SoT 269: LISA is Amazing!

July 8, 2017

Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall

[00:00:40] We welcome Lucas back to the show, and discuss his battles with depression. Lucas recently blogged about dealing with mental health in the workplace, and how different managers respond to cases of depression.

[00:10:34] After three detections of gravitational waves by the ground-based LIGO detector, the European Space Agency has given the go-ahead for the LISA space-based detector.

[00:15:42] A data visualisation takes a deep look at the statistics of human birth. And while we tend to think of it as being a random process, there’s a large spike in births at 8am.

[00:19:42] The New Horizons spacecraft has a new target – Kuiper Belt Object MU69 – which recently came between Earth and a distant star. This caused a huge (and highly successful) global effort to view it with ground-based telescopes.


This episode contains traces of banter between former astronaut Buzz Aldrin and former bankrupt casino-owner President Donald Trump.