Episode 16 - Reflecting on a Great Year in Space + Interview with the Roadster Tracker: Ben Pearson

In this episode of Eclipse on Tap, co-hosts Matt and David reflect on what was an amazing year for space news. Whether it be the Falcon Heavy launch, the NASA InSight's successful Mars landing, or OSIRIS-REx exchanging a high-five with an asteroid, 2018 was a fantastic year. We round out the final episode in 2018 with a special interview with Ben Pearson, the founder of www.whereisroadster.com. His site provides excellent data for those wondering where Starman is after he was propelled into deep space atop the Falcon Heavy lift vehicle earlier this year. We wish all of our listeners a safe and happy Holiday season and New Year!

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Episode 15 - Exploring the Subsurface of Mars!

In this episode of Eclipse on Tap, co-hosts Matt and David start off by review the recent movie, "First Man" starring Ryan Gosling documenting the life of Neil Armstrong: the first man on the moon. Next, they discuss the NASA InSight mission and its recent landing on Mars. The probe will begin drilling into the surface of the Red Planet to investigate seismic activity among other subsurface happenings. Finally, the two discuss NASA's reaction Elon Musk's string of poor decisions. NASA has announced that it will conduct a full blown safety review of the company.

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Episode 14 - Brunch Edition!

In this episode of Eclipse on Tap, co-hosts Matt and David enjoy a brunch-time Bloody Mary and talk SpaceX's announcement of the first private passenger to the moon: Yusaku Maezawa. Conversation then leads into this month's Soyuz rocket scare as two astronauts were forced to abort a transport mission to the ISS. Finally, they discuss the very strange happenings on the ISS: seemingly intentional drill holes in the side of the spacecraft!

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Episode 13 - A Trip, a Trash Find, and a Terrifically Timed Strike

On this episode of Eclipse on Tap, co-hosts Matt and David kick of the month's discussion by recapping Matt's recent trip to Kennedy Space Center. Following the break, the two discuss their legendary, curbside trash find, that by random fate became a centerpiece of Pub 39A. The episode wraps with a play-by-play of "The Strike", a perfectly timed bowling strike to the chorus of "Life on Mars" by David Bowie. Like the Falcon Heavy launch, but cooler!

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Episode 12 - One Year Anniversary of the Eclipse Celebration (ft. Rush Fast Racing live at NASCAR)

On this episode of Eclipse on Tap, co-hosts Matt and David kick of the celebration of the one year anniversary of the total solar eclipse (and this podcast) reflecting on memories surrounding the August 21st, 2017 spectacle. The second half of the podcast features a very special roundtable-style interview with friends and family who also witnessed the solar eclipse, but from various places across the country: Andy saw it in Carbondale, IL; Chandler saw it in Sparta, TN; and returning guest RaceChaserDad saw it in Hopkinsville, KY of course. The discussion took place on the grounds of Tree Farm campground, LIVE from Michigan International Speedway. The group was camping for the Consumers Energy 400 Race weekend and felt it was a perfect time for a celebratory chat amongst friends. Here's to one year of podcasting and to many more!

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Episode 11 - A 16" Diameter Dobsonian Telescope: Unleashing "The Beast" (feat. RaceChaserDad)

On this episode of Eclipse on Tap, co-hosts Matt and David provide an update on Mars' upcoming opposition date, the climax of its summer-long close approach to Earth. Be sure to get out and look up to see the red planet as close as it has been since 2003! Next, we discuss the 49th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Finally, we bring on special guest RaceChaserDad to discuss his new 16" Dobsonian telescope named, "The Beast".

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Episode 10 - A Tribute to Alan Bean + VR: Making the Moon Walk a Reality

In this episode of Eclipse on Tap, co-hosts Matt and David discuss Mars and its increasing apparent size in the sky as the season moves on. Be sure to get out this Spring and Summer and take advantage of Mars and Earth coming about as close together as they get! After the break, Eclipse on Tap goes down the "black hole", starting with a keyword and rolling off the cuff to see where the word goes. This month's "black hole" was bowling of all things. Listen in to learn the small-world connection between bowling and the 2017 Hopkinsville total solar eclipse.

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Episode 9 - Into the Black Hole: Mars, Hops, & Bowling

In this episode of Eclipse on Tap, co-hosts Matt and David discuss Mars and its increasing apparent size in the sky as the season moves on. Be sure to get out this Spring and Summer and take advantage of Mars and Earth coming about as close together as they get! After the break, Eclipse on Tap goes down the "black hole", starting with a keyword and rolling off the cuff to see where the word goes. This month's "black hole" was bowling of all things. Listen in to learn the small-world connection between bowling and the 2017 Hopkinsville total solar eclipse.

