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Tom Prince visited McGill as part of the opening of the new McGill Space Institute. We talk to Tom about his work with the Palomar Transient Factory and the upcoming Zwicky Transient Facility. Guest: Tom Prince (California Institute of Technolo
We were visited by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who discovered pulsars during her graduate studies in the 1960s. She talks to us about the still highly active field of pulsar astronomy and her varied career since their discovery. We also discuss
Chiara talks to us about how timing the rotation of pulsars can be used to detect gravitational waves–ripples in the very fabric of the cosmos. Guest: Chiara Mingarelli (California Institute of Technology). Hosts: Erik Madsen and Chitrang Pat
Enrico talks to us about the formation of heavy elements in the Universe through processes such as neutron star mergers. Guest: Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz (University of California Santa Cruz). Hosts: Robert Archibald and Chitrang Patel. Duration: 17
We discussed how astronomers can studied cosmology, the formation and evolution of the Universe, by observing nearby dwarfs galaxies, instead of extremely distant galaxies at the edge of the Universe.
We talked about exoplanets, detecting exoplanets through measurements of radial velocities, and what we can look forward to from this field in the near future. The two websites mentioned during the podcast are and the Habitable Z
We discussed the large-scale structure of the Universe and how we can understand it from observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background emission, the relic light from the formation of the Universe. Guest: Kendrick Smith Hosts: Robert Archibald
The topic of this week’s podacst with Sara Ellison was the merging of galaxies. Guest: Sara Ellison Hosts: Sean Griffin and Gabrielle Simard Duration: 19 minutes Production: James O’Callaghan
In this podcast, we talked about the nuclear explosion happening on the surface of neutron star, and how these objects located thousands of light years away can be used to better understand nuclear physics. Guest: Laurens Keek Hosts: Sebastien
We talked about white dwarf stars, and the possible existence of planets around them. Guest: Gilles Fontaine (Université de Montréal) Hosts: Sebastien Guillot and Gabrielle Simard  Duration: 22 minutes Production: James O’Callaghan
Sara Seager was one of the invited guest of the Lorne Trottier 2014 Public Science Symposium, and we had the chance for record a podcast with her. The topic of this episode was the search for planets outside of our Solar System, including plane
During his visit for the Lorne Trottier 2014 Public Science Symposium, we had the chance to sit with Jim Bell for an AstroMcGill podcast We talked about exploration of the Solar System, and his involvement with Mars exploration missions. Guest:
We discussed galaxy clusters, the growth of large scale structure in the Universe, and Marc’s work on the MUSTANG 2 detector at the Green Bank Telescope. Guest: Marc Delvin (U. of Pennsynvania) Hosts: Sebastien Guillot and Robert Archibald Dura
During this episode, we talked about his PhD research work on the observations of the gravitational lensing of the cosmic microwave background with the South Pole Telescope. Guest: Kyle Story (U. of Chicago) Hosts: Sebastien Guillot and Gabriel
Following her lecture for the Physical Society Colloquium at McGill, we recorded this episode during which we talked about supermassive black-holes and active galactic nuclei. Guest: Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo (U. Montreal) Hosts: Sebastien Guillo
Welcome to the 4th season of the AstroMcGill Podcasts. This week with Wladimir Lyra, we discussed how gases and tiny rocks around a star combine to form the different objects of a planetary system. Guest: Wladimir Lyra Hosts: Sebastien Guillot 
The discussion was focused on pulsars in binary systems, which are very useful to test different theories of gravity. General relativity – Einstein’s theory – wonderfully predicts the observations of pulsars in the highly-relativistic environme
Guest: Dick Manchester (ATNF) We had the chance to receive Dick at McGill for a special visit. During this episode, we had a broad discussion about pulsars, these very compact objects that we still do not understand very well, but that are extr
Guest: Sarah Burke Spolaor (CalTech) The discussion of this podcast was centered on a new and unknown type of astrophysical phenomenon, called Fast Radio Bursts, very brief bursts of radiation disappearing as fast as they appeared. Hosts: Ryan
Guest: Coleman Miller (U. of Maryland) We had a great discussion about the formation of supermassive black-holes, and black-holes of all sorts. Hosts: Ryan Lynch and Sebastien Guillot. Duration: 21 minutes Production: Mike Collicutt.
Guest: Leslie Rogers (CalTech) During this podcast, we had a general discussion about exoplanets. Host: Dave Tsang Duration: 11 minutes Production: James O’Callaghan.
Guest: Mariska Kriek (U. of California, Berkeley) Mariska’s work is focused on the study of galaxies. We discussed how galaxies formed, how they evolved across cosmic times, and how they form stars from the gas and dust they contain. Host: Jame
Guest: Falk Herwig (U. of Victoria) This podcast discussion focused on stars and how they create the “heavy” elements present in the Universe, in other words, the nuclear reactions that led to the expression “We are made of star stuff”. To view
Guest: Jeff McMahon (U. of Michigan) Jeff’s field of study is cosmology. During this podcast, we talked about his work on measurements of the cosmic microwave background and his involvement with the Atacama Cosmology Telescope. Hosts: Ryan Lync
Guest: Matt Mountain (Director of STScI) We had a very interesting and inspiring discussion about the Hubble Space Telescope, and the many discoveries made by this telescope. We also talked about Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Space Telesco
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