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12/24/15 Show feat. Lucianne Walkowicz on Exoplanets and Alien Megastructures + Short on LHC Finding

12/24/15 Show feat. Lucianne Walkowicz on Exoplanets and Alien Megastructures + Short on LHC Finding

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Wanda Jackson, Intro to the show, Music, Lucianne Walkowicz, Part I, Lucianne Walkowicz, Part II and more.

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This show was 31st in the global interview chart.

Aired from 2-4am on Thursday, 12/24/15 on WPRB 103.3 FM.

In this show we talk with Lucianne Walkowicz, astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago where she works on NASA’s Kepler Mission and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (a telescope currently being built down in Chile). We focus on the Kepler mission’s search for exoplanets – these are planets outside of our solar system. We address question such as: What makes a planet potentially habitable? How does a star’s properties influence the planet’s habitability? How does Kepler go about finding these planets when they’re so much smaller and dimmer than their accompanying star? How could we know if there is life on these planets? Take a look at tvr2c.com for more resources related to our discussion and links to Lucianne's band EP and TED talks.

Last week we had news from the Large Hadron Collider. Particle physicist Stephane Cooperstein briefly discussed these recent findings and what they could mean.

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