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The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures Podcasts

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The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures Podcasts
The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures Podcasts

The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures Podcasts

Foothill College

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Will the 21st Century be the Time We Discover Life Beyond Earth?

In 2004, Craig Venter and Daniel Cohen suggested that if the 20th Century was the century of physics, the 21st Century will be the century of biology on our planet. Jill Tarter believes that their idea will be extended beyond the surface of our world and that we may soon have the first opportunity to study biology that developed on other worlds. She talks about her vision of the future of understanding life on Earth and beyond our planet. And she discusses projects that are underway and are planned to learn more about the possibility of intelligent life among the stars. Recorded October 11, 2017.

74 MIN2017 OCT 12
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Will the 21st Century be the Time We Discover Life Beyond Earth?

The ‘All-American’ Eclipse of the Sun this August

On August 21, 2017, there will be a rare eclipse of the Sun visible throughout the U.S. and North America. Andrew Fraknoi, Foothill College, describes how eclipses work and when and where the eclipse of 2017 will be best visible. Recorded May 24, 2017.

62 MIN2017 JUN 29
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The ‘All-American’ Eclipse of the Sun this August

The Monster Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy

By measuring the rapid orbits of the stars near the center of our galaxy, Dr. Andrea Ghez and her colleagues have moved the case for a supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way from a possibility to a certainty. Recorded January 25, 2017.

71 MIN2017 MAR 21
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The Monster Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy

Space-time Symphony: Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes

Prof. Cominsky presents an introduction to LIGO, to gravitational waves and how they were detected, and to the kinds of black holes that “make waves.” Recorded November 2, 2016.

69 MIN2017 MAR 21
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Space-time Symphony: Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes

The Science and Non-science of Star Wars

Seth Shostak takes a look at Star Wars and other science fiction films from the point of view of a skeptical scientist, tells stories about the movies he has been asked to advise, and muses about aliens from space. Recorded October 12, 2017.

70 MIN2017 MAR 21
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The Science and Non-science of Star Wars

Is Anyone Out There: The $100 Million Breakthrough: Listen Project

What is the possibility of other intelligent life in the universe and how might we detect signals from alien civilizations? Dr. Werthimer describes current and future projects searching for such signals, including the new $100-million Breakthrough Prize Foundation Listen project. He shows how new technologies are revolutionizing the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI). He also discusses the SETI@home project, which analyzes data from the world's largest radio telescope using desktop computers and cell phones from millions of volunteers. Recorded March 15, 2017.

77 MIN2017 MAR 16
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Is Anyone Out There: The $100 Million Breakthrough: Listen Project

Beyond: Our Future in Space

Decades after we last set foot on the Moon, and several years after the Space Shuttle was retired, space activity is finally leaving the doldrums. Permanent bases on the Moon and Mars are now within reach, and a new Space Race is brewing, with Asian countries ascendant. Dr. Impey reviews the history and landmarks of the international space program, gives a snapshot of the current situation, and plots the trajectory of the future of space travel. Recorded Feb. 15, 2017.

92 MIN2017 FEB 16
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Beyond: Our Future in Space

How Things in the Universe Came About and How They Ended Up Within Us

Dr. Tom Abel (Stanford University) takes us on an illustrated journey through the early stages of the universe, using the latest computer animations of how the first stars formed and died, and how stars built up the first galaxies. Recorded April 6, 2016.

53 MIN2016 JUL 26
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How Things in the Universe Came About and How They Ended Up Within Us

Finding a New Earth: Exoplanets and the Habitable Zone

Dr. Stephen Kane (San Francisco State University) describes what the idea of a Habitable Zone means and shows examples of planets that lie in their star’s Habitable Zone (even if the star is not like our Sun.) Recorded May 11, 2016.

82 MIN2016 JUL 26
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Finding a New Earth: Exoplanets and the Habitable Zone

Innumerable Globes Like This One: The Search for Life Beyond the Solar System

In this talk, Dr. Tori Hoehler from NASA Ames Research Center discusses the science of searching for life beyond our immediate neighborhood, and how we will seek evidence of inhabited worlds in the future. Recorded February 3, 2016.

