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Public Evening Lecture Series Podcasts

Spring 2020

Mar. 9, 2020 - Dr. Parker Fagrelius, NSF OIR Lab
DESI: A New 3D Cosmic Map to Study Dark Energy

Mar. 2, 2020 - Dr. Catherine Grier, Steward Observatory
The Monsters of the Universe: Supermassive Black Holes

Feb. 17, 2020 - Dr. Yancy Shirley, Steward Observatory
Celebrating 50 Years of the Discovery of Molecular Clouds

Jan. 30, 2020 - Dr. Francis Su, Dept. of Mathematics: Harvey Mudd College
Mathematics for Human Flourishing

Jan. 27, 2020 - Dr. George Rieke, Steward Observatory
The Spitzer Space Telescope: Rest In Peace

Jan. 21, 2020 - Eric Gawiser, Daniel Scolnic, Renée Hložek, and Daniel Gruen
VSO Dark Energy Science

Jan. 13, 2020 - Dr. Thomas Beatty, Steward Observatory
Once You've Discovered Another "Earth", What Comes Next?

Fall 2019

Dec. 2, 2019 - Dr. Veronica Bray, Lunar & Planetary Laboratory
Beyond the Known World: New Horizons Mission into the Kuiper Belt

Nov. 4, 2019 - Dr. Michael Lindquist, Steward Observatory
There's a New SAGUARO under the Desert Skies: Finding the Sources of Gravitational Waves

Oct. 21, 2019 - Dr. Dennis Zaritsky, Steward Observatory
Una Historia de Materia Oscura

Oct. 7, 2019 - Prof. Robert Kennicutt, Steward Observatory
2020 Vision: The Decadal Survey for Astronomy

Sept. 23, 2019 - Dr. Chris Impey, Steward Observatory
Einstein's Monsters

Sept. 9, 2019 - Dr. Chris Cokinos, Dept. of English
Divine & Mysterious: The Moon Before Apollo

Spring 2019

May 13, 2019 - Dr. Don McCarthy, Steward Observatory
A 40-Year History of the MMT Observatory

Apr. 29, 2019 - Dr. Paola Pinilla, Steward Observatory
La Infancia de los Planetas

Apr. 17, 2019 - Dr. Daniel Marrone, Dr. Feryal Ozel, & Dr. Dimitrios Psaltis, Steward Observatory
Bringing Black Holes into Focus: The Event Horizon Telescope

Apr. 8, 2019 - Maj. James McGaha, M.S., FRAS, Director, Grasslands Observatory
The True Story of Project Blue Book: The 22-Year Investigation of "Nothing!"

Mar. 25, 2019 - Dr. Ali Bramson & Dr. Mike Sori, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
A Story of Ice, Water, and Fire Under the South Pole of Mars

Mar. 11, 2019 - Dr. Chad Bender, Steward Observatory
The Quest to Discover Earth-Twin Exoplanets

Feb. 25, 2019 - Erika Hamden, Steward Observatory
The Ridiculous World of Scientific Ballooning

Feb. 18, 2019 - Dr. Jenny Greene, Princeton Univ.
Marc Aaronson Memorial Lecture: Tiny but Powerful: The Search for Intermediate Mass Black Holes

Jan. 28, 2019 - Dr. Thomas Fleming, Steward Observatory
Andrew Ellicott Douglass: The History of Astronomical Research in Arizona

Jan. 14, 2019 - Dr. John Cocke & Dr. Feryal Ozel, Steward Observatory
50th Anniversary of the Discovery of the Crab Optical Pulsar

Fall 2018

Dec. 3, 2018 - Dr. Vasileios Paschalidis, Steward Observatory
Einstein's Legacy: The New Era of Multimessenger Astronomy

Nov. 19, 2018 - Dr. Lynn Carter, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
Mars 20/20: Science, Engineering and Landing Sites for the next Mars Rover 

Nov. 5, 2018 - Dr. Elena Manjavacas, Nicolas Garavito, and Dr. Paola Pinilla, Steward Observ.
Buscando Nuevos Mundos

Oct. 29, 2018 - Dr. Peter Behroozi, Steward Observ.
Reverse-Engineering Galaxies with the Universe Machine

Oct. 15, 2018 - Dr. Daniel Apai, Steward Observ.
Headin' out to EDEN: A Search for Habitable Worlds within the Solar Neighborhood

Sept. 17, 2018 - Dr. Michael Chriss, Steward Observ.
The Nazca Lines Mystery

Spring 2018

Apr. 30, 2018 - Dr. Sarbani Basu, Yale Univ.
Journey to the Center of the Sun

Apr. 23, 2018 - David Sand, Steward Observatory
The Dynamic Sky!

