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The Guide to Space is a series of space and astronomy podcasts by Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe Today

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Episode 426: Open Space 5: Chasing New Horizons with Alan Stern and David Grinspoon

In this week's live QA, Fraser is joined by Dr. Alan Stern, the Principal Investigator of New Horizons and Dr. David Grinspoon to talk about their new book.Support Universe Today podcasts with Fraser Cain

1hr 1min

14 May 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 651: Open Space 76: What Do I Think About Those UFO Videos? And More...

In this week's live QA, I explain what's happening with Universe Today during the megavirus, what I think about the recently released UFO videos, how aliens could hide their existence, and if Starship will cause a Kessler Syndrome. 05:05 What about those UFO videos? 08:38 How could aliens hide their existence? 13:20 How does the Decadal Survey work? 14:12 Will Starship cause a Kessler Syndrome? 16:06 Starship SN4 update 17:21 Why would aliens bother using old tech to communicate? 19:34 Could regolith be paved so it doesn't kick up dust? 21:04 Could WFIRST replace Hubble? 23:06 Did an asteroid just miss us? 27:11 How much damage will the pandemic cause to space exploration? 30:25 Our show helped someone get an A on their science report. 30:46 How is the curvature of space determined? 32:57 What of the Overwhelmingly Large Telescope got built? 35:10 When will we see boots on Mars? 36:48 What about the Middle East for space exploration? 38:30 Will Elon die on Mars? 43:34 Can a golf ball travel at the speed of light? 44:16 What value will we see from Starlink? 48:52 When will we see an exomoon? 52:25 Was I born too early or late? 54:42 What will Mars Internet be like? 56:40 What will the next century focus on? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.comSupport Universe Today podcasts with Fraser Cain

58mins

11 May 2020

Rank #2

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Episode 399: 341: The Rocket Engines Carrying Us to Space. The SLS RS-25 (aka The Space Shuttle Main Engine)

There are few rockets more iconic than the RS-25, also known as the Space Shuttle main engine. Even though it’s been around in some form since the 1970s, it’s been improved and upgraded several times, making it the most efficient liquid fuel rocket engine going today. And now the RS-25 is going to see a new chapter in its history, working to carry NASA’s new Space Launch System back to deep space, beyond Earth orbit.Support Universe Today podcasts with Fraser Cain

12mins

13 Feb 2018

Rank #3

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Episode 322: QA 16: The Hazards of Antimatter Fuel and More...

In this week's QA, Fraser answers why antimatter is the perfect fuel source, and why the evidence of ancient civilizations won't entirely be hidden by plate tectonics.Support Universe Today podcasts with Fraser Cain

17mins

21 Mar 2017

Rank #4

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Episode 333: QA 20: Going Skydiving on Mars and More...

In this week's QA, Fraser contemplates the horror of advertising in space, setting off nukes to counteract global warming, and what it would be like to go skydiving on Mars.Support Universe Today podcasts with Fraser Cain

20mins

8 May 2017

Rank #5

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Episode 299: 278 - How Many Galaxies Are There In The Universe

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7mins

1 Nov 2016

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Episode 321: 292 - Do We Live In A Hologram

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14mins

17 Mar 2017

Rank #7

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Episode 411: 347: Searching for Life on Europa? Going Under the Ice

We’re now learning that icy worlds seem to be the best places in Solar System where life could be hiding. Worlds like Europa and Enceladus, which have vast oceans of liquid water beneath a shell of water ice. Clearly we need to explore these worlds, to go deep down beneath the ice to explore the ocean depths. But how do you drill through kilometers of ice to reach it?Support Universe Today podcasts with Fraser Cain

12mins

27 Mar 2018

Rank #8

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Episode 341: 305 - Can We Own Space

Owning land here on Earth is nice and legal. But what about a plot of land on the Moon or Mars? When can I buy some ice on Europa?Support Universe Today podcasts with Fraser Cain

8mins

1 Jun 2017

Rank #9

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Episode 588: Open Space 51: Where Would I Send A Rover? And More...

