The 9pm Space Telescope Titillation with Pulsar Boy Rami Mandow

Rami Mandow and two telescopes, one an optical scope and one part of a home-made radio telescope. (Photo: Supplied; Post-processing: Stilgherrian)

The winter series of The 9pm Edict continues with astrophysicist Rami Mandow, founder of There’s a new telescope to talk about, and much more.

In this episode we talk about the imagery from the James Webb Space Telescope, pulsars, how declassified military data is aiding science, water on mars, orbital mechanics, adaptive optics, Assyria, rainbow lorikeets, space junk, junk science, and of course Elon Musk.

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Rami Mandow has been on the Edict twice before.

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Crab Nebula in Taurus (also known as Messier 1), in a three colour composite observed with the FORS2 instrument in imaging mode on 10 November 1999. (Photo: ESO/Wikipedia Commons)
  • Abraham "Avi" Loeb (Hebrew: ????? (???) ????; born February 26, 1962) is an Israeli-American theoretical physicist who works on astrophysics and cosmology. Loeb is the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University. He had been the longest serving chair of Harvard's Department of Astronomy (2011–2020), founding director of Harvard's Black Hole Initiative (since 2016) and director of the Institute for Theory and Computation (since 2007) within the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
  • [1 February 2021] In conversation, the Harvard University professor explains his shocking hypothesis—and calls out what he sees as a crisis in science.
  • Avi Loeb, 60, is convinced humankind will encounter extraterrestrials in his lifetime. But he says scientific progress is being held back by the belief that we’re the ‘smartest kids on the cosmic block’.
  • 7 March 2013] "After putting aside all possible elements of contamination, DNA was found that did not coincide with any of the well-known types in the global database," said Sergei Bulat, of the genetics laboratory at the St Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics.
  • Panspermia (from Ancient Greek ??? (pan)  'all ', and ?????? (sperma)  'seed') is the hypothesis, first proposed in the 5th century BC by the Greek philosopher Anaxagoras, that life exists throughout the Universe, distributed by space dust, meteoroids, asteroids, comets, and planetoids, as well as by spacecraft carrying unintended contamination by microorganisms.
  • [26 June 2020] Scientists have called the extremophile bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans “a robust generalist” capable of persevering amid prolonged exposure to everything from toxic chemicals and corrosive acids to desiccating desert heat and subzero temperatures. Colonies of the bacteria have been found occupying the coolant water tanks of nuclear reactors and thriving on the weathered granite of Antarctica’s dry valleys. They have faced exposure to solar radiation and the vacuum of space onboard a European Space Agency satellite and have survived punishing simulations of life on Mars at the German Aerospace Center in Cologne.
  • Dame Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS FRSE FRAS FInstP (/b??r?n?l/; born 15 July 1943) is an astrophysicist from Northern Ireland who, as a postgraduate student, discovered the first radio pulsars in 1967. The discovery eventually earned the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1974; however, she was not one of the prize's recipients.
  • [5 May 2015] The source of strange radio signals that have left astronomers at Australia's most famous radio telescope scratching their heads for 17 years has finally been discovered. It turns out that it was a microwave oven.
  • The average surface pressure is only about 610 pascals (0.088 psi) which is less than 1% of the Earth's value.

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