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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 spy, with my really big eyes...
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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:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbJ42wpShvml6Eg22WjWAR-6QUufHFh2v

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. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEuCdnxP_V8

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 frasercain@gmail.com 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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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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Would We See the Aliens Coming?

If the aliens were planning to invade Earth, would we get any warning? Made with +Jason Harmer, +Chad Weber and +Susan Murph 
<p>Guide to Space Ep. 184</p><p>Would We See the Aliens Coming?</p><p>Airdate: 6/1/2015</p><p><br></p><br>
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I think it's up to the individual to recognize this actor and if you meet him why would he be interested in you
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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 Dr. Bradley M. Peterson, whose research is directed towards determination of the physical nature of active galactic nuclei.
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Weekly Space Hangout - May 29, 2015
Fri, May 29, 3:00 PM
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Where is the link for this week's hangout?
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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.
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Weekly Space Hangout - June 26, 2015: Paul Sutter, CCAPP Visiting Fellow
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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.
WSH Crew
A place for the Weekly Space Hangout crew to chat about whatever strikes our fancy.
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I WSH you the best! 
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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!
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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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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.
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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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Iapetus, Saturn's Yin Yang Moon

Iapetus is one of the most fascinating objects in the Solar System, with its strange yin/yang hemispheres and enormous equatorial ridge. +Brian Koberlein explains how the ridge might have formed.
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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 Dr. Rhys Taylor,  Former Arecibo Post Doc; Current research involves looking for galaxies in the 21cm waveband. He's also an amateur CGI artist.
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Weekly Space Hangout - May 22, 2015
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  • North Island College
  • University of British Columbia
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August 19, 1971
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Publisher of Universe Today and Product Manager for HeroX.com
Introduction
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.
Bragging rights
I have an asteroid named after me: 158092 (Frasercain)
Work
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Publisher, Universe Today
Employment
  • HeroX
    Product Manager, 2014 - present
    I'm the Product Manager for the HeroX.com platform, a spinoff from the XPrize Foundation
  • Universe Today
    Publisher, 1999 - present
    Universe Today (http://www.universetoday.com) 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 (http://www.astronomycast.com) 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.
  • Communicate.com
    VP Operations, 1996 - 2000
  • interactivetools.com
    Marketing Director, 2001 - 2002
  • Absolute Software
    Co-Founder, 1992 - 1995
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How We Know Gravity is Not (Just) a Force
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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The September Equinox: ‘Tis the Season to Spy the Zodiacal Light
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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?
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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!!!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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”
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Looking for a new desktop background? This might do nicely: a photo of noctilucent "night-shining" clouds seen above a midnight Sun over Ala

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