286 episodes

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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    • 4.7 • 111 Ratings

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.

    #122 - August 2022 Part 2

    #122 - August 2022 Part 2

    The Discussion:
    The Perseids meteor shower Another heatwave in the UK The Orville on Disney+  
     
    The News:
    NASA is going back to the moon – this month! SpaceX join the companies dropping space debris on Australia Northrop Grumman & Firefly’s new rocket The news discussion: Loads of news around the International Space Station
     
     
    Q&A:
    What would we like to see happen to the ISS instead of being deorbited? From our good friend Mindy Scott in South Africa.

    • 56 min
    #122 - August 2022 Part 1

    #122 - August 2022 Part 1

    The Discussion:
    The release of JWST’s first images, the press conferences and media coverage.
    Emails on astrophotography, Dr Jen’s TV appearances and a more politically correct alternative name for JWST.
     
    The News:
    Rounding up the astronomy news in August, we have:
    We now know why Jupiter doesn’t have rings like Saturn A huge triple star system with a violent past A fossil galaxy – one of the first galaxies from the early universe Some good news for the prospects for life on Mars The big news story: What else? It’s JWST innit?
     
    The Sky Guide:
    This month we’re taking a look at the summer constellation of Cygnus with a guide to its history, how to find it, a couple of deep sky objects and a round-up of the solar system views on offer in August.
     
    Q&A:
    No time for Q&A – we’ve got JWST to prattle on about!

    • 1 hr 19 min
    #121 - July 2022 Part 2

    #121 - July 2022 Part 2

    The Discussion:
    Another heatwave in the UK Dr Jen on TV covering the latest JWST news The Orville on Disney+ Night Sky on Amazon Prime  
     
    The News:
    Preparations for the launch of Starship and an unexpected explosion! Artemis 1 readied for launch to the moon The topsy turvy world of international cooperation in space Virgin Galactic’s next plans The news discussion: NASA’s CAPSTONE mission to lunar orbit
     
     
    Q&A:
    If you let your breath out couldn't you dash across 100m of lunar surface in a damaged spacesuit? From our good friend Ben Harding in the UK.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #121 - July 2022 Part 1

    #121 - July 2022 Part 1

    The Discussion:
    More filming for the BBC Longer days and shorter nights L Showcasing amateur photography on noctilucent clouds Listeners’ emails on Less well known cultural names for Ursa Major The current planetary alignment in the sky  
     
    The News:
    Rounding up the astronomy news in April, we have:
    The Milky Way once went through a massive rate of star formation Solving the riddle of how Mars’ storms can be so big and violent A new data release from the incredible Gaia space telescope Solving the riddle of Barnard’s Loop The big news story: A big boost in the search for life in the universe
     
     
    The Sky Guide:
    This month we’re taking a look at the constellation of Serpens with a guide to its history, how to find it, a couple of deep sky objects and a round-up of the solar system views on offer in July.
     
     
    Q&A:
    Will a black hole always look like a donut whichever direction you observe it from? From our good friend Mitch Sevier, presumed to be in the United States.

    • 58 min
    #120 - June 2022 Part 2

    #120 - June 2022 Part 2

    The Discussion:
    Discrimination in science and academia Returning to the Welsh valleys to attempt astronomy Free NASA merch from Official NASA Gear Listener’s comments on Boeing and the state of spaceflight innovation.  
     
    The News:
    Assembly of China’s Tiangong space station Artemis 1 wet rehearsal attempt #2 France join the Artemis Accord NASA outsources moon suit developments SpaceX’s critical approval for starship flight tests The news discussion: NASA to formally investigate UFOs – is this wise?
     
     
    Q&A:
    How many people can you get on the International Space Station? From our good friend O G Duddy (@Derry_Man1) in Derry, Northern Ireland.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    #120 - June 2022 Part 1

    #120 - June 2022 Part 1

    The Discussion:
    You can now watch Jen presenting on BBC TV’s Weatherman Walking (from 06:40) Walking, astronomy and animal abuse in the New Forest NASA find the Awesome Astronomy bunker on Mars! Listeners’ emails on Obscure names for constellations Podcast editorial suggestions Sending us your astrophotography  
     
    The News:
    Rounding up the astronomy news in April, we have:
    A companion star that survived a supernova! Galaxies that had their dark matter stripped away Everything we thought we knew about galaxy evolution is wrong L We were just buzzed by an asteroid a mile wide. The big news story: Only an image of the black hole region at the centre of our galaxy!
     
     
    The Sky Guide:
    This month we’re taking a look at the constellation of Draco with a guide to its history, how to find it, a couple of deep sky objects and a round-up of the solar system views on offer in June.
     
     
    Q&A:
    What sites and activities could you recommend for disabled amateur astronomers? From our good friend Ash in Wales.

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

akimbochop ,

Wonderful astronomy and exploration show

I listen to this podcast while I’m training for a marathon. Each show is entertaining enough to take my mind off the long miles and is packed full of information about space exploration and general astronomy. Even better, the hosts are able to explain highly technical concepts in ways that I can understand (I now have a good layman’s understanding of Hawking radiation). Bestest of all, they dedicate the final portion of the show to highlighting a currently visible constellation and giving history and interesting viewing tips.

I give this show 5 out of 5 decaying black holes.

00kevlar ,

Great podcast 👍

Me Lords, me Lady, you’re podcast is smashing. Wonderfully witty, never wordy. Loved court, bring it back if you can. It’s terrific. Posting this with love and respect and fearful of poo exiting my ears. Cheers!

Eddie from Townsend ,

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Is Jupiter the remains of a star?

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