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The Star Spot

By Justin Trottier

The Star Spot, with Justin Trottier, is a space themed podcast and radio show focusing on all aspects of astronomy and space exploration. Episodes feature news and interviews with guests of wide-ranging background: scientists, engineers, artists, politicians, and entrepreneurs. Topics are broad, from the latest space mission to how the universe began to why humans explore.

  1. 1.
    Episode 172: The Hubble Not-So Constant09/16/2019
    34:02
  2. 2.
    Episode 171: Ploonets: When Moons Go Rogue, with Jorge Zuluaga09/02/2019
    41:48
  3. 3.
    Episode 170: The Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts, with Vikram Ravi08/19/2019
    42:23
  4. 4.
    Episode 169: Science at the Limits (Part 2)
08/05/2019
    46:52
  5. 5.
    Episode 168: Celebrating Apollo + Science at the Limits (Part 1)
07/22/2019
    38:21
  6. 6.
    Episode 167: Current in Space + The Best of The Star Spot: Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt07/08/2019
    31:29
  7. 7.
    Episode 166: Nanodiamonds are Forever, with Jane Greaves06/10/2019
    28:06
  8. 8.
    Episode 165: Landing on Europa, with Cynthia Phillips05/27/2019
    52:32
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    Episode 164: Jupiter's Ancient Odyssey, with Simona Pirani04/29/2019
    33:29
  2. 10.
    Episode 163: The Ring Worlds of Saturn, with Bonnie Buratti04/15/2019
    40:51
  3. 11.
    Episode 162: The End is Nowhere Near Nigh, with Fred Adams03/18/2019
    36:41
  4. 12.
    Episode 161: The Boom Time of the Universe, with Rosemary Wyse03/04/2019
    32:23
  5. 13.
    Episode 160: Boom to Bust Part 1: Before the Beginning, with Katrin Heitmann02/18/2019
    32:21
  6. 14.
    Episode 159: Living on the Edge: Are We On the Boundary of an Expanding Universe?, with Ulf Danielsson01/21/2019
    40:23
  7. 15.
    Episode 158: Telling Space Stories, with Rayna Slobodian01/07/2019
    27:00
  8. 16.
    Episode 157: How We Discovered Blazars Cause Mysterious Cosmic Rays12/24/2018
    49:59
  9. 17.
    Episode 156: The Do-It-Yourself Spacesuit, with Cameron Smith11/30/2018
    49:33
  10. 18.
    Episode 155: Artificial Photosynthesis: Taking the Sun on the Road, with Katharina Brinkert11/12/2018
    37:49
  11. 19.
    Episode 154: The Vatican Observatory: Astronomy and Faith in the Modern World, with Cosette Gilmour10/29/2018
    21:11
  12. 20.
    Episode 153: A Reality Check on Terraforming Mars, with Bruce Jakosky10/15/2018
    33:18
  13. 21.
    Episode 152: Alien Viruses, with Ken Stedman10/01/2018
    34:25
  14. 22.
    Episode 151: New Moons of Jupiter, with Scott Sheppard09/17/2018
    32:40
  15. 23.
    Episode 150: At the Birth of Our First Newborn Planet, with André Müller09/03/2018
    35:47
  16. 24.
    Episode 149: The Question of Life on Mars, with David Hamilton08/20/2018
    44:42
  17. 25.
    Episode 148: Does Canada Have a Vision for Space Exploration?, with Chuck Black08/06/2018
    40:20
  18. 26.
    Episode 147: Postcards From Home07/23/2018
    12:19
  19. 27.
    Episode 146: Supernovae and the Evolution of Life on Earth, with Brian Thomas05/28/2018
    28:09
  20. 28.
    Episode 145: Can Sibling Rivalry Explain This Supernova?, with Stuart Ryder05/16/2018
    35:40
  21. 29.
    Episode 144: A Rough Upbringing: The Discovery of Stars in the Galaxy’s Core, with Farhad Yusef-Zadeh04/02/2018
    35:11
  22. 30.
    Episode 143: Planet Hunting Goes Extragalactic, with Xinyu Dai03/19/2018
    34:40
  23. 31.
    Episode 142: Jupiter Transformed, with Scott Bolton02/19/2018
    39:15
  24. 32.
    Episode 141: The Mysterious Origin of Superpowerful Radio Blasts, with Jason Hessels02/05/2018
    33:05
  25. 33.
    Episode 140: How Humans Are Healing the Ozone Hole… and Might Just Solve Other Environmental Problems, with Susan Strahan01/22/2018
    33:05
  26. 34.
