Podcasts, Space and Games, Oh My!


Screenshot of the classic Asteroids game
Screenshot of the classic Asteroids game

No, I’m not talking about the pretty amazing Atari game called Asteroids, which I do have fond memories of playing in my childhood.

Instead, I am talking about those orbiting rocky bodies in Space, that some call minor planets, some call planetoids, but in general, we refer to as Asteroids.

Why this sudden interest in Asteroids? Well, although I’ve already mentioned the game that I enjoyed, and there’s many other fun non-scientific things associated with that name, but real Asteroids?

Earlier, I told you how I’ve rekindled my long-time interest in Space.

The day after I wrote that post, I stumbled across a spacey podcast episode about Asteroids, which lead me to subscribing to the full podcast of course.

And the specific Asteroidy podcast episode in question? That would be “How many Asteroids are out there? With Dr. Mainzer.

The Chuckle

As I began to listen to the beginning of the episode, I was honestly reminded of something rather humorous and completely irrelevant (and slightly irreverent). The absolutely hilarious SNL (Saturday Night Live) skit called “Delicious Dish” (video below). Yes, it’s completely irrelevant, aside from the voice qualities of the two girls speaking – somehow soft and reserved, yet saying some fun and interesting things…

By the way – I apologize for the quality of the video. It’s not mine and is only a video pointing at a TV screen of the actual show. Horrible, yes. But in searching for a decent representation of the video on YouTube, I quickly realized that the lack of originals and sheer vast volume of re-makes was suggestive of copyright law. Anyway, moving along here. If you watch the video all the way through, you’ll get why I chuckled.

The Goods

The initial chuckling was a bit out of line, but it was probably a good thing; it kept me listening. And I’m glad I did.

I was able to actually learn quite a bit. Here we have two highly-educated professionals in their industries conversing in detail about not only about Asteroids in general, but also the work that goes into studying them. This sounds like a topic that us wee mortals could in no way fathom, however both the show host and Dr. Mainzer broke it down. A step-by-step approach of explanation in layman’s terms.

Dr. Mainzer and her NEOWISE team calculated how many Asteroids are out in space, waiting to be discovered. Now let that sink in for a minute…

The NEOWISE project is the asteroid-hunting portion of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. Funded by NASA's Planetary Science Division, NEOWISE harvests measurements of Asteroids and comets from the WISE images and provides a rich archive for searching WISE data for solar system objects.

In short, if you’ve a slight interest in Space, like I do, you will love subscribing and listening to SpacePod. In Dr. Nugent’s own words:
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Hear stories about the alien moons orbiting our Sun, of cold stars, and the future of space exploration. Every week, scientist Dr. Carrie Nugent chats about an amazing part of our universe with an expert guest. SpacePod is the podcast that gives you an inside look into space exploration.

The Resources

I hope you enjoyed reading about my learning experience and perhaps have found a new interest. To close out, let’s look at some scientific resources and those related to Asteroids but not so sciency. 😛

Asteroids - Sciency Stuff

Asteroids - Not Necessarily Science but Cool Nonetheless

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