Monday, August 08, 2022

Big Picture Science for Aug 08, 2022 - Webb Feat









Big Picture Science - Webb Feat

The James Webb Space Telescope has turned its golden eye on the cosmos. The largest, most sensitive telescope put in space since the Hubble Space Telescope is already producing new photos of far-off galaxies and other cosmic phenomena.

In this episode: astronomers share their reactions to these stunning images, the project scientist on JWST describes how infrared cameras capture phenomena that are invisible to shorter wavelengths, and a plan to investigate the very stardust that created everything, including you and me.

Guests:

  • NĂ©stor Espinoza – Assistant astronomer, Space Telescope Science Institute, principal investigator for exoplanet atmospheric physics, James Webb Space Telescope
  • Alyssa Pagan – Science Visuals Developer at the Space Telescope Science Institute
  • John Mather – Nobel Prize-winning NASA astronomer and Senior Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope
  • Alex Filippenko – Professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley

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Monday, August 01, 2022

Big Picture Science for Aug 01, 2022 - Building a Space Colony









Big Picture Science - Building a Space Colony

Ready to become a space emigre? For half a century, visionaries have been talking about our future off-Earth – a speculative scenario in which many of us live in space colonies. So why haven’t we built them? Will the plans of billionaire space entrepreneurs to build settlements on Mars, or orbiting habitats that would be only minutes away from Earth, revive our long-held spacefaring dreams? And is having millions of people living off-Earth a solution to our problems… or an escape from them?

Guests:


Download podcast at - http://bigpicturescience.org/episodes/building-a-space-colony

You can listen to this and other episodes at http://bigpicturescience.org/, and be sure to check out Blog Picture Science, the companion blog to the radio show.

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