Planetary Radio • Apr 26, 2016

A Death Valley Conversation About Life, The Universe and Everything With Tyler Nordgren and Jill Tarter

On This Episode

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Tyler Nordgren

Astronomer, Author and National Park Photographer

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Jill Tarter

Director of SETI Research for SETI Institute

Beautiful Death Valley National Park was the setting for a fascinating conversation with famed SETI researcher Jill Tarter and celebrated astronomer, artist and photographer Tyler Nordgren. Curiosity has drilled another hole in Mars. Emily Lakdawalla tells us why and where. Someone will win three of Tyler Nordgren’s great posters on this week’s What’s Up segment with Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan.

Mat Kaplan, Jill Tarter and Tyler Nordgren in the Death Valley National Park Visitors Center
Mat Kaplan, Jill Tarter and Tyler Nordgren in the Death Valley National Park Visitors Center Mat Kaplan
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Yosemite National Park - Milky Way Poster Tyler Nordgren
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This week's question:

When was the first recorded observation of Mercury’s transit across the sun, and who made that observation?

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Last week's question:

What is the name of 90482 Orcus’ moon?

Answer:

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

What moon in our solar system has a massive equatorial ridge running three quarters of the way around it?

Answer:

Saturn’s moon Iapetus has a massive ridge running three-fourths of the way around its equator.