Videos from Future in Space Hangout

Join us as we meet with members of the American Astronomical Society and the American Astronautical Society to discuss the future of humanity's efforts in space and science.

Found 43 videos in "Future in Space Hangout" category

How and Why We Try to Observe Gravitational Waves

20th Nov, 2015 - 22.3K views

One hundred years ago this month, Albert Einstein revolutionized our understanding of gravity:  space and time were no longer a passive stage on which the universe evolved, but instead a dynamic participant. Perhaps Einstein's most fascinating predi

Ninth Planet Beyond Neptune?

19th Feb, 2016 - 20.7K views

Konstantin Batygin & Mike Brown have recently uncovered evidence that a giant planet in the outer reaches of our solar system is pushing around the orbits of the most distant objects known beyond Neptune. The orbits of these distant objects, in what

LIGO & Gravitational Waves

12th Feb, 2016 - 13.4K views

Gravitational waves have been predicted by Einstein's General Theory of Relativity for 100 years and have never been found. Scientists have been searching for them using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) located in Hanfo

Constructing the Future in Space: How Engineers Design and Build the Most Ambitious Space Observa...

18th Sep, 2015 - 8862 views

Space observatories are among the most challenging and complex machines ever designed and operated, requiring precise operation of complex systems within a very challenging environment at enormous distances from human operators. How has this been don

Starshades and Coronagraphs: Essential Technologies for Finding Life in the Universe

16th Oct, 2015 - 6575 views

NASA is developing ambitious future missions intended to find signs of life on worlds around other stars. Those clues would be present in the planet’s atmosphere: water vapor indicating an ocean, oxygen from green plans, methane from bacteria. To ac

Living Earths: The Astronomical Answer to “Are We Alone?"

19th Aug, 2016 - 6411 views

NASA has begun four concept studies of major space observatories that could launch sometime in the coming couple decades. In this fourth in our series on these studies, we discuss the Habitable Exoplanet (HabEx) concept. HabEx is a design for a high

Future In Space Hangout: The Multitude of Planets

17th Jul, 2015 - 6396 views

Recent space telescope missions such as Kepler and Spitzer have given us unprecedented data that have shown that there are many, many planets orbiting other stars.  Current estimates show that there are enough planets in our galaxy that for every sta

Future in Space Hangout: Space Astronomy in the 2020's and Beyond

14th Aug, 2015 - 6058 views

Are we alone in the Universe? Are other Earth-like worlds common? Do any have signs of life? How did life emerge from a lifeless cosmic beginning? Curious humans have asked these questions for millennia, but for the first time we can foresee actuall

Ripples In Space: Gravitational Waves in Our Future

17th Jun, 2016 - 5703 views

After decades of effort, the era of gravitational wave astronomy is finally here. Ground-based instruments like LIGO have opened up humanity's ears to the ripples of spacetime. But the LIGO results represent just one slice of the gravitational wave

NASA's TESS Mission Update

16th Mar, 2017 - 5254 views

NASA’s Kepler mission breathtakingly revealed that our galaxy was filled with stars surrounded by planetary systems of all kinds. Our search for planets will not end with the Kepler mission, but will go on. Join Tony Darnell, Alberto Conti, and Har

The Mesmerizing Universe: X-Ray Vision for the Stars

20th May, 2016 - 4992 views

NASA has begun a series of studies of four concepts that will in a few years’ time produce candidate designs for a major space observatory to begin construction later next decade. One of these is the X-Ray Surveyor. The X-Ray Surveyor mission will p

How Cool Is That? Exploring the Low-Temperature Universe

15th Apr, 2016 - 4897 views

Although cataclysmic explosions and the fiery furnaces of massive stars are attention-grabbers, many of the most critically important events and physical processes in astronomy take place in the coolest objects in the cosmos: regions wherein stars an