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How to contact a starship

Even if you could build a starship, how would you stay in communication with the home base? Maybe our own sun can be used as an amplifier. That's the topic that leads off this week's Space Hangout on Google+, which brings together space writers from Universe Today, Discovery News, the Planetary Society, Astronomy Cast and other online outlets. Check out this week's hourlong webcast, hosted by Universe Today's Fraser Cain, or feel free to jump to the particular topics at these points in time:

Previously on the Weekly Space Hangout:

The Weekly Space Hangout takes place every Thursday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) via Google+ and is simulcast at http://cosmoquest.org/hangouts

Alan Boyle is msnbc.com's science editor. Connect with the Cosmic Log community by "liking" the log's Facebook page, following @b0yle on Twitter and adding the Cosmic Log page to your Google+ presence. You can also check out "The Case for Pluto," my book about the controversial dwarf planet and the search for new worlds.