    Episode 139: Can Alien Life Hitch a Ride on Space Dust?, with Arjun Berera01/08/2018
    29:33
  27. 35.
    Episode 138: Making Contact, with Jill Tarter12/11/2017
    53:51
  28. 36.
    Episode 137: An Alien Asteroid in Our Solar System, with Alan Stern11/27/2017
    26:58
  29. 37.
    Episode 136: So You Want to Become an Astronaut?, with Cordell Grant11/12/2017
    44:45
  30. 38.
    Episode 135: Studying Cosmic Alchemy with Gravitational Waves, with Michael Landry10/30/2017
    43:29
  31. 39.
    Episode 134: Searching for Aliens All-Sky All-the-Time, with Bill Diamond10/02/2017
    49:16
  32. 40.
    Episode 133: Discovering an Asteroid Family Unchanged Since the Birth of the Solar System, with Marco Delbo09/18/2017
    45:04
  33. 41.
    Episode 132: Does Titan Harbour the Building Blocks of Life?, with Ravi Desai09/03/2017
    34:35
  34. 42.
    Episode 131: Heavy Metal Explosion: The Rockstars of the Supernova World, with Matt Nicholl08/21/2017
    30:40
  35. 43.
    Episode 130: There Are How Many More Comets!?, with James Bauer08/07/2017
    32:09
  36. 44.
    Episode 129: Building on Gravitational Wave Astronomy, with Danny Steeghs07/24/2017
    36:08
  37. 45.
    Episode 128: A Shocking Theory About the Multiverse, with Dan Falk07/10/2017
    46:50
  38. 46.
    Episode 127: When Day Becomes Night, with Dan Falk06/26/2017
    45:10
  39. 47.
    Episode 126: SpaceX: A New Paradigm for Space Exploration, with Chris Prophet06/12/2017
    41:59
  40. 48.
    Episode 124: The Best Candidate for Life, with Jason Dittmann05/15/2017
    29:16
  41. 49.
    Episode 123: Dark Matter Bridging the Galaxies, with Michael Hudson05/01/2017
    31:09
  42. 50.
    Episode 122: What if the Sun had a Sibling?, with Quinn Konopacky04/17/2017
    30:52
  43. 51.
    Episode 121: Scary Resolutions to the Fermi Paradox, with David Kipping03/20/2017
    24:46
  44. 52.
    Episode 120: When Galaxies Collide, with Gurtina Besla03/06/2017
    29:08
  45. 53.
    Episode 119: From Knots to Donuts: Exotic Possibilities for the Shape of Our Universe, with Paul Sutter02/20/2017
    44:41
  46. 54.
    Episode 118: The Sun: Our Local Mystery, with Terry Kucera02/06/2017
    32:59
  47. 55.
    Episode 117: The Universe is Going Green, with Matt Malkan01/23/2017
    36:56
  48. 56.
    Episode 116: The Transit of Mercury, with Suzanna Nagy01/09/2017
    17:08
  49. 57.
    Episode 115: Searching for Aliens with the World’s Biggest Telescopes, with Dan Werthimer12/26/2016
    43:53
  50. 58.
    Episode 114: The Milky Way's Dark Matter Twin, with Roberto Abraham12/12/2016
    42:07
  51. 59.
    Episode 113: Astronomical Observatories of Ancient Britain, with Gail Higginbottom11/14/2016
    44:29
  52. 60.
    Episode 112: Geysers on Europa, with William Sparks10/31/2016
    38:27
  53. 61.
    Episode 111: Can Supernovae Cause Extinctions!?, with Shawn Bishop10/17/2016
    53:35
  54. 62.
    Episode 110: Peering Into the Void, with Nico Hamaus10/03/2016
    28:40
  55. 63.
    Episode 109: Rethinking Ancient Mayan Astronomy, with Gerardo Aldana09/19/2016
    42:55
  56. 64.
    Episode 108: The Closest Exoplanet Could Be Habitable, with Guillem Anglada-Escudé09/05/2016
    39:43
  57. 65.
    Episode 107: Surveying the Cosmos, with Ludovic Van Waerbeke08/22/2016
    24:52
  58. 66.
    Episode 106: Is Our Solar System Unique? The Complex Process of Planetary Formation, with Aaron Boley08/08/2016
    36:39
  59. 67.
    The Star Spot Episode 105: Ad Astra?, with Zachary Fejes07/25/2016
    36:52
  60. 68.
    The Star Spot Episode 104: The Great Terraforming Mars Debate: The Dream, with Chuck Black07/11/2016
    39:34
  61. 69.
