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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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United States

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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

#107 - May 2021 Part 2

5/14/2021
The Discussion: cc/crhxtz The News: cc/rrhxtz The big news story: NASA awards and then pauses the contract to develop the next lunar lander. Moons of the Solar System: Our show segment exploring the discovery, exploration and our knowledge of the solar system’s moons. And we move onto Saturn’s enigmatic satellites, Titan and Enceladus. Q&A: ‘What is the future for Hubble once the JWST launches and could there be new servicing missions with the development of the SpaceX Starship’...

Duration:00:49:56

#107 - May 2021 Part 1

4/30/2021
The Discussion: The News: Rounding up the astronomy news in February, we have: Main News story: The US’ Fermi National Accelerator follows CERN with a muon discovery that also hints at a big anomaly in the Standard Model of Physics. The Sky Guide: This month we’re taking a look at the constellation of Ursa Major 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 May. Q&A: I'm getting into my 50s, and hearing...

Duration:00:50:44

Podcast Extra: Mars Ingenuity

4/26/2021
This week we saw the first ever powered flight on another planet. So this is a podcast extra episode to mark this remarkable achievement, explain what happened and why this is such a paradigm shift for future space exploration.

Duration:00:16:58

#106 - April 2021 Part 2

4/14/2021
The Discussion: hup.harvard.edu/exhibits/HX7578 The News: Moons of the Solar System: Our show segment exploring the discovery, exploration and our knowledge of the solar system’s moons. And we move onto Jupiter’s 75 less fashionable moons. Q&A: ‘How are satellite licences awarded and by who? And can/should they make requirements of companies to make them responsible for their space junk and their impact on ground based astronomy?’ From our good friend Matt Rayment in London, UK.

Duration:00:48:53

#106 - April 2021 Part 1

3/31/2021
The Discussion: The News: Rounding up the astronomy news in February, we have: Main News story: CERN’s LHC spots a quirky quark that hints at a big anomaly in the Standard Model of Physics The Sky Guide: This month we’re taking a look at the constellation of Coma Bereneces 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 April. Q&A: You mentioned recently that a comet was a long period comet? What does this...

Duration:00:45:46

#105 - March 2021 Part 2

3/14/2021
The Discussion: The News: Rounding up the space exploration news we have: science goals Moons of the Solar System: Our show segment exploring the discovery, exploration and our knowledge of the solar system’s moons. And we move onto Jupiter and the four Galilean moons, Io, Europa, Ganymede and Calisto. Jupiter’s other moons next month. Q&A: ‘Do you think the first crewed Mars mission will be to land or would it make any sense to do an Apollo 8 (or indeed 10) stylee close approach?’ From...

Duration:00:52:04

#105 - March 2021 Part 1

2/28/2021
The Discussion: Wycombe Astronomical SocietyTeentech Live The News: Rounding up the astronomy news in February, we have: Main News story: A return to the mythical Planet 9 and a new paper casting further doubt on the evidence in favour of an undiscovered massive object in the outer solar system. The Sky Guide: This month we’re taking a look at the constellation of Gemini 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...

Duration:00:47:16

Podcast Extra: How to Become an Astronaut

2/18/2021
As the European Space Agency gears up to opening its next recruitment campaign from 31 March to 28 May 2021, we take you through: If you want to take a look and see if being an astronaut suits you, go to www.esa.int/YourWayToSpace. If you want to apply, applications should be submitted to the ESA Careers website, from 31 March, at https://www.esa.int/About_Us/Careers_at_ESA

Duration:00:13:20

#104 - February 2021 Part 2

2/14/2021
The Discussion: The News: Rounding up the space exploration news we have: Moons of the Solar System: Our new show segment exploring the discovery, exploration and our knowledge of the solar system’s moons. And we begin with Mars’ moons, Phobos and Deimos. Q&A: ‘Will commercial ventures, render SLS useless at some stage?’ From our good friend Steven Sean Spyvee in Leeds, UK.

Duration:00:53:48

#104 - February 2021 Part 1

2/1/2021
The Discussion: Highbrow DrivelSky Guide The News: Rounding up the astronomy news in February, we have: Main News story: @ESA’s #CHEOPS satellite looks at a star with exoplanets and finds even more planets in a system that should be able to exist. The Sky Guide: This month we’re taking a look at the constellation of Perseus 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 February. Q&A: Are there any other...

Duration:00:43:57

#103 - January 2021 Part 2

1/14/2021
The Discussion: If you like your introductions rambling, you’re in for a real treat! We discuss the Jeni’s PhD thesis submission, The Real Right Stuff documentary on Disney+, Jeni’s foray into book writing and read some listeners questions, which devolves into discussions of whether Queen Elizabeth is Elizabeth I in Canada, the colonisation of the New World, the entertainer Nosmo King and insurance fraud. The News: Rounding up the space exploration news we have: Q&A: ‘How and where did the...

Duration:00:42:18

#103 - January 2021 Part 1

12/31/2020
The Discussion: As we welcome in the New Year, we discuss the holiday season and your suggestions to replace the Guide to the Electromagnetic Spectrum section of the show. The News: Rounding up the astronomy news at the beginning of 2021, we have: Main News story: That intriguing radio signal found coming from the vicinity of Proxima Centauri. The Sky Guide: This month we’re taking a look at the great winter constellation of Auriga with a guide to its history, how to find it, a couple of...

Duration:00:45:22

#102 - December 2020 Part 2

12/18/2020
A jolly romp around viruses and tasers! We look back at the astronomy and space exploration highlights of 2020: The lows of 2020 in astronomy and space exploration: We look forward to the anticipated events of 2021: And we run through our own predictions for next year before signing off with our customary end-of-year outtakes.

Duration:01:43:50

#102 - December 2020 Part 1

11/30/2020
The Discussion: We discuss National Geographic’s The Right Stuff series on Disney+, get a little bit ranty about the use of jokey titles in research papers and read out a few of your emails. The News: Rounding up the astronomy news this month we have: Main News story: The Hayabusa 2 mission and the imminent return of samples from asteroid Ryugu The Sky Guide: This month we’re taking a look at the great winter constellation of Orion with a guide to its history, how to find it, a couple of...

Duration:00:45:12

#101 - November 2020 Part 2

11/14/2020
The Discussion: The ongoing saga of Jeni’s PhD thesis and a couple of listener emails. The News: Rounding up the space exploration news we have: Main news story: Congratulations to OSIRIS-REx at asteroid Bennu. The Electromagnetic Spectrum: The gamma ray end of the spectrum. How these telescopes were developed and became ever more powerful. Christmas gift ideas: We replace the Q&A section this episode as the holidays are getting closer and we thought you might appreciate some suggestions...

Duration:00:46:17

#101 - November 2020 Part 1

10/31/2020
The Discussion: Beginning the show droning on about us for bit, we cover Jen presenting her latest paper at the dust conference (yes, there is such a thing) in Marseilles, and filming in the wilds of Wales at night for the BBC’s Weatherman Walking TV programme. The News: Rounding up the astronomy news this month we have: Main News story: Did humanity narrowly escape extinction in 1908? The Sky Guide: This month we’re taking a look at the constellation of Cassiopeia with a guide to its...

Duration:00:57:22

Venus Biosignatures Update Podcast Extra

10/26/2020
As the exciting news of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus turns into a point of contention in the astronomy world, we caught up with the study’s lead scientist Professor Jane Greaves for the inside track. In this interview we discuss:

Duration:00:23:42

#100 - October 2020 Part 2

10/14/2020
The Discussion: The publication of Jeni’s new research paper, a review of Netflix shows Challenger and Away (sublime and ridiculous). The News: Rounding up the space exploration news we have: Main news story: Astrophysicists scoop up Nobel Prizes again this year. The Electromagnetic Spectrum: The ultraviolet and X-ray parts of the spectrum. How these telescopes were developed and became ever more powerful. Q&A: If you had to choose just one mission or big science experiment to proceed in...

Duration:01:15:17

#100 - October 2020 Part 1

9/30/2020
The Discussion: Helping us celebrate our 100th(ish) episode, we have a live(ish) audience to join in with us. Anna Lanteri from Gröningen University discusses a new Zooniverse citizen science project, called Space Fluff where you can soon classify dwarf galaxies. And Tom Bridgman from the Goddard Space Flight Centre tells us about NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio. The News: Rounding up the astronomy news this month we have: Main News story: We are finally out of solar minimum and the...

Duration:01:23:45

#99 - September 2020 Part 2

9/15/2020
The Discussion: No time for discussions, we’ve important news to discuss! The News: Rounding up the space exploration news we have: Main news story: A new detection raises the distinct possibility of life in Venus’ upper atmosphere. The Interview: Jeni talks to Dr Emily Drabek Maunder, a co-author on the paper that demonstrates phosphine in concentrations that we can only currently attribute to microbial life in the atmosphere of Venus.

Duration:01:05:15