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Welcome to Blueshift, produced by the Astrophysics Science Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Since 2007, Blueshift has been your "backstage pass" to science, missions and personnel here at Goddard, with a focus on the Universe beyond the solar system. We'll fill you in on groundbreaking discoveries, innovative technology, new missions, and other exciting stories. Visit us online at http://universe.nasa.gov/blueshift/ or follow us on Twitter or Facebook as NASABlueshift!

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Welcome to Blueshift, produced by the Astrophysics Science Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Since 2007, Blueshift has been your "backstage pass" to science, missions and personnel here at Goddard, with a focus on the Universe beyond the solar system. We'll fill you in on groundbreaking discoveries, innovative technology, new missions, and other exciting stories. Visit us online at http://universe.nasa.gov/blueshift/ or follow us on Twitter or Facebook as NASABlueshift!
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2015-10-06 18:00
last episode published
2015-10-06 18:00
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6.10.2015

Blueshift - October 6, 2015: Spontaneous Complexity

Jasmin Evans is an undergraduate student in astronomy and physics at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. She shadowed us for the week and while she was here, she interviewed Nobel Laureate Dr. John Mather for our podcast. She talked to him ...
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26.09.2013

Blueshift - September 26, 2013: Finding Herschel

In July, we featured a guest post on our blog from astronomer Nick Howes about how he was able to image the Herschel observatory, which sat a million miles away from the Earth at the 2nd Lagrange point (and is now being moved into a graveyard orbit). ...
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9.09.2013

Blueshift - September 9, 2013: "How We Learn," Part 4 of our interview with Dr. Phil Plait

This is the last part of our interview with Dr. Phil Plait, the so-called "Bad Astronomer." Phil is a scientist who now writes about science for the public, with a large focus on debunking bad science and astronomy. In this podcast, we talk with Phil a...
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26.06.2013

Blueshift - June 26, 2013: "Go outside and look up!," Part 3 of our interview with Dr. Phil Plait

This is part three of four of our interview with Dr. Phil Plait, the so-called "Bad Astronomer." Phil is a scientist, writer, and specializes in debunking bad science. In part 1, we learned how he got started, and in part 2, we talked about science in ...
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29.05.2013

Blueshift - May 29, 2013: Ring around the Exoplanet

A college friend of Maggie's, Dr. Eric Mamajek, discovered a cool potential exoplanet system that might also have a ring system - we reported on it last January after the American Astronomical Society conference. We checked with Eric a year later to ta...
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15.05.2013

Blueshift - May 15, 2013: The Art of Space, Part 2

This is the second episode of our two-part interview with space artist Ron Miller. In this episode, Ron talks specifically about how he illustrates exoplanets, and we discuss specific pieces of his art. To listen to the first part of this interview, ...
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6.05.2013

Blueshift - May 6, 2013: The Art of Space, Part 1

Blueshift recently interviewed space artist Ron Miller. Not only is he an amazingly talented illustrator, but he’s also the author, consultant, and former art director for the National Air and Space Museum's Albert Einstein planetarium. He's written an...
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25.04.2013

Blueshift - April 25, 2013: Studying Simulated Stardust

Dust - on Earth, it's a nuisance. But in space, it's a valuable natural resource, a raw material essential to the formation of nearly any object imaginable. NASA Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Christina Richey studies interstellar dust grains through laborato...
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20.12.2012

Blueshift - December 20, 2012: Hubble's Scientific Successor

As you might imagine, the James Webb Space Telescope is a pretty big deal here at NASA Goddard, because much of it is being assembled here. As a companion to all our tech coverage of Webb, we thought it would be nice to talk about the science it will d...
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4.12.2012

Blueshift - December 4, 2012: Science in a Nutshell, Part 2 of our interview with Dr. Phil Plait

As science educators, encouraging critical thinking and skepticism is something we think is really important. We interviewed the "Bad Astronomer," Dr. Phil Plait, to get his thoughts on the subject. He is a trained scientist who used to work at NASA Go...
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12.10.2012

Blueshift - October 12, 2012: NuStar: NASA's Newest X-Ray Eyes

It's an exciting experience for any space geek to watch a new satellite launch into orbit. Earlier in 2012, we were excited about the launch of NuSTAR, a small explorer X-ray mission collaboratively created by teams at Caltech, NASA, and over a dozen ...
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10.09.2012

Blueshift - September 10, 2012: Keeping Skepticism Alive, Part 1 of our interview with Dr. Phil Plait

At its heart, science is about asking questions - looking at the universe around us and asking, "How? Why?" Science takes our natural curiosity and adds structure and rigor, examining things methodically to answer our questions and ask the next ones....
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21.05.2012

Blueshift - May 21, 2012: Astrophysicist to the Stars, Dr. David Saltzberg

In a follow-up to our previous interviews with co-creator of "The Big Bang Theory," Bill Prady, we interviewed Dr. David Saltzberg, the show's resident astrophysicist and science consultant. Find out more about his research, adventures in astrophysics...
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15.11.2010

Blueshift - November 15, 2010: When Science Inspires Comedy

One of the bonuses of our set visit to The Big Bang Theory was that we got the chance to talk to co-creator and executive producer Bill Prady about how the show came to be, and how they get the science right in every episode. Since much of what we do i...
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21.05.2010

Blueshift - May 20, 2010: In the AstroZone

Wouldn't it be exciting to do astronomy in the Amazon, surrounded by the wild plants and animals of the rainforest? In January, visitors to the AstroZone event in Washington, DC, got to do something like that - they met dozens of astronomy professiona...
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30.04.2010

Blueshift - April 30, 2010: At the Edge of Space

When you were a kid, dreaming of the future, did you expect to have a flying car someday? Or to live on the Moon? Traveling into space has fueled the dreams of many people, but the reality is that space flight is difficult and expensive. Though esca...
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3.03.2010

Blueshift - March 1, 2010: First Light, Last Paycheck?

Working at NASA can provide unique and exciting job opportunities. It can be the chance of a lifetime to work on a satellite and see the products of your hard work launched into space. The flip side is that many projects only span a few years, so you...
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29.01.2010

Blueshift - January 31, 2010: A Meeting of the Minds

Professional meetings are a part of the lives of most scientists - but what actually goes on at one of these? It's not just sitting in meetings and listening to talks! These meetings offer an opportunity to share exciting results, catch up with old f...
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19.01.2010

Blueshift - January 19, 2010: Science at the End of the Earth, Part II

A remote research outpost like McMurdo Station in Antarctica draws many different kinds of people - scientists, engineers, writers, artists, and more. The station provides many of the comforts of home, and it's difficult to get bored with the opportun...
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31.12.2009

Blueshift - December 31, 2009: Science at the End of the Earth, Part I

Hunting for antimatter requires a serious expedition. Scientists aren't looking for run-of-the-mill particles - they're collecting cosmic radiation that could be the signature of primordial black holes or other forms of dark matter. With instruments ...
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16.12.2009

Blueshift - December 16, 2009: Looking Back to the Future

We're looking to the future here at NASA Goddard, with the construction of our new Exploration Sciences Building. To celebrate the occasion, we're preparing to seal a time capsule that won't be opened until the year 2059. In this episode of Blueshift, ...
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1.12.2009

Blueshift - November 30, 2009: The Music of Science

The evening of November 2, 2009 was the world premiere of "Cosmic Reflection," an orchestral composition inspired by one of NASA's satellites, in Washington, DC. This opus began as a simple prelude inspired by (and performed by a brass quintet at) the ...
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17.11.2009

Blueshift - November 17, 2009: Dust in the Interstellar Wind

The makings of new planets lie in dusty, debris-filled disks rotating around stars, held in place and shaped by the influence of their host stars. But the dust, ice, and small bodies in these planet-forming disks also feel the effects of a system's mo...
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30.10.2009

Blueshift - October 31, 2009: Astrophysical Activity: The Building 2 Chronicle

Welcome to a special Halloween episode of Blueshift! It's a time of transition here at Goddard Space Flight Center - a new Exploration Sciences Building has just been completed and the Blueshift team is on the move. For the past 50 years, Goddard's B...
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16.10.2009

Blueshift - October 15, 2009: And the Award Goes to...

For scientists, winning the Nobel Prize is a lot like winning an Oscar. Winning one comes with prestige and recognition, both from inside and outside of the science community. There are many other prizes and awards in science that are very prestigiou...
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30.09.2009

Blueshift - September 30, 2009: John Grunsfeld: Astronaut and Astronomer

This summer, the world was watching as seven astronauts visited the Hubble Space Telescope and did the first ever on-orbit repairs in space. This fifth and final Shuttle mission to service Hubble has equipped the telescope with cutting-edge technology...
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16.09.2009

Blueshift - September 16, 2009: Swift Sees Andromeda in a New Light

Scientist Dr. Stefan Immler was part of a team that captured a new and unique view of one of our closest galactic neighbors with the Swift satellite, which has the ability to detect ultraviolet light. The Andromeda Galaxy, or M31, is a beautiful "nearb...
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31.08.2009

Blueshift - August 31, 2009: The Science of Pretty Pictures

Earlier this summer, Nobel Laureate Dr. John Mather told us that data are beautiful when they have meaning. Astronomical images communicate information about the way the universe works and how we know what we know. But can a pretty picture be just as...
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14.08.2009

Blueshift - August 14, 2009: Making Hubble's Great Orion Mosaic

The Hubble Space Telescope is famous for its beautiful images of celestial objects - from planets in our own Solar System to far away galaxies. The Orion Nebula (known to astronomers as Messier object 42, or M42) is a cloud of dust, gas, and stars. It...
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31.07.2009

Blueshift - July 31, 2009: Summer's Scientists

How have you spent your summer vacation? An internship at NASA may not be the most relaxing way to spend these summer months, but for hundreds of high school and college students, it's an opportunity to gain valuable experience. The offices and labs ...
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17.07.2009

Blueshift - July 17, 2009: Blueshift Goes to the Movies

It's summertime, which means that Hollywood is releasing a bunch of long-awaited, big-budget blockbusters! You can cool off in the theater with action, adventure, and... astronomy? Space science has been written into a variety of films - from the predi...
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1.07.2009

Blueshift - June 30, 2009: Astronomical Data's Long Road Home

It's easy to think of a satellite as a fancy digital camera - just point, shoot, and look at the pretty picture that emerges. But it's not that simple. Astronomical data has a far longer journey to make it from the satellite to end users. Bounced be...
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18.06.2009

Blueshift - June 18, 2009: Making Data Beautiful

To kick off our special summer series about data, we interviewed 2006 Nobel Laureate John Mather about the importance of imagery in communicating science and sharing data with the public. More than just "pretty pictures," data can be used to tell a st...
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1.06.2009

Blueshift - May 31, 2009: A Tale of Three Telescopes

The telescope on everyone's mind during this month's Space Shuttle flight was certainly the Hubble Space Telescope, as astronauts inspected, repaired, and upgraded the satellite for years of additional scientific observations. But two additional teles...
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18.05.2009

Blueshift - May 18, 2009: The C.O.L.B.E.R.T. Episode

NASA is famous for its acronyms and technical jargon. If you've ever watched a rocket launch or a spacewalk, you've heard some of them. Blueshift is produced by the ASD EPO team at NASA GSFC - that is, the Astrophysics Science Division Education and Pu...
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30.04.2009

Blueshift - April 30, 2009: Stroll the Solar System

Join Blueshift for a unique tour of the solar system, as we walk the B and A Trail's Planet Walk in Maryland and talk to scientists along the way. Armed with hiking boots and a portable recorder, Francis Reddy brings you the sounds of the solar system ...
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17.04.2009

Blueshift - April 17, 2009: Professional Tinkering

In astrophysics, the development of innovative technology is crucial to answering scientific questions about the Universe around us. The types of technology invented are determined, at least in part, by the answers we are seeking. At the heart of this ...
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18.03.2009

Blueshift - March 18, 2009: 400 Years, 100 Hours

2009 has been chosen as the International Year of Astronomy because it marks the 400th anniversary of a big event in astronomical history - the first recorded observations of the night sky with a telescope. Galileo Galilei pointed his telescope at the ...
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3.03.2009

Blueshift - March 3, 2009: There's No Place Like Home... Yet

HD 80606b would not be a fun place to live, with its high winds, intense storms, and temperatures thousands of degrees hotter than any region on Earth. This exoplanet goes on a wild ride around its host star, with an orbit that takes it extremely close...
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17.02.2009

Blueshift - February 17, 2009: Zooming Through the Universe

Have you ever wondered where Google Sky gets the data that lets you pan and zoom your way around the cosmos? Much of it comes from NASA's SkyView Virtual Observatory, a database of astronomy data from a variety of different sources. Google Sky and Worl...
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29.01.2009

Blueshift - January 29, 2009: Confounding Cosmic Questions

This episode features a strange signal from deep space, which could be a plot straight out of a Hollywood film. But this radio signal was detected by a NASA mission called ARCADE, which flew above the atmosphere suspected from a balloon to capture ligh...
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14.01.2009

Blueshift - January 14, 2009: We're Back!

After taking some time off to seek listener feedback and consider the future direction of our podcast, Blueshift is back with a new episode to kick off 2009! For our re-launch, we've focused our first episode on another recently launched NASA project -...
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2.01.2008

Blueshift Episode 6: A NASA New Year!

Welcome to the December 2007 episode of Blueshift, from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. We're celebrating the new year with a look at the typical life cycle of NASA missions and the typical day of our science staff. We'll start with a look back at t...
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14.11.2007

Blueshift Episode 5: The Podcast Strikes Back

Welcome to the November 2007 episode of Blueshift, from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. This month, find out what it's like to spend a summer vacation at NASA in interviews with some of our 2007 interns. Also, join us for a birthday party that's ou...
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31.10.2007

Blueshift Episode 4.5: Up Close with John Mather

Welcome to a special episode of Blueshift! As we approach another year of Nobel Prizes, we are releasing our full-length interview with NASA's own Nobel Laureate, John Mather (an edited version appeared in Episode 4). Learn more about cosmology, Dr. Ma...
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6.08.2007

Blueshift Episode 4: Cool Science for Hot Times

Welcome to the July 2007 episode of Blueshift, from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Catch up on the latest astronomy headlines, and listen to our audio scrapbook from the American Astronomical Society meeting in Hawaii. For this episode, we intervi...
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29.06.2007

Blueshift Episode 3: X-ray Vision

Welcome to the June 2007 episode of Blueshift, from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. We're featuring X-ray astronomy this episode - listening to black holes and learning about what it takes to build an X-ray telescope. We interviewed Jerry Bonnell, ...
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24.05.2007

Blueshift Episode 2: Life and Death

Welcome to the May 2007 episode of Blueshift, from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. We'll discuss our search for Earth-like planets outside of our own Solar System. We'll also look into gamma ray bursts, and how the Swift satellite team is working t...
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11.04.2007

Blueshift Episode 1: Why So Blue?

Welcome to the first episode of Blueshift, from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. This episode will tell you a little about what we do here, and features the inventions and innovations of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
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