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The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is partnering with the SETI Institute's radio/podcast program Are We Alone? by underwriting a series of astronomy-related segments during the year.

Out of This World


Ed Stone, Caltech's Morrisroe Professor of Physics and vice chairman of the TMT board, discusses his career and, in particular, his involvement with the Voyager I and II spacecraft.

Brown Dwarfs and Green Stars


Davy Kirkpatrick, an astronomer at the California Institute of Technology and scientist for NASA’s WISE mission, discusses why the most common stars in the galaxy don’t shine thanks to nuclear energy as our Sun does.

Science Segments: Red Dwarfs and Mirror Design


In this episode of TMT Science Segments, we hear from Tim Davidge of the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics and member of the TMT Science Advisory Committee. Dr. Davidge will explain new Keck results that indicate astronomers have been underestimating the number of stars in the universe based on a survey of red dwarfs in eliptical galaxies.

We'll also talk with Jerry Nelson of the University of California, Santa Cruz, about the science and engineering behind building a 30-meter, segmented mirror.

Most Distant Object in the Universe and TMT on Mauna Kea


TMT Science Segments Podcast for November 2010.

Astronomer Richard Ellis talks about the recent announcement of the most distant galaxy ever detected and what that means for the future of astronomy. Also, Sandra Dawson reflects on her work on behalf of TMT in Hawaii.

Future of Exoplanet Detection


The extra-solar planet count is more than 400 and rising. Before long we may find an Earth-like planet around another star. If we do, and can visit, what next? Stake out our claim on an alien world or tread lightly and preserve it?


Gary Davis, Director of the Joint Astronomy Center in Hilo, Hawaii

Enceladus and the Habitable Zone


You’re entering the Habitable Zone: which is the best bet for life elsewhere in the Solar System – Europa, Enceladus or Mars?


Amanda Hendrix: Planetary Scientist, Caltech's Jet Propusoin Laboratory

Science Firsts: The Earliest Galaxies


Being first counts in science. Land that coveted spot and you’ll make history, whether it’s with the first steam engine or the discovery of our earliest human ancestor. But what does “first” mean when technological invention so heavily builds on what’s come before… and evolution represents continuous change? Find out from how powerful new telescopes are allowing us to see the earliest galaxies.

Garth Illingworth, Astrophysicist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and co-chair TMT Science Advisory Committee

Aloha Astronomy


From Mauna Kea in Hawaii, the view of the cosmos is spectacular. Giant black holes, distant galaxies, and extrasolar planets have all been uncovered by the massive telescopes that perch on this volcanic cone. Join the astronomers who use the Keck Telescopes to peer at objects so far away, their light started out before Earth was born. Also discover how the new Thirty Meter Telescope will dwarf even the massive glass eyes now in place, and why some of the world’s most important astronomical discoveries are being made in the Aloha State. Plus, why the building of telescopes on the volcano is controversial to some native Hawaiians. This program is also available on the Seti site.

Charles Blue: Science writer, Thirty Meter Telescope Project
Richard Ellis: Astronomer, California Institute of Technology
Koa Rice: Hawaiian culture consultant

Julian Christou: Adaptive optics scientist, Gemini North Telescope
Ashley Yeager: Outreach manager, Keck Telescope
Taft Armandroff: Director of the W. M. Keck Telescope

Seeing Stars and Planets


It’s hot, too darn hot! And bright, too darn bright! But over-the-top photon flux doesn’t stop scientists from studying the sun. And solar eclipses are an ideal time for observing our favorite nuclear reactor. Discover what it was like to observe totality during the 2009 China solar eclipse. Plus, how a star is born … the latest from the NASA Kepler mission to seek Earth-like planets … and, planet-hunter extraordinaire Mike Brown discovers the tenth planet: an icy body beyond Pluto. This program is also available on the Seti site.

Betsy Barton: Astronomer, University of California, Irvine and member TMT Science Advisory Committee
Mike Brown: Planetary Astronomer, California Institute of Technology