Zombie Star and Rosetta Too!

In our Fifteenth-est episode yet, Josh, Addie and Tracy discuss the discovery of a new kind of supernova where the star is not completely destroyed, potentially leaving behind a “Zombie Star” remnant. In addition to supernovas and zombie stars, hear an update on the Rosetta mission’s arrival at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and Insane Clown Posse’s anti-science song. New WtG drinking game for this episode: take a drink every time Josh says “yeah”. Here’s the “zombie star” story. Here are the lyrics to that Insane Clown Posse song where they call me a liar.

And seriously, check out these pics of the comet from Rosetta:

Close-up detail of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera and downloaded today, 6 August. The image shows the comet’s ‘head’ at the left of the frame, which is casting shadow onto the ‘neck’ and ‘body’ to the right. The image was taken from a distance of 120 km and the image resolution is 2.2 metres per pixel. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
Close-up detail of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera and downloaded today, 6 August. The image shows the comet’s ‘head’ at the left of the frame, which is casting shadow onto the ‘neck’ and ‘body’ to the right.
The image was taken from a distance of 120 km and the image resolution is 2.2 metres per pixel. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
Back side view of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on 3 August 2014 from a distance of 285 km. The image resolution is 5.3 metres/pixel. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
Back side view of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on 3 August 2014 from a distance of 285 km. The image resolution is 5.3 metres/pixel. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Rosetta and the Rubber Ducky Comet

We’re back from our summer hiatus with a discussion of comets, and in particular the comet 67P/Churyomov-Gerasimenko. 67P is the destination of the Rosetta spacecraft which is currently returning some spectacular images of this comet revealing it to be a contact binary. You can find information about Rosetta and the comet at ESA’s website here. When Rosetta’s lander, Phillae, lands on the surface of the comet, we’ll finally find out how well Josh did at advising the Deep Impact producers on the look of their comet. For now, check out one of the many cool images of this comet here:

Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA