9 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 #SupermassivePod #RASSupermassive.

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 #SupermassivePod #RASSupermassive.

    The Power of Space Probes

    The Power of Space Probes

    Izzie Clarke and Dr Becky Smethurst travel through our solar system; where exactly have we sent probes and rovers? Plus, they speak with Professor Jane Greaves, the scientist behind that Venus discovery, and Robert Massey joins to chat about all things stargazing.

    With special thanks also to Professor Emma Bunce from the University of Leicester.  

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

    • 41 min
    Journey to the Centre of the Earth

    Journey to the Centre of the Earth

    Izzie Clarke and Dr Becky Smethurst explore the importance of Earth's core and magnetic field. Plus, the team finds out about the astronomer who sailed the seas in the name of science and Robert Massey joins to chat about all things stargazing.

    With special thanks to Dr Rebekah Higgitt from National Museums Scotland. You can see the National Maritime Museum's collections of Halley's charts here: https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/540213.html

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

    • 35 min
    Down To Earth

    Down To Earth

    Dr Becky Smethurst and Izzie Clarke investigate the cosmic coincidences that formed the Earth and explore whether there are earthquakes and volcanoes on other planets. Plus, astronomer Robert Massey joins them to chat all things #cometNEOWISE and what else to look for in the night sky this month. 

    With special thanks to Dr Amy Gilligan from the University of Aberdeen, Professor David Rothery from the Open University, and everyone who shared their images of Neowise. 

    Keep sending your questions and stargazing photos to the team via podcast@ras.ac.uk (mailto:podcast@ras.ac.uk) or tweet @RoyalAstroSoc.

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

    • 39 min
    Looking for Alien Life

    Looking for Alien Life

    The search for alien life continues. Dr Becky Smethurst and Izzie Clarke explore the world of astrobiology and astronomer Robert Massey joins them to take on your extraterrestrial questions. Plus, they discuss the "broken pipeline" for black and minority ethnic physicists with Dr Sheila Kanani, and what to look for in the night sky this month. 

    With special thanks to Professor Jane Greaves from Cardiff University. 

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

    • 38 min
    Exploring Exoplanets

    Exploring Exoplanets

    The worlds outside our solar system; exoplanets. This month, Izzie Clarke and Dr Becky Smethurst take on listener questions about exoplanets, celebrate 30 years of the Hubble Space Telescope with Robert Massey, and amateur astronomer Steve Brown shares his beginner’s guide to astrophotography. 
     
    With special thanks also to Dr Hannah Wakeford from the University of Bristol.
    Join the Royal Astronomical Society for an online series of talks exploring their collection.
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/livestream-overlapping-collections-across-the-atlantic-tickets-105821880092
    The Supermassive Podcast is a Boffin Media Production by Izzie Clarke and Richard Hollingham 

    • 37 min
    Under the Space Weather

    Under the Space Weather

    Brits love talking about the weather, so Izzie Clarke and Dr Becky Smethurst are taking it up a notch. This month, the Supermassive team explore the solar wind, auroras on other planets and the European Space Agency Satellite that's on its way to the sun, Solar Orbiter.
    With special thanks to UCL's Professor Andrew Coates and Lee Macdonald from Oxford's History of Science Museum.
    Share your astrophotography and lockdown creations with the team via podcast@ras.ac.uk (mailto:podcast@ras.ac.uk) or tweet @RoyalAstroSoc.
    For the next Royal Astronomical Society's "sew-cial" visit:
    https://ras.ac.uk/news-and-press/news/ras-bicentennial-quilt
    The Supermassive Podcast is a Boffin Media production by Izzie Clarke and Richard Hollingham.. 

    • 36 min

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