Mar. 26, 2018 - Chris Walker, Steward Observatory
Astronomy from Near Space

Mar. 12, 2018 - Jeff Bennett, Univ. of Colorado
A Global Warming Primer

Feb. 19, 2018 - Chuck Claver, LSST
Surveying the Universe

Jan. 22, 2018 - Jerry Sellwood, Steward Observatory
Spiral Patterns in Galaxies

Fall 2017

Dec. 4, 2017 - Stephanie Juneau, NOAO
Black Holes, Galaxies & Cosmic Fireworks

Nov. 27, 2017 - Lia Medeiros, Steward
Visualizing Black Holes on Computers and in the Universe

Nov. 13, 2017 - Maj. James McGaha, M.S., FRAS, Grasslands Observatory
70 Years after Rosewell: What Really Happened?

Oct. 23, 2017 - Stacey Alberts, Steward
Countdown to the James Webb Space Telescope

Oct. 9, 2017 - Michael Chriss, Steward
Longitude: The Watch that Mapped the World

Sept. 26, 2017 - Film Screening & Panel Discussion (presented on 10/17/2016)
Focusing the Universe: A New Film on the History of Steward Observatory

Sept. 25, 2017 - Alfred McEwen & Ari Espinoza, Lunar & Planetary Laboratory
Mars: The Pristine Beauty of the Red Planet

Sept. 11, 2017 - Alyson Ford, Steward
The Milky Way --- Our Home, But What Does it Look Like?

Spring 2017

Apr. 17, 2017 - Wen-fai Fong, Steward
The Energetic World of Gamma-ray Bursts and Gravitational Waves

Apr. 3, 2017 - Brian Schmidt, Australian National University
The State of the Universe in 2017

Mar. 27, 2017 - Eric Pearce, Steward
Astronomy Tracks Sputnik and Beyond: How Applied Astronomy has met the Challenges of the Space Age

Mar. 20, 2017 - Jay Holberg, LPL
Tales from the Celestial Graveyard: Studying White Dwarfs in our Own Backyard

Feb. 20, 2017 - Dr. Kevin Hainline, Steward
Hunting for Dark Monsters: How to Find a Hidden, Supermassive Black Hole

Jan. 23, 2017 - Dr. David Levy, Jamac Observ.
The Starlight Night: The Night Sky in English Literature

Fall 2016

Dec. 5, 2016 - Dr. WIlliam Hubbard, LPL
The JUNO Mission to Jupiter

Nov. 21, 2016 - Christina Williams, Steward
High Noon in the Universe: Studying the Rapid Growth and Death of Galaxies

Nov. 7, 2016 - Maj. James McGaha, M.S., FRAS, Grasslands Observatory
Green Fireballs! Science, The Cold War & Pseudoscience

Oct. 24, 2016 - Sam Gralla, UA Dept. of Physics
Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and "Interstellar"

Oct. 10, 2016 - Nick Siegler, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
The Search for Planets, Habitability, and Life in Our Galaxy

Oct. 3, 2016 - Maxwell Moe, Steward
The Cosmic Tango of Binary Stars

Sept. 19, 2016 - Katie Morzinski, Steward
Taking Pictures of Extrasolar Planets

Spring 2016

Apr. 18, 2016 - Ilaria Pascucci, LPL
Lecture III: Finding Earths Among Other Worlds

Apr. 4, 2016 - Joan Najita, NOAO
Lecture II: The Births of Other Earths

Mar. 21, 2016 - Daniel Apai, Steward
Lecture I: Project EOS and Our Search for Other Earths

Jan. 25, 2016 - Andrew Strominger, Harvard
The Edges of the Universe: Black Holes, Horizon and Strings

Jan. 11, 2016 - Theodora Karalidi, Steward
Cloudy with a Chance of Life: Looking for Rainbows, Clouds and Life on Exoplanets

Jan. 7, 2016 - Rudi Lindner, Univ. of Michigan
The Rise, Death, and Rebirth of Cosmology in the Twentieth Century

Fall 2015

Dec. 7, 2015 - Mark Sykes, Planetary Sciences
Latest Reports from the Dwarf Planets Ceres & Pluto!

