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Orbital Path

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Orbital Path

Orbital Path

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90
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Astronomer Michelle Thaller takes a look at the big questions of the cosmos and what the answers can reveal about life here on Earth. From podcast powerhouse PRX, with support from the Sloan Foundation.

Latest Episodes

Building 29

Orbital Path signs off with a site visit to NASA’s mysterious and extraordinary building 29.

31 min2018 DEC 22
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Building 29

Hello, Asteroid!

Billion-year-old asteroid dust, coming right up!

20 min2018 DEC 1
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Hello, Asteroid!

Black Holes from the Dawn of Light

Astronomers investigate a mystery that is 13 billion years old.

22 min2018 OCT 27
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Black Holes from the Dawn of Light

Space Lasers for the Home Planet

NASA develops a futuristic space laser. Launches it into orbit. And aims it directly back at planet Earth.

23 min2018 SEP 29
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Space Lasers for the Home Planet

Brian Greene goes to 11 — again

Humans! Time to get over your three-dimensional selves.Brian Greene — world renowned physicist, bestselling author, NOVA host, and serial Colbert guest — explains why.

30 min2018 AUG 31
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Brian Greene goes to 11 — again

The Universe of Leonard Susskind

Has a Bronx plumber’s son become the Einstein of our time?

27 min2018 JUL 28
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The Universe of Leonard Susskind

Mars Goes Organic

Three billion years ago, there were organic molecules on Mars. But was there life?

28 min2018 JUN 30
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Mars Goes Organic

Earth, Desert Planet?

Adults don’t have all the answers — or all the questions. In our second edition of TELESCOPE, Michelle grapples with an 8th-grader’s question about the fate of the Earth.

6 min2018 MAR 24
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Earth, Desert Planet?

Our Darkening Universe

Adam Riess was only 41 when he was named a Nobel Prize winner. The Johns Hopkins distinguished professor of astronomy shared in the award for his work on something called “dark energy” -- a discovery that over the past 20 years has profoundly shifted our understanding of the universe. Riess made news again recently when he and colleagues working with the Hubble Space Telescope announced new findings about the rate at which the universe is expanding -- findings which simply cannot be explained by physics as we know it. It’s weird and profound stuff. Our story begins a century ago, with a riddle posed by a curious part of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity — something called the “Cosmological Constant.” The fate of the universe just may hang in the balance.

21 min2018 MAR 10
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Our Darkening Universe

Introducing…Telescope!

Adults don’t have all the answers — or all the questions. So Michelle takes on some astronomical queries from 8th-graders.

8 min2018 FEB 24
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Introducing…Telescope!

Latest Episodes

Building 29

Orbital Path signs off with a site visit to NASA’s mysterious and extraordinary building 29.

31 min2018 DEC 22
Comments
Building 29

Hello, Asteroid!

Billion-year-old asteroid dust, coming right up!

20 min2018 DEC 1
Comments
Hello, Asteroid!

Black Holes from the Dawn of Light

Astronomers investigate a mystery that is 13 billion years old.

22 min2018 OCT 27
Comments
Black Holes from the Dawn of Light

Space Lasers for the Home Planet

NASA develops a futuristic space laser. Launches it into orbit. And aims it directly back at planet Earth.

23 min2018 SEP 29
Comments
Space Lasers for the Home Planet

Brian Greene goes to 11 — again

Humans! Time to get over your three-dimensional selves.Brian Greene — world renowned physicist, bestselling author, NOVA host, and serial Colbert guest — explains why.

30 min2018 AUG 31
Comments
Brian Greene goes to 11 — again

The Universe of Leonard Susskind

Has a Bronx plumber’s son become the Einstein of our time?

27 min2018 JUL 28
Comments
The Universe of Leonard Susskind

Mars Goes Organic

Three billion years ago, there were organic molecules on Mars. But was there life?

28 min2018 JUN 30
Comments
Mars Goes Organic

Earth, Desert Planet?

Adults don’t have all the answers — or all the questions. In our second edition of TELESCOPE, Michelle grapples with an 8th-grader’s question about the fate of the Earth.

6 min2018 MAR 24
Comments
Earth, Desert Planet?

Our Darkening Universe

Adam Riess was only 41 when he was named a Nobel Prize winner. The Johns Hopkins distinguished professor of astronomy shared in the award for his work on something called “dark energy” -- a discovery that over the past 20 years has profoundly shifted our understanding of the universe. Riess made news again recently when he and colleagues working with the Hubble Space Telescope announced new findings about the rate at which the universe is expanding -- findings which simply cannot be explained by physics as we know it. It’s weird and profound stuff. Our story begins a century ago, with a riddle posed by a curious part of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity — something called the “Cosmological Constant.” The fate of the universe just may hang in the balance.

21 min2018 MAR 10
Comments
Our Darkening Universe

Introducing…Telescope!

Adults don’t have all the answers — or all the questions. So Michelle takes on some astronomical queries from 8th-graders.

8 min2018 FEB 24
Comments
Introducing…Telescope!
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