The Star Field

The Star Field

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A podcast about the field of astronomy and the people who study space, as seen through the lens of a student.


Episode 6: Dr. Medeiros, NASA Booties, and Impostor Syndrome
Aug 15 • 19 min
What do Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong, storyteller extraordinaire Neil Gaimen, and many undergrads (and beyond) have in common? Doubting yourself and your place in comparison to others can be difficult to overcome, especially when such feelings rise up…
Episode 5: Dr. Frye, the Spanish Inquisition, and the Challenge of Learning
Jul 15 • 13 min
What drives us to reach for the stars, both literally and figuratively? In this episode, we explore why the selection pool of astronaut applicants is enormous despite the small number of positions, how challenge and learning go hand in hand when it comes…
Live Session 4: Dark Matter and the Future of Astronomy
Jul 1 • 50 min
In the fourth of The Star Field’s live session episodes, Dr. Chris Impey takes questions from listeners.
Episode 4: Dr. Ziurys, the Leg, and Astronomical Resources
Jun 15 • 13 min
What is an undergraduate’s best line of defense against the scholarly challenges they’ll face? Fellow students, online help, and office hours can all aid in the battle. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Ziurys about astrochemistry, learn about the strange…
Live Session 3: Black Holes, and More Black Holes
Jun 1 • 46 min
In the third of The Star Field’s live session episodes, Dr. Chris Impey takes questions from listeners.
Episode 3: Dr. Willman, the Pope, and the Voyager Golden Record
May 14 • 16 min
What is one of the most essential tools for an astronomer? It’s not math or physics, but something less intuitive. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Beth Willman about the importance of being a strong communicator, learn about the Vatican Observatory, and…
Live Session 2: Galactic Morphology, The Black Hole Image, and More
May 2 • 49 min
In the second of The Star Field’s live session episodes, Dr. Chris Impey takes questions from listeners.
Episode 2: Dr. Zabludoff, the Budget, and Mars Explorers
Apr 15 • 16 min
What can change the course of an astronomer’s career? This episode, we talk to Dr. Zabludoff, discuss NASA’s budget, and talk about the next generation of Mars explorers. More information about Dr. Zabludoff can be found here:…
Episode 1: Dr. Kratter, the Alien, and Moon Naming
Mar 15 • 17 min
In this episode, we interview Dr. Kaitlin Kratter about why she became an astronomer, discuss recent news, and talk about the alien in Dr. Chris Impey’s office. More information about Dr. Kratter can be found here:…
Bonus: The Brian May Story
Mar 13 • 4 min
Dr. Chris Impey tells the story of how he met astrophysicist Dr. Brian May, also known as the lead guitarist for Queen and opener for this year’s Academy Awards.
Live Session 1: Relativity, the Age of the Universe, and More
Feb 8 • 46 min
In the first of The Star Field’s live session episodes, Dr. Chris Impey takes questions from our listeners and discusses the speed of light, how old the universe is, and if we all have parallel selves.