    The Star Spot Episode 103: The Great Terraforming Mars Debate: The Ethics, with John Rummel06/27/2016
    37:14
  62. 70.
    Episode 102: The Great Terraforming Mars Debate - Part 2: The Biology, with Olathe MacIntyre05/30/2016
    35:52
  63. 71.
    Episode 101: The Great Terraforming Mars Debate - Part 1: The Science, with Paul Delaney05/16/2016
    39:35
  64. 72.
    Episode 100: The Monster at the Centre of our Galaxy, with Feryal Özel05/02/2016
    37:01
  65. 73.
    Episode 99 Pulsars and the Detection of Gravitational Waves, with Ingrid Stairs04/18/2016
    36:38
  66. 74.
    Episode 98: What Our Beliefs About Aliens Say About Us!, With Brian Trent04/04/2016
    49:33
  67. 75.
    Episode 97: Making Life in the Lab and Its Implications for Alien Hunting, with Lynn Rothschild03/21/2016
    37:36
  68. 76.
    Episode 96: Did Universe's First Moments Set the Stage for Life?, with Fred Adams03/07/2016
    32:15
  69. 77.
    Episode 95: Galaxy Clusters: The Largest Structures in the Universe, with Gil Holder02/22/2016
    49:43
  70. 78.
    Episode 94: What Alien Intelligence Means for Humanity, with Don Lincoln02/08/2016
    53:17
  71. 79.
    Episode 93: Will the Electric Sail Get Us to Deep Space? with Les Johnson01/25/2016
    33:41
  72. 80.
    Episode 92: Inventing the Electric Solar Sail, with Pekka Janhunen01/11/2016
    24:31
  73. 81.
    Episode 91: Monster Galaxies of the Early Universe, with Henry Joy McCracken12/14/2015
    38:02
  74. 82.
    Episode 90: Discovering the Furthest Object in the Solar System, with Scott Sheppard11/30/2015
    32:44
  75. 83.
    Episode 89: The Surprising Ubiquity of Ice in the Solar System and the Staggering Implications for Life, with David Paige11/16/2015
    35:41
  76. 84.
    Episode 88: Two's Company: From Binary Stars to Binary Supermassive Black Holes, with Pawel Artymowicz11/02/2015
    53:48
  77. 85.
    Episode 87: 147 Years of Astronomy Outreach, with Randy Attwood10/05/2015
    53:34
  78. 86.
    Episode 86: When the Universe Began, with Wendy Freedman09/21/2015
    40:05
  79. 87.
    Episode 85: The Cosmology Machine: Probing the Farthest Objects via the Keck Observatory, with Hilton Lewis09/07/2015
    34:50
  80. 88.
    Episode 84: Canada's First Astronaut, with Marc Garneau08/24/2015
    32:57
  81. 89.
    Episode 83: The Hubble Telescope and Other Space History Milestones, with Chris Gainor08/10/2015
    46:41
  82. 90.
    Episode 82: The First Female Private Space Explorer, with Anousheh Ansari07/27/2015
    25:11
  83. 91.
    Episode 81: Transcending Limits: Virtual Reality Meets Space Exploration, with Isaac DeSouza07/13/2015
    23:47
  84. 92.
    Episode 80: Arecibo Telescope: Icon of Astronomy, with Robert Kerr and Jose Molina06/29/2015
    25:37
  85. 93.
    Episode 79: Governing Outer Space, with Lorna Jean Edmonds06/15/2015
    22:33
  86. 94.
    Episode 78: Robotic Explorers that Think for Themselves, with Raymond Francis06/01/2015
    22:03
  87. 95.
    Episode 77: Cosmic Magnetism, with Jo-Anne Brown05/18/2015
    35:10
  88. 96.
    Episode 76: Introducing the Thirty Metre Telescope, with Raymond Carlberg05/04/2015
    46:13
  89. 97.
    Episode 75: Secrets From the Early Universe, with Marc Kamionkowski04/20/2015
    44:49
  90. 98.
    Episode 74: The Disappearing Martian Atmosphere, with David Brain04/06/2015
    38:54
  91. 99.
    Episode 73: Things That Explode, with Christian Ott03/23/2015
    35:47
  92. 100.
    Episode 72: The Changing International Landscape for Space Exploration, with Kevin Shortt03/09/2015
    28:17
  93. 101.
    Episode 71: 2014: An Amazing Year for Space Exploration, with Kevin Shortt02/23/2015
    41:50
  94. 102.