It was another solo live QA this week and I did my best to answer as many audience questions as I could do, closing in on 60 questions during the hour. Needless to say it was a wide-ranging conversation with questions about where I think rovers should go, what do I think about time travel, and whether we should do more SETI or build more space telescopes. The thumbnail is for a Greenland rover called Grover. Here's an article about it: https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/grover.html 01:28 Updates 05:58 Has Canada got an exoplanet? 06:10 Thoughts on Hygiea? 07:00 Where would I send a rover? 07:79 Has NASA done sex studies in space? 08:05 How can black holes ever merge? 09:55 What does a rocket push against? 11:05 What do I think of metallic hydrogen? 12:50 What's my most memorable space event? 15:36 Have I seen any time travel videos? 16:00 Could Valles Marineris caused by a scraping asteroid 17:13 Why doesn't JWST's Ariane rocket have an abort system? 18:14 What would happen if a comet passed through the atmosphere? 18:39 Is Mercury tidally locked? 19:03 What will the do about food on Mars? 19:43 Do I believe in ancient aliens 19:56 How do we measure the expansion of the Universe? 21:18 Happy Halloween 21:39 What about Nibiru? 23:12 Do different worlds experience different time dilation? 24:50 Can you brew beer in microgravity? 25:20 Any relativistic calculators? 25:45 Could we see Earth in the past with a black hole? 27:45 Could we blow up asteroids? 29:00 Will SpaceX be violating the Outerspace Treaty? 31:29 Super spiral galaxies 32:35 Europa lander keep from getting fried 33:42 What do I read in my spare time? 35:05 Have they found the bolts in James Webb? 35:27 Are aliens too different? 37:00 Any breakthroughs in propulsion? 38:18 Did I see Halley's Comet? 38:30 Are there any bright comets coming? 39:37 How frequent were meteor impacts in the Late Heavy Bombardment? 40:15 Will the Moon landings actually happen? 41:30 Will there be version of Starship that could service satellites? 42:50 Space Telescopes versus SETI 43:55 Will CRISPR help modify humans to travel in space? 44:39 Collaboration with Joe Scott 45:00 Can we terraform Venus? 45:30 Live telescope streaming? 45:54 Upcoming astronomy events? 46:07 Why grow plants in regolith? 46:56 Why do we only see photons when they hit a thing? 48:04 Could we move a pole faster than the speed of light 48:55 Could they make an anti-asteroid version of Starship? 49:58 Where did Theia come from? 50:50 What if a star made a direct hit on a black hole? 51:37 Could we terraform Mars if we set up factories on it? 52:56 Is the Sun part of Alpha Centauri? 53:29 What does the X-37B 55:00 Does it make sense to send a new Voyager? 55:39 Could there be infinite Earths? 56:00 Most realistic space movie? 57:38 When will we live off fusion energy? 59:20 What's SpaceX's plan to get through the Van Allen Belts? 59:40 How did X-37B launch? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.comSupport Universe Today podcasts with Fraser Cain

1hr

8 Nov 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 302: QA 9: Jet Planes in Space and More...

In this week's QA, Fraser answers questions about why jet planes can't fly into space, what does he mean when he says "the Universe", and why we need to just say "I don't know".Support Universe Today podcasts with Fraser Cain

13mins

13 Nov 2016

Rank #11

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Episode 434: Open Space 8: Guest Dr. Paul Sutter from Ask a Spaceman

Paul was busy last week, but now he's ready to join me for an hour answering your mind bending questions about space and astronomy. Bring all your complex questions about dark matter, black holes and the Big Bang and he'll sort it all out.Support Universe Today podcasts with Fraser Cain

1hr 3mins

4 Jun 2018

Rank #12

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Episode 301: 279 - When Was The First Light In The Universe

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6mins

4 Nov 2016

Rank #13

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Episode 294: 274 - What Are Cosmic Voids