Nov. 30, 2015 - Steve Strom, NOAO
A Fusion of Art and Astronomy

Nov. 16, 2015 - Jeff Bennett, Univ. of Colorado/Big Kid Science
What is Relativity? An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein's Ideas and Why They Matter

Nov. 2, 2015 - Michael Chriss, Steward Observatory
Scientists in Wonderland: The Strange Case of Dr. Velikovsky

Oct. 28, 2015 - Ed Gibson, NASA Astronaut
My Experiences as an Astronaut 

Oct. 23, 2015 - Vasily Belokurov, Cambridge, UK
Mark Aaronson Memorial

Oct. 5, 2015 - Mark Gordon, NRAO
Astronomy with Radio Waves: They Give More Information than You'd Guess!

Sept. 17, 2015 - David Campbell, Univ. of Boston
Nonlinear Science: From Paradigms to Practicalities

Sept. 14, 2015 - Daniel McIntosh, Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City
Reflections on Hubble's 25th Anniverasry : The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Astronomy

Spring 2015

Apr. 20, 2015 - Mark Sykes, PSI
The Dawn Mission at Ceres: Hunting the Great White Spot!

Apr. 6, 2015 - Michael Chriss
The Crime of Galileo

Mar. 23, 2015 - Dr. Gurtina Besla
Galaxy Collisions in our Backyard

Jan. 12, 2015 - Dr. Dan Stark
Searching for Cosmic Dawn:Pursuit of the First Galaxies

Fall 2014

Dec. 8, 2014 - Dr. David Levy
A Nightwatchman's Journey

Nov. 24, 2014 - Dr. Karin Sanstrom
Our Dusty Universe

Nov. 5, 2014 - Dr. Timothy Rowe
What Happened to the Dinosaurs?

Oct. 27, 2014 - Kaitlin Kratter
Exploring the Architecture of Planetary Systems at Home and Abroad

Oct. 13, 2014 - Megan Reiter
Growing Pains: the Tumultuous Youth of Stars

Sept. 29, 2014 -Dr. Ed Olszewski
The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds and Their Interaction with the Milky Way

Sept. 15, 2014 -Dr. Don McCarthy
Alien Images of Earth and Our Place in Space

Spring 2014

Apr 7, 2014 - Maj. James McGaha, M.S., F.R.A.S.
Treatise on Invisibility

Mar 24, 2014 - Dr. Rachel Bezanson
Galactic Cannibalism: the Growth of Massive Galaxies through Cosmic Time

Mar 10, 2014 -Dr. Micheal Chriss, Steward Observatory
Astronomy and the Muses

2/28/2014:  Aaronson Lecturer: Alice Shapley, UCLA
Decoding the Contents of Distant Galaxies

Feb 10, 2014 -Dr. Cameron Hummels
Steward Observatory
The Moon: Formation, Exploration, and Habitation

Jan 27, 2014 -Dr. Buell Jannuzi,Director
Steward Observatory
The Past and Future of Astronomy at Steward Observatory

Jan 13, 2014 - Dr. Jared Males 
Steward Observatory
Planets in the Habitable Zone

Fall 2013

Dec 2, 2013 - Beatrice Mueller
Planetary Science Institute
ISON - an Unusual Sungrazing Comet

Nov 18, 2013 - Dr. Paul Bogard
James Madison University
The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light

Oct 28, 2013 - Dr. Michael Sussman
Lunar & Planetary Laboratory
Uranus: The Planet that Woke Up

Oct 14, 2013 - Dr. Christopher Impey,
Distinguished Professor
Steward Observatory
Encountering Life in the Universe: Ethical Foundations and Issues and Social Implications of Astrobiology

Sept 30, 2013 - Desika Narayanan, Bart Bok Fellow
Steward Observatory
The Brightest Galaxies in the Universe

Sept 16, 2013 - Dr. Chris Greer,
Steward Observatory
Imaging a Black Hole from the South Pole

Spring 2013

April 22, 2013 - Dr. Thomas A. Fleming, Laird Close, Prof. Emeritus W. John Cocke,
Steward Observatory
90th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Steward Observatory

