Author Archives: Michelle Thaller

Michelle Thaller

About Michelle Thaller

Dr. Michelle Thaller is an astronomer and science communicator who works at NASA. In addition to hosting the "Orbital Path" podcast, Michelle appears regularly on Discovery Science Channel’s “How the Universe Works,” and “The Stripped Universe.”

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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?