Walkabout the Galaxy
Fast Radio Burst; Kepler data
Astrophysics and Astronomy | Physics
A Fast Radio Burst (we like to call them Furbies) has been seen coming from a highly magnetic neutron star right here in our own galactic backyard. A new analysis of Kepler data tells us how many of Star Trek's "Class M" (Earthlike) planets are nearby, and Top quark Jim Cooney provides the stumpers. Plus, we have a special astronomy election trivia question, for the most famous case of voting on a science question. Spoiler: you really shouldn't vote on things like that.
Jump for joy, it's a Leap Day! No, not the 366th day of the year, not February 29th, not a quadrennial correction to our annual calendar with a non-integer number of rotations in our circumnavigation of the sun, it's just a great day. So leap for joy, life is good. Leap Days, go further (Ford).
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Length of Episode
Colwell, Joshua; Dove, Adrienne; and Cooney, James, "We Saw a Magnetar Burp!" (2020). Walkabout the Galaxy Podcast. 140.