A Standard Candle in the Dark

Show notes for Episode 192, April 7, 2014
Hosts: Paul, Rob C., Jesse
Title: A Standard Candle in the Dark
This week, we traversed the Solar System discussing a new way to age our own Moon, checking in on the “swimming pool” suspected by Cassini gravity measurements to exist beneath the south pole of Enceladus (satellite of Saturn) and finally meandering out to the realm of the Trans Neptunian Objects.  We then set sail for the gamma ray signatures in our own galaxy (dark matter anyone) before charging off to the distant shores of AGNs and the possible (and exciting) new standard candle method involving accretion disks and dust disks around massive central black holes.

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The Spectacular York Universe 150th Episode Extravaganza: April 23, 2013

Show Notes: April 23th, 2013 UTC

Title: The Spectacular York Universe 150th Episode Extravaganza
Time: Starting 8 pm EDT (12 AM UT) – Ending 10 pm EDT (2 am UT)
Hosts: Paul, Ryan, Jesse, Lianne, Ted, Harrison, Sophia, Rob, John, and George

This episode was broadcast live via webcam to our Online Public Viewing (OPV) chatroom!

York Universe (originally named ‘Live from YorkU’) has been on the air for 3 years and counting. A multitude of hosts have been through our camp, and all of them have helped shape York Universe into the wonderful product that you hear today. Today we celebrate our 150th episode. A large milestone, and one we thought worth marking with a special show! We’ve invited back past hosts, organized a fun trivia challenge (for hosts AND listeners), and designed some debate discussion. To accommodate all the additional content we also broadcast a full 2 hour program (instead of our usual 1 hour).
Thank you to all our hosts and volunteers, thank you to astronomy.fm, and thank you very much to all our listeners without whom our show wouldn’t exist!

See below for the show notes and the podcast.

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Stars Will Find a Way: April 16, 2013

Show Notes for April 16, 2013 (UT)

Hosts: Ryan, Jesse, Lianne
Title: Stars Will Find a Way

Paul takes a rare (and much deserved) night off from the York Universe broadcast. Dark matter has been all over the major news outlets; we chat about the recent AMS and SuperCDMS data, and their hints at dark matter. It appears Dr. Ian Malcolm was right (…sort of), ALMA has found stars forming close to Sagittarius A* (our Milky Way’s supermassive black hole), and CFHT has helped discover stars forming in the tidal tail of galaxy being torn apart. Ryan’s ‘What’s the latest?’ podcast debuts tonight! You should check it out. Thanks for listening everyone. Show notes and podcast below.


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Sophia’s Quasar: Feb 12 2013

Show Notes: February 12, 2013 (GMT)

Title: Sophia’s Quasar Hosts: Sophia, Jesse, Lianne, Paul Tonight we welcomed a new YorkUniverse host, Sophia Nasr, to our team as she discussed possible new theories on what Dark Matter might be. Lianne Manzer was back after a long hiatus! We chatted “This Week in History”, Curiosity, Chris Hadfield, the 50th anniversary of the first quasar, and much… much more! Happy birthday Darwin! Continue reading