Sunday, January 16, 2011

Are We Alone for 01/17/11 - You've Got Sol!

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Are We Alone - You've Got Sol!

It’s the star of our solar system, but much about the Sun is still mysterious. Find out what a new NASA mission to our favorite fireball might discover about its super-hot outer regions.

Also, why the most common stars in the galaxy don’t shine thanks to nuclear energy as our Sun does. And, recreating Sol’s energy source on Earth at the National Ignition Facility.

Plus, an ex-Star Wars animator and photographer on how to film an atomic blast.

  • Peter Kuran – An animator on Star Wars, now a filmmaker, documentarian of “”">Trinity and Beyond,” and author of How To Photograph an Atomic Bomb
  • Davy Kirkpatrick – Astronomer, California Institute of Technology, and scientist for NASA’s WISE mission
  • Stuart Bale – Physicist at the University of California, Berkeley and Director of the Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory
  • Mike Dunne – Physicist, and Program Director for Fusion Energy at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory


You can listen to this and other episodes at, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

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