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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 Ralph, Paul & Jeni

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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.

    #101 - November 2020 Part 2

    #101 - November 2020 Part 2

    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:
    More destruction to the giant Arecibo radio telescope Keeping in touch with our intergalactic emissaries More information from the Rosettta mission. A new exoplanet characterising spacecraft gets the go ahead form ESA NASA’s Mars sample return mission plans China picks its Mars landing zone for February’s arrival Lockheed propose a new space launch facility in Scotland 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 for the young, new or amateur astronomer in your life.
     

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #101 - November 2020 Part 1

    #101 - November 2020 Part 1

    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:
    A return to the phosphine on Venus story for an update Earth gets a litterbug mini-moon Water abundance on The Moon The nearest black hole to Earth might not be a black hole after all Citizen science project finds the coolest stars of all in our galactic backyard 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 history, how to find it, a couple of deep sky objects and a round-up of the solar system views on offer in November.
    Guide to the Electromagnetic Spectrum: In November we conclude our look at the electromagnetic spectrum, what, it is, what is shows us and why it’s so important to astronomers. This month we explain the gamma-ray part of the spectrum and its relevance to astronomy.
    Q&A: How do you tell the difference between a star that is nearer to the end of its lifecycle, and a younger star that is actually travelling away from us at a faster speed? From Tony Horton in Herefordshire, England.

    • 52 min
    Venus Biosignatures Update Podcast Extra

    Venus Biosignatures Update Podcast Extra

    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:
    Getting time on a range of professional telescopes time for a risky hypothesis How life could survive in the extreme environment of Venus’ highly acidic atmosphere Floating graphite balloons in Venus’ atmosphere Scientific challenges to this discovery being helpful rather than unwanted Blinding NASA pilots in the name of science

    • 29 min
    #100 - October 2020 Part 2

    #100 - October 2020 Part 2

    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:
    ESA and JAXA’s future infrared space telescope cancelled Mercury-bound Bepi-Colombo is passing Venus – with sensors… Get ready for next month’s launch of China’s epic Chang’e 5 moon mission. A change in crew for Boeing’s creed Starliner test flight to the ISS NASA’s shiny new plan for Artemis and human exploration of the moon A gallop through SpaceX’s achievements 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 your remaining lifetimes, what would you choose and why? Victor Carroon, London, UK via email.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #100 - October 2020 Part 1

    #100 - October 2020 Part 1

    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:
    Astronomers find an exoplanet in another galaxy using x-rays A group of underground liquid water reservoirs found on Mars The first exoplanet observed around a white dwarf star Asteroid Vesta litters other asteroids Main News story: We are finally out of solar minimum and the sun will get more active again.
    The Sky Guide: This month we’re taking a look at the constellation of Cetus 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 October.
    Guide to the Electromagnetic Spectrum: In this series we take a look at the electromagnetic spectrum, what, it is, what is shows us and why it’s so important to astronomers. This month we explain the x-ray part of the spectrum and its relevance to astronomy.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    #99 - September 2020 Part 2

    #99 - September 2020 Part 2

    The Discussion: No time for discussions, we’ve important news to discuss!
    The News: Rounding up the space exploration news we have:
    Rocket Lab lowering the cost of small launches SpaceX accelerating development of super heavy lift Vera Rubin Telescope takes a step closer 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.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

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Sometimes irreverent, sometimes bawdy but always informative and entertaining. I wish they were part of my local astronomy club.

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You've all done very well. Carry on.

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p.s. Was it dust?

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The Best Astronomy Podcast

This is my goto mount for all the space and astronomy news. The banter is excellent and the introductory monologue thought provoking and honestly to the point. Informative, funny and real. These three Overlords of the Red Planet know how to put out a podcast!

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