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In this week's questions show, I explain why a heat-powered rover wouldn't work on Venus. I explain how spacecraft navigate, and wonder what James Webb's Deep Field survey will look like. 00:00 Start 00:54 Could the heat on Venus power a rover? 03:53 What if Ingenuity tips over? 05:42 How do spacecraft navigate? 08:36 Are SpaceX workers being prepa…
 
Matt (previously known as The Casual Spaceman) joins us to dissect last weeks Moon Landing denier and his 5 "proofs" as well as his plans for a rebranding of his channel. Catz gives us some interesting news about the knuckleball effect and Guess the Conspiracy is back! Here is Matt's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm5zHzscOwz8tetuWP6HWxg…
 
My guest is astronomer and science communicator Dr. Maggie Lieu. Lieu is a research fellow of machine learning and cosmology at the University of Nottingham and has been working on the upcoming Euclid space mission to help in the search for Dark Energy. https://maggielieu.com/ 🚀 OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universe…
 
Professor Geraint Lewis is an astrophysicist focused on dark energy, gravitational lensing and galactic merger. He has recently published a paper that that investigates the nature of the anthropic principle, how the Universe needs observers. https://www.geraintflewis.com/ 🚀 OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday…
 
You might know Dr. Sutter as a science communicator, but his doctorate is actually in particle physics. Paul is going to join me to talk about the Muon g-2 experiment and what it means for the Standard Model of physics. We'll probably also talk about the end of the EmDrive and other topics in space and astronomy. http://www.pmsutter.com/ 🚀 OUR WEBS…
 
Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist and science communicator. His new book is called the God Equation, which traces the quest for a single theory of everything that will unite quantum mechanics and the theory of gravity. https://mkaku.org/home/ 🚀 OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ 🚀 PODCAST LINKS…
 
This we week we had a really enjoyable chat with Karl from lightsurfers.me who had 5 photos, and a few other points, that he thinks proves we didn't go to the moon. Catz and I listen and react to these proofs. If you want to see the visuals for this one then the FULL podcast will be released on the SciManDan Podcast YouTube channel on Monday. You c…
 
In this week's questions show, I look at the rotation rate of pulsars, why NASA is such a fan of the term in-situ and what our plans are for exploring the Universe. 00:00 Start 00:49 Do pulsars ever slow down? 03:20 What's with in-situ? 05:17 Europa or Enceladus? 07:42 How far could Starships go? 09:27 Can planets be in orbital resonance? 10:44 Wou…
 
Professor Avi Loeb is a theoretical physicist from Harvard who has worked on many advances in space and astrophysics. He helped predict exoplanet discoveries using microlensing, worked on the mathematics for the Event Horizon Telescope, and has many fascinating opinions about the search for extraterrestrials. https://lweb.cfa.harvard.edu/~loeb/ 🚀 O…
 
My guest is Dr. James Davenport, a research assistant professor at the University of Washington. In addition to his research into magnetically active stars, James focuses on large-scale, time-domain astronomy. He's also a prolific communicator here on YouTube, breaking down complicated scientific topics and documenting astronomy meetings for the ge…
 
In this week's questions show, I tackle some challenging questions, like the ethics of sending humans to Mars, and whether it's better to focus on our efforts on Earth or on space exploration. Should we welcome a Carrington Event? Are there any serious competitors to SpaceX in the market right now? 00:00 Start 00:49 Is it ethical to send people to …
 
Professor Dave joins me this week to chat about his prolific rise in YouTube, how he smashed the Globebusters to bits and his new book that helps us all spot misleading science online. And of course he has a crack at the world famous guess the conspiracy game! Here is a link to Dave's book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Wi-Fi-Organic-Spotting-Misle…
 
In this week's questions show, I talk about the stars we can see with our own eyes. Are they special? How long does it take solar flares to reach Earth? How will crimes on Mars be prosecuted? 00:00 Start 00:39 What types of stars can we see? 02:07 How long does it take for a solar flare to reach us? 04:19 Will I watch Foundation? 05:39 Crimes on Ma…
 
TV & Radio science presenter Greg Foot joined myself and Catz this week as we chatted about his TV and Radio work, as well as science communication in general and how important it is!! And of course he has a bash at the famous guess the conspiracy! You can find the YouTube channel here where Greg and Maddie live stream their science experiments: ht…
 
In this week's questions show, I answer questions about supernovae, how we could terraform the Moon, and why is Starlink so expensive? 00:00 Start 00:55 When is the next Star Party? 06:21 When will we have better images of exoplanets? 09:25 Am I afraid of another Carrington Event? 13:03 How do astronomers book telescopes? 16:33 Can giant stars have…
 
This week I talk to Dr. Jack Burns, the Principle Investigator for the Lunar FARSIDE telescope. This would be a radio telescope installed on the far side of the Moon that would be capable of observing the first stars and black holes during the Dark Ages and Epoch of Reionization. https://www.colorado.edu/project/lunar-farside/dr-jack-burns 🚀 OUR WE…
 
