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
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.
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
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.
Exocast-7b In the seventh exocast episode: • Hannah answers a range of questions posed to us on social media; • Andrew explores the the climate of an unexplored and (temporally) distant world: the early Earth; • Hugh discusses recent news and exoplanetary weather; • And we adopt the Kepler-138/KOI-314 system into our growing family of planets.
Exocast-6 b In the sixth exocast episode: Hugh outlines the process of turning a potential detection into a confirmed planet. Hannah gets dusty peering through atmospheric hazes, aerosols and clouds. Andrew covers the big exoplanet news of the month: the discovery of a small, rocky exoplanet orbiting our nearest stellar neighbour Proxima Centauri. Hannah adds the fascinatingly eccentric giant planet HD80606 to our motley crew of exoplanet misfits.
Exocast-5 b In the fifth exocast episode: Andrew take us through what biosignatures it would take to tell if a planet is habitable/in-habited. Hugh explores a quirk of Einsteinian physics which allows us to search for planets. Hannah looks at the news including the inroduction of a new scientific method – astrochronology, phase curves of WASP-43, and a new cohort of planets. In addition, she shares a little rant on the impact of scientific reporting
Exocast-4 b In the fourth exocast episode: Hannah take us on a whirlwind tour of the planets in our own familiar solar system. Andrew covers how we can use the Mass and Radius of exoplanet to tell us about their interiors. Hugh looks at the news including observations of Trappist-1 b & c, and 136 new planets. And Andrew adopts the Earth-like planet Kepler-186 f to our growing family.
Exocast-3 b In the third exocast episode: • Hugh looks at a ghostly bunch of controversial, redacted or “killed” exoplanets that have come and gone. • Hannah talks about how we can study the atmospheres of transiting exoplanets, and adds another exoplanet oddity to our growing adopted family. • Andrew covers all news exoplanetary, including a new young planet, a (not so) habitable giant Tatooine and a planet spinning up its star.
Exocast-2b In the second exocast episode: • Andrew looks to future world-finding missions. • Hugh latches onto a planet spinning backwards, and adds another bizarre world (or what’s left of it anyway) to our adopted family to keep Kepler-10 b company. • Hannah covers all news exoplanetary from the last month, and there was quite a lot of it!