Tomorrow, June 30, will be the anniversary of Cassini’s entry into Saturn orbit 10 years ago, and what an fascinating decade it has been.
In celebration of the moment, an interview I gave to Star Talk Radio, conducted by the host of the radio show, man of the hour, and presenter of TV’s ‘Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey’, Neil deGrasse Tyson, will be posted to the Star Talk Radio website at 7 pm Eastern Daylight time (4 pm Pacific Daylight Time) today, June 29.
I myself have not heard the interview. But a preview post describing it, written by one of the show’s producers Jeffrey Simons, can be found here.
And for the real thing, after the appointed time on Sunday, June 29, log in, go to …. http://www.startalkradio.net/ … and listen in as I wax on about the thrill of discovery, feeling ‘the cosmic love’, and the meaning of life.
And let me know what you think!
Astronomers using NASA’s @104933578966497599647 have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the Sun — and have come up nearly dry. The three planets, HD 189733b, HD 209458b, and WASP-12b, are between 60 and 900 light-years away. These giant gaseous worlds are so hot, with temperatures between 1,500 and 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, that they are ideal candidates for detecting water vapor in their atmospheres. However, to the surprise of the researchers, the planets surveyed have only one-tenth to one one-thousandth the amount of water predicted by standard planet-formation theories. Please join @111723545767173542935 Dr. @108702399358372466505 and @109479143173251353583 as they discuss these intriguing findings with the astronomers who made the observations. And as always, we welcome your comments and questions! See you there! Here is s a link to the STScI Press Release: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2014/36/