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Feb 17, 2020

559: The Surface of the Sun

Astronomy Cast 559: The Surface of the Sun

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

A brand new telescope has completed on Maui's Haleakala, and it has just one job: to watch the Sun in unprecedented detail. It's called the Daniel K. Inouye telescope, and the engineering involved to get this telescope...


Feb 10, 2020

558: Supernova SN 2006gy

Astronomy Cast 558: Supernova SN 2006gy

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

We've been following this story for more than a decade, so it's great to finally have an answer to the question, why was supernova 2006gy so insanely bright? Astronomers originally thought it was an example of a supermassive...


Feb 3, 2020

557: Red Dwarfs: Friend or Foe

Astronomy Cast 557: Red Dwarfs: Friend or Foe

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

On the one hand, red dwarfs are the longest lived stars in the Universe, the perfect place for life to hang out for trillions of years. On the other hand, they're tempestuous little balls of plasma, hurling out...


Jan 27, 2020

556: Multi Messenger Astronomy

Astronomy Cast 556: Multi Messenger Astronomy

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

For the longest time astronomers could only study the skies with telescopes. But then new techniques and technologies were developed to help us see in different wavelengths. Now astronomers can study objects in...


Jan 19, 2020

555: Satellite Constellations and the Future of Astronomy

Astronomy Cast 555: Satellite Constellations and the Future of Astronomy

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

The other big issue at the AAS was the challenge that astronomy is going to face from all the new satellite constellations coming shortly. There are already...