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Weekly Space Hangout: December 4, 2019 – Dr. Becky Smethurst’s “Space: 10 Things You Should Know”

Hosts: Fraser Cain ( / @fcain)

Dr. Brian Koberlein ( / @BrianKoberlein)

Sondy Springmann (@sondy)

Michael Rodruck (@michaelrodruck)

Tonight we air Fraser’s pre-recorded interview with Dr. Becky Smethurst from Tuesday, November 26th.

Dr. Smethurst is a research fellow at Christ Church College, Oxford University who is researching how galaxies and their central supermassive black holes evolve together. Becky enlists help from the public to classify galaxy shapes through GalaxyZoo, and is currently using data from the SDSS-IV: MaNGA survey to determine if a Supermassive Black Hole can prevent star formation in a galaxy.

Becky is also a renowned science communicator with her own YouTube channel, Dr. Becky ( , where she posts weekly videos about unsolved mysteries and weird space objects, as well as a monthly space news roundup.

Becky also has published a new book, “Space: 10 Things You Should Know” which is now available on Amazon:

You can learn more about Dr. Becky by visiting her website ( and her academic webpage ( ). And don’t forget to subscribe to her YouTube Channel (


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Susie Murph

Susie Murph is the Communications Specialist at CosmoQuest. She also produces Astronomy Cast and the Weekly Space Hangout, and is the former producer of the Parsec Award-winning Guide to Space video series.

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