Natural Sciences

The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures Podcasts

Foothill College

Public lectures by noted astronomers on new developments in our exploration of the universe. These lectures are recorded at Foothill College near San Francisco.

Episodes

Will the 21st Century be the Time We Discover Life Beyond Earth?
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Will the 21st Century be the Time We Discover Life Beyond Earth?

Is Anyone Out There: The $100 Million Breakthrough: Listen Project
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Is Anyone Out There: The $100 Million Breakthrough: Listen Project

Beyond: Our Future in Space
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Beyond: Our Future in Space

The ‘All-American’ Eclipse of the Sun this August
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
The ‘All-American’ Eclipse of the Sun this August

The Monster Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
The Monster Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy

Space-time Symphony: Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Space-time Symphony: Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes

The Science and Non-science of Star Wars
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
The Science and Non-science of Star Wars

Finding a New Earth: Exoplanets and the Habitable Zone
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Finding a New Earth: Exoplanets and the Habitable Zone

How Things in the Universe Came About and How They Ended Up Within Us
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
How Things in the Universe Came About and How They Ended Up Within Us

Report from the Planetary Frontier: The Latest from New Horizons at Pluto
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Report from the Planetary Frontier: The Latest from New Horizons at Pluto

Innumerable Globes Like This One: The Search for Life Beyond the Solar System
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Innumerable Globes Like This One: The Search for Life Beyond the Solar System

Einstein’s Blunder Undone: The Runaway Universe
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Einstein’s Blunder Undone: The Runaway Universe

In the Land of Enchantment: The Epic Story of the Cassini Mission to Saturn
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
In the Land of Enchantment: The Epic Story of the Cassini Mission to Saturn

100 Years of Einstein's Relativity (And How it Underlies Our Modern Understanding of the Universe)
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
100 Years of Einstein's Relativity (And How it Underlies Our Modern Understanding of the Universe)

Now Appearing at a Dwarf Planet Near You: NASA's Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Now Appearing at a Dwarf Planet Near You: NASA's Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt

The Sentinel Mission: Finding the Asteroid Headed for Earth
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
The Sentinel Mission: Finding the Asteroid Headed for Earth

Pluto on the Horizon: Anticipating our First Encounter with the Double Planet
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Pluto on the Horizon: Anticipating our First Encounter with the Double Planet

Images of the Infant Universe: The Latest Results from the Planck Satellite
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Images of the Infant Universe: The Latest Results from the Planck Satellite

The Copernicus Complex: Are We Special in the Cosmos?
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
The Copernicus Complex: Are We Special in the Cosmos?

Monster Black Holes: What Lurks at the Center of Galaxies?
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Monster Black Holes: What Lurks at the Center of Galaxies?

Lifting the Cosmic Veil: Highlights from a Decade of the Spitzer Space Telescope
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Lifting the Cosmic Veil: Highlights from a Decade of the Spitzer Space Telescope

Exploding Stars, New Planets, Black Holes, and the Crisis at Lick Observatory
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Exploding Stars, New Planets, Black Holes, and the Crisis at Lick Observatory

Black Widow Pulsars: The Vengeful Corpses of Stars
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Black Widow Pulsars: The Vengeful Corpses of Stars

The Chelyabinsk Meteor: Can We Survive a Bigger Impact?
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
The Chelyabinsk Meteor: Can We Survive a Bigger Impact?

How the Universe Went from Smooth to Lumpy: The Modern Origins Story
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
How the Universe Went from Smooth to Lumpy: The Modern Origins Story

Being a Mars Rover: What It's Like on the Surface of Mars
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Being a Mars Rover: What It's Like on the Surface of Mars

Brown Dwarfs and Free-floating Planets: When You're Just Too Small to be a Star
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Brown Dwarfs and Free-floating Planets: When You're Just Too Small to be a Star

Astronomy from the Stratosphere: NASA's SOFIA Mission
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Astronomy from the Stratosphere: NASA's SOFIA Mission

How Galaxies were Cooked from the Primordial Soup
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
How Galaxies were Cooked from the Primordial Soup

Black Holes: The End of Time or a New Beginning?
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Black Holes: The End of Time or a New Beginning?

