Star Stuff

Star Stuff

Star Stuff: A Space Poddity, by Lowell Observatory, will be a 45-minute podcast recorded on Mars Hill that aims to make astronomical science and space exploration fun and accessible to wide audiences using humor, facts, and casual banter. Two Lowell educators (Hailey Osborn and Wesley Sonnemaker) and one literature major (Cody Half-Moon) will sit together and discuss astronomy, planetary science, and space exploration via news articles, movie reviews, audience questions, pop culture discussions, and guest speakers. This podcast will run for one year, with its first episode launching in January 2022.

Episodes

May 24, 2022 50 min

In this episode of Star Stuff, Cody Half-Moon and co-host Hailey Osborn chat with Lowell research scientists Dr. Joe Llama and Dr. Kyler Kuehn about how they got into astronomy, where their studies took them, and why they didn’t like math in school but majored in science. They also chat about how they got interested in their current studies: searching for exoplanets that could contain intelligent life and dark energy studies. Recor...

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In this episode of Star Stuff, Dr. Chip Shearer talks with Cody Half-Moon, Hailey Osborn, and John Compton about his project with NASA to finally open a capsule of Moon rock collected in the early 1970s during the Apollo missions. We also discuss the “dark” side of the moon, what kind of rock makes up the Moon, and why NASA is interested in Moon core samples. Also, we decide the best way to pronounce the word “magma.”

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This episode of Star Stuff is all about the May 15 Total Lunar Eclipse! Learn about how eclipses have been represented in history and in lore, and find out some fun facts about the moon. This episode is led by Cody Half-Moon and Hailey Osborn, with returning guests and Lowell’s Total Lunar Eclipse livestream MCs, Kevin Schindler and John Compton.

The post The Total Lunar Eclipse: Myth, Lore, and History appeared first on Lowell Ob...

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In this episode of Star Stuff, Cody Half-Moon and Madi Mooney talk all about planets with two of Lowell’s planetary scientists, Dr. Amanda Bosh and Dr. Jennifer Hanley. Learn about our solar system’s big gassy planets, which moons we are researching that have the potential to support human life, and other mind-bending space facts.

The post Sol’s Planets – We Talk To Two Lowell Planetary Scientists appeared first on Lowell Observato...

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In this episode of Star Stuff, we talk to Grand Canyon “Dark Sky Ranger” Rader Lane about International Dark Sky Week (April 22 – 30) and how our neighbors at the Grand Canyon got their park named the first ever “International Dark Sky National Park.” Located just 80 miles north of Lowell Observatory, the Grand Canyon shares Flagstaff, Arizona’s enjoyment of incredible dark skies — but they worked hard to earn their designation and...

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April 19, 2022 63 min

A comet, an asteroid, and a centaur walk into a bar(red spiral galaxy)… If you want to be cool and get this joke, listen in on this episode of Star Stuff with Cody Half-Moon, Hailey Osborn, Hannah Zigo, and Dr. Teddy Kareta of Lowell Observatory—we’ll let you know what these celestial objects are, what Teddy and Cody consider to be the best sci-fi movie, and if organic life could live frozen on an interstellar comet.

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In this episode, Cody Half-Moon and Hailey Osborn join Todd Gonzales (Lowell Education Manager) and Ed Finn of ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination to talk about what it means to imagine, and how we may imagine a better future for our species. Listen as we explore ideas about how imagining the future of space exploration may help change our future for the better. Ed Finn is the featured speaker for the April 16 special even...

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Join the Star Stuff Crew as we talk about the basics of the James Webb Space Telescope, including what it will help us discover, why it took so long to launch, what happened when we accidentally dropped it, and why Wesley called it a “very expensive paper crane.” On this episode: Cody Half-Moon, Hailey Osborn, Wesley Sonnemaker, and Ariel Daniel.

The post The $10 Billion Origami Project: We Review the Basics of the James Webb Space...

