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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.

    #114 - December 2021 Part 1

    #114 - December 2021 Part 1

    The Discussion:
    Sex with aliens (sorry) Jen’s reveals the secrets of TV trickery AweAst now has videos! Head over to YouTube Emails about our new YouTube channel & aliens watching us  
    The News: Rounding up the astronomy news in October, we have:
    Water on exoplanets probably didn’t come from comets Another 301 exoplanets drop out of old Kepler data An(other) weird signal from outer space Violent galaxy growth in the early universe Are exoplanets made of strange materials not conducive to life? A deep dive into the James Webb Space Telescope 3 weeks before launch  
    The Sky Guide: This month we’re taking a look at the constellation of Taurus 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 December.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    #113 - November 2021 Part 2

    #113 - November 2021 Part 2

    The Discussion:
    Jen as a space expert on BBC1’s Breakfast show AweAst on YouTube is coming! Head over and help us out by subscribing here. An email on the less than stellar working conditions at Blue Origin  
    The News:
    The results of Astro2020 - the next decadal survey from the US National Academies of Sciences NASA’s moon programme officially slips back a year SpaceX’s 3rd crewed launch to the International Space Station Heinz go all ‘Mark Watney’ with tomatoes.  
    The news discussion: Commercial plans to build TWO space stations before 2030.
     
    Nebulas: Our new show segment replacing the concluded moons of the solar system. This month we’re turning our attention to the weird and wonderful nebulae that you can see through telescopes or use to understand the interstellar medium and star formation. In the coming months we’ll delve into each type of nebula.
     
    Q&A: How many journeys would it take for all space tourists' ejected faeces to coalesce into a single stool of such mass that its gravity would turn it to a rock of a size that posed enough of a threat to existence that an asteroid redirect-type intervention would be required? From our good friend Andrew Osborne in the UK.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    #113 - November 2021 Part 1

    #113 - November 2021 Part 1

    The Discussion:
    A bonanza of radio interviews Jeni’s guide to the darkest and best places to stargaze in the UK A trip to the satellite company Space Forge. Emails about radio interviews and the first AweAst episodes  
    The News: Rounding up the astronomy news in October, we have:
    Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is speeding up Crazy exoplanets orbits Red and dead galaxies Solving the mystery of alien radio signals The 1st exoplanet discovery in another galaxy  
    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 November.
     
    Q&A: Have you any advice to offer a 14 year old budding astronaut, mission controller or space telescope designer? From our good friend Peter Coates (not that one) by email.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    #112 - October 2021 Part 2

    #112 - October 2021 Part 2

    The Discussion:
    Tales from a dark sky weekend Jen appearing on the Cosmic Companion and at the Open University Space Society Emails on space tourism and from a US state penitentiary The News:
    NASA gets ready to test an asteroid redirect mission Shatner in space Mixed fortunes in the news for Bezos & Musk The James Webb Space Telescope is still on track for a December launch The news discussion: NASA’s Lucy mission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.
    Moons of the Solar System: Our show segment exploring the discovery, exploration and our knowledge of the solar system’s moons. This month we complete this segment with a look at moons around asteroids and the tantalising glimpses of moons around planets outside our solar system.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    #112 - October 2021 Part 1

    #112 - October 2021 Part 1

    The Discussion:
    Murder on a submarine Jeni’s exoplanet talk for the Open University Space Society - available here on YouTube An email from Eastern Europe prompting a discussion on future energy harvesting  
     
    The News: Rounding up the astronomy news in October, we have:
    Understanding asteroids using ground based telescopes Solving The Mysterious Case of the Missing Supernova Discovering a new asteroid close to the Sun Evidence of recent volcanoes on Venus A look at the joys of star parties (not just ours!)  
     
    The Sky Guide: This month we’re taking a look at the constellation of Lacerta 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.
     
     
    Q&A: Is there more matter in the Universe now than when the Big Bang happened? From our good friend Nick Massey on Facebook.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    #111 - September 2021 Part 2

    #111 - September 2021 Part 2

    The Discussion:
    Our practical astronomy gathering is back – join us in Wales on 2-5th October Jen is contributing to Andy Oppenheimer’s book Stars of Orion Submit your support for Lego to create a clockwork solar system Watch Jen’s free online exoplanet talk for the Open University Space Society Emails from our good friends: Casey Ash in Thailand, about the perennial issue of satellite constellations Conor Brian from Texas about the first Martian settlers  
     
    The News:
    Ongoing problems with the James Webb Space Telescope as it nears launch. The first NASA Artemis moon mission suffers a setback The International Space Station’s new module is now functional Inspiration4 - the first civilian mission to space Commercial rocket companies Astra & Firefly put on the firework show NASA’s Perseverance rover collects its first Mars samples for a return to Earth  
    The news discussion: Is commercial spaceflight just a billionaires’ plaything?
    Moons of the Solar System: Our show segment exploring the discovery, exploration and our knowledge of the solar system’s moons. This month we reach the last major solar system body to have moons: Pluto.
     

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

Trust-me,I am a squirrel ,

It is as they described

I lo e this show. Found it by accident, now working my way through every podcast. I have been educated and amused in equal measure. Keep up the great work all. Carpe noctem!

froeng ,

Simply awesome!

The most entertaining and informative podcast covering astronomy and space exploration news! Oh our Martian overlords please conquer us now! :-) just brilliant!

Steve WGC ,

Informative and entertaining

Interesting astronomy show that is both informative and entertaining

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