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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.

The Supermassive Podcast The Royal Astronomical Society

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    • 4.6 • 109 Ratings

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.

    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
    Gas Giants are Weird

    Gas Giants are Weird

    From hexagonal shaped storms to spinning sideways, Izzie and Dr Becky are exploring our weird and wonderful Gas Giants. Joining them are Dr Tom Stallard from the University of Leicester and Dr Robert Massey, Deputy Director of the Royal Astronomical Society. Plus editor, Richard Hollingham, takes a trip to the Royal Astronomical Society’s library to see Galileo’s first observations of Saturn’s rings and William Herschel’s notebook from when he discovered Uranus.
     
    See Jupiter's fast rotation (thanks to Dr James O'Donoghue) https://twitter.com/physicsJ/status/1519023430053818368
     
    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.
     
    The Year In Space 2023 by The Supermassive Team will be out on Oct 2022. Pre-order here: https://geni.us/jNcrw

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

    • 49 min
    How to Kill a Galaxy

    How to Kill a Galaxy

    How does a galaxy evolve and die? Izzie and Dr Becky find out with help from Tim Davis at Cardiff University. Plus, Dr Robert Massey