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In this episode of Star Stuff, Cody Half-Moon and Wesley Sonnemaker sit down with Lowell Astronomer Dr. Gerard van Belle to talk about the life cycle of stars. Find out why Gerard lovingly refers to our sun as a “lump of screaming plasma” and how a star can to turn into a black hole.

The post The Life of Stars: We Talk to Lowell Astronomer Gerard van Belle appeared first on Lowell Observatory.

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In this episode of Star Stuff, we talk about what constellations are in the Northern Hemisphere’s night sky right now, how to find them, and their stories throughout cultures around the world. Cody Half-Moon is joined by John Compton, Hailey Osborn, and Hannah Zigo. In this episode: Ursa Major, Boötes, Virgo, Corvus, Leo, Coma Berenices, Cancer, and Gemini.

The post Star Stories (The Constellations Of Spring) appeared first on Lowe...

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On this episode of Star Stuff, Cody Half-Moon, Hailey Osborn, and Lowell Cosmologist Dr. Kyler Kuehn sit down with Dr. Roedolph Opperman to talk about what life in outer space […]

The post Life on Mars (Human and … Otherwise) appeared first on Lowell Observatory.

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Join Cody Half-Moon, Madi Mooney, and Hailey Osborn on this episode of Star Stuff, where we talk to Lowell Observatory Cosmologist Dr. Kyler Kuehn about his project to capture Dark […]

The post Capturing Dark Energy On Camera: We Talk to Dr. Kyler Kuehn appeared first on Lowell Observatory.

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In this episode of Star Stuff, Cody Half-Moon, Madi Mooney, and Kevin Schindler talk to Dr. Dan Durda about his art, his research, and life on other planets. Dr. Dan […]

The post Life On Other Planets, In Art And In Our Universe: We Talk to Dr. Dan Durda appeared first on Lowell Observatory.

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Historians, gather ’round! In this episode of Star Stuff, Cody Half-Moon, Kevin Schindler, and Madi Mooney sit down with Alden Tombaugh and discuss his father, Clyde Tombaugh, and what it […]

The post Clyde Tombaugh, From The Eyes of His Son: We Talk to Alden Tombaugh appeared first on Lowell Observatory.

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In this episode of Star Stuff, we sit down with Dr. Donald Johanson — the man who traversed Africa in his late 20s, slept with the lions, narrowly escaped helicopter […]

The post The Real Indiana Jones: We Talk to Dr. Johanson, the Lucy Discoverer appeared first on Lowell Observatory.

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In Episode 6 of Star Stuff, we sit down with famous planetary scientist Dr. Cathy Olkin, who has done everything from chasing occultations of Pluto in Switzerland to chasing Trojan […]

The post The Adventures of a Shadow Chaser and Asteroid Hunter: We Talk to Dr. Cathy Olkin appeared first on Lowell Observatory.

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Famous engineer and planetary scientist Dr. Alan Stern joins the Star Stuff crew to share his experience leading the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond. Listen as we discuss […]

The post “My Other Vehicle Explored Pluto” – We Talk To Dr. Alan Stern appeared first on Lowell Observatory.

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In this episode of Star Stuff, Hailey Osborn, Wesley Sonnemaker, and Cody Half-Moon are joined by John Compton to discuss “Armageddon” — the movie from 1998 and a potential real-life […]

The post What Would “Armageddon” Really Be Like? appeared first on Lowell Observatory.

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January 18, 2022 48 min

Star Stuff – Episode 03: “The Secrets of Lowell Observatory” In this episode of Star Stuff, Cody Half-Moon and Madi Mooney are joined by Lowell Historian Kevin Schindler to discuss […]

The post The Secrets of Lowell Observatory appeared first on Lowell Observatory.

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January 11, 2022 39 min

In today’s episode of Star Stuff: A Space Poddity, Cody Half-Moon, Madi Mooney, and guest John Compton discuss the Moon. John’s background of geology and theoretical physics (or, as he […]

The post A Case For The Sky Egg appeared first on Lowell Observatory.

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