Finding the Next Earth: The Latest Results from Kepler
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Finding the Next Earth: The Latest Results from Kepler

Multiple Universes and Cosmic Inflation: The Quest to Understand Our Universe (and Find Others)
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Multiple Universes and Cosmic Inflation: The Quest to Understand Our Universe (and Find Others)

Our Explosive Sun: New Views of the Nearest Star and the Largest Explosions in the Solar System
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Our Explosive Sun: New Views of the Nearest Star and the Largest Explosions in the Solar System

Saturn's Moon Titan: A World with Rivers, Lakes, and Possibly Even Life
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Saturn's Moon Titan: A World with Rivers, Lakes, and Possibly Even Life

How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had it Coming
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had it Coming

Catching Shadows: Kepler's Search for New Worlds
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Catching Shadows: Kepler's Search for New Worlds

The Ultimate Fate of the Solar System (and the Music of the Spheres)
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
The Ultimate Fate of the Solar System (and the Music of the Spheres)

Hearts of Darkness: Black Holes in Space
2017-12-12 14:46:56 UTC
Hearts of Darkness: Black Holes in Space

A Scientist Looks at "Doomsday 2012" and the Rise of Cosmophobia
1:26:50
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:26:50
A Scientist Looks at "Doomsday 2012" and the Rise of Cosmophobia

The Many Mysteries of Antimatter
1:17:29
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:17:29
The Many Mysteries of Antimatter

The Search for Intelligent Life Among the Stars: New Strategies
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC
The Search for Intelligent Life Among the Stars: New Strategies

Life at the Edge: Life in Extreme Environments on Earth and the Search for Life in the Universe
1:30:04
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:30:04
Life at the Edge: Life in Extreme Environments on Earth and the Search for Life in the Universe

Hubble Breakthrough: The First Photos of a Planet Orbiting Another Star
1:07:40
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:07:40
Hubble Breakthrough: The First Photos of a Planet Orbiting Another Star

The Dark Side of the Universe: Dark Matter and Dark Energy
1:24:21
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:24:21
The Dark Side of the Universe: Dark Matter and Dark Energy

Planetary Protection and Hitchhikers in the Solar System: The Danger of Mingling Microbes
1:28:21
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:28:21
Planetary Protection and Hitchhikers in the Solar System: The Danger of Mingling Microbes

The Dawn of Creation: The First Two Billion Years
1:55:10
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:55:10
The Dawn of Creation: The First Two Billion Years

Prospecting for Water on the Moon: The Upcoming LCROSS Mission
1:13:36
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:13:36
Prospecting for Water on the Moon: The Upcoming LCROSS Mission

Saturn's Restless Rings: Latest Results from the Cassini Mission
1:30:29
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:30:29
Saturn's Restless Rings: Latest Results from the Cassini Mission

The Black Hole Wars: My Battle with Stephen Hawking
1:28:21
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:28:21
The Black Hole Wars: My Battle with Stephen Hawking

The Allen Telescope Array: The Newest Pitchfork for Exploring the Cosmic Haystack
1:47:14
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:47:14
The Allen Telescope Array: The Newest Pitchfork for Exploring the Cosmic Haystack

New Worlds and Yellowstone: How Common are Habitable Planets?
1:32:13
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:32:13
New Worlds and Yellowstone: How Common are Habitable Planets?

New Horizons at Jupiter (and Some Saturn News)
1:16:25
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:16:25
New Horizons at Jupiter (and Some Saturn News)

Taking a Hit: Asteroid Impacts and Evolution
1:22:45
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:22:45
Taking a Hit: Asteroid Impacts and Evolution

A Ringside Seat to the Formation of Planets
1:26:29
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:26:29
A Ringside Seat to the Formation of Planets

Comparing Worlds: Climate Catastrophes in the Solar System
1:37:42
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:37:42
Comparing Worlds: Climate Catastrophes in the Solar System

The Mars Exploration Rover Mission: A Year of Exploration and Discovery
1:20:10
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:20:10
The Mars Exploration Rover Mission: A Year of Exploration and Discovery

Estimating the Chances of Life Out There
1:14:05
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:14:05
Estimating the Chances of Life Out There

A Scientist in Space/Searching for Earth-like Planets: NASA's Kepler Mission
1:16:31
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:16:31
A Scientist in Space/Searching for Earth-like Planets: NASA's Kepler Mission

Glimpsing the Edge of the Universe: Results from the Hubble Space Telescope
1:44:58
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:44:58
Glimpsing the Edge of the Universe: Results from the Hubble Space Telescope

Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe
1:49:23
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:49:23
Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe

The Planet Pluto: Maligned but Not Forgotten
1:28:59
2017-12-12 14:46:57 UTC 1:28:59
The Planet Pluto: Maligned but Not Forgotten