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Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series Archive


The Universe is Out to Get Us and What We Can (or Can't) Do About It

Solar Storm: Space Weather's Impacts on Society and the Economy
Dr. Daniel Baker, University of Colorado at Boulder (video)
September 12, 2013

The 2013 Chelyabinsk Air Burst and the Hazards of Near-Earth Asteroid Impacts (video)
Dr. David Kring, Lunar and Planetary Institute
November 21, 2013

Exploding Stars, Cosmic Blowtorches, and the Runaway Universe (video)
Dr. Jeffrey Silverman, The University of Texas at Austin
March 6, 2014

When Will We Find E.T. and What Happens If We Do? (video)
Dr. Seth Shostak, SETI Institute
April 24, 2014


A User's Guide to the Universe: You Live Here. Here's What You Need to Know

Big Bang Theory: The Three Pillars (video)
Dr. Dragan Huterer, University of Michigan
November 15, 2012

Dark Energy: A Universe Out of Control (video)
Dr. Nicholas Suntzeff, Texas A&M University
January 31, 2013

Biography of the Milky Way (video)
Dr. James Bullock, University of California
February 28, 2013

Black Holes Inside and Out (video)
Dr. Andrew Hamilton, University of Colorado at Boulder
June 13, 2013


NASA's Year of the Solar System: New Missions, New Perspectives, New Questions

Humanity's Changing Relationship with the Solar System (video)
Dava Sobel
September 22, 2011

New Understanding of Solar System Evolution
Planet Formation: What's New With the Oldest Events in the Solar System,
Bill Bottke
November 10, 2011

The GRAIL Mission and New Understanding of the Moon (video)
Maria Zuber
February 2, 2012

Mars: Discoveries and Insights from 50 Years of Robotic Exploration (video)
Stephen Clifford
June 7, 2012


Changing Climates in the Solar System

Venus, Earth, and Mars: A Climate Overview
Dr. Andrew Ingersoll, California Institute of Technology
September 16, 2010

Climate Change on Mars
Mars: The Decline and Fall of an Earth-Like Climate
Dr. Allan Treiman, Lunar and Planetary Institute
November 18, 2010

Climate Change due to Impact Events
Calamitous Climate Change Produced by Impacting Asteroids and Comets
Dr. David Kring, Lunar and Planetary Institute
January 27, 2011

Earth’s Dynamic Climate Part 1
Icehouse to Greenhouse Transitions in Earth History: Lessons from Deep Time to Recent
Dr. Eugene Domack, Hamilton College
February 24, 2011

Earth’s Dynamic Climate Part 2
Earth’s Climate History: 1 Million Years Ago to the Present
Dr. James White, The University of Colorado at Boulder
May 19, 2011


Preparing for The Search for Meaning, for Planets, for Life
Astronomy, God, and the Search for Elegance (video)
Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ
November 19, 2009

The Search for Extrasolar Planets
Kepler, and the Search for Habitable Earths (video)
Dr. William Cochran, University of Texas-Austin
January 14, 2010

The Search for Habitable Zones
Finding and Making Habitable Planets (video)
Dr. Jim Kasting, Penn State University
February 11, 2010

The Search for Life
What is LIfe? (and how should we look for it?) (video)
Dr. Tori Hoehler, NASA Ames Research Center
April 29, 2010


Preparing for the Intrnational Year of Astronomy
From the Big Bang to Big Brains: The Origin of Structure in an Evolving Universe
Dr. Jeff Hester
November 13, 2008

Observing during the International Year of Astronmy
Exploding Stars in an Accelerating Universe (Presentation available here)
Dr. Craig Wheeler
February 18, 2009

Exploring during the International Year of Astronomy
Dr. Paul Spudis
April 23, 2009

The Future of Astronomy
Star Cities of the Milky Way
Dr. Caty Pilachowski
June 18, 2009