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Strange Universe With Bob Berman

  • Can you get out of here? That is the question pondered for centuries: how to permanently leave Earth. This week, we discuss escape velocity, the minimum speed that an object needs to be traveling to break free of gravitational influence.
  • Jupiter comes closest to Earth this weekend – ideal conditions for observing the most dynamic planet in the known universe. Grab your telescope to view this planet's features that consist of dark belts, white zones, small dark and white circular storms, and, most famous of all, its great red spot.
  • This year’s Perseid Meteor Shower peaked this week, and we have now entered our annual period famous for both haze and shooting stars. This week, we discuss meteor showers including the Leonid shower, the Geminid shower, and the perfect conditions to view these spectacular displays.
  • Want to experience the kind of cosmic panorama seen under the opening credits of “Star Wars?” You're at the right place at the right time. On Sunday at nightfall, we will be aimed toward the most concentrated part of our galaxy. During the first few hours of darkness, the Milky Way will neatly split the sky from north to south and pass directly overhead.
  • On Sunday at around midnight, Saturn reaches its closest approach to Earth, and is biggest and brightest. It will remain perfect for viewing for the next…
  • Could the poles shift? Sci-fi movies depict this happening, and wreaking calamity. Now National Geographic has weighed in. In a TV show about 2012,…
  • Microwaves actually come at us from the entire sky – the famous Cosmic Microwave Background. They are a form of light that vibrates 2 1/2 billion times a…
  • When we refer to “The universe” does that mean there is exactly one? Well, UNI means one, and the traditional view has it that there’s a single cosmos.…
  • If you're going to Independence Day fireworks, nature will give you its own beautiful all-natural red, white, and blue display — while you're waiting for…
  • Our naked eyes show no trace of an expanding universe, since neither our solar system, home galaxy, nor even our local group of galaxies is getting…