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Episode 8: The Physics of Astronomy, with Marten Van Kerkwijk

Our guest today is Professor Marten Van Kerkwijk who joins The Star Spot to discuss the physics of astronomy. With host Justin Trottier, the two focus on the intersection of astronomy and physics, how astronomical discoveries inform our understanding of physics, and how physical theories help explain and direct astronomical research.

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Episode 7: The Business of Space Exploration, with Chuck Black

Our guest today is Chuck Black who joins The Star Spot to discuss the business case for space within the international scene. Following hot on the heels of the success of private spacecraft Dragon and the upcoming Chinese launch to the Tiangong Space Station, in this interview with Justin Trottier, the two discuss the space programs of various nations, debate private versus public-led initiatives, analyse the interaction of the 3 main players (government, industry and research centres), reflect on reforms being implemented by various countries to better respond to the changes in the space sector, and conclude with a focus on the challenges and opportunities of space exploration.

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Episode 6: Zooniverse & Citizen Science: How 300,000 People Became Astronomers, with Chris Lintott

Our guest today is Christopher Lintott, an astrophysicist, a researcher in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford and a junior research fellow at New College. also at the University of Oxford. A fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Dr. Lintott`s work focuses on galaxies and star formation. He is the co-presenter of the BBC series The Sky at Night and a co-author of the book Bang! - The Complete History of the Universe co-authored with Patrick Moore and Brian May

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Episode 5: The Transit of Venus, with Jay Pasachoff

Unless you expect to be alive in 105 years, you wont want to miss the June 5/6 transit of Venus, when, over the course of 6 hours, the planet makes a rare dance by crossing in front of the surface of the sun.

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Episode 4: The Afterlives of Stars, with Victoria Kaspi

Our guest today is Victoria Kaspi, the Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics, the Canada Research Chair in Observational Astrophysics and Professor of Physics at McGill University.

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The Star Spot, with Justin Trottier, is a space themed podcast focusing on all aspects of astronomy and space exploration. Episodes feature interviews with guests of wide-ranging backgrounds: scientists, engineers, educators, artists, politicians, and business people.

Episode 3: Exploring Saturn, with Carolyn Porco
Our guest today is Dr. Carolyn Porco, a planetary scientist who led the imaging team in studying and interpreting the images from the Cassini/Huygens mission to Saturn and its moon Titan.

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Episode 2: Life, the Universe and Everything, with Dan Falk
Dan Falk is a award winning science journalist and broadcaster.

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Episode 1: Images of New Worlds
Dr. Lafreniere is an astrophysicist and an assistant professor in the department of physics at the university of montreal. His pioneering work relates to the detection of exoplanets, which are planets beyond our solar system for which he's won multiple awards.

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