Monday, June 5, 2017

Burst 23 - Tabby Boyajian talks about the May 2017 dip

Released: 5 June 2017
Duration: 18 minutes 33 seconds

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The dip as seen by the Las Cumbres telescope network
Paul Carr talks with Tabetha Boyajian about the flurry of observations of KIC 8462852 conducted
when the star dipped in brightness last month, and what might happen in the near future.

Topics include the relative size of the dip in different colors, the spectra, emission lines observed before the dip, periodicity, and what might happen soon.


The KIC 8462852 Subreddit FAQ
Tabby's Star for the Perplexed
Where's the Flux?

Burst 20
Season 3, Episode 4


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: Jason Robinson

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Burst 22 - Tabby's Star is Dimming

Released: 19 May 2017
Duration: 12 minutes 57 seconds

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Host Paul Carr provides some brief remarks and one or two speculations about the dimming of Tabby's Star that began today.


The Astronomer's Telegram
The Reddit Discussion Forum
Jason Wright's Video
Tabby's Star for the Perplexed Part 1

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Episode 35 - There is Here

Released: 13 February 2017
Duration:90 minutes, 38 seconds
Doug Vakoch

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In this episode we explore Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or METI, with President Douglas Vakoch and interdisciplinary artist Daniela de Paulis. Nick Nielsen joins us for a discussion of Daniela's new project Cogito - how do we send our thoughts into the cosmos?


The Pioneer Plaques
The Drake Arecibo Message
Dwingeloo Radio Observatory in the Netherlands
The Voyager Golden Record Strategic Plan
The Zoo Hypothesis

Marvin Minsky: Communication with Alien Intelligence
Hans Freudenthal: LINCOS - Design of a Language for Cosmic Intercourse, part 1 (.pdf)

Daniela de Paulis on the Unseen Podcast
Project Cognos
Dwingeloo Radio Observatory


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Co-hosts: Daniela de Paulis and Nick Nielsen
Music: DJ Spooky, George Hrab, Erika Llloyd
Voiceover: Erin Carr

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Burst 21 - The Absolute, Definitive Truth about Alien Megastructures

Released: 2 January 2017
Duration: 15 minutes, 37 seconds

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Based upon a Dream of the Open Channel blog entry, we discuss why there may not be any galaxy-scale megastructures, but what sort of stellar class megastructures could we possibly observe out there.

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Why Search?
The Jaws of Darkness
Glimpsing Heat from Alien Technologies
GHAT III: The Reddest Extended Sources from WISE
Earth in Human Hands
Searching for Cost Optimized Interstellar Beacons

The Script (several red lines not incorporated).

Wow! Signal Bursts


Host, Writer and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: Jason Robinson

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Season 3 Ep. 10: Human Up - The Planet's Future with David Grinspoon

Released: 28 November 2016
Duration: 59 minutes, 2 seconds

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David Grinspoon

Astrobiologist and Author David Grinspoon joins us to talk about his new book, Earth in Human Hands - Shaping Our Planet's Future. Following all the great demotions, humanity is about to get a great promotion - and we're not ready for it, but we have no choice.



Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Announcer: Erin Carr
Music: DJ Spooky, Erika Lloyd, George Hrab

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Burst 20 - The Gaia Data Release 1 and the WTF Star

Recorded: 14 September 2016
Released: 14 September 2016
Duration:22 minutes, 22 seconds

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Astronomer Tabetha "Tabby" Boyajian joined Paul Carr, Roger Wehbe, and Rusty Schweikart in a
Google Hangout to talk about the implications of the Gaia Data Release 1 for a better understanding of KIC 8462852, aka the "WTF star."


Gaia Data Release 1
A.G.A. Brown, et. al., Gaia Data Release 1: Summary of the astrometric, photometric, and survey properties
Standard Error for the Gaia DR1 parallax vs. position in the sky
Earlier interview with Tabetha Boyajian
Interview with Ben Montet
Gaia Parallax for KIC 8462852 is 2.554887 mas
Jason Wright: What Could be Going on with Boyajian's Star? Part X: Wrap-up and Gaia's Promise
Wright and Siggurdson: Families of Plausible Solutions to the Puzzle of Boyajian's Star
Almost Certainly Wrong: an Alien Megastructure speculation about KIC 8462852


Producer and Host: Paul Carr
Music: Jason Robinson

Monday, August 8, 2016

Season 3 Episode 9 - Ben Montet Makes a Star Weirder

Released: 8 August 2016
Duration:47 minutes 44 seconds

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Ben Montet
Host Paul Carr talks to astronomer Ben Montet,who has, with his colleague Joshua Simon, just published the result that Tabby's Star (KIC 8462852) dimmed considerably over the four year course of the Kepler Space Telescope prime mission.

Guest Bio:

Ben Montet recently defended his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology, where his thesis work focused on understanding the properties of low-mass stars and their companions. During his thesis, he led teams which measured the occurrence rate of Jupiter-sized planets in wide orbits around low-mass stars, developed the first catalog of confirmed transiting planets from the K2 mission, and characterized the first non-inflated brown dwarf with a directly measured mass, radius, and atmospheric properties. In September, he will begin a Carl Sagan Fellowship at the University of Chicago.


Montet and Simon, KIC 8462852 Faded Throughout the Kepler Mission
Interview with Bradley Schaefer on Dimming of Tabby's Star
Boyajian, et. al., KIC 8462852 - Where's The Flux?
Interview with Tabetha "Tabby" Boyajian.

Aliens, perhaps, but not the Aliens of the Gaps.


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Announcer:Erin Carr
Music: DJ Spooky, Jason Robinson, Erika Lloyd