Astronomy

The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

The Sky Guys' Top Space Stories Of 2014

'Best picture by Joel Kowsky' of Antares rocket explosion during liftoff, October 28, 2014
Credit Dan Beaumont Space Museum / Flickr/CC

It was a big year for Mars, with India getting into the game and launching its first spacecraft. Meanwhile, the European Space Agency celebrated the successful landing of its probe on a comet. And the private space travel industry lamented the crash of Virgin Galactic’s test craft.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

The Sky Guys On Mars: From Rovers And Orbiters To Human Settlement

Faith Meixell NHPR

In recent years, the Red Planet has been bombarded with space craft, rovers, observers, orbiters and studied intently from here on Earth.  But the idea of human boots on Mars has remained in the realm of science fiction. Now though, serious planning is underway, for missions and even colonies there, and possibly much sooner than you might think. (digital post by Faith Meixell)

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North Country
5:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Godzilla Lives In New Hampshire

Godzilla and the Boy
Sean Hurley

Godzilla is 17 feet tall and resides in a cave-like trailer in Dorchester, New Hampshire.  He comes out on New Moons when the sky's at its darkest. 

The boy sat in the back seat and the two old people - his parents - sat up front.

Do you remember where we're going?
To see Godzilla!

The boy was going to see Godzilla who lived at the top of a nearly treeless hill at the end of a long dirt road.

It's like we're driving over the moon...

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

The Sky Guys: Supermoons, The Mars Rover, And Apollo Launch Anniversary

Showing off the sky ties - notice Mal's Apollo landing-themed tie
Faith Meixell NHPR

The latest astronomical news with our Sky Guys: NASA is in troubleshooting mode as the Mars rover Curiosity shows signs of wear after two years of roaming the planet’s rocky terrain, a global scientific body invites the public to vote on names for newfound planets, and astronomers are looking back to Apollo 11's lunar landing 45 years ago.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Sky Guys: An Astronomy Update

Credit James Pouliot / NHPR

We’ll check in about the latest from the International Space Station, talk about new planet finds by NASA, and look ahead to some highlights coming up to watch out for in the night sky.

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Word of Mouth
3:01 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

2.8.14: Poison, Reptiles, Five Billion Years Of Solitude & Girl Model

Credit Sarah Thomas

The Word of Mouth Saturday broadcast is your shining beacon of awesome at the end of a snowy week. Whether you're wearing headphones under your winter hat or you're listening in a snow-covered car, we have the segments that delight and enlighten. You may even forget we have six more weeks of winter! Listen to the full show, and scroll down for links and more.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

An Astronomy Update From The Sky Guys

The Sky Guys showing off their astronomy ties.
Credit Faith Meixell / NHPR

Our sky guys join us with the latest news on space - starting with how the shutdown affected our monitoring programs. We also talk about the Orionid meteor showers, two missions to Mars, and a new iPhone app for checking the location of spy satellites.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

A Summer Astronomy Update

We’ll examine some of the latest headlines from Space Science.  There’s a huge amount of excitement about the “Comet of the Century”, coming this fall.  Also, NASA’s Mars rover “Curiosity” turns one year old and mysterious geysers on one of Saturn’s moons leads to speculation about the presence of water far out in Space. 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

An Astronomy Update

Twenty-thirteen has been dubbed the “Year of the Comet”, with three major visitors expected to give us a show.   Also, there's new findings on Mars and on Jupiter’s moon Europa that are leading scientists one step closer to the possibilities of life elsewhere in our solar system.  And a private venture hopes to send a husband and wife team to the Red Planet by twenty-eighteen.  We'll look at the top stories from space.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

An Astronomy Update

The Voyager Two spacecraft that was  launched in the late seventies reaches the very edges of our solar system. Ice has been found on Mercury. A planet has been found orbiting our closest star, and the Gemini meteor shower in mid-December is expected to impress. We’ll look at the most out of this world stories happening in space.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

An Astronomic Update!

This weekend, scientists will be crossing their fingers as they prepared to land NASA’s largest space laboratory, Curiosity, on Mars. We’ll look at that plus other missions to Jupiter and to our asteroid belt… Also, the moon turns blue this month, the Perseid meteor showers look to impress, while increasing activity on the sun could affect us on Earth. We check in with our sky guys on all things astronomical.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

An Astronomy Update

Huge Solar flares and 'coronal mass ejections" have the potential for major disruptions.  New extra-solar planets seem to be found every week. A new rover on Mars called 'Curiosity' seems to be peaking ours, while the New Horizon's spacecraft is heading to Pluto. We'll get the latest news that's going on from the skies with the Exchange's Space Guys. 

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