Science & Technology


AstroMcGill Episode 65 – Beth Wilman

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.

Guest: Beth Willman (Haverford College).

Hosts: Erik Madsen and Gabrielle Simard.

Duration: 23 minutes.

Production: James O’Callaghan.

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May 14, 2015 at 10:28 am


AstroMcGill Episode 64 – Jason Wright

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 exoplanets.org and the Habitable Zone Planet Finder.

Guest: Jason Wright

Hosts: Sebastien Guillot and Erik Madsen

Duration: 40 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan

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March 16, 2015 at 4:08 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 63 – Kendrick Smith

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 and Gabrielle Simard

Duration: 13 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan

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February 25, 2015 at 3:32 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 62 – Sara Ellison

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

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February 19, 2015 at 2:46 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 61 – Laurens Keek

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 Guillot

Duration: 20 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan

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February 4, 2015 at 2:30 pm


Trottier Symposium – Are We Alone?: The Search for Earth 2.0

This year’s Trottier Symposium narrows in on the topics of the origin of life on Earth as well as the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. The third speaker is Dr. Sara Seager (MIT) who was named in Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential in Space in 2012.

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December 16, 2014 at 4:58 pm


Trottier Symposium – Are We Alone?: Postcards from Mars

This year’s Trottier Symposium narrows in on the topics of the origin of life on Earth as well as the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. The first speaker is Dr. Jim Bell (Arizona State University, Cornell University).

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December 16, 2014 at 4:51 pm


Trottier Symposium – Are We Alone?: Looking for Technosignatures

This year’s Trottier Symposium narrows in on the topics of the origin of life on Earth as well as the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. The second speaker is Dr. Jill Tarter (SETI Institute), who was named onf ot eh Time 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2004 and Time 25 in Space in 2012. As well, she received a TED prize in 2009 and public service awards from NASA.

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December 16, 2014 at 4:35 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 60 – Gilles Fontaine

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

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December 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 59 – Sara Seager

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 planets that could be hosting life, and how we would detect those planets.

Guest: Sara Seager

Hosts: Sean Griffin and Sebastien Guillot

Duration: 26 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan

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December 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm