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.

Episodes and Blog Entries

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Episode 8: Musk's Mars (By Way of Zubrin) [2 of 2]

    Episode  |  February 18th, 2019  |  56 mins 33 secs
    curiosity, elon musk, mars, red planet, robert zubrin, spacex

    Elon Musk founds SpaceX in the hopes of colonizing Mars.

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    After Talk for Episode 7

    Episode  |  February 15th, 2019  |  52 mins 1 sec
    elon musk, green bank observatory, mars, red planet, robert zubrin, spacex, valles marineris, viking

    The after talk welcomes its first guest to discuss Mars research.

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    Episode 7: Musk's Mars (By Way of Zubrin) [part 1 of 2]

    Episode  |  February 11th, 2019  |  41 mins 19 secs
    elon musk, mars, red planet, robert zubrin, spacex, valles marineris, viking

    Mankind's quest to set foot on the red planet.

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    After Talk for Episode 6

    Episode  |  January 2nd, 2019  |  1 hr 8 mins

    Host and Producer discuss space stations, nuclear technology, and starships.

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    Episode 6: War and Space

    Episode  |  December 31st, 2018  |  52 mins
    manhattan project, military history, orion, project orion, starship

    A look at the role of the American and Soviet militaries in outer space...

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    Christmas Special: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8

    Episode  |  December 24th, 2018  |  6 mins 49 secs

    50 years ago tonight, on Christmas Eve, the three man crew of Apollo 8 went into orbit around the moon. Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders became the first humans in history to see the moon up close...

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    After Talk for Episode 5

    Episode  |  November 21st, 2018  |  1 hr 36 mins
    bible, copernicus, galileo, light pollution, nasa

    Host and producer discuss star gazing and Neil deGrasse Tyson's view on Giordano Bruno.

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    Episode 5: The Heretic

    Episode  |  November 19th, 2018  |  1 hr 3 mins
    carl sagan, copernicus, europa, galileo, io, jupiter, nasa, voyager

    The story of how Galileo became the father of modern science.

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    One Giant Leap for Truth

    Article  |  November 5th, 2018
    By Chris Grant
    apollo 11, moon hoax, nasa

    A comprehensive examination of moon landing hoaxes.