Planetary Radio • Nov 01, 2017

André Bormanis and Emily Lakdawalla on Life, the Universe and Everything

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André Bormanis

Star Trek writer and consultant

Join us for a wide-ranging, salon-style conversation about space exploration, science, art and more. Mat’s guests are astronomer, television producer/writer and former Star Trek science advisor André Bormanis and Planetary Society Senior Editor Emily Lakdawalla. Bruce Betts is at his most scary in a What’s Up segment recorded on Halloween.

M8: The Lagoon Nebula
M8: The Lagoon Nebula This view of the Lagoon Nebula was acquired in May–June 2015. View additional information.Image: Adam Block / Mount Lemmon SkyCenter / University of Arizona

This week's question:

What is the current designation for the first-ever interstellar asteroid to be identified by astronomers? Its discovery was announced just days ago. The object was originally misidentified and named.

To submit your answer:

Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at [email protected] no later than Wednesday, November 8th at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:

Where are the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) gravitational wave detectors located?


The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:

What two moons in our solar system have the highest and second highest densities?


Io is the moon in our solar system that has the highest density. The Earth’s Moon comes in second.