Scott’s taking over StarTalk!

Scott’s taking over StarTalk!

*UPDATE: The Los Angeles show is completely sold out!* Though StarTalkRadio is based out of New York City, their StarTalk Live events are on the road once again! This time around, they’re stopping in Los Angeles and San Francisco, giving those of you who live in California a special treat. StarTalk live events are just like the regular StarTalkRadio podcasts, with three segments, however they’re performed live in front of an audience and you never know what’ll end up happening! The event in Los Angeles is taking place at the Palace Theatre, hosted by Bill Nye the Science Guy and Eugene Mirman. Along with this dynamic duo are Tig Notaro, Dr. Sue Smrekar and Dr. Abigail Allwood from Jet Propulsion Laboratory! During the show, I’ll be taking the reins of the @StarTalkRadio Twitter account and using the hash tag #StarTalkLive. If you’re going to be in attendance, make sure to use the hash tag and search for me, I’ll be looking for amazing StarTalk fans to take photos with! But wait, there’s more! The following day, up at San Francisco SketchFest, Heather Archuletta (aka @Pillownaut) will be doing the very same, yet in her own amazing way. Heather is no stranger to science, technology and social media! Not only has she worked IT for major tech corporations, she’s moved her career to NASA for space flight simulations! Both Heather and I are extremely excited to unofficially join the StarTalk team and help spread the awesomeness of science to an even larger audience! We’ll be bringing our own perspectives and styles to the StarTalk account, so if you’re a regular...

A true "Global Selfie"

Today is Earth Day, a celebration of our home planet and a reminder for everyone to try to change behaviors and become more concerned about the sustainability of our planet’s resources.

One of the initiatives for Earth Day was put on by NASA, where people could snap photographs of themselves and share it on social media as a #GlobalSelfie.

The Year in Astronomy 2013 Announcement

Boy oh boy has it been an exciting year in space science and astronomy! To celebrate these events and anticipate what will be happening in 2014, Tony Darnell and I will be hosting “The Year In Astronomy” YouTube Live Event on 27 December at 8 p.m. EST. We’ll look back into the calendar to remember the most monumental newsmakers in space of 2013 and even some of our personal favourites too! Will it be meteors falling in Russia? Chinese rovers landing on the Moon? What about Comet “of the century” ISON? Is there anything you found particularly newsworthy this year? Let us know below or in the Google Event page! We’ve already created the YouTube link and there’s a countdown for when we go live already in place. Make sure to bookmark this page, as I’ll be updating it with the live stream as we approach going on air! If you’re interested in Tweeting with us, use the hashtag #TYIA13.   Hope to see you all there, and as always, keep looking...

Planetary Society Celebrates MAVEN's Launch

This article orginally appeared on Universe Today   If you can’t attend a rocket launch live, the next best thing might be watching it on a big screen, surrounded by fellow space fans. Today, as the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft sat atop an Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral, space lovers from southern California collected at the Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena California to watch the launch together. Our friends at the Planetary Society, along with Southern California Public Radio, hosted the free event, and an excited crowd of space enthusiasts of all ages attended the “launch party.” Mat Kaplan and Bruce Betts brought the witty banter that listeners of Planetary Radio are familiar with, while Emily Lakdawalla kept the entire forum current with up-to-the-minute updates of MAVEN in her pre-launch. Portions of Planetary Radio were recorded during the live broadcast, which gave the audience a treat, actually seeing how the radio program is created for special events such as the launch of a spacecraft. As the timer counted down to 20 minutes before launch, Casey Dreier called in over the big-screen. Casey, who’s the Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator of the Planetary Society, was on location at Cape Canaveral with the society’s president, Jim Bell. They both shared their experience leading up to the launch and stressed the need to continue planetary exploration in all of its forms. Moments after Bell ended the call, Bill Nye, The Science Guy himself, called in to the Crawford Family Forum. Replying to Kaplan’s question about excitement of ‘yet another’ Mars mission, Nye exclaimed, “What? How could there be such...

Space Fan News #112

In this week’s episode of Space Fan News, we talk about the exciting news of Voyager I entering interstellar space and learn about the new three-dimensional model of the interior of our Milky Way Galaxy. Here are the links for this week’s news stories: Voyager 1 in interstellar space http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/fact_sheets/voyager-fact-sheet-091213.pdf http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-278 http://www.jhuapl.edu/newscenter/pressreleases/2013/130912.asp http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-277 http://www.nbcnews.com/science/where-does-solar-system-end-voyager-isnt-officially-there-yet-8C11142403 Peanut Bulge http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1339/ http://www.mpe.mpg.de/3286155/News_20130912 Space Fan News is a collaboration between Deep Astronomy and Know The Cosmos. If you want weekly space and astronomy news updates, please subscribe to the DeepAstronomy channel. New episodes are uploaded every Friday night. Transcript:   Hello Space Fans! I’m Scott Lewis, and welcome to another edition of Space Fan News! A monumental point in human history was announced on the 12th of September, 2013 that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered interstellar space. Now NASA wants to make clear that this does not mean that the famous spacecraft has exited the solar system, for that requires it to move past the Oort cloud, which it hasn’t even entered yet. You see, Voyager 1 has broken through the heliosphere, a bubble of charged particles that surrounds our star which is created from coronal mass ejections. When CMEs occur on the sun, large amounts of plasma are shot outward in all directions at supersonic velocities. As it travels further out from the epicenter of the solar system, these charged particles reach a spot known as the Termination Shock. This is the area surrounding our star that interstellar winds start having an effect on the solar winds, slowing it down to subsonic speeds. The Termination shock is between 75 and 90 astronomical...
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