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Shedding Light on Distant Galaxies

Britt Lundgren, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, explains how quasars can be used as probes in the vast intergalactic distances they cross. Lundgren explores how astronomers use this information to map the “cosmic web” of matter that shapes our visible universe.

Unlocking the Secrets of Why Black Holes Shine

Cami Collins, Research Assistant, Department of Physics, UW-Madison, asks how stars and planets form and why some black holes are the brightest objects in the universe. Collins discusses the underlying physical mechanism which could reveal the answers.

Badger Astronomers Spanning the Globe

Eric Hooper, Scientific Staff, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, explains the types of instruments astronomers use at observatories and the advantages of looking into space from different vantage points around the globe. Hooper discusses the research University of Wisconsin astronomers are working on at observatories all over the world.

Solar Astrophysics in the Lab

David Weisberg, Research Assistant, Department of Physics, UW-Madison, explores the unknown physics surrounding the center of our solar system, the sun. Research at the Madison Plasma Dynamo Experiment attempts to reproduce the basic mechanism of magnetic field generation theorized to occur in the sun.

Constellations, Signs and the Zodiac: Are There Thirteen Now?

Jim Lattis, the director of Space Place at UW-Madison, discusses the theory that the progression of the equinoxes has caused there to be a thirteenth sign of the zodiac, a constellation called Ophiuchus.

IceCube: First Light - Ep. 535

Francis Halzen, Neutrino Astronomy

Francis Halzen talks about the IceCube Project, the Neutrino Telescope, First Light and neutrinos.

Illuminating the History of Light

Peter Sobol PhD, Historian of Science, discusses the history of the nature of light.

100 Years and Still on the Frontier: Astronomy at the...

Jim Lattis, Director, UW Space Place

Jim Lattis talks about the history of astronomy at UW-Madison. Specifically, he focuses on the beginning and history of Washburn Observatory and its relation to the development of astronomy.

A Visitor's Guide to the Milky Way Galaxy - Ep. 635

Robert Benjamin, an associate professor in the Physics Department at UW-Whitewater, together with a team of astronomers around the world, conducted a 400-hour survey of the Galactic Plane of the Milky Way. An analysis of this data indicates a much larger Galactic bar than was previously suspected.

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