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Are Martian Dust Storms Dangerous?

I loved reading The Martian by Andy Weir, and that dust storm sounds really scary. Would dust storms really be that dangerous to astronauts on Mars? Made with +Jason Harmer , +Susan Murph and +Chad Weber 
Guide to Space Ep. 206Are Martian Dust Storms Dangerous? Airdate: 8/27/2015
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How Do Stars Go Rogue?

Here's our latest video, made with +Jason Harmer, +Susan Murph and +Chad Weber , all about how stars go rogue. 
Guide to Space Ep. 205How Do Stars Go Rogue? Airdate: 8/24/2015
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A lot of Runaway stars seem to have become that way due to three body interactions. This is particularly common in dense star clusters where massive young stars can located just fractions of a light year from one another. 
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Finally took my own advice

I've been suggesting that people buy astronomy binoculars for years, but I never had my own pair. Well, those days are over. Check out my awesome new Celestron 15x70 astronomy binocs.

Now I just need the skies to clear. 

Go ahead, meme it up.
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I brought the same pair back half a year ago in hopes of glimpsing comet Lovejoy. No luck there, but I did get to see the moons of Jupiter! I can still remember how the moon looked painfully bright through them on that first night.
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Choose our topic for episode #200 of the Guide to Space and win a meteorite

Hey guys, we're going to be recording episode #200 of the Guide to Space in July and we'd like to do it on a topic that you want to hear about.

Here's the whole playlist if you aren't familiar:

Suggest some topics in the comments of this thread and we'll pick one to focus on, write a script, write jokes about, etc.

And, as a special incentive, for the person whose topic we pick... you'll get one of my meteorites. :-)
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Thanks everyone, we just posted episode #200.

Congrats to +Andres Munoz for selecting our topic for this episode. What About a Mission to Europa.

Andres, can you drop me an email at and let me know your address? I'll mail you out a meteorite right away.

Thanks everyone!
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The Martian trailer is out

Yesterday we had a little preview, and now we get the official trailer for The Martian, based on the book by Andy Weir. It looks great, and I'm really impressed at how many of the parts of the book seem to be in the movie. Like potato farming, and math! I was sure they'd remove those.
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They cleaned up a tiny bit of the language to keep it PG-13 instead of R.
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Join Fraser Cain and a rotating crew of space journalists to talk about the biggest news in space and astronomy.

This week we welcome Stephen Fowler, the Creative Director at InfoAge, the organization behind refurbishing the TIROS 1 dish and the Science History Learning Center and Museum at Camp Evans, Wall, NJ.
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Fraser Cain. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
Weekly Space Hangout - June 5, 2015: Stephen Fowler from InfoAge
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To be fair +Adam Synergy and +Elad Avron the insanity of the temperature is offset a bit by the lower humidity and awesome AC lol, As I usually live in the UK and this is a temporary work situation I can say that when I was home for a couple of week last month it felt more uncomfortably hot in the UK that I have been here, but I have not had to spend much time out in the midday sun here or as ginger I may actually melt.... 
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Off to PAX Prime

Every August/September I go to either Dragon*Con or the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX Prime). This year, it's PAX. We're just about to cross the border and spend the next 4 days playing every video game we can get our hands on.

If you're going to be at PAX, drop me a message. :-)
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Just Did My First Periscope

Hey everyone, I know this is another stupid piece of technology, but I just did my first Periscope broadcast. It was a spur of the moment thing, Jay and I broadcast our rehearsal for the next batch of Guide to Space videos. 

The video quality was pretty terrible, audio, etc. But what Periscope does REALLY well is notifications. Once I started the broadcast, anyone following me will get an alert on your phone. 

I'm going to try a few more experiments and figure out what this is good for, but I'm already intrigued enough to want playing with it further.

So, if you haven't already got Periscope on your phone, you might want to install it here:

And then follow me @fcain on Periscope, and you'll get notifications when I do the next broadcast.

The broadcast we recorded yesterday should be available for another few hours before they delete it.
Periscope lets you explore the world through the eyes of somebody else.
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+Jeff Boerst I wont mention the metal probes then.
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Join Fraser Cain and a rotating crew of space journalists to talk about the biggest news in space and astronomy.

This week we welcome Paul Sutter, CCAPP Visiting Fellow who works on the cosmic microwave background and large-scale structure.
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Fraser Cain. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
Weekly Space Hangout - June 26, 2015: Paul Sutter, CCAPP Visiting Fellow
Fri, June 26, 3:00 PM
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If you're a fan of astronomy and space exploration, check out the WSH Crew community.

These are the people who choose the topics for the Weekly Space Hangout and pick our guests.
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A place for the Weekly Space Hangout crew to chat about whatever strikes our fancy.
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Join Fraser Cain and a rotating crew of space journalists to talk about the biggest news in space and astronomy.

This week we welcome members of the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program!
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Fraser Cain. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
Weekly Space Hangout - June 12, 2015: Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program
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Hi +Parimah Salehi, +Ronald Minch , and all of you people that enjoy the Weekly Space Hangout.
Would you like to join the community of regular viewers, "The WSH Crew" ?
You will be made most welcome :
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Promo video for the Martian

I can't remember the last time I was this excited about a movie coming out. And here's more fuel for the fire. A short video from Mark Watney (Matt Damon) and the crew of the Ares 3 as they head off for Mars. Now we just have to wait until Nov. 25th for the actual movie.
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Publisher of Universe Today and Product Manager for
I'm the publisher of Universe Today and the co-host of Astronomy Cast.

