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The AstroMcGill Podcast
16 minutes | Feb 20, 2016
AstroMcGill Episode 73 – Vikram Ravi
Vikram discusses Fast Radio Bursts, mysterious, millisecond-long, intense bursts of radio waves that probably come from beyond the Milky Way Galaxy. Guest: Vikram Ravi (California Institute of Technology). Hosts: Erik Madsen and Robert Archibald. Duration: 16 minutes. Production: Nick Adelson.
22 minutes | Feb 19, 2016
AstroMcGill Episode 72 – Steve Kawaler
Steve discusses how we can learn about the insides of stars by observing their surfaces, and how the Kepler Space telescope is the perfect instrument not only for finding extrasolar planets, but also studying oscillations on the surface of stars. We also talk about how the K2 mission is allowing us to do great science after the failure of a reaction wheel ended Kepler’s primary mission. Guest: Steve Kawaler (Iowa State University). Hosts: Erik Madsen and Robert Archibald. Duration: 22 minutes. Production: Nick Adelson.
20 minutes | Feb 18, 2016
AstroMcGill Episode 71 – Edwin Kite
Edwin talks about his work modelling water geysers erupting from Saturn’s moon Enceladus, the best astrobiology experiment in the solar system, and just how much data we have on the surface features and atmosphere of Mars. Guest: Edwin Kite (University of Chicago). Hosts: Erik Madsen and Robert Archibald. Duration: 20 minutes. Production: Nick Adelson.
25 minutes | Feb 16, 2016
AstroMcGill Episode 70 – Tom Prince
Tom Prince visited McGill as part of the opening of the new McGill Space Institute. We talk to Tom about his work with the Palomar Transient Factory and the upcoming Zwicky Transient Facility. Guest: Tom Prince (California Institute of Technology). Hosts: Robert Archibald and Emilie Parent. Duration: 25 minutes. Production: Nick Adelson.
20 minutes | Dec 8, 2015
AstroMcGill Episode 69 – Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell
We were visited by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who discovered pulsars during her graduate studies in the 1960s. She talks to us about the still highly active field of pulsar astronomy and her varied career since their discovery. We also discuss her tireless advocacy for women in physics and astronomy. Guest: Jocelyn Bell Burnell (Oxford University). Hosts: Robert Archibald and Gabrielle Simard. Duration: 20 minutes. Production: James O’Callaghan.
19 minutes | Dec 8, 2015
AstroMcGill Episode 68 – Chiara Mingarelli
Chiara talks to us about how timing the rotation of pulsars can be used to detect gravitational waves–ripples in the very fabric of the cosmos. Guest: Chiara Mingarelli (California Institute of Technology). Hosts: Erik Madsen and Chitrang Patel. Duration: 19 minutes. Production: James O’Callaghan.
17 minutes | Dec 8, 2015
AstroMcGill Episode 67 – Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz
Enrico talks to us about the formation of heavy elements in the Universe through processes such as neutron star mergers. Guest: Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz (University of California Santa Cruz). Hosts: Robert Archibald and Chitrang Patel. Duration: 17 minutes. Production: James O’Callaghan.
21 minutes | Jun 8, 2015
AstroMcGill Episode 66 – Bryan Gaensler
Bryan talks to us about magnetic fields in the Universe (and a little bit about cows). Guest: Bryan Gaensler (University of Toronto, Dunlap Institute). Hosts: Erik Madsen and Gabrielle Simard. Duration: 21 minutes. Production: James O’Callaghan.
22 minutes | May 14, 2015
AstroMcGill Episode 65 – Beth Wilman
We discussed how astronomers can studied cosmology, the formation and evolution of the Universe, by observing nearby dwarfs galaxies, instead of extremely distant galaxies at the edge of the Universe. Guest: Beth Willman (Haverford College). Hosts: Erik Madsen and Gabrielle Simard. Duration: 23 minutes. Production: James O’Callaghan.
40 minutes | Mar 16, 2015
AstroMcGill Episode 64 – Jason Wright
We talked about exoplanets, detecting exoplanets through measurements of radial velocities, and what we can look forward to from this field in the near future. The two websites mentioned during the podcast are exoplanets.org and the Habitable Zone Planet Finder. Guest: Jason Wright Hosts: Sebastien Guillot and Erik Madsen Duration: 40 minutes Production: James O’Callaghan
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