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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Observatory Logbook: The Return of Leesann

Episode 197. Monday the 26th of May 2014.
Hosts: Jesse, Lianne, Shah
Title: Observatory Logbook: The Return of Leesann
Leesann having left York University after graduating, has returned to volunteer at the Observatory in her spare time. We welcome her back with open arms! We chatted about the shrinking (not so) Great Red Spot on Jupiter, and the dud of a meteor shower Camelopardalids, which Lianne was able to say without fumbling. Thanks for listening all; podcast and show notes below.

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Chip off the ol’ Sag A*

Show notes for episode 195. Monday the 5th of May 2014.
Hosts: Jesse, Lianne, Julie
Title: Chip off the ol’ Sag A*
Tonight we featured live guest Dr. Daryl Haggard, a researcher monitoring a gas cloud that has just whipped around the Milky Way’s super massive black hole. We were lucky enough to have her son’s two cents on the subject as well. Julie was in and out all night due to connectivity issues, but was able to hang on long enough to hear Jesse’s dog, Chip, bark at a very scary sound outside the door. Paul wasn’t on the show tonight, so Australia was only mentioned once, but he was instant messaging the hosts the entire time (listen for laughs). Thanks for tuning in everyone, podcast and show notes below.

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King Marshall and the Galaxies of the Round Council

Episode 193
Hosts: Pat, Julie, Paul
Title: King Marshall and the Galaxies of the Round Council

In tonights show following some nostalgic commentary on the origin of the word “telescope”, we quickly head for the realm of the galaxies, specifically our Local Volume and the galaxies within.  Professor Marshall McCall takes us on a whirlwind trek of over 400 galaxies, some 35  very bright and close and 14 in the realm of a Local Sheet.  These 14 seem to have influenced teh development of teh Milky Way and are affectionately referred to as teh Council of Giants.  We finish the show with a quick update on NASA’s “twin experiment” to the ISS and touch on the closest exoplanet in size to the Earth: Kepler 186f.

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Ryan to Mars: An Unexpected Journey: May 27, 2013

Show Notes: May 27th, 2013 UTC

Hosts: Jesse, Lianne, Paul, Ryan
Title: Ryan to Mars: An Unexpected Journey

Back from a much needed rest, the York Universe team was full of energy! With so much to discuss (two week break and all…) and only an hour to chat, it turned into a very packed night! Among other news, the York Universe team attended the “What’s Up in Space?” event hosted by the Astronuts Kids Space Club to present to engage children with astronomy activities. Ryan pre-recorded an episode of Curiosity Corner…and then introduced it himself, showing that it is possible to be in two places at once. Finally, we discussed both Exoplanets and Giant Elliptical galaxies. Thanks for listening all! Podcast and show notes below.

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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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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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