sun, keeping it away from the Earth and moon for at least several centuries. The last command will be sent Oct. 23. Among other milestones, Planck released a cosmic map in March refining the Universe’s age to 13.82 billion years. (Suggested Reading: Universe Today article)

2. October 24, 1946 – The first photo of Earth from space was taken. The black-and-white photos were taken from an altitude of 65 miles (104 km), above the commonly accepted boundary of space at 100 kilometres, by a 35-millimeter motion picture camera on a V-2 missile launched from the White Sands Missile Range. The rocket-borne camera climbed straight up, then fell back to Earth … the camera itself was smashed, but the film, protected in a steel cassette, was unharmed. (Suggested Reading: Air & Space)

3. October 1923 – First public planetarium show, Deutsches Museum in Munich

4. October 22, 1905 – Karl Jansky born, father of radio astronomy

5. October 22, 2136 BC – The first documented solar eclipse. Two astronomers in ancient China (astrologers, back then) were beheaded for failing to predict a solar eclipse (they were too fond of drink, hence they are informally known as Hi & Ho the drunk astronomers). Identifications of this event have varied from 2165 – 1948 BCE, though the favoured date is October 22, 2137 BCE.  The emperor became very unhappy because, without knowing that there was an eclipse coming, he was unable to organize teams to beat drums and shoot arrows in the air to frighten away the invisible dragon. (Suggested Reading: Astronomy Today article)

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Voyager’s Lithium Battery; Keeps Going and Going… September 16, 2013

Show notes for September 16, 2013

Hosts: Ryan, Jesse, Paul
Title: Voyager’s Lithium Battery; Keeps Going and Going…

Tonight we celebrated the news that Voyager 1 has officially broken through the heliopause and is now bathing in the radiation from interstellar space. This is a huge moment for human exploration into nature. Jesse summarizes the work on a recent Gamma Ray Burst, Paul talks of Lithium in stars, and Ryan delivers on his promise to tell us about Odyssey. Show notes and podcast below. Thanks for listening.

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Yuri’s Night and Lianne’s Fight: April 8th, 2013

Show Notes: April 9th, 2013 UTC

Hosts: Paul, Jesse, Ryan (and Lianne)
Title: Yuri’s Night and Lianne’s Fight

Lianne fought valiantly with her internet connection in order to join us on-air for the show, but alas, the internet won. While we did miss her, we were able to talk about oxygen and carbon found in the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet, as well as chat about the rate of type 1a supernovae in the early universe. This April 12th, 2013 will be the 52 anniversary of the benchmark flight of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to ever leave their earthly bounds and venture into space. This is now celebrated worldwide as ‘Yuri’s Night.’ Look for an astronomy/space club near you that’s celebrating and enjoy the festivities. As always, thanks for listening. See below for the show notes and podcast.

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Dr. Matt planck-ing alongside supernovas: April 2nd, 2013

Show Notes: April 2nd, 2013 UTC

Hosts: Jesse, Paul, Sophia, Ryan (only for curiosity corner)
Special Guest: Dr. Matt Johnson
Title: Dr. Matt planck-ing alongside supernovas

April Fools everyone! The internet was a-buzz with multiple april fools pranks, including the astronauts on the International Space Station. Cmdr Hadfield and company welcomed a new visitor on board! Special guest Dr. Matt Johnson, professor at York University and the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics, helped us understand the Planck data release a little better. It’s 1/100th the normal luminosity of a type 1a supernova, we shall call them ‘mini-supernovae.’ Thanks very kindly to our special guest, and to all you listening.

See below for podcast and show notes.

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The Sequester Walks The Planck: Mar 26 2013

Show Notes: March 26th, 2013 UTC

Hosts: Paul, Jesse, Lianne
Title: The Sequester Walks The Planck

A little extra time on the show tonight allowed us to pontificate on the political strife in the United States. The sequestration has caused a massive amount of public funding cuts, including NASA public outreach and education. Of course the Planck Telescope delivers its news that Universe is slightly older than we once thought. Paul, ‘the dean,’ gripes over his failing Aussie cricket team (but mostly off-air). Astronomy Night in Canada starts with York Universe, thanks for listening! See our show notes and podcast below.

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Pan-STARRS and New Stars: Mar 12, 2013

Show Notes: March 12, 2013 (GMT)

Title: Pan-STARRS and New Stars
Hosts: Ryan, Lianne, Paul

Kicking off Astronomy Night in Canada, the humble hosts of York Universe chatted about the VERY soon to be Cmdr Chris Hadfield. Come Pan-STARRS, part of our show name, is gracing the skies beautifully in both the north and the south (but better observed from the south). A new star system is discovered in our backyard, and astronomers perform reconnaissance of another solar system. Check out the show notes and podcast to see/hear the details.

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NEOSSat and a Fireball Splat: Feb 26, 2013

Show Notes: February 26th, 2013 (GMT)

Title: NEOSSat and a fireball splat
Hosts: Jesse, Ryan

Ryan (@AstroInAction) and Jesse (@jesserogerson) were live-to-air! YorkUniverse took last monday 18 February 2013 off because of Family Day in Ontario Canada. Many great topics covered this week including a look at This Week in Space/Astronomy History, the publication of the newyorkuniverse.com website (thanks to @liannemanzer), The Canadian Space Agency‘s new satellite NEOSSat, and of course the meteor that airburst over Chelyabinsk, Russia on the 15th of Feb 2013.

That and much more in the show notes below. Thanks for listening all. Feel free to contact us through our website or twitter (@YorkUniverse).


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Sneak Peak at This Weeks Topics: Feb 26, 2013!

Tonight’s hosts are Ryan, Jesse, and Harrison. They’ll be chatting about the Curiosity rover, that 2013 is the year of comets (how awesome is that!) and a couple of close calls on “This Week In History”! Plus, the York Universe Team’s take on the Russian Fireball!

Tune in at 9:00 pm EST or 1:00 am UT!