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Episode 18: Hosting the World's Longest Running Science Show, with Bob McDonald

Bob McDonald is Canada's best known science journalist. A long standing fixture on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and host of CBC's Quirks and Quarks which draws half a million listeners each week,

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Episode 17: The Mysterious Centre of the Milky Way Galaxy, with Leo Meyer

Dr. Leo Meyer joins Justin Trottier at The Star Spot to discuss his UCLA research group's discovery of S0-102, a star 11.5 light years from the supermassive black hole at the core of our galaxy. The closest star yet discovered to the galactic centre, S0-102 could provide a unique opportunity to test Einstein's General Theory of Relativity in an extreme environment. 

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Episode 16: Curiosity on Mars, with Ralf Gellert

On todays episode Dr. Ralf Gellert, principal investigator of the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectromer, or APXS, one of the primary instruments on the Mars Curiosity rover, joins Justin Trottier at The Star Spot to discuss how his instrument is currently assisting in the search for signs of Martian habitability. 

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Episode 15: Sharing A Passion for Astronomy, with John Percy

In todays episode Professor John Percy, a professional astronomer with a passion for making astronomy and space exploration engaging, joins Justin Trottier at The Star Spot.

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Episode 14: Particle Physics and its Cosmological Implications, with Wendy J. Taylor

Our guest today is Professor Wendy J. Taylor who joins Justin Trottier at The Star Spot to discuss the Large Hadron Collider, the search for the Higgs Boson and dark matter, and how the new field of astro particle physics may prove that discoveries at the smallest scale can have cosmological implications.

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Episode 13: Ancient Aliens, Astrology, and Pseudoatronomy, with Guy P. Harrison

Feature Guest: Guy P. HarrisonAppropriate to Episode #13, given the superstitious associations of that particular number, our guest today, Guy P. Harrison, is a debunker of superstitions and paranormal beliefs of all stripes. He joins Justin Trottier at The Star Spot to discuss his newest book 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True.

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Episode 12: Quasars: Clues to the Ancient Universe, with Patrick Hall

Our guest today is Patrick Hall who joins Justin Trottier at The Star Spot to discuss one of the most energetic, mysterious and ancient of phenomena in our universe: quasars.

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Episode 11: The James Webb Space Telescope: Building the Successor to Hubble, with Neil Rowlands

Our guest today is Neil Rowlands who joins Justin Trottier at The Star Spot to discuss the engineering and science of the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in 2018. The two cover the exciting objects and phenomena JWST will study, explore why the JWST is a vast improvement over Hubble, and discuss how a project of this magnitude is organized and managed.

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Episode 10: The Illusion of Time?, With Julian Barbour

Our guest today is Julian Barbour who joins Justin Trottier at The Star Spot to share his unique insights into the elusive mystery of time. He explains how new perspectives and research he is leading on time - which take seriously the puzzling implications of the Many Worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics - may herald a new revolution in physics.

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Episode 9: Ancient Egyptian Astronomy, with Sarah Symons

Our guest today is Professor Sarah Symons who joins Justin Trottier at The Star Spot to enlighten us about ancient Egyptian sophisticated conceptions of the night sky. The conversation ranges from understanding the intimate interplay between the supernatural and the scientific, to the practical uses of the stars for such purposes as predicting the flood of the Nile, and to the role of special classes of stars in ancient Egyptian myth and ritual.

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The Star Spot Party and 10th Episode Celebration

Join us to celebrate the 10th episode of The Star Spot - Canada's new astronomy and space exploration podcast. 
Friday, August 10, 8pm - 11pm ET Second Floor, 20 College Street, Toronto

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