28 episodes

This is The Supermassive Podcast from the Royal Astronomical Society. Every month, science journalist Izzie Clarke and astrophysicist Dr Becky Smethurst take you through the universe with the latest research, history from the society’s archives and astronomy you can do from your own home.

You can send your questions to the team via podcast@ras.ac.uk or tweet @RoyalAstroSoc using #RASSupermassive

The Supermassive Podcast is a Boffin Media Production by Izzie Clarke and Richard Hollingham.

The Supermassive Podcast The Royal Astronomical Society

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This is The Supermassive Podcast from the Royal Astronomical Society. Every month, science journalist Izzie Clarke and astrophysicist Dr Becky Smethurst take you through the universe with the latest research, history from the society’s archives and astronomy you can do from your own home.

You can send your questions to the team via podcast@ras.ac.uk or tweet @RoyalAstroSoc using #RASSupermassive

The Supermassive Podcast is a Boffin Media Production by Izzie Clarke and Richard Hollingham.

    How to Kill a Galaxy

    How to Kill a Galaxy

    How does a galaxy evolve and die? Izzie and Dr Becky find out with help from Tim Davis at Cardiff University. Plus, Dr Robert Massey from the Royal Astronomical Society answers your questions and explains how to spot galaxies in the night sky.

    Thank you to Brilliant for sponsoring this episode.  Head to brilliant.org/supermassive to start free courses in maths, science, and computer science. The first 200 subscribers will get 20% off.

    The link below has more information on the RAS Public Talk with Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, Space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life - with humans and with robots.
    https://ras.ac.uk/events-and-meetings/ras-public-lectures-and-events/space-exploration-and-search-extraterrestrial


    A Year In Space by The Supermassive Team will be out on Oct 13th 2022. Pre-order here:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Year-Space-Supermassive-Podcast-Astronomical/dp/1472299507/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1O3PS3QUCPP2A&keywords=the+year+in+space&qid=1650904438&s=books&sprefix=the+year+in+space%2Cstripbooks%2C94&sr=1-3

    The Supermassive Podcast is a Boffin Media Production by Izzie Clarke and Richard Hollingham. 

    • 43 min
    How to Build a Galaxy

    How to Build a Galaxy

    Izzie and Dr Becky are attempting to tackle the massive subject of building a galaxy. 

    Professor Mike Merrifield from The University of Nottingham explains how galaxies form and our very own galaxy expert, Dr Becky, tells us why they come in different shapes and sizes. Plus, Dr Robert Massey has his top tips for stargazing in spring. 

    Thank you to Brilliant for sponsoring this episode.  Head to brilliant.org/supermassive to start free courses in maths, science, and computer science. The first 200 subscribers will get 20% off.

    Explore the Galaxy Zoo here:
    https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/zookeeper/galaxy-zoo/

    Space Book Club recommendations...
    Back to Earth - Nicole Stott
    The End of Astronauts - Donald Goldsmith & Martin Rees

    The Disordered Cosmos - Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
    "A Year In Space" by The Supermassive Team will be out on Oct 13th 2022. Pre-order here:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Year-Space-Supermassive-Podcast-Astronomical/dp/1472299507/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1O3PS3QUCPP2A&keywords=the+year+in+space&qid=1650904438&s=books&sprefix=the+year+in+space%2Cstripbooks%2C94&sr=1-3

    The Supermassive Podcast is a Boffin Media Production by Izzie Clarke and Richard Hollingham. Editing this month is by Sarah Moore.

    • 44 min
    The Marvellous Moon

    The Marvellous Moon

    Who doesn’t love looking up at the moon?! Joining Izzie and Dr Becky, Professor Katherine Joy from the University of Manchester explains what past and future lunar missions can tell us, and Dr Megan Barford from Royal Museums Greenwich gives us a tour of two stunning moon maps from the 17th century. Plus, Dr Robert Massey takes on your questions and shares his top tips for moon-gazing.

    See the moon maps here...
    By Riccioli & Grimaldi, 1651: https://www.sciencephoto.com/media/1179815/view


    By Cassini, 1679: https://www.sciencephoto.com/media/1093522/view

    The Supermassive Podcast is a Boffin Media production by Izzie Clarke and Richard Hollingham. 

    • 52 min
    A Supermassive Q&A!

    A Supermassive Q&A!

    The Supermassive team is finally doing something about all the questions that have been sent in. It’s Q&A time! From "fluffy" planets, to cake on the moon, join Izzie Clarke as she puts your questions to Dr Becky Smethurst, Dr Robert Massey and science and space journalist Richard Hollingham. 

    • 44 min
    Eclipses & Expeditions

    Eclipses & Expeditions

    Join Dr Becky Smethurst and Dr Robert Massey as they explore eclipses; what are they and how have they been studied throughout history? Plus Izzie Clarke visits the Royal Astronomical Society Library to discover what the society has in the archives, and astronaut Nicole Stott and her husband, Fellow of the RAS, Chris Stott send us their eclipse audio diary from Antarctica.

    The RAS Bicentenary Timeline can be found here: https://ras.ac.uk/timeline

    The Supermassive Podcast is a Boffin Media production by Izzie Clarke and Richard Hollingham. 

    • 40 min
    The End of the Universe

    The End of the Universe

    What will the end of days actually look like? And how will it happen? This month, Izzie and Dr Becky explore the end of the Universe with cosmologist Dr Katie Mack - author of The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking). They also chat to astronomy journalist and author of The Unknown Universe, Dr Stuart Clark, who explains the role of dark energy. Plus, Dr Robert Massey takes on your questions and shares when it is best to see Jupiter, Saturn and Venus in December.

    Send your astronomy questions for January's Q&A to podcast[@]ras.ac.uk or tweet @RoyalAstroSoc.

    Book Club recommendations: 



    The Red Planet - Simon Morden 
    Apollo’s Muse - Mia Fineman and Beth Saunders 
    Fire and Ice - Natalie Starkey
    The Invisible Universe - Matt Bothwell
    The Mysteries of the Universe - Will Gater



    The Supermassive podcast is a Boffin Media production by Izzie Clarke and Richard Hollingham. 

    • 43 min

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