Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Hosted by astronomer Dr. Michelle Thaller, Orbital Path takes a look at the big questions of the cosmos and what the answers can reveal about life here on Earth. Starting in October 2016, Dr. Thaller will write a special op-ed to accompany each podcast episode; read and listen right here on Sky & Telescope. You can also subscribe to the podcast.

Orbital Path is hosted by Michelle Thaller, produced by Justin O’Neill, and edited by Andrea Mustain, with direction and distribution from PRX’s Chief Content Officer John Barth and Content Coordinator Genevieve Sponsler. Support for Orbital Path comes from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, enhancing public understanding of science, technology, and economic performance. More at sloan.org. Don’t miss PRX’s other science podcasts: Transistor and Outside Magazine.

illustration of Proxima Centauri b

Orbital Path 9: Howdy, Neighbor!

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.

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Orbital Path 1: Must Be Aliens

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?