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Awesome Astronomy explores the frontiers of science, space and our evolving understanding of the universe. Join Ralph, Paul & Jeni for informative and fun astronomy programmes dedicated to space and astronomy news and monthly podcast extras covering hot topics and special interviews in the world of science and astronomy.

Awesome Astronomy explores the frontiers of science, space and our evolving understanding of the universe. Join Ralph, Paul & Jeni for informative and fun astronomy programmes dedicated to space and astronomy news and monthly podcast extras covering hot topics and special interviews in the world of science and astronomy.

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Awesome Astronomy explores the frontiers of science, space and our evolving understanding of the universe. Join Ralph, Paul & Jeni for informative and fun astronomy programmes dedicated to space and astronomy news and monthly podcast extras covering hot topics and special interviews in the world of science and astronomy.

Language:

English


Episodes

#97 - July 2020 Part 1

6/30/2020
The Discussion: This month Jeni’s getting frustrated with the politics of peer review, Paul’s seen an uptick in noctilucent cloud hunting and public interest in astronomy in general during lockdown. We ask ‘Is Starlink actually a good thing for astronomy outreach and public engagement?’, while Paul wonders if Elon Musk is aware of the fate of the Duke of Buckingham. And we delve into listeners’ emails about the future of AstroCamp in a pandemic and collaborations with other podcasts. The...

Duration:01:35:49

#96 - June 2020 Part 2

6/15/2020
The Discussion: The News: Rounding up the space exploration news this month we have: Main news story: American commercial crewed launches have finally arrived Q&A: Will the Lunar Gateway be visible from Earth? From Alex Bell @BLT_Astro on Twitter. The Electromagnetic Spectrum: The near and mid-infrared part of the spectrum. How it became so important for astronomy and by whom.

Duration:01:24:12

#96 - June 2020 Part 1

5/31/2020
The Discussion: here The News: Rounding up the astronomy news this month we have: Main News story: Capturing a huge exoplanet – or a low mass star - forming in Auriga. The Sky Guide: This month we’re taking a look at the constellation of Serpens with a guide to its history, how to find it, a couple of deep sky objects and a round up of the solar system views on offer in June. Guide to the Electromagnetic Spectrum: In this series we take a look at the electromagnetic spectrum, what, it...

Duration:01:23:07

#95 - May 2020 Part 2

5/14/2020
The Discussion: Ralph channels his inner Churchill, while Jen goes on about Tiger King and her upcoming Cafe Scientifique talk. And we hear from listener Mark Grundy about the Welsh Room in the Cathedral of Learning in Pittsburg. The News: Rounding up the space exploration news this month we have: Main news story: NASAs proposals for how Artemis Moon missions will work and go much further than Apollo The Electromagnetic Spectrum: The Far IR and Sub millimeter part of the spectrum. How it...

Duration:01:06:51

#95 - May 2020 Part 1

4/30/2020
The Discussion: The live recording of our monthly astronomy show to provide a bit of extra entertainment and interactivity while people are cooped up at home sitting out the coronavirus. We discuss a burgeoning love-hate relationship with Starlink, Jeni being the BBC’s go to person for Starlink and meteor showers, and Apollo 13 filling up Twitter timelines and giving us a bit of a respite from coronavirus The News: Rounding up the astronomy news this month we...

Duration:01:33:29

Live Lockdown Q&A Show

4/18/2020
You can watch the video of this recording (and our live Episode 95 recording on 27th April) at https://www.youtube.com/user/AwesomeAstroPod/videos (midday PST, 3pm EST, 8pm UK, 9pm Central Europe) This show is a response to the many requests we get to do an episode dedicated to answering listeners’ space & astronomy questions. Producer John thought lockdown would be the perfect time to do it, when we can try and help ease the stress, boredom and isolation. The Guests: We invited some...

Duration:01:09:17

#94 - April 2020 Part 2

4/14/2020
Don’t forget to join us for our live shows on 16th and 27th April at https://www.youtube.com/user/AwesomeAstroPod/videos (midday PST, 3pm EST, 8pm UK, 9pm Central Europe) The Discussion: Jen fangirling on The British Interplanetary Society and acing the Soyuz ISS docking simulator at the Student Space Conference; a ramble about Wales; the TV show For All Mankind, our live Q&A show, our poor etiquette and listener shout-outs. The News: Rounding up the space exploration news...

Duration:01:14:28

#94 - April 2020 Part 1

3/31/2020
We're hosting a live Q&A on Thurs 16th April. Go to awesomeastronomy.com to see how to watch & get involved! The Discussion: https://arxiv.org/abs/2003.01727https://apolloinrealtime.org/13/https://www.zooniverse.org/projects The News: Rounding up the astronomy news this month we have: Main News story: A full discussion on the impact of social distancing and economic depression on professional astronomy. The Sky Guide: This month we’re taking a look at the...

Duration:01:07:14

#93 - March 2020 Part 2

3/14/2020
(Warning: please skip this episode if you're offended by occasional Tesla-based puerile humour) The Discussion: Balancing the argument between love and hate of SpaceX and drawing a line under the argument over when the current decade starts and what constitutes a decade. The News: Rounding up the space exploration news this month we have: Main news story: The import of NASA’s 2021 FY Budget. The Electromagnetic Spectrum: The radio part of the spectrum. How it...

Duration:00:32:19

#93 - March 2020 Part 1

2/29/2020
The Discussion: Paul’s favourite bit of the coronavirus, the Cradle of Aviation Museum’s upcoming Apollo 13 anniversary event, a @CunningCosmos space art exhibition and a talk from Jen in Bromsgrove for British Space Week, from the sublime to the ridiculous with the passing of Katherine Johnson and Mad Mike Hughes, and listeners’ emails. The News: Rounding up the astronomy news this month we have: Main News story: ESO images of Betelgeuse and the more recent evidence...

Duration:00:56:02

#92 - February 2020 Part 2

2/14/2020
The Discussion: The reason we have leap years; a look at Ad Astra, Lucy in the Sky and Picard; and the history of the Stonewall Riots (don’t think it’s just astronomy here – you get a fully rounded education, dear listener); and a look at your reviews and emails. The News: Rounding up the space exploration news this month we have: www.mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/participate/name-the-rover/ Main news story: SpaceX gears up for crewed spaceflight following successful abort...

Duration:00:47:11

#92 - February 2020 Part 1

1/31/2020
The Discussion: Ralph visits and records from The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island, New York, we enjoyed some great skies with good weather in the UK, Betelgeuse still hasn’t gone pop – though we’re still watching, and NASA have an open day that you can attend. The News: Rounding up the astronomy news this month we have: The Sky Guide: This month we’re taking a look at the constellation of Lynx with a guide to its history, how to find it, a couple of deep sky...

Duration:00:50:38

From the Cradle to the Stars

1/22/2020
This is the history of flight told from the perspective of the amateurs and hobbyists who allowed humankind to slip the surly bonds of Earth and set out towards the stars. To tell this story Ralph journeyed to the Cradle of Aviation museum in Garden City, New York, to get a tour of the early flight and exhibits from the museum’s curator and speak with an engineer who worked on the lunar modules before they flew. Our thanks in making this episode goes to the wonderful people...

Duration:00:51:52

#91 - January 2020 Part 2

1/14/2020
The Discussion: New Year resolutions, veganism, a little spoiler-free chat about the latest/last Skywalker movie and the new series of Dr Who, before some listeners’ emails. The News: Rounding up the space exploration news this month we have: Main news story: Boeing’s test of its Starliner space capsule Q&A: Why does NASA search for signs of life rather than directly looking for life? From Gavin Price in the UK on Twitter (@pilliarscreatio)

Duration:00:44:55

#91 - January 2020 Part 1

1/4/2020
The Discussion: As we begin the new decade we struggle to find a consensus on whether it actually is a new decade. We discuss the busy Xmas period and thank any listeners who helped Dartmoor Skies reach their funding target for a new telescope. Then we take a look at a few listeners’ emails and tweets. The News: Rounding up the astronomy news this month we have: The Sky Guide: Shaking up the format of the sky guide, we’re taking a look at the constellation of Monoceros...

Duration:00:45:50

The 2019 Xmas Special

12/24/2019
A pantomime look back at the biggest and most exciting news and events from 2019; a look forward to the best astronomy and space exploration events of 2020; the science of Santa’s deliveries and the traditional outtakes.

Duration:00:55:39

#90 - December 2019 Part 2

12/14/2019
The News: Sharing our news picks from the space exploration and astronomy world this month we have: Main news story: Far from being unlikely, Tatooine worlds turn out to be very common The Interview: This month Jeni has a sit down chat about the discovery of the collapsed neutron star from supernova 1987a with Dr Phil Cigan of Cardiff University.

Duration:00:42:04

#90 - December 2019 Part 1

11/30/2019
The Discussion: A look at the BBC’s new Martian invasion documentary, The War of the Worlds; the recent transit of Mercury; Celestron’s new phone adapter; Jen’s upcoming talks in Wales, an update on Jen’s research paper, a new research project and a debate over the start and end of a decade. Then we take a look at a couple of listeners’ emails. The News: Rounding up the astronomy news this month we have: The Sky Guide: Covering the solar system and deep sky objects on...

Duration:00:46:47

#89 - November 2019 Part 2

11/14/2019
The Discussion: Ralph’s been in Washington – which, of course, means a visit to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, we say goodbye to Russian cosmonaut, Alexi Leonov, and take a look at listeners’ emails. The News: Rounding up the space exploration news this month we have: Main news story: NASA’s new moonsuit is revealed. The Debate: Now that we’ve whittled down the contenders for the greatest space mission of all time (the last fifty years anyway), it’s your time...

Duration:00:39:38

#89 - November 2019 Part 1

10/31/2019
The Discussion: Before we start the show proper, we discuss Jeni’s encounter with Nobel Laureate Kip Thorne, her new research paper undergoing a painfully slow peer review and we take a look at Chris Lintott’s book, The Crowd and the Cosmos: Adventures in the Zooniverse. Then it’s over to the listeners for a few emails suggesting cooler names for the phenomenon of the Pair Instability Supernova. The News: Rounding up the astronomy news this month we have: The big news...

Duration:00:50:50