30 episodes

A guided tour of the night sky as seen from Perth, Western Australia, exploring the stories and science of astronomy, space science and space travel. It's a planetarium presenter in your pocket - just download, head outside, and press play.

The Audio Guide to the Galaxy is proudly presented by Scitech.

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A guided tour of the night sky as seen from Perth, Western Australia, exploring the stories and science of astronomy, space science and space travel. It's a planetarium presenter in your pocket - just download, head outside, and press play.

The Audio Guide to the Galaxy is proudly presented by Scitech.

    Moons and movement

    Moons and movement

    On Wednesday this week, 26 May, we're heading outside to spot a cosmic coincidence in the evening sky - a lunar eclipse. Just after sunset, the moon will start to pass into the Earth's shadow, and by 7.18pm it'll be completely covered. Take us with you for a guided commentary on how and why it's happening!

    Make sure you've got this episode downloaded and ready to go, and remember to take insect repellent and a jumper if it's cold. We'll see you outside!

    Ice and Fireballs

    Ice and Fireballs

    This week, we're getting up before dawn to try catching a glimpse of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower. It's a cosmic lightshow that only comes around once a year, as fragments of Halley's comet streak through our atmosphere. It's at its peak between the 5th and 7th of May, visible from 2am until sunrise at around 6am.

    Make sure you've got this episode downloaded and ready to go, and remember to take insect repellent and a jumper if it's cold. We'll see you outside!

    Labs and Dragons

    Labs and Dragons

    This week on the Audio Guide to the Galaxy, we spot the International Space Station as it passes over Perth - not just once, but a several times over the next few days. This orbiting lab is the only place humans can live beyond Earth, and you can see it from your backyard!

    Head outside at 7.25pm on Thursday, 6.39pm or 8.14pm on Friday, 7.27pm on Saturday or 6.40pm on Sunday to spot the station. If you miss them, NASA will help you figure out when to look up for another pass - head to https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/

    Make sure you've got this episode downloaded and ready to go, and remember to take insect repellent and a jumper if it's cold. We'll see you outside!

    • 6 min
    Stars and sailors

    Stars and sailors

    This week on the Audio Guide to the Galaxy, we’ll be exploring a great pattern in our night sky – Argo Navis. We’ll talk about how to find this mighty ship and some of the remarkable stars that it features.

    You can listen to this episode any night this week, and the bright stars in the constellations of Vela, Puppis and Carina are visible in Perth for most of the year.

    Make sure you've got this episode downloaded and ready to go, and remember to take insect repellent and a jumper if it's cold. We'll see you outside!

    Milk and cookies

    Milk and cookies

    This week on the Audio Guide to the Galaxy, we’re taking a look at some of the deepest, most distant parts of our sky. We can only see these from outside the city, so this episode is a little bonus for anyone's who has headed out of town for the long weekend.

    You can listen to this episode any night this week, but the Milky Way is easier to see if you can get away from the city lights.

    Make sure you've got this episode downloaded and ready to go, and remember to take insect repellent and a jumper if it's cold. We'll see you outside!

    • 8 min
    Bugs and centaurs

    Bugs and centaurs

    This week, we get a little refresher on our stargazing skills and the Southern Cross, then spiral out to meet some of the other constellations in our southern sky.

    You can listen to this episode any night this week, and the Southern Cross, Centaurus and Musca are visible almost all year round.

    Make sure you've got this episode downloaded and ready to go, and remember to take insect repellent and a jumper if it's cold. We'll see you outside!

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This is a wonderful podcast, thank you very much. One to listen to outside or in bed at night if it's cloudy. I'm hooked 😊.

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