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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.

November 2, 2016

Exocast-7b

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.

September 30, 2016

Exocast-6b

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.

August 26, 2016

Exocast-5b

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

July 30, 2016

Exocast-4b

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.  

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