    Episode 70: Dynamic Stars and Ubiquitous Disks: Part 2, with Aaron Sigut and Carol Jones02/09/2015
    43:11
  95. 103.
    Episode 69: Dynamic Stars and Ubiquitous Disks: Part 1, with Aaron Sigut and Carol Jones01/26/2015
    44:54
  96. 104.
    Episode 68: Inspiring Images of the Cosmos, with Jayanne English01/12/2015
    47:14
  97. 105.
    Episode 67: The Accelerating Universe, with Brian Schmidt12/15/2014
    35:04
  98. 106.
    Episode 66: Blue Stragglers: The Stars That Shouldn’t Exist, with Alison Sills12/01/2014
    41:36
  99. 107.
    Episode 65: Bringing MRIs Into Space, with Gordon Sarty11/17/2014
    39:44
  100. 108.
    Episode 64: Echoing Through Space, with Doug Welch11/03/2014
    47:15
  101. 109.
    Episode 63: The Dark Stringy Universe, with Jim Cline10/20/2014
    38:26
  102. 110.
    Episode 62: Gardening the International Space Station, with Gioia Massa10/06/2014
    48:22
  103. 111.
    Episode 61: Molecules: Where Chemistry Meets Astronomy, with Jan Cami09/22/2014
    45:42
  104. 112.
    Episode 60: Building the Cities of our Universe, with Pauline Barmby09/08/2014
    35:23
  105. 113.
    Episode 59: Brown Dwarfs: Super Planet or Failed Star?, with Stanimir Metchev08/25/2014
    29:10
  106. 114.
    Episode 58: The Mandate of Heaven: Ancient Chinese Astronomy, with David Pankenier08/11/2014
    45:49
  107. 115.
    Episode 57: Exoplanets: A Retrospective Survey and the Road Ahead, with Paul Delaney07/28/2014
    50:36
  108. 116.
    Episode 56: The Art of Astrononomy, with Robin Kingsburgh07/14/2014
    49:05
  109. 117.
    Episode 55: Where Have All The Anti-Matter Gone?, with Scott Menary06/16/2014
    33:46
  110. 118.
    Episode 54: The Astronomy of Shakespeare, with Dan Falk06/02/2014
    1:01:00
  111. 119.
    Episode 53: Stump the Astronomer! at International Astronomy Day 201405/19/2014
    55:18
  112. 120.
    Episode 52: Neutrino Geophysics: Journey to the Centre of the Earth05/05/2014
    1:02:24
  113. 121.
    Episode 51: Quasar Storms of the Early Universe, with Sarah Gallagher04/28/2014
    35:26
  114. 122.
    Episode 50: Mapping Our Galactic Neighborhood: Dark Matter, galactic collisions & startling discoveries in our Local Sheet, with Marshall McCall04/07/2014
    1:09:58
  115. 123.
    Episode 49: Enduring Mysteries of the Early Universe, with Mark Halpern03/23/2014
    37:27
  116. 124.
    Episode 48: Science and Technology at the Cutting Edge of Exoplanet Research, with Olivier Guyon03/10/2014
    33:31
  117. 125.
    Episode 47: Quasars, Supernova, Hypernova and other Gamma Ray Exotica, with David Hanna02/24/2014
    50:11
  118. 126.
    Episode 46: A Space Travel Agent and A Space Journalist, with Leon Graafland and Elizabeth Howell02/10/2014
    45:37
  119. 127.
    Episode 45: Satellite Communication: The Technological Foundation of a Nation, with Peter Garland01/27/2014
    33:13
  120. 128.
    Episode 44: Art at the Final Frontier, with Catherine Hazin01/13/2014
    34:34
  121. 129.
    Episode 43: A Brief Tour of Home, with Jim Bell12/30/2013
    47:49
  122. 130.
    Episode 42: The Changing Neighborhood: Stars and their Galaxies, with Christine Wilson12/02/2013
    42:40
  123. 131.
    Episode 41: Astrobiology: The Search for Life's Origins, with Paul Higgs11/18/2013
    53:22
  124. 132.
    Episode 40: Into Darkness: The Study of Dark Energy in the Universe, with Matt Dobbs11/04/2013
    46:00
  125. 133.
    Episode 39: Return to the Moon: Upcoming Rover Missions to the Lunar Surface, with Peter Visscher10/23/2013
    43:40
  126. 134.
    Episode 38: Hunting Extraterrestrials, with Jill Tarter10/06/2013
    53:36
  127. 135.
    Episode 37: Organized Activism for Space Exploration, with Wayne Ellis09/22/2013
    35:51
  128. 136.
