Future in Space Hangout

Join us as we meet with members of the American Astronomical Society and the American Astronautical Society to discuss the future of humanity's efforts in space and science.

Ninth Planet Beyond Neptune?

20th Feb, 2016 - 20.8k views

Konstantin Batygin & Mike Brown have recently uncovered evidence that a giant planet in the outer reaches of our solar system is pushing around the orbits of the most distant objects known beyond Neptune. The orbits of these distant objects, in what

LIGO & Gravitational Waves

13th Feb, 2016 - 13.4k views

Gravitational waves have been predicted by Einstein's General Theory of Relativity for 100 years and have never been found. Scientists have been searching for them using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) located in Hanfo

How and Why We Try to Observe Gravitational Waves

21st Nov, 2015 - 22.4k views

One hundred years ago this month, Albert Einstein revolutionized our understanding of gravity:  space and time were no longer a passive stage on which the universe evolved, but instead a dynamic participant. Perhaps Einstein's most fascinating predi

Starshades and Coronagraphs: Essential Technologies for Finding Life in the Universe

17th Oct, 2015 - 6576 views

NASA is developing ambitious future missions intended to find signs of life on worlds around other stars. Those clues would be present in the planet’s atmosphere: water vapor indicating an ocean, oxygen from green plans, methane from bacteria. To ac

Constructing the Future in Space: How Engineers Design and Build the Most Ambitious Space Observa...

19th Sep, 2015 - 8859 views

Space observatories are among the most challenging and complex machines ever designed and operated, requiring precise operation of complex systems within a very challenging environment at enormous distances from human operators. How has this been don

Future in Space Hangout: Space Astronomy in the 2020's and Beyond

15th Aug, 2015 - 6058 views

Are we alone in the Universe? Are other Earth-like worlds common? Do any have signs of life? How did life emerge from a lifeless cosmic beginning? Curious humans have asked these questions for millennia, but for the first time we can foresee actuall