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5mins

18 Oct 2016

Rank #14

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Episode 306: 282 - What If We Do Find Aliens

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7mins

25 Nov 2016

Rank #15

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Episode 606: Betelgeuse Is Dimmer Than We've Ever Seen It

Over the last weekend, astronomy Twitter started noting that the red giant Betelgeuse, the prominent shoulder of Orion was looking visibly dimmer in the sky, and I had a few people reach out to me and ask me if it was really happening and if I knew what was going on. This is exciting, of course, because Betelgeuse is living on borrowed time, and it could explode as a supernova any day now. Or, it might not detonate for another 100,000 years. We just don’t know. What’s Betelgeuse up to? Is this a sign that it’s about to explode? And what would it mean if it did? Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Twitter: @universetoday Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.com References: https://twitter.com/starstrickenSF/status/1209207523179237376 https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/what-will-happen-when-betelgeuse-explodes-df5b04164b2 https://www.eso.org/public/usa/images/potw1726b/ https://hubblesite.org/image/4027/gallery https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0708a/ http://www.astronomerstelegram.org/?read=13341 https://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/feature1.shtml https://twitter.com/starstrickenSF/status/1209242710281986048 https://www.astro.princeton.edu/~gk/A403/pulse.pdf https://arxiv.org/pdf/1712.01852.pdf https://aasnova.org/2018/01/03/astrophysics-of-red-supergiants/ https://neutrinos.fnal.gov/sources/supernova-neutrinos/ https://snews.bnl.gov/ https://researchblog.duke.edu/2014/01/22/supernova-explosion-in-m82-exciting-but-no-neutrinos/ https://aasnova.org/2018/04/20/capturing-neutrinos-from-a-stars-final-hours/ https://www.phys.hawaii.edu/~jgl/nuastron.htmlSupport Universe Today podcasts with Fraser Cain

10mins

27 Dec 2019

Rank #16

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Episode 257: 243 - Whats Outside The Universe

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5mins

20 Apr 2016

Rank #17

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Episode 413: 348: Living Underground on Other Worlds. Exploring Lava Tubes

The Moon and Mars will probably be the first places in the Solar System that humanity will try to live after leaving the safety and security of Earth. But those worlds are still incredibly harsh environments, with no protection from radiation, little to no atmosphere, and extreme temperatures. Living on those worlds is going to be hard, it’s going to be dangerous. Fortunately, there are a few pockets on those worlds that’ll make it a tiny little bit easier to get a foothold in the Solar System: lava tubes.Support Universe Today podcasts with Fraser Cain

10mins

11 Apr 2018

Rank #18

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Episode 590: Open Space 52: Dustin Gibson from Oceanside Photo and Telescope

Today's guest is Dustin Gibson from Oceanside Photo and Telescope (OPT). Dustin will talk about his journey to becoming an astrophotographer and eventually running one of the most successful telescope retailers in the world. Follow Dustin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gibsonpics/ Or visit Oceanside Photo and Telescope https://optcorp.com/ Our Book is out! https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Today-Ultimate-Viewing-Cosmos/dp/1624145442/ Audio Podcast version: ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2 RSS: https://www.universetoday.com/audio What Fraser's Watching Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvmkjd428BcHcCEVWOjv7cJ1G Weekly email newsletter: https://www.universetoday.com/newsletter Weekly Space Hangout: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-KklSGlCiJDwOPdR2EUcg/ Astronomy Cast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHI67dh9jEO2rvK--MdCSg Support us at: https://www.patreon.com/universetoday More stories at: https://www.universetoday.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/fcain Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universetoday Instagram - https://instagram.com/universetoday Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com Karla Thompson - @karlaii / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEItkORQYd4Wf0TpgYI_1fw Chad Weber - weber.chad@gmail.comSupport Universe Today podcasts with Fraser Cain

59mins

18 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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Episode 524: Space Junk Podcast - Interview with Fraser about the Fermi Paradox and the Great Filter

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1hr 12mins

27 May 2019

Rank #20