3 Historic Firsts in Asteroid Exploration

3 Historic Firsts in Asteroid Exploration

[INTRO ♪] Over the last 60 years, we’ve visited a lot of places in the solar system. The Sun, the Moon, all eight planets, some comets, even Pluto! Every time it seems like we’ve been everywhere worth going, some new and amazing object shows up. And these days, many of those objects are asteroids. Astronomers […]

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Fast Radio Bursts: Mystery Solved?

Fast Radio Bursts: Mystery Solved?

[♪ INTRO] The universe is full of mysteries, and it often takes years of staring at something to figure out what it could be. But what if you don’t have years? What if you just have one split second? That’s what’s happened with so-called fast radio bursts. For a decade, astronomers have been struggling to […]

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A tour of the Parkes radio telescope (1990)

A tour of the Parkes radio telescope (1990)

[Music plays] (Narrator) Take a telescope, terrific for looking at things which are just a wee bit far away as long as there’s nothing in the way. The bigger the telescope the further it can see but the universe is a very big place. (Darrel) Excuse me. It’s very dark out here. (Narrator) And if […]

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Astronomers Discover Mystery Radio Signal From Another Galaxy

Astronomers Discover Mystery Radio Signal From Another Galaxy

The date is 2001, and in the Australian outback a 64 meter radio telescope scans the sky for electromagnetic signals from deep space. With most of the electromagnetic energy in the universe being generated by stars and black holes, and outside of the visible light spectrum, the radio dish and the data it collects as […]

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Many New Fast Radio Bursts Found, Including Another Repeater

Many New Fast Radio Bursts Found, Including Another Repeater

One of the big mysteries in astronomy is unfolding right before our eyes: fast radio bursts. And now a new Canadian radio telescope has come online, detecting many new bursts, including the second ever seen repeating. Finally, with the right tools at their disposal, astronomers are going to be able to get to bottom of […]

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How radio telescopes show us unseen galaxies | Natasha Hurley-Walker

Space, the final frontier. I first heard these words when I was just six years old, and I was completely inspired. I wanted to explore strange new worlds. I wanted to seek out new life. I wanted to see everything that the universe had to offer. And those dreams, those words, they took me on […]

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New CHIME radio telescope will help unravel today’s biggest cosmic mysteries

New CHIME radio telescope will help unravel today’s biggest cosmic mysteries

We’ve designed an experiment to study the properties of dark energy and we’re going to do that by mapping a huge volume of the universe. These will not be gorgeous pictures of distant spiral galaxies but a very sensitive picture of where structure is in the whole universe. And so what it ends up providing […]

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LIGO detects gravitational waves — announcement at press conference (part 1)

LIGO detects gravitational waves — announcement at press conference  (part 1)

Dr. France Córdova, Director, National Science Foundation Good morning. Welcome to our distinguished visitors, members of the press, NSF staff, and National Science Board members, represented by Dr. Maria Zuber of MIT. Scientists from the LIGO, Virgo, and GEO scientific collaborations, members of the Caltech and MIT communities, and all our guests. I specifically want […]

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How does a radio telescope work?

How does a radio telescope work?

(soft music) – Our radio telescopes that we use for SETI, the observing systems that we use at radio telescopes are not dissimilar from this radio. Now, if I turned on this radio, all you would hear is static at most places on the radio dial. But at certain places on the radio dial, there’s […]

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