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The exoplanet podcast

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September 16, 2017

Exocast-17b

In the 17th episode of Exocast: Andrew introduces us to the origins of life studies in the first of a two-part segment. Hannah talks about Global Circulation Models (GCMs) and why they matter for exoplanets. Hugh reports on the latest exciting exoplanetary news, including alien stratospheres, new exoplanets from RV studies, and exo-comets. Andrew adopts GJ 667Cc into the misfits that are the Exocast adopted planets.

August 8, 2017

Exocast-16b

In the 16th episode of Exocast: Hugh discusses exoplanet science in the era of extremely large telescopes. Hannah brings us up to speed with the outcomes of the recent James Webb Space Telescope workshop held at the Space Telescope Institute at the beginning of July. Andrew reports on the latest exciting exoplanetary news, including a potential exomoon candidate, some worrying disclosures from the TESS mission, and a possible atmosphere detection around a large terrestrial planet. Hannah adopts

July 6, 2017

Exocast-15b

In the 15th episode of Exocast: Andrew revisits the signals life may or may not leave in a planet’s atmosphere, taking in recent results from the NExSS biosignature workshop. Hugh details the pros & cons of NASA’s upcoming planet-hunting machine, the Transiting Exoplanet Satellite Survey, or TESS, mission. Hannah covers the breaking news, including a host of new results from the Kepler mission. and Hugh adopts the mini-Mercury Kepler-37b into our collection, the smallest planet yet found

June 12, 2017

Exocast-14b

In the 14th episode of Exocast Hannah takes us back to basics and introduce the composition and chemistry of exoplanet atmospheres. Andrew covers some recent updates from astrobiology, the field of study that aims to figure out if there’s life on any the exoplanets we’ve discovered, or on some of the worlds closer to home. Hugh takes us through the latest in exoplanetary news, including the newest discoveries, investigations, and notable events in exoplanets this month.

April 28, 2017

Exocast-13b

In the 13th episode of Exocast Hugh talks about planets in binary systems – are two stars better than one? Hannah discussed the importance of brown dwarfs as the intermediary between planets and stars. Andrew takes us through the latest in exoplanetary news, including the newest discoveries, investigations, and notable events in exoplanets this month. and Hannah adopts WASP-12b with it’s ruby clouds into our extreme family of exoplanets.

April 7, 2017

Exocast-12b

In the twelfth episode, Exocast-12b: Andrew details highlights of the recent UK exoplanet meeting. Hugh and Andrew play “Just an Arcminute” with UK exoplanet scientists. Hannah sits in at the exocast newsdesk to cover news including new data on the Trappist-1 system, unusual clouds closer to home, and new brown dwarfs at the boundary of planets & stars. And Hugh chooses Kepler-47ABc, a rare circum-binary planet, as our adopted planet of the month.

March 3, 2017

Exocast-11b

In the eleventh episode, Exocast-11b: Hannah covers all the incredible news about the Trappist-1 system, talking us through the discovery of seven new earth-sized worlds around this nearby ultra-cool dwarf. Andrew talks about the philosophy of exoplanets, from the ancients, through the dark ages, and into the modern era. And Hugh sits in at the exocast newsdesk to cover the release of 60,000 HIRES RVs, new transit-hunting surveys MASCARA and BRing, the star HAT-P-2 beating to the rhythm of

January 28, 2017

Exocast-10b

For your listening pleasure in Exocast-10b, the first episode of 2017: Hugh provides some perspective on what happens to planets after their stars die. Hannah gives us a run down of Hubble’s new PanCET program. Andrew takes to the Exocast news helicopter to deliver exoplanetary news from the last month. Hannah adopts a nearby habitable world displaying clear evidence of atmospheric disequilibrium.

December 30, 2016

Exocast-9b SETI special

In Exocast-9b we take a special look at SETI and the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence with expert guest Dr Duncan Forgan from the University of St Andrews. Hugh takes a VOXBOX of students at the University of Warwick looking at the Drake Equation which was the progenitor to SETI. Hannah dives into the science fiction realm to look at SETI’s influence in pop culture. Andrew has a look to the future of SETI and

December 2, 2016

Exocast-8b

Exocast-8b In the eighth Exocast episode: • Andrew turns his attention to the weird and wonderful worlds bringing science fiction and fact a little closer together; • Hugh covers the latest developments in the case of the enigmatic Boyajian’s Star; • Hannah reports on the month’s news in exoplanet research; • And we adopt Latham’s Planet (HD 114762 b), arguably the first exoplanet discovered, into our planet family.

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