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All things Space – news, travel, discoveries, the mysteries, and more…with world renown and respected Astronomer at Large Professor Fred Watson and Sci-Fi Author, Broadcaster/Journalist Andrew Dunkley.

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All things Space – news, travel, discoveries, the mysteries, and more…with world renown and respected Astronomer at Large Professor Fred Watson and Sci-Fi Author, Broadcaster/Journalist Andrew Dunkley.

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    Lithopanspermia

    Lithopanspermia

    Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.
    Space Nuts Episode 317 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
    Andrew: Hi, there. Thanks for joining us. Well, I hope you do - for episode 317 of Space Nuts the podcast. I'm Andrew Dunkley, your host, and joining me every week is Professor Fred Watson, astronomer at large. What are we talking about this week, Fred?
    Fred: Action Pack show as always, Andrew. We're going to talk about more observations that suggest that dark matter is not what we think it is. And we're also going to talk about a new supercomputer that we've got here in Australia. And I'm going to explain why I'm wearing this hi-vis vest.
    Andrew: Yes, I'm wondering. It's not a good look.
    Fred: Wait till you see what it is.
    Andrew: Okay. All right will do. We'll also be answering some audience questions, but Fred doesn't know what they are. We're going to do a bit of a potluck on him this week. He doesn't like it. But occasionally, it's fun to see how things pan out.
    So, I hope you can join us for episode 317 of Space Nuts on your favorite podcast distributor, and we'll chat to you then.
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    • 43 min
    The Shortest Day (on record)

    The Shortest Day (on record)

    Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.
    Space Nuts Episode 316 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
    Andrew: Hello there. My name is Andrew Dunkley the host of the Space Nuts podcast, where every week we talk astronomy and space science. And coming up soon will be episode 316. And joining me will be Professor Fred Watson. Astronomer at large. Hi, Fred. What's on the next episode.
    Fred: We're going to talk about the shortest day on record. There you are. That's an enticing one. Then we've got an all-questions episode, so we're going to answer questions ranging from the motion of the moon throughout the year to what it would be like to be in orbit around a giant star.
    Andrew: Okay. Sounds like fun. The shortest day. June 29. You'd feel pretty ripped off if it was your birthday, I imagine.
    Fred: I think so.
    Andrew: Maybe not as ripped off as you think you might be.
    Fred: Sure.
    Andrew: Listen in from your favorite podcast distributor to Episode 316 of Space Nuts, or visit our website at www.spacenuts.io
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    • 46 min
    Fred's New Telescope Project

    Fred's New Telescope Project

    Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.
    Space Nuts Episode 315 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
    Andrew: Hello again. Andrew Dunkley here from the Space Nuts podcast. Hope you’re well, and I hope you can join us on the next episode, episode 315, because we’ve got a lot to talk about. And joining me will be Professor Fred Watson, astronomer at large. What's coming up?
    Fred: It we've got a bumper packed show for listeners this week. As always. Going to start off by talking about a brand new telescope that is getting launched not launched into space, but launched into its mission, at Siding Spring Observatory in north-western New South Wales. And we're going to talk about whether we should be looking closer to the sun to find near Earth objects.
    Andrew: We will also be answering some audience questions. Andrew from Vancouver is following up what happens next with the New Horizons probe because it's sort of finished its mission couple of years ago. And Neil in Sydney says the sun sucks. Why? We will tell you on the next edition of Space Nuts. Download from your favorite podcast distributor.
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    • 45 min
    The Excitement Continues - A JWST Update

    The Excitement Continues - A JWST Update

    Space Nuts Episode 314 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
    Andrew: Hello once again. Andrew Dunkley here from the Space Nuts podcast. Hope you can join us on episode 314, where I'll be joined by Professor Fred Watson, astronomer at large, to talk astronomy and space science. What's coming up on 314 Fred.
    Fred: Great news. We're going to look at the rest of the images that the James Webb telescope has sent back, those fantastic images of nebulae and galaxies, as well as a new one of the planet Jupiter. And then we're going to do a story that I think is fascinating. It's about Pinpointing, the exact crater on Mars from which a meteorite that landed on the Earth started its journey. An incredible piece of detective work. All coming up on Space Nuts.
    Andrew: In the words of Monty Python, it's spate us in the face, it did. Yes. We'll also be answering questions from Mark in Quebec about what happens to Earth if it gets touched by a black hole. I don't think anyone wants to know. And Rusty wants to talk about quasars. So I hope you can join us on the next episode of Space Nuts, Episode 314. You can download from your favourite podcast platform.
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    • 42 min
    JWST First Image Released - It Doesn't Disappoint

    JWST First Image Released - It Doesn't Disappoint

    Space Nuts Episode 313 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
    Andrew: Hello. Andrew Dunkley here from Space Nuts. Hope you can join us on episode 313 where I'll be joined by none other than the good Professor Fred Watson, astronomer at large. Fred. What's on this edition.
    Fred: The big story of the moment, which is the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope. We're going to cover that in a little bit of detail. We're going to talk about a new telescope that's just starting to be built at Siding Spring Observatory here in New South Wales, that’ll be looking for the aftermath of gravitational wave events. And we’ll squeeze in a story about the idea that aliens might use quantum communication.
    Andrew: And we just finished answering all the questions about gravitational waves and we had to do a gravitational wave story. So, we'll start rolling again, of course. And speaking of audience questions, we'll be hearing from Ben in Dover, who has a gravitational wave question, and Alex from New South Wales about the apparent size of galaxies. That's a really interesting question. That's all coming up on episode 313 of Space Nuts, the podcast you can download from your favorite podcast distributor. Talk to you then. Bye.
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    • 37 min
    Gliding Across Mars

    Gliding Across Mars

    Space Nuts Episode 312 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
    Andrew: Hello, Andrew Dunkley here from the Space Nuts podcast. And joining me every week is Professor Fred Watson astronomer at large. What's coming up Fred on episode 312.
    Fred: Great stuff. Andrew, we're going to Mars again this week, to talk about a proposed new method of exploring the atmosphere of Mars, which I think is very, very exciting…and, and I hope to see it happening down the track.
    And we're gonna celebrate the 10th anniversary of the discovery of wait for it, The Higgs Boson, not quite astronomy, but particle physics is very much a part of what we do when we're studying the universe. So exciting stuff. This.
    Andrew: Particle physics. So I thought it was a snail, but anyway we'll get on that. We'll also be answering audience questions about stars passing close by our solar system. I didn't know that was a thing. Paul wants to, make things easier on paper when it comes to drawing constellations and Talek from Ireland wants to talk about the danger of asteroids, near earth objects, whatever you want to call them.
    So, we'll tackle all that in the next episode of Space Nuts, and you can download episode 312 and all our previous episodes from your favourite podcast distributor, talk to you soon.

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    • 56 min

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