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Feb 28, 2022

Astronomy Cast Ep. 632: Building Images: Optical vs Radio

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

A recent image from the South African MeerKAT Telescope blew our minds. It was a high resolution image of the center of the Milky Way showing delicate filaments and other structures. What was so mind blowing is that this was an...

Feb 21, 2022

Astronomy Cast Ep. 631: All The Uses Of Pulsars (Including Murder)

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

Pulsars are the rapidly spinning degenerate husks of dead stars, turning hundreds of times a second. But they're also handy clocks, spinning with such certainty and accuracy that astronomers can use them for all kinds of...

Feb 14, 2022

Astronomy Cast Ep. 630: Things We Can Look Forward To

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

In a rare moment of weakness, Pamela has decided she's open to the possibility that a future exists. That missions, telescopes and spacecraft are going to be built and they're going to do science. Today we'll talk about what we're...

Feb 7, 2022

Astronomy Cast Ep. 629: The Cost of Delays

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

With all the success of James Webb so far, it's looking like science's huge gamble is going to pay off, but there were years of delays and budget overruns. What impacts did these delays have on science, careers, and the future of space exploration?