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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 & Dr 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.

    #126 - December 2022

    #126 - December 2022

    The Discussion:
    Meteor shower disappointment Lecturing course started Dr Jen’s 30th birthday party karaoke – with audio! more resources for astronomy and astrophotography over at nightskypix.com  
    The News:
    Rounding up the astronomy news in November, we have:
    JWST picks up chemical reactions in an exoplanet atmosphere ESA’s latest astronaut recruitment Virgin Galactic gets go ahead to launch from Cornwall UK spaceports pop up all over the place Rocket Lab continue chasing the reusable rocket dream The big news story: What else? Artemis 1 launches to make NASA’s return to the moon a reality.
     
    The Sky Guide:
    This month we’re taking a look at the winter constellation of Perseus with a guide to its history, how to find it, a few deep sky objects to seek out and a round-up of the solar system views on offer in December.
     
    Q&A:
    Does the x-ray end of the electromagnetic spectrum have Fraunhofer lines like the visual part? And if not, how is x-ray spectroscopy done? From our good friend Graeme Durden, who we all wish the very best as he continues his radiotherapy treatment.
     
    For all listeners that are male and over 50 or have a dad, brother, husband, partner or friend who is male and over 50, please do take a few seconds to assess your prostate cancer risk at: prostatecanceruk.org/risk-checker

    • 1 hr 7 min
    #125 - November 2022 Part 1

    #125 - November 2022 Part 1

    The Discussion:
    Enjoying the recent eclipse (weather permitting) Jeni is officially recognised as being great Visiting the Herschel Museum And listeners’ emails on:
    Having astronomy on the brain Cartoon characters in space A reflection of Venus off swamp gas!  
    The News:
    Rounding up the astronomy news in November, we have:
    Why spiral galaxies seem to line up from our perspective The origin story for Saturn’s rings Still waiting for NASA’s first Artemis moon mission Farewell Apollo 9’s Jim McDivitt Boeing’s zombie Starliner spacecraft gets a crew The big news story: Hipparchus’ star charts found buried in early Christian parchments
     
    The Sky Guide:
    This month we’re taking a look at the winter constellation of Andromeda with a guide to its history, how to find it, a few deep sky objects to seek out and a round-up of the solar system views on offer in November.
     
    Q&A:
    What are the wispy striated filaments visible in the JWST images of the Carina Cliffs? From our good friend Rachel Kronick

    • 53 min
    Rendlesham Forest Incident

    Rendlesham Forest Incident

    Christmas 1980.
    Suffolk, England.
    Two US airmen witness what they believe is an aircraft coming down in the forest next to their base.
    So begins the story of the UKs most notorious UFO sighting, the Rendlesham Forest incident.
    Paul dives head first into a 'Hat of Woo' special as he explores the mysterious forest of Rendlesham on the Suffolk coast and considers what this famous conspiracy story says about time and place and of course what really happened.

    • 59 min
    #124 - October 2022 Part 1

    #124 - October 2022 Part 1

    Jeni and Paul talk to Professor Mike Edmunds, President of the Royal Astronomical Society  and Emeritus Professor of astrophysics at Cardiff University, who is also Dr Jeni's academic grandfather....
     
    Paul gives a quick look at the sky highlights for October and then Jeni, John and Paul host an open panel discussion at AstroCamp where the audience talk about where space begins, JWST, the worth of Artemis and how the infamous Elephant Trunk nebulae incident happened...

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #123 - September 2022 Part 2

    #123 - September 2022 Part 2

    The Discussion:
    Farewell Frank Drake It’s uncrewed, not unmanned! Filming with the BBC again Listeners’ emails on city astronomy and the missing AweAst show this month  
     
    The News:
    JWST unearths a huge cosmic riddle Artemis 1 moon launch delays Solar astronomers solve one of the great mysteries about the Sun A round up of all the incredible things that have happened in space this month (thanks to @jessicaxlis for the inspiration… and much of the content!)  
     
    Skyguide:
    As we’re a little late in the month for a September skyguide, this is a quick guide to the astronomy events to observe over the next few months. Pay attention because there’s some great oppositions, occultations, eclipses, meteor showers and possibly even a couple of naked eye comets!
     
     
    Q&A:
    Can red-shift, spectroscopy, mass evaluations etc still be counted on even after the images have been distorted & magnified by foreground galaxies? Can the effect of gravitational lensing be accurately accounted for? From our good friend Alan Beech in the UK.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    #123 - September 2022 Part 1

    #123 - September 2022 Part 1

    Hear ye! Hear ye!
    Al Worden (went to the moon on Apollo 15): https://tinyurl.com/56w9rkr4 Al Bean (walked on the moon on Apollo 12): https://tinyurl.com/2ewb5vj3 Charlie Duke (walked on the moon on Apollo 16): https://tinyurl.com/5fhacvmk

    • 3 min

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107 Ratings

107 Ratings

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