60 episodes

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

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    • 3.8, 16 Ratings

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

    The life and death of stars

    The life and death of stars

    We reveal how stars are born, evolve and die, and discover that a star's mass determines its ultimate fate. Plus, we speak to astronomer Emily Cannon about her research into the dimming of Betelgeuse, a red giant star that forms part of the Orion constellation. Could it be about to go supernova?
     
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    • 28 min
    Trident: a new mission to explore Neptune's moon Triton

    Trident: a new mission to explore Neptune's moon Triton

    Neptune's icy moon Triton may host an ocean of liquid water beneath its icy surface. We spoke to planetary scientist Louise Prockter to find out about Trident, a proposed mission she's leading to send a spacecraft to explore the frozen satellite.
     
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    • 24 min
    The End of Everything: interview with US cosmologist Katie Mack

    The End of Everything: interview with US cosmologist Katie Mack

    Have you ever wondered how the Universe will end? We spoke to Dr Katie Mack to find out what it means to contemplate the final days of the cosmos.
     
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    • 36 min
    The edge of the Solar System

    The edge of the Solar System

    How far away is the edge of the Solar System? What even is 'the edge'? How do we know it's there? In this month's episode we take a look at the outer limits of our planetary neighbourhood. Plus: we talk to Keith Hayward of the Royal Aeronautical Society about the Chinese space programme and reveal how to make the most of August's Perseid meteor shower.
     
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    • 32 min
    Cluster Special: marking 20 years of the European solar mission

    Cluster Special: marking 20 years of the European solar mission

    16th July 2020 marks 20 years since the launch of the European Space Agency's Cluster mission. For two decades, Cluster has been examining how the solar wind interacts with Earth's magnetosphere and its effect on life on our planet. This episode we spoke to space weather expert and Cluster mission scientist Dr Mike Hapgood.
     
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    • 22 min
    Deflecting asteroids with DART and Hera

    Deflecting asteroids with DART and Hera

    Ahead of Asteroid Day on 30 June, we take a look at NASA's DART and ESA's Hera mission. Starting in 2022, these two missions will work together to test how we might one day deflect a potential deadly asteroid.


    Later on, we interview Andrea Riley, the DART's programme executive and give you our stargazing tip of the month.
     
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    • 42 min

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16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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Outstanding Podcast

This podcast is one of the best on the web. It contains information about Astronomy and related subjects, discussing and explaining the issues arising in the science in easily understood terms. After finding it late in 2008, I liked it so much that I went back and downloaded and listened to all the earlier podcasts. Thoroughly enjoyable!

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