Episode 41: Weighing the Universe

How do we figure out the masses of astronomical objects far too large to fit on any human-made scale? In this episode, Alex tracks the paths of planets to figure out which ones are winning a gravitational game of tug-of-war, while Will describes a mysterious little galaxy that seems to be missing a key component. And, you won’t want to miss our spectacular sonification contest runner-up from Tharindu Jayasinghe, who brought to sound the most extreme heartbeat star known to date!

Astrobites:

https://astrobites.org/2021/08/17

https://astrobites.org/2021/07/07

HR 8799 gif: https://jasonwang.space/orbits.html 

ASAS-SN variable star sonifications: https://asas-sn.osu.edu/atlas

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