    Episode 36: Quantum Computing: Space Science Meets Science Fiction, with Martin Laforest09/08/2013
    1:01:20
  129. 137.
    Episode 35: Chasing Comets, with David Levy08/10/2013
    48:14
  130. 138.
    Episode 34: The Intimate Relationship Between Galaxies and Dark Matter, with Anne-Marie Weijmans07/27/2013
    42:11
  131. 139.
    Episode 33: But What is Space Anyway? A Philosopher's Eye on Astronomy, with James Robert Brown07/13/2013
    53:32
  132. 140.
    Episode 32: The Space Between the Stars, with Christopher McKee06/15/2013
    51:31
  133. 141.
    Episode 31: Branding the Space Industry in the 21st Century, with Laila Zichmanis06/01/2013
    43:41
  134. 142.
    Episode 30: Hacking the Future of Space Exploration, Featuring the International Space Apps Challenge05/18/2013
    38:54
  135. 143.
    Episode 29: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, with Seth Shostak05/04/2013
    35:37
  136. 144.
    Episode 28: A Current in Space Interregnum04/20/2013
    7:58
  137. 145.
    Episode 27: The Birth and Death of Stars: Clusters, Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts, with Chris Matzner04/06/2013
    44:38
  138. 146.
    Episode 26: Exposing the Many Faces of Planet X, with Stuart Robbins03/23/2013
    41:06
  139. 147.
    Episode 25: Past Life and Humanity's Future on Mars, with Dr. Chris McKay03/17/2013
    25:18
  140. 148.
    Episode 24: Atmospheres & Signs of Life On Planets Beyond Our Solar System, with Sara Seager02/23/2013
    37:13
  141. 149.
    Episode 23: Studying the Universe's Large Scale Structure from the South Pole, with Keith Vanderlinde02/09/2013
    30:05
  142. 150.
    Episode 22: Magnetism: Probing Planets and Searching for Life, with Sabine Stanley01/26/2013
    45:29
  143. 151.
    Episode 21: The Great Stories of Science, with Stuart Clark01/12/2013
    42:16
  144. 152.
    Episode 20: A Universe From Nothing? with Lawrence Krauss12/29/2012
    37:33
  145. 153.
    Episode 19: Gravity Waves: Opening a New Window on the Cosmos, with Luis Lehner12/15/2012
    48:00
  146. 154.
    Episode 18: Hosting the World’s Longest Running Science Show, with Bob McDonald12/01/2012
    25:25
  147. 155.
    Episode 17: The Mysterious Centre of the Milky Way Galaxy, with Leo Meyer11/18/2012
    36:27
  148. 156.
    Episode 16: Curiosity on Mars, with Ralf Gellert11/03/2012
    46:15
  149. 157.
    Episode 15: Sharing A Passion for Astronomy, with John Percy10/19/2012
    36:41
  150. 158.
    Episode 14: Particle Physics and its Cosmological Implications, with Wendy J. Taylor10/05/2012
    35:07
  151. 159.
    Episode 13: Ancient Aliens, Astrology, and Pseudoastronomy, with Guy P. Harrison09/21/2012
    50:13
  152. 160.
    Episode 12: Quasars: Clues to the Ancient Universe, with Patrick Hall09/07/2012
    33:33
  153. 161.
    Episode 11: The James Webb Space Telescope: Building the Successor to Hubble, with Neil Rowlands08/24/2012
    40:11
  154. 162.
    Episode 10: The Illusion of Time?, with Julian Barbour08/10/2012
    44:11
  155. 163.
    Episode 9: Ancient Egyptian Astronomy, with Sarah Symons07/28/2012
    46:06
  156. 164.
    Episode 8: The Physics of Astronomy, with Marten Van Kerkwijk07/14/2012
    41:34
  157. 165.
    Episode 7: The Business of Space Exploration, with Chuck Black06/16/2012
    39:26
  158. 166.
    Episode 6: Zooniverse & Citizen Science: How 300,000 Average People Became Astronomers, with Chris Lintott06/02/2012
    39:41
  159. 167.
    Episode 5: The Transit of Venus, with Jay Pasachoff05/19/2012
    32:11
  160. 168.
    Episode 4: The Afterlives of Stars, with Victoria Kaspi05/05/2012
    42:38
  161. 169.
    Episode 3: Exploring Saturn, with Carolyn Porco04/21/2012
    45:02
  162. 170.
    Episode 2: Life, the Universe and Everything, with Dan Falk04/07/2012
    37:29
  163. 171.
    Episode 1: Images of New Worlds03/23/2012
    28:32

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