35 episodes

This is The Supermassive Podcast from the Royal Astronomical Society. Every month, science journalist Izzie Clarke and astrophysicist Dr Becky Smethurst take you through the universe with the latest research, history from the society’s archives and astronomy you can do from your own home.

You can send your questions to the team via podcast@ras.ac.uk or tweet @RoyalAstroSoc using #RASSupermassive

The Supermassive Podcast is a Boffin Media Production by Izzie Clarke and Richard Hollingham.

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This is The Supermassive Podcast from the Royal Astronomical Society. Every month, science journalist Izzie Clarke and astrophysicist Dr Becky Smethurst take you through the universe with the latest research, history from the society’s archives and astronomy you can do from your own home.

You can send your questions to the team via podcast@ras.ac.uk or tweet @RoyalAstroSoc using #RASSupermassive

The Supermassive Podcast is a Boffin Media Production by Izzie Clarke and Richard Hollingham.

    Astronaut Special: Returning to the Moon

    Astronaut Special: Returning to the Moon

    The Astronaut Alarm is in overdrive... Izzie, Dr Becky, and his excellency Richard Hollingham have not one but TWO astronauts on this month's episode.

    From the archive, Richard speaks to NASA astronaut Gene Cernan about Apollo 17 and being the last man on the Moon. ESA Astronaut Matthias Maurer talks about the upcoming Artemis missions which will see humans (hopefully, Matthias himself) return to our rocky neighbour. Plus, Robert Massey is on hand to answer your questions and share his stargazing tips for the month.

    Read the full interview with the Last Man on the Moon, Gene Cernan, and find out more about Artemis in our book, The Year In Space.

    Order here (it's an excellent Christmas present): https://geni.us/jNcrw

    What cheese is the Moon made of? Email podcast@ras.ac.uk or tweet @RoyalAstroSoc with your thoughts on the debate. 

    The Supermassive Podcast is a Boffin Media production by Izzie Clarke and Richard Hollingham.

    • 50 min
    How to Deflect an Asteroid

    How to Deflect an Asteroid

    Terrified that an asteroid could wipe out the planet? Don’t panic…the Supermassive team are here to help. Izzie and Dr Becky talk to Professor Alan Fitzsimmons about the results of the DART asteroid deflection mission and Samuel L Jackson (who knew he’s studying for a Phd at the Open University?) tells us how scientists plan to track and tackle threatening space rocks. Plus why the Deep Impact movie terrifies both Izzie and Dr Becky, but for very different reasons, and Dr Robert Massey takes us through the November night sky.

    The Year in Space from the Supermassive Podcast is out now: https://geni.us/jNcrw

    Send in your questions to podcast@ras.ac.uk

    The Supermassive Podcast is a Boffin Media Production by Izzie Clarke and Richard Hollingham for the Royal Astronomical Society. 

    • 46 min
    Q&A - The Year in Space

    Q&A - The Year in Space

    It's been an exciting time for space exploration, so Izzie and Dr Becky celebrate the year in space.... co-incidentally the title of The Supermassive Podcast's book which is out in October. How do plants grow in the ISS? Has JWST changed ideas about cosmology? And when will we get a home gravitational wave detector? The honourable Izzie Clarke, Dr Becky Smethurst, Dr Robert Massey, and (his excellency) space and science journalist Richard Hollingham take on your questions.

    Pre-order our upcoming book The Year In Space for a run down of the most exciting space news and a look to the year ahead: https://geni.us/jNcrw

    Listen to Space Boffins: https://www.thenakedscientists.com/podcasts/astronomy-podcasts/space-boffins/apollo-remastered

    Listen to Gardeners of the Galaxy: https://gardenersofthegalaxy.podbean.com/

    Bookclub:
    The Year in Space - The Supermassive Podcast (that's us!) 
    Apollo Remastered - Andy Saunders 
    Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning - Richard Hinckley Allen
    A Responsibility to Awe - Rebecca Elson 
    A Brief History of Black Holes - Dr Becky Smethurst

    • 54 min
    JWST First Images... FINALLY!

    JWST First Images... FINALLY!

    Izzie and Dr Becky freak out over the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope. From seeing the deep (not so deep) field with Steve Wilkins from the University of Sussex, to exploring exoplanet atmospheres with Dr Hannah Wakeford from the University of Bristol. Plus, Dr Robert Massey takes the team through the September night sky. 

    Pre-order The Year in Space, out October 27th 2022
    https://geni.us/jNcrw

    Send in your questions for next month's Year in Space Q&A to podcast@ras.ac.uk

    The Supermassive Podcast is a Boffin Media Production by Izzie Clarke and Richard Hollingham for the Royal Astronomical Society. 

    • 55 min
    Life on Mars - LIVE from Standon Calling

    Life on Mars - LIVE from Standon Calling

    The Supermassive team dust off their wellies and peg down their tents for Standon Calling. And to celebrate 10 years of NASA's Curiosity rover landing on Mars, Izzie and Dr Becky are asking the question everyone at the festival wants answered... Is there life on Mars?

    With special thanks to Dr Robert Massey, David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences at the Open University, and Alice Armstrong from Agile Rabbit.

    Pre-order our book, The Year In Space, out October 2022:
    https://geni.us/jNcrw

    The Supermassive Podcast is a Boffin Media Production, by Izzie Clarke and Richard Hollingham.

    • 42 min
    Rocky Planets Rock

    Rocky Planets Rock

    Izzie and Dr Becky are flying closer to home to look at the Rocky Planets; Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. How are they different? How are they similar? And can understanding their past tell us anything about Earth’s future? Plus, Dr Robert Massey has his stargazing tips for summer.

    With special thanks to Dr Suzie Imber from the University of Leicester, and Sian Prosser from the Royal Astronomical Society.

    Thank you to Brilliant for sponsoring this episode.  Head to brilliant.org/supermassive to start free courses in maths, science, and computer science. The first 200 subscribers will get 20% off.
     
    Our book, The Year In Space 2023, will be out in Oct 2022. Pre-order here: https://geni.us/jNcrw

    We'll be LIVE at Standon Calling, Friday 22nd July 2022 at 2pm. Find out more: https://standon-calling.com/

    The Supermassive Podcast is a Boffin Media Production by Izzie Clarke and Richard Hollingham. 

    • 51 min

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