John Mather has seen many first lights, not the least being the first light of the universe — and soon he will see the first light of the James Webb Space Telescope.
Join host Michelle Thaller as she learns about the IceBridge mission and the scientific discoveries it is making in the latest installment of Orbital Path Podcast
The universe sings to us in gravitational waves, and we're starting to listen. Michelle Thaller discusses the discovery of gravitational waves and their unusual effects in her latest astronomy podcast.
Earth is a planet, too! Dr. Michelle Thaller explores how NASA investigates Earth using space-based satellites, and how that knowledge can save lives.
Dr. Michelle Thaller talks to two NASA astrobiologists on when and how we'll explore Europa's subsurface ocean, and what we might find there.
Dr. Michelle Thaller explores the story of how scientists discovered that the ozone layer was disappearing and how they moved to save it — and avert catastrophe.
Would you go into space if you knew your bones would turn into “pee brittle”? Dr. Michelle Thaller explores the effects of space on the human body.
Astronomers are debating the existence of a big planet beyond the orbits of Pluto and Neptune. Dr. Michelle Thaller talks with planetary scientists Scott Shepard and Mike Brown about when we'll discover it.
Michelle Thaller talks with three leading scientists about black holes - how do we know they exist, where do they come from, and how can we learn more about them without going too close?
Michelle Thaller speaks with NASA's Alex Young about the space agency's impressive fleet of Sun-monitoring spacecraft — including the upcoming Solar Probe Plus.
For years astronomers anticipated a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri. Michelle Thaller talks with astrophysicist Patricia Boyd about NASA’s ongoing search for exoplanets and what’s next for exploring other worlds.
Host Michelle Thaller speaks with Lucy McFadden, co-investigator of NASA’s Dawn Mission that traveled 130 million miles to orbit the asteroids Vesta and Ceres.
Host Michelle Thaller and eclipse-chaser Michael Kentrianakis talk about how an Alaska Airlines flight was diverted to view an eclipse, and where best to view the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse.
Michelle Thaller speaks with NASA's Aprille Ericcson about her aerospace career path and how to recruit more women and minorities into engineering and space science.
In this special Mother’s Day episode, Michelle talks with her mom about what it was like raising a space-obsessed daughter in Wisconsin and watching her grow into a scientist.
Astronomer Michelle Thaller talks with scientist Ashley Davies about the importance of volcanoes in the solar system and to life on Earth.
Dr. Michelle Thaller introduces us to Dr. Anna Moore, a scientist who travels to Antarctica to read the thermal (infrared) signals of a violent universe.
Host Dr. Michelle Thaller talks to physicist Lisa Randall, a theoretical particle physicist at Harvard, about what caused the dinosaurs’ extinction and the role dark matter plays in the universe and our world.
Host Michelle Thaller talks with Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait about a conundrum: why are humans so quick to explain the unknowns of the cosmos as aliens? And why is this healthy imagination important in science?