Universe University

A journey through astronomy and space history to the outer boundaries of the universe.

About the show

Universe University takes listeners on a cosmic adventure through outer space: from the history of human spaceflight and astronomy to the cutting edge theoretical physics. It is an entertaining and informative exploration of how human beings have sought and found answers to some of our most profound questions about the universe... as well as a look at those questions that are still unanswered.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • After Talk for Episode 14 w/Nick Conant

    Episode  |  February 13th, 2020  |  1 hr 36 mins
    history, nasa, science, space, universe university

    Planetarium science communicator sits down for a chat about astronomy.

  • Episode 14: Harbingers of Cataclysm

    Episode  |  January 29th, 2020  |  1 hr 26 secs
    history, nasa, science, space, universe university

    A journey through history to understand comets and asteroids as well as the threats they pose to all life on Earth.

  • Year-End-Review

    Episode  |  December 31st, 2019  |  1 hr 26 mins
    history, nasa, science, space shuttle, universe university

    Host and producer recap a year of podcasting in a holiday after talk.

  • After Talk for Episode 13 w/Alex Roland PhD

    Episode  |  December 3rd, 2019  |  48 mins 10 secs
    challenger, columbia, nasa, shuttle program

    Professor Alex Roland joins the program to discuss the American space shuttle.

  • Episode 13: The Legend of Icarus

    Episode  |  November 25th, 2019  |  1 hr 13 mins
    challenger, columbia, history, nasa, science, space, space shuttle, universe university

    The space shuttle was a vehicle unlike anything that had ever flown in space... but the shuttle program came at the ultimate price.

  • After Talk for Episode 12 w/ Guest Konnor Blunt

    Episode  |  October 31st, 2019  |  1 hr 14 mins
    blunt report, flying saucers, history, nasa, project blue book, roswell, science, sleep paralysis, space

    Host, Producer, and fellow science podcaster discuss the UFO phenomenon.

  • Episode 12: The UFO Enigma

    Episode  |  October 29th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins
    cold war, flying saucers, history, nasa, project blue book, roswell, space, ufos

    From 1947 to 1969, the U.S. government was involved with multiple projects designed to investigate mysterious objects flying in the skies of the planet Earth.

  • The First Man

    Article  |  July 24th, 2019
    By Chris Grant
    apollo 11, buzz aldrin, first man, galileo, john glen, kepler, moon, nasa, neil armstrong

    Who was the first human being in history to realize that landing human beings on the moon would be even theoretically possible?

  • After Talk for Episode 11 w/guest Beth Gordon

    Episode  |  July 19th, 2019  |  1 hr 24 mins
    apollo 11, first man, moon landing, moon walk, nasa, saturn v, soyuz, space race, von braun

    Guest Beth Gordon discusses her visits to space museums around the country.

  • Episode 11: One Small Step: 50 Years Later

    Episode  |  July 15th, 2019  |  1 hr 33 mins
    apollo 11, first man, moon landing, moon walk, nasa, saturn v, soyuz, space race, von braun

    A closer look at each member of the crew of Apollo 11 and the immensity of their historic voyage.

  • After Talk for Episode 10 w/Guest Michael Tremmel PhD

    Episode  |  June 28th, 2019  |  54 mins 12 secs

    The author of multiple papers on supermassive black holes talks physics with host Chris Grant.

  • Episode 10: Black Holes: Windows to Oblivion

    Episode  |  June 24th, 2019  |  1 hr 28 secs
    astronomy, black holes, einstein, nasa, singularity, space, yale

    It was Albert Einstein who showed us just how strange the fabric of the universe really is... but black holes raise questions that are even more paradoxical.

  • Political Roadblocks to a Red Planet

    Article  |  April 26th, 2019
    By Chris Grant
    curiosity, elon musk, mars missions, red planet, robert zubrin, spacex, von braun

    Despite countless plans for human Mars exploration throughout our history, it has not yet become a reality. The roadblocks to such a mission are purely political and there are no technological or physical challenges prohibiting such a journey taking place in the near future.

  • After Talk for Episode 9

    Episode  |  April 19th, 2019  |  1 hr 19 mins

    Guest Konner Blunt joins the after talk to discuss Pluto, the discipline of science, and life on Mars.

  • Episode 9: Pluto: God of the Underworld

    Episode  |  April 15th, 2019  |  52 mins 34 secs
    clyde tombaugh, mike brown, neil degrasse tyson, new horizons, planets, pluto

    An account of the discovery of Pluto and the greatest controversy in the history of astronomy.

  • After Talk for Episode 8

    Episode  |  February 22nd, 2019  |  1 hr 41 mins

    Host and Producer discuss the face on Mars, the problem of space junk, and options for traveling to Mars.