Weekly Space Roundup for January 19, 2012

By Phil Plait | January 19, 2012 1:45 pm

Every week, my friend Fraser Cain of Universe Today gathers together a few scientists and science journalists to review the past week’s space and astronomy news. This week we talked about boiling planets, the demise of Phobos-Grunt, dark matter galaxies, and an Earth-sized telescope to zoom in on a supermassive black hole.

Participating were Fraser, Pamela Gay, Alan Boyle, Emily Lakdawalla, Jon Voisey, Nicole Gugliucci, Nancy Atkinson, and me. We do these on Google+, which has a feature called Hangouts On Air, which allows for live video broadcasts like this, and also the ability to save them on YouTube. We do these roundups every Thursday at 18:00 UTC (13:00 Eastern Standard Time). You don’t have to be signed up for G+ to watch them, but if you are (and it’s free and easy) we ask also that you +1 them, so we get an idea of how many folks are tuning in. Thanks!


Comments (6)

  1. OMG somebody needs to mute when they are typing away!

  2. Messier Tidy Upper

    This week we talked about boiling planets,

    Step one : Get a *REALLY* large saucepan! ūüėČ

  3. Yes – I stopped listening because of the intrusive typing.

    COuld someone tell me how long it went on for??

    Might give it another listen, then

  4. Kim

    I didn’t watch it yet, but do you know Ethan Siegel from Starts With a Bang? He looks like a funny guy to talk to about cosmology.

  5. teko

    Would be great if you guys can outline/list the topics in the video description. Adding timestamp will be a plus (Youtube will auto link timestamps like 3:15 to the video control).

    Some tech podcasts that I follow do this. Example: http://www.theverge.com/mobile/2012/1/18/2715551/the-verge-mobile-podcast-010-01-18-2011

  6. Aelophile

    Quick tips for the one whose typing comes through loud and clear: the mic should not be on the table where the keyboard is, your typing comes through because solid materials tend to transmit sound better than air. If you don’t want to buy a real mic stand (they’re expensive, and all they basically do is stand on the floor, don’t buy table stands: useless), you can use tricks like taping the mic to long lamp stands, or camera stands, as long as there is minimal contact with any reverberating surfaces. Headsets are probably the cheapest way to go. But a camera/telescope stand on carpet will work just fine. Use gaffer tape, point the mic and voila, you have a home studio.

    Note that using a top of the line microphone won’t do the trick, if you put in on the table. That only means it’ll pick up everything on the table. A cheap mic, properly placed, will get your voice, and only your voice, without resorting to any sort of software trickery.

    Carpets and curtains help, of course.


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