80 MIN2016 JUN 25
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Innumerable Globes Like This One: The Search for Life Beyond the Solar System

Latest Episodes

Will the 21st Century be the Time We Discover Life Beyond Earth?

In 2004, Craig Venter and Daniel Cohen suggested that if the 20th Century was the century of physics, the 21st Century will be the century of biology on our planet. Jill Tarter believes that their idea will be extended beyond the surface of our world and that we may soon have the first opportunity to study biology that developed on other worlds. She talks about her vision of the future of understanding life on Earth and beyond our planet. And she discusses projects that are underway and are planned to learn more about the possibility of intelligent life among the stars. Recorded October 11, 2017.

74 MIN2017 OCT 12
Comments
Will the 21st Century be the Time We Discover Life Beyond Earth?

The ‘All-American’ Eclipse of the Sun this August

On August 21, 2017, there will be a rare eclipse of the Sun visible throughout the U.S. and North America. Andrew Fraknoi, Foothill College, describes how eclipses work and when and where the eclipse of 2017 will be best visible. Recorded May 24, 2017.

62 MIN2017 JUN 29
Comments
The ‘All-American’ Eclipse of the Sun this August

The Monster Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy

By measuring the rapid orbits of the stars near the center of our galaxy, Dr. Andrea Ghez and her colleagues have moved the case for a supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way from a possibility to a certainty. Recorded January 25, 2017.

71 MIN2017 MAR 21
Comments
The Monster Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy

Space-time Symphony: Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes

Prof. Cominsky presents an introduction to LIGO, to gravitational waves and how they were detected, and to the kinds of black holes that “make waves.” Recorded November 2, 2016.

69 MIN2017 MAR 21
Comments
Space-time Symphony: Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes

The Science and Non-science of Star Wars

Seth Shostak takes a look at Star Wars and other science fiction films from the point of view of a skeptical scientist, tells stories about the movies he has been asked to advise, and muses about aliens from space. Recorded October 12, 2017.

70 MIN2017 MAR 21
Comments
The Science and Non-science of Star Wars

Is Anyone Out There: The $100 Million Breakthrough: Listen Project

What is the possibility of other intelligent life in the universe and how might we detect signals from alien civilizations? Dr. Werthimer describes current and future projects searching for such signals, including the new $100-million Breakthrough Prize Foundation Listen project. He shows how new technologies are revolutionizing the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI). He also discusses the SETI@home project, which analyzes data from the world's largest radio telescope using desktop computers and cell phones from millions of volunteers. Recorded March 15, 2017.

77 MIN2017 MAR 16
Comments
Is Anyone Out There: The $100 Million Breakthrough: Listen Project

Beyond: Our Future in Space

Decades after we last set foot on the Moon, and several years after the Space Shuttle was retired, space activity is finally leaving the doldrums. Permanent bases on the Moon and Mars are now within reach, and a new Space Race is brewing, with Asian countries ascendant. Dr. Impey reviews the history and landmarks of the international space program, gives a snapshot of the current situation, and plots the trajectory of the future of space travel. Recorded Feb. 15, 2017.

92 MIN2017 FEB 16
Comments
Beyond: Our Future in Space

How Things in the Universe Came About and How They Ended Up Within Us

Dr. Tom Abel (Stanford University) takes us on an illustrated journey through the early stages of the universe, using the latest computer animations of how the first stars formed and died, and how stars built up the first galaxies. Recorded April 6, 2016.

53 MIN2016 JUL 26
Comments
How Things in the Universe Came About and How They Ended Up Within Us

Finding a New Earth: Exoplanets and the Habitable Zone

Dr. Stephen Kane (San Francisco State University) describes what the idea of a Habitable Zone means and shows examples of planets that lie in their star’s Habitable Zone (even if the star is not like our Sun.) Recorded May 11, 2016.

82 MIN2016 JUL 26
Comments
Finding a New Earth: Exoplanets and the Habitable Zone

Innumerable Globes Like This One: The Search for Life Beyond the Solar System

In this talk, Dr. Tori Hoehler from NASA Ames Research Center discusses the science of searching for life beyond our immediate neighborhood, and how we will seek evidence of inhabited worlds in the future. Recorded February 3, 2016.

80 MIN2016 JUN 25
Comments
Innumerable Globes Like This One: The Search for Life Beyond the Solar System