Most recently, I've become the Product Manager for HeroX, a crowdsourcing/crowdfunding platform for incentive challenges, an offshoot of the XPrize Foundation.

We're doing all kinds of really cool stuff here on Google+, like live streaming telescopes into Google+ Hangouts with our Virtual Star Parties, interviewing astronomers and space scientists. If you want to see our upcoming events, visit the Cosmoquest Hangouts page.

If you want to improve your Google+ experience, I highly recommend you import my Super Science Circle.

I've also got a lot of experience running Hangouts on Air here on G+. If you want to do the same, here's my handy guide of Tips and Tricks for Hangouts on Air.
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I have an asteroid named after me: 158092 (Frasercain)
Publisher, Universe Today
  • HeroX
    Product Manager, 2014 - present
    I'm the Product Manager for the platform, a spinoff from the XPrize Foundation
  • Universe Today
    Publisher, 1999 - present
    Universe Today ( is one of the most popular space and astronomy news websites, with more than 3 million visitors a month. The site covers breaking news in spaceflight, astronomical science and gives you tips and tricks for amateur skywatchers.
  • Astronomy Cast
    Co-Host, 2007 - 2013
    Astronomy Cast ( is a weekly podcast co-hosted by Fraser Cain and Dr. Pamela Gay. Each week we focus on a different topic in space and astronomy, explaining the science in a friendly and accessible way.
  • Astrosphere New Media
    Director, 2007 - 2013
    Astrosphere New Media Association is dedicated to promoting science and skeptical thought through internet-based technologies and distribution. We focus our efforts on the creation of technologies and content that enable better astronomy communications and greater astronomy content access for the public.
    VP Operations, 1996 - 2000
    Marketing Director, 2001 - 2002
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How We Know Gravity is Not (Just) a Force

When we think of gravity, we typically think of it as a force between masses. When you step on a scale, for example, the number on the scale

Why Einstein Will Never Be Wrong

One of the benefits of being an astrophysicist is your weekly email from someone who claims to have “proven Einstein wrong”. These either co

Hubble Looks but Finds No Trace of Comet ISON

On December 18, the Hubble Space Telescope slewed to Comet ISON's expected position and found nothing down to the incredibly faint magnitude

What Does The Government Shutdown Mean For NASA?

A forthcoming NASA launch to Mars could be in danger of losing its launch window should a shutdown in the United States federal government t

More ISON Craziness: Tales of Popes, a Prophet and a Comet

There’s an astronomical tall tale from the Middle Ages that seems to get recycled as factual every time a “great” comet rolls around. This w

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The September Equinox: ‘Tis the Season to Spy the Zodiacal Light

This week leading up to the September equinox offers you a fine chance to catch an elusive phenomenon in the pre-dawn sky. We’re talking abo

Should Robots or Humans Explore Space?

You might be surprised to know that I have an opinion. People often ask me for it, but tend not to give it. But I was getting into a discuss

The Cyber-Myth That Just Won’t Die: See Mars as Large as a Full Moon!!!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been with us for a decade now. Ten years ago this week, the planet Mars reached made an exceptionally close p

Titan Has a Fancy Collar

As high summer slowly but steadily approaches on Saturn, Cassini is opening a window to the seasonal changes that occur not only on the ring

‘TransFormers’ Could Beam Light Into Permanently Shadowed Craters

Permanently shadowed craters on the moon or Mercury are one of the most exciting locations to search for water. Because the walls of these c

Your Guide To When, Where and How To See The Aurora Borealis

As an amateur astronomer, two of the most frequently questions I'm asked are "When is the best time to see the aurora borealis and where is

Venus And Moon Caught In A Crazy, Phase-y Coincidence Tonight

Curious coincidences occur in the sky just as they do on Earth. Take tonight for instance. The moon is in gibbous phase or about 3/4 full -

Astrophoto: The Milky Way Over Panther Creek State Park

Amateur astronomers from Illinois frequently venture out to Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Park, a 26-square mile conservation area of prairi

Virtual Star Party – Aug. 18, 2013

On this warm August evening, three astronomers shared their live view of the night sky for a Virtual Star Party. The Moon was nearly full, b

Poof! This Spacecraft Could Get Under A Planet’s Skin

If you want to get inside a planet or moon fast, the European Space Agency says lobbing a spacecraft at the surface might be a good approach

How to See Planet Neptune: Our Guide to Its 2013 Opposition

If you do your own stargazing or participate in our Sunday night Virtual Star Parties, you’ve probably noticed we’re starting to lose planet

Haiku for Mars: Winners Selected for MAVEN Mission

Fans of Mars and spaceflight waxed poetic as the haiku selected to travel to Mars aboard the MAVEN spacecraft were announced earlier this mo

Earth’s Highest Clouds Shine at the “Top of the Orbit”

Looking for a new desktop background? This might do nicely: a photo of noctilucent "night-shining" clouds seen above a midnight Sun over Ala

My favorite restaurant in Courtenay. The pad Thai, awesome.
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I've always been extremely happy with Seeco. They're highly skilled, but also keep my budget in mind, so they know when something is necessary and when we can just watch a problem, and fix it in the future. You can trust them completely.
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This is one of our favorite restaurants in Courtenay, and one of the first places I'll take visitors. The food is delicious, the portions are big, and the atmosphere is quirky. They've done a great job of injecting a little character into our small city.
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