Tonight, the Perpetual Notion Machine explores the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The launch date is scheduled for December 22. This will be the most advanced technologically engineered telescope ever designed, at least 10 times more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope. Joining us is Michael Maseda, an Assistant Professor in astronomy at UW-Madison. Of […]
In general, everybody probably believes that life exists somewhere else on another planet. Our telescopes keep getting better and better at finding exoplanets orbiting other star systems. And a few fall within the range of orbit as Earth does around our sun. But what kinds of life will there be on those other planets, if […]
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.
Join Dan and Zach today to learn what could possibly cause a star’s light to dim by a whopping 80 percent.
In tonight’s episode of the Perpetual Notion Machine, we discuss the recent finding of as many as seven Earth-like planets orbiting a star in the TRAPPIST-1 system. And it’s one of the closest to Earth, a mere 40 light years away. PNM’s Will Cushman talks with Sanjay Limaye, Senior Scientist at UW-Madison’s Space Science and […]
UW Madison Astronomy graduates Jacqueline Goldstein and Anna Williams tell you about the exoplanet HD 131399Ab and its triple suns, directly imaged by the ESO’s Very Large Telescope.