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Molecular Clouds!

04/30/13 7:00 PM | Radio Astronomy

Horsehead Nebula In this special, double-length feature Blakesley comes back from Brazil and fills us in on all the cool Astronomy she did there. Jenna and Blakesley discuss what makes molecular clouds so cool.

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Space Weather

04/16/13 7:00 PM | Radio Astronomy

Solar Flare Tonight we’re talking all about the weather, Space Weather! We talk about how the Sun influences the space around Earth and take a look at the aurora forecast for the next few months.

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Live from Kitt Peak

04/9/13 7:00 PM | Radio Astronomy

Kitt Peak National Observatory This week we hear from Arthur, who is on an observing run at Kitt Peak National Observatory just outside Tucson, Az. What is life like for Astronomers when they’re up on a mountain? Listen to find out!

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Ice Cube, Neutrinos, and Dark Matter!

04/2/13 7:00 PM | Radio Astronomy

Credit: Steve Yunck / NSF The Ice Cube Neutrino Telescope run by the UW Physics Department has recently made discoveries that shed more light on mysterious dark matter!

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The Planck Telescope and the CMB

03/26/13 7:00 PM | Radio Astronomy

The CMB. Credit: NASA The Planck Space Telescope looks at the oldest light in the Universe: the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). What can it tell us about about how space itself evolved?

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Star Clusters and Galaxy Evolution

12/6/12 1:30 PM | Radio Astronomy

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the most detailed images to date of the open star clusters NGC 265 (top) and NGC 290 (bottom) in the Small Magellanic Cloud -- two sparkling sets of gemstones in the southern sky. These brilliant open star clusters are located about 200,000 light-years away and are roughly 65 light-years across.  Image credit: NASA/ESA/STScI UW Madison Astronomy PhD student Jenna Ryon explains the importance of star clusters for studies of galaxy evolution. Listen and learn!

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Presidential Election Night 2012 -Fund Basic Science!

11/6/12 1:07 PM | Radio Astronomy

Funding basic science is critical for the USA's future leadership in innovation. Image Credit NASA Voters head to the polls tonight to decide the next president of the United States. What will their choice mean for basic science funding in the future?

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When I was your age, Pluto was a planet!

07/17/12 1:36 PM | Radio Astronomy

images In this episode:Why isn’t Pluto a planet? What is a planet? P5, A new moon of Pluto! New Horizons Spacecraft is on its way to the far end of the solar system!

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