April 1, 2013 - Dr. Yancy Shirley, Steward Observatory
Future Solar Systems: Observing the Initial Phase of Star and Planet Formation

March 18, 2013 - Dr. Charlotte Christensen, Steward Observatory
How to Grow a Galaxy: Turning Gas into Stars across the History of the Universe

March 4, 2013 - Dr. Ann Sprague, Lunar & Planetary Laboratory
Messenger at Mercury: 5 Years Later

February 18, 2013 - Dr. Dave Arnett, Steward Observatory
American Astronomical Society 2012 Henry Norris Russell Lecturer
Computers and Thinking

February 4, 2013 - Dr. Richard Poss, Steward Observatory
Plurality of Worlds: From Lucretius to the Kepler Mission

January 14, 2013 - Dr. Thomas Fleming, Steward Observatory
Why Does the Sun Shine?

Fall 2012

December, 3, 2012 - Maj. James McGaha, M.S., FRAS
Director, Grasslands Observatory
2012 Doomsday! World Apocalypse?

November 16, 2012 - Dr. Pieter van Dokkum,
Marc Aaronson Memorial Lecture
The Rise of Galaxies

November 5, 2012 - Dr. Fulvio Melia, Steward Observatory
The Cosmic Spacetime

October 22, 2012 - Carl Hergenrother, Lunar Planetary Lab
21st. Century Prospecting: The Near Earth Asteroid 1999 RQ36 and the OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Mission

October 8, 2012 - Dr. Neville Woolf, Steward Observatory
Life: A Phenomemon Rooted in Astronomy

September 24, 2012 - Dr. Chris Impey, Steward Observatory
How It Began!

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Spring 2012

April 16, 2012 - Dr. Brant Robertson, Steward Observatory
Galaxies at the Edge of the Universe

April 02, 2012 - Dr. Andrew Skemer, Steward Observatory
Pictures of Alien Worlds

March 19, 2012 - Dr. Daniel Apai, Steward Observatory
The Search for Other Earths

February 27, 2012 - Dr. John Schaefer President Emeritus, University of Arizona
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

February 06, 2012 - Dr. Elizabeth Green, Steward Observatory
Kepler, Astroseismology, and Serendipitous Planets

January 30, 2012 - Dr. Dante Lauretta, Lunar Planetary Lab
The OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission

Fall 2011

December 5, 2011 - Dr. Marie Rex, Steward Observatory
Looking Beyond the Visible: A Submillimeter View of Star Formation

November 28, 2011 - Dr. Daniel Marrone, Steward Observatory
The Cosmology of Elephants

November 14, 2011 - Dr. Dennis Zaritsky, Steward Observatory
Trespassing and Larceny: The Sordid History of the Magellanic Clouds

October 17, 2011 - Dr. Donald McCarthy, Steward Observatory
Spacetime, Multiple Universes, and Time Travel: The Outrageous Legacy of Astronomy Camp (XXV)

September 19, 2011 - Dr. Thomas Fleming, Steward Observatory
The Naming of the Stars & Constellations

Spring 2011

January 31, 2011 - Dr. Eliza Kempton, Lick Observatory
Revealing the Atmospheres of Extrasolar Super-Earths

January 24, 2011 - Dr. Meg Urry, Yale University
Supermassive Black Hole Growth and Galaxy Evolution

March 28, 2011 - Dr. Nathan Smith, Steward Observatory
Massive Stars and their Temper Tantrums

April 11, 2011 - Prof. Shane Byrne, Lunar Planetary Lab
Mars: A dynamic World

Fall 2010

December 6, 2010 - Dr. Casey Meakin, Steward Observatory
Supercomputing Stars: A Story of Big Numbers, Chaos, and Complexity

November 15, 2010 - Dr. Hannah Jang-Condell,
University of Maryland, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
How to Find Baby Planets

November 8, 2010 - Dr. Josh Eisner, Steward Observatory
Zooming in on Star and Planet Formation

October 25, 2010 - Dr. Timothy Swindle, Lunar Planetary Lab
How Old is Old? Finding the Ages of Rocks and Planets

October 11, 2010 - Dr. Marcia Rieke, Steward Observatory
New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophyscis: How Astronomers Pick the Next Big Thing

September 27, 2010 - Dr. Andrew Marble, Steward Observatory
Cosmic Mirages: The Widest Separation Gravitationally Lensed Quasars


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