46 episodes

George's Random Astronomical Object is a biweekly astronomy podcast featuring science discussions about astronomical objects at randomly selected locations in the sky. The wide range of topics discussed in the show include stars, variable stars, variable variable stars, dwarf galaxies, supermassive black holes, ultracool dwarf stars, howler monkeys, infrared light, acronyms, more acronyms, measurements of less than 20 parsecs, exoplanets, jellyfish galaxies, diffuse ionized gas, and general overall weirdness.

George's Random Astronomical Object George Bendo

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George's Random Astronomical Object is a biweekly astronomy podcast featuring science discussions about astronomical objects at randomly selected locations in the sky. The wide range of topics discussed in the show include stars, variable stars, variable variable stars, dwarf galaxies, supermassive black holes, ultracool dwarf stars, howler monkeys, infrared light, acronyms, more acronyms, measurements of less than 20 parsecs, exoplanets, jellyfish galaxies, diffuse ionized gas, and general overall weirdness.

    Stability within a Cataclysm

    Stability within a Cataclysm

    An exoplanet has managed to stay in a stable orbit around LX Serpentis despite the fact that it is a cataclysmic binary star system with a chaotic past.

    • 9 min
    Try Turning it Off and On Again

    Try Turning it Off and On Again

    Markarian 590 contains an active galactic nucleus with a supermassive black hole, and the region around the black hole has strangely changed in brightness a couple of times in the past 50 years.

    • 8 min
    The Understated Exoplanet Discovery

    The Understated Exoplanet Discovery

    When it was discovered, WD 0806-661B was described as a very cool, very low mass brown dwarf, but it could actually be better characterized as a large exoplanet.

    • 9 min
    Does It Dark Matter?

    Does It Dark Matter?

    The dwarf galaxy NGC 1052-DF2 may be one of the very few galaxies that contains no dark matter, although the non-existence of something we cannot see in this galaxy is still being debated.

    • 10 min
    The Inside Joke Galaxy

    The Inside Joke Galaxy

    The dust disk in the spiral galaxy NGC 891 is so useful for studying interstellar dust that many astronomers show up to conferences with science results specifically about this spiral galaxy.

    • 11 min
    Bobbins

    Bobbins

    BoBn 1 is not only a planetary nebula with an odd-to-pronounce name but also one of a very few planetary nebulae that have been found in the Milky Way's halo.

    • 10 min

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