Today I'm interviewing Dr. Benjamin Zuckerman, emeritus professor from UCLA. Zuckerman is the author of over 200 papers, and was involved with the first direct imaging of a multi-planetary system. http://astro.ucla.edu/personnel/benjamin-zuckerman 🚀 OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ 🚀 PODCAST LINKS: ══…
 
In this week's questions show, I talk about how dark matter seems to clump differently from regular matter. When will Starships stop exploding? And what do I think about the Stellina telescope? Image credit: Everyday Astronaut https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6uKrU_WqJ1R2HMTY3LIx5Q 00:00 Start 00:36 Does dark matter clump? 05:35 When will Starship…
 
Spanners Ready and Matt Trumpets join me this week as we dissect the science from the much loved UK cult sci-fi show, Red Dwarf. How plausible could it actually be?? We discuss and have fun at the same time! Plus, they try out the legendary Guess the Conspiracy game! The episodes we discuss today are as follows: Series 1 Ep 1 - The End Series 3 Ep …
 
This week I talk to Christopher Morrison from USNC about their recently awarded NIAC Grant. Their grant will investigate the feasibility of a radioisotope-electric propelled spacecraft that could intercept and retrieve a sample from a future interstellar asteroid or comet. You can learn more about it here: https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetec…
 
This week we spoke with Tom Kerr who is the Director of Operations at an observatory in Hawaii. Tom also dabbled in Astrology as a way to try and debunk it, making some predictions for his friends, much like Paul the Octopus who predicted World Cup matches back in 2010! Here is the Observatory where Tom works: http://about.ifa.hawaii.edu/ukirt/ Tom…
 
In this week's live questions show, we spend a lot of time talking about the Perseverance landing on Mars. What's happening with my content right now, and is anyone watching the Moon for meteorite impacts? 00:00 Start 00:15 What was the best part of the Perseverance landing? 03:28 Why is the data transfer to Mars so good? 05:43 How do you test AI t…
 
Coral Reef Scientist Emma Kennedy joined me this week on the podcast to chat coral reefs and the damage that climate change is causing, as well as climate change as a whole. She also has a crack at the now legendary game, Guess the Conspiracy! You can find Emma on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/reef_scientist And you can read more about her work…
 
The awesome space communicator Fraser Cain joined me this week on the podcast to chat all things space, his glorious creation Universe Today and those pesky space deniers. Also, can he get a point for the guests in Guess the Conspiracy? You can find his brilliant website here: https://www.universetoday.com/ Here is Fraser's YouTube channel: https:/…
 
In this week's questions show, I talk about why some missions go into orbit, and other missions make a direct landing on Mars. Is it a good idea for the SpaceX Falcon Heavy to launch components for the Lunar Gateway? And how can we know if the Universe is finite or infinite? 00:00 Start 00:30 Why go into orbit when NASA goes straight for landing? 0…
 
Join us this week as Catz and I talk with the host of The Atheist Experience Matt Dillahunty. He speaks about atheism in general, how he got where he is now and of course pits his wits against guess the conspiracy! The Atheist Experience is on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheAtheistExperience You can find Matt on Twitter here: https:/…
 
00:00 Start 00:22 Easier to find life in the Solar System or Milky Way? 05:13 Could an exosuit simulate gravity? 06:36 Could you use water as a propulsion system? 08:28 Could you have space-based interferometry? 13:02 Are the moons of Jupiter in severe radiation? 14:19 Is anyone working on spinning habitats? 18:05 What about Amazon's satellite cons…
 
Wolf (a.k.a. The Agent) from the magnificent Wolf Brothers Cinema joined us this week to talk about the world of psychic mediums and just how they do it! He even cold reads Catz with some surprising results! I talk about my own personal experience with a psychic medium and Wolf battles the famous Guess the Conspiracy Game. Here is the Wolf Brothers…
 
This week I interview Chris Prophet, the author of "SpaceX from the Ground Up". His book, now in its 6th edition covers the story of SpaceX, from its initial concept to the latest Starship tests. https://www.amazon.com/SpaceX-Ground-Up-Chris-Prophet-ebook/dp/B01CUUUZZ2 🚀 OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.co…
 
In this week's Q&A show, I answer questions about Starship might be able to provide artificial gravity, whether I'd prefer to have LUVOIR or the Overwhelmingly Large Telescope, and if nuclear-powered rockets will work in space. You can join me live every Monday on my YouTube channel at 5pm Pacific Time to ask your questions live. 00:00 Start 00:18 …
 
YouTube's Seek Truth Speak Truth joined us to talk about his journey back from the dark side of flat Earth. We chat the process of coming back, what the flat earth community was really like and how many other conspiracies he was tied up with. This was a fascinating one! You can find him on YouTube and watch his journey here: https://www.youtube.com…
 
In this week's QA, I talk about what's driving the expansion of the Universe, how big the observable Universe is to the actual Universe, and what will happen to dogs in gravity. 00:00 Start 00:26 What's driving the expansion of the Universe? 04:01 How big is the observable Universe compared to the actual Universe? 07:25 Do people watch videos or li…
 
In this week's interview, I talk to David Brown about his new book: The Mission. It's all about the campaign to design and build the Europa Clipper mission and everything that happened behind-the-scenes. David is a science journalist and writer with with work in the Atlantic, New York Times, Scientific American and more. https://www.dwb.io/ https:/…
 
The brilliant Chris Lintott from the Sky at Night joined me for a fascinating chat about the conspiracy theories of space, astronomy and the wonders of star formation, and of course has a crack at the famous guess the conspiracy game!! You can find Chris on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/chrislintott Thank you all for listening!…
 
10 billion years ago, galaxies of the Universe were ablaze with the light of newly forming stars. This epic phase of history is known as “Cosmic Noon” - the height of all star creation. Galaxies like our Milky Way aren’t creating stars at nearly the rates they were in the ancient past. However, there is a time when galaxies in the present can explo…
 
In this week's interview, I talk with Devin Carroll, a robotics Ph.D. student at the modular robotics lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Devin is working on robots that can build their own structure out of ice. https://www.modlabupenn.org/people/devin-carroll/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjfDRQWv0x0 🚀 OUR WEBSITE: ══════════════════════════…
 
In this week's live Q&A, I talk about the new Space Launch System hot-fire test, how Breakthrough Starshot spacecraft might be able to communicate with home, and what messages would we send to aliens that we might never be able to reach physically. 00:00 Start 02:11 How would Starship chipsats communicate with Earth? 05:00 How far can we ever explo…
 
In an absolutely fascinating interview, the director of Behind the Curve Daniel J Clark joins Catz and I as we chat THAT documentary, flat earthers as people and planet 9. Not only that, Daniel needs to try and pull the guests back into the game during Guess the Conspiracy! You can find Daniel on twitter here: https://twitter.com/djcfilm?lang=en Th…
 
Welcome to the new style Q&As, which we're now recording every Monday live on my YouTube channel at 5pm Pacific Time. This week we got a lot of great questions about the Proxima Centauri signal, the Fermi Paradox, and Breakthrough Starshot. 00:00:00 Start 00:00:14 Is Starlink portable? 00:01:07 Any thoughts on the Wow signal? 00:03:58 What are magn…
 
This week I had a fascinating chat with Professor Michael Butter of Tübingen University about the nature of conspiracies, and the people that push them. Can we trick a conspiracy expert on Guess the Conspiracy?? You can find Michael Butter here: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ercpact Email: michael.butter@uni-tuebingen.de His book: https://www.amazon…
 
In this week's interview, I talk with Chris Carr, one of the co-hosts in the Weekly Space Hangout. Chris is a grad student at Columbia University, specializing in the cosmos inside and outside the Milky Way. http://www.astro.columbia.edu/profile?uid=chris 🚀 OUR WEBSITE: ════════════════════════════════════ https://www.universetoday.com/ 🚀 PODCAST L…
 
TikTok sensation and climate science student Abbie Richards joined us this week to chat about her viral conspiracy chart. Were there any conspiracies that either Catz or I had never heard of? Also, Abbie plays guess the conspiracy in a bid to extend the guests lead! You can find Abbie's chart on her TikTok here: https://www.tiktok.com/@tofology?lan…
 
The commercial spaceflight professional Kellie Gerardi joins us this week to chat the Mars One Mission, microgravity flights and the many space conspiracy theories that we see every day! And with the guests 3-1 in front in Guess the Conspiracy, can Catz and I pull it back for the podcast? You can find Kellie here... Instagram: https://www.instagram…
 
In this week's last QA of 2020, I go long answering questions about space and astronomy. I talk about the news of a radio signal received from Proxima Centauri, an update on my attempts to learn Mandarin Chinese, and a long diatribe about megaconstellations and their impact on astronomy. 00:00:00 Start 00:02:51 How do we know the rotation rate of g…
 
The awesome Jim Al-Khalili joins us this week as we discuss the world of quantum physics, how we deal with conspiracy theorists and of course enters the gladiatorial ring that is the guess the conspiracy game! Here is Jim's book, The World According to Physics: https://www.amazon.co.uk/World-According-Physics-Jim-Al-Khalili/dp/0691182302/ref=sr_1_3…
 
Joining me this week was the lovely Amy from the Vintage Space YouTube channel, who is an author and avid space flight enthusiast. We discussed her book "fighting for space", her love of space flight and some of the space related conspiracy theories. You can find the Vintage Space YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw95T_TgbGHhT…
 
00:00:00 Start 00:04:45 Can we know how much of the Moon is Earth and what is Theia? 00:06:41 Where did the Earth's water come from? 00:09:24 Would alien AI be friendly? 00:12:01 How far could we detect alien civilizations? 00:15:58 Why isn't metallic hydrogen made with nuclear weapons? 00:19:37 Is there water on Titan? 00:22:35 Is the outer Solar …
 
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