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The exoplanet podcast

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December 9, 2017

Exocast-20b: The ExoCup

  In the 20th episode of Exocast we discuss all things #ExoCup What is the ExoCup? How was it conceived? What was the result? Why was it so stressful for the Exocast crew? We take a voxbox from some members of the exoplanet community on their opinions of the ExoCup (inc. Dr. Jessie Christiansen, Dr. Nikole Lewis, Dr. Natalie Batalha, Dr. Abhi Rajan); Andrew reports on the months interesting exoplanetary news that was still churning

October 30, 2017

The Exocast Exoplanet #ExoCup

The Exocast Exoplanet #ExoCup  Head-to-head fight to the finish. 32 exoplanets go in one becomes the champion! You can see fun facts about all of our competing exoplanets by checking out the Exocast ExoCup cards. The #ExoCup Cards: The data for the cards was compiled from a number of sources including: NASA Exoplanet Archive, exoplanets.org, Transiting Exoplanet Catalogue (TEPCat), Planetary Habitability Laboratory, and any related journal articles or news stories concerning the individual planets. The

October 30, 2017

Exocast-19b

In the 19th episode of Exocast: Andrew continues his 2-parter on research into the origins of life; Hugh details all the numerous way that computers & software is used in astronomy, from Microsoft to MCMC to Machine Learning; Hannah reports on two whole months worth of interesting exoplanetary news; Hugh adopts Proxima Centauri b, the solar system’s closest cousin, into the Exocast family; And we announce the start of the first Exocast #ExoCup!

October 7, 2017

Exocast-18b – Direct Imaging Special

In the 18th episode of Exocast, we chat to Sasha Hinkley, a direct imaging expert at the University of Exeter: “Spotlights & fireflies” – what it means to be able to directly image planets and how we do it. Why direct imaging may not have the numbers compared to other detection techniques, but can give us so much more information on each planet The future of direct imaging instruments, including JWST, WFIRST and the E-ELT.

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.

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.  

July 1, 2016

Exocast-3 b

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.  

May 27, 2016

Exocast-2 b

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!

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