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Episode 8 - Behold the Next Coming of Totality

On this episode of Eclipse on Tap, co-hosts Matt and David discuss the significance of the April 8th date. Given that this episode fell on the same date that the 2024 next great American total solar eclipse will occur, its only fitting to kick off the hype. Other news includes a brief update on everyone's favorite Flat-Earther, "Mad" Mike Hughes, and a chat about Elon's request for a new space race. The episode concludes with a tribute to our featured astronaut of the month, Charlie Duke!

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Episode 7 - Podcast Updates + Interview with Rocket Launch Photographer Brady Kenniston!

On this episode of Eclipse on Tap, co-hosts Matt and David provide some podcast updates including a potential microphone upgrade. They also discuss where the podcast has been and where it is going in a brief, casual prelude to the main event: the interview following the break music. This month, Matt and David interview Brady Kenniston, a professional photographer from Bay City, MI who captured arguably the best rocket launch photos of Falcon Heavy. Just ask Elon and he would agree! The interview covers Brady's initial drive to begin rocket launch photography, his experiences at the Falcon Heavy launch, and what he has down the road as far a future launch plans.

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Episode 6.5 (Bonus) - Godspeed Starman: Our Reactions to Falcon Heavy

In this special bonus episode of Eclipse on Tap, co-hosts Matt and David react to the successful SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch that occurred on Tuesday, February 6th at 3:45pm EST. Following initial reactions, discussion ensues surrounding the impact of this launch and what it means for the future of space flight.

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Episode 6 - Was That a Super Blue Blood Moon Meteor?

In this episode of Eclipse on Tap, co-hosts Matt and David discuss the meteor bolide that came crashing down to Michigan recently and, of course, the Super Blue Blood Moon total lunar eclipse that occurred on January 31st! This month's astronaut of the month is Neil Armstrong, the legend and first man to step foot on the moon. The episode wraps up with discussion surrounding the planet of the month, Neptune! As always, thank you for listening to Eclipse on Tap!

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Episode 5 - Falcon Heavy and the Martian Tesla + Reminiscing the Eclipse (feat. Jon)

Happy New Year! On this episode of Eclipse on Tap, Matt and David share their excitement for the Falcon Heavy and its upcoming launch in late January. Seeing such a large rocket go vertical on Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center is something that anyone interested in space exploration gets pumped up for. The astronaut of the month is the late John Young. Young recently passed away, but left a legacy on space exploration that will not be forgotten. Rest in peace, John Watts Young. “What’s Up” for January includes a reminder regarding the upcoming total lunar eclipse that will take place on January 31st. The podcast ends with a special interview with our good friend and fellow eclipse chaser, Jon. Jon shares his own interesting perspective on witnessing the total solar eclipse and what seeing such an amazing event means to him.

Episode 4 - "Mad" Mike Hughes and the Turd-Shaped Asteroid

On this episode of Eclipse on Tap, co-hosts Matt and David recap the local Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association public meeting, which showcased the various types of telescopes best suited for new hobbyists. They also share news related to the infamous "flat-Earther" Mad Mike Hughes and his crazy plans for a rocket launch. News continues with discussion surrounding the cigar-shaped alien asteroid 'Oumuamua and its interesting origins. The episode wraps out with the planet of the month, Mercury, the astronaut of the month, Jim Lovell, and a brand new segment showcasing "What's Up" for December's night sky.

Episode 3 - Would You Eat the Moon if It Were Made of Ribs?

On this episode of Eclipse on Tap, co-hosts Matt and David discuss upcoming eclipse news including the total lunar eclipse on January 31st, 2018. The International Astronautical Congress meeting in late September was also a topic of discussion, specifically Elon Musk's plan to potentially return to the moon. A new addition to the program for this month is a portion featuring an astronaut. This month's feature was Gene Cernan, the "Last Man on the Moon". Matt and David discuss Gene Cernan's lasting impression on the world of space exploration. The episode wraps with this month's featured planet: Venus!

Episode 2 - From Project Echo to Mars (feat. RaceChaserDad)

This episode of Eclipse on Tap features the first of many interviews! We interview David and Matt's dad/father-in-law, respectively, and discuss his passion for space, astronomy, and eclipses. As one of the four people that witnessed the 2017 totality event with us in Hopkinsville, KY, RaceChaserDad gives us his unique perspective of the celestial phenomenon. We also feature our first planet of the month: Saturn!