Tonight, the Perpetual Notion Machine looks back on some of our best shows for the year 2020. We don’t usually do this for our last show of the year, but this year has been so debilitating, caustic, and just plain pathetic. Maybe, starting tomorrow, things can change, even for just a little bit. During this […]
Tonight, the Perpetual Notion Machine gets a glimpse of what it’s like to be an astronomer. Our guest is Robert Mathieu, professor of astronomy at UW-Madison. He studies the structure, kinematics and dynamics of star clusters and star-forming regions, and maps alternative stellar evolution pathways. Robert talks with new PNM volunteer, and first-time producer, Anita […]
Think about your favorite science fiction space opera. Whether it’s Star Wars, Star Trek, or something more obscure like Larry Niven’s Ringworld novels, sooner or later someone’s going to jump into a spaceship, mutter some mumbo jumbo about warp drives, light jumps or wormholes and go winging past the stars at some fantastic speed, crossing […]
In this week’s episode we dive into the latest mystery uncovered about neutron stars. The NICER X-Ray telescope on-board the International Space Station delivered the first ever map of the surface of a neutron star. The results were unexpected and have further deepened the mysteries surrounding neutron stars.
This week on Radio Astronomy, Zach Pace and Melissa Morris talk about a recent discovery of a white dwarf star with an evaporating planet orbiting it.
Prof. Alan Watson from the University of Leeds will discuss the current observations and our understanding of cosmic ray particles in the Universe today. What are cosmic rays? What are the accelerators in the Universe that can generate these extremely energetic particles? Prof. Watson is one of the world’s experts in this field. The Victor […]