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The monthly astronomy podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine

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The monthly astronomy podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine

    Interview: solar weather expert, Mathew Owens

    Interview: solar weather expert, Mathew Owens

    As the Sun's activity increases, we take a look at whether space weather could be hazardous to the Artemis moon-landing mission, and to satellites in orbit.
     
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    • 19 min
    Interview: Emily Lakdawalla talks Mars exploration

    Interview: Emily Lakdawalla talks Mars exploration

    We are living through a golden age of Solar System exploration. In 2021 alone, three new spacecraft have arrived at the Red Planet. But why is Mars so fascinating, and why are we so keen to study it? Planetary scientist Emily Lakdawalla reveals why Mars is our favourite place to send rovers and orbiters.
     
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    • 32 min
    Star Diary: What's in the night sky, June 2021

    Star Diary: What's in the night sky, June 2021

    An astronomer's guide to June 2021, including how to see Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Vesta and Mars, plus noctilucent clouds and the 10 June partial solar eclipse.
     
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    20 years of NASA's WMAP mission

    20 years of NASA's WMAP mission

    The Cosmic Microwave Background is radiation left over from the Big Bang, and detecting the CMB helps astronomers piece together the story of how the cosmos evolved over time. This episode we take a look back at how NASA's WMAP mission changed our understanding of the Universe.
     
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    Interview: How to photograph a black hole

    Interview: How to photograph a black hole

    In 2019, astronomers revealed to the world the first ever image captured of a black hole, in galaxy M87, 55 million lightyears away. Astronomer Heino Falcke was one of the science leads on that team, and in this episode he reveals how they did it.
     
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    Interview: Andy Weir, author of The Martian

    Interview: Andy Weir, author of The Martian

    The Martian author, Andy Weir, talks to us about his new novel Project Hail Mary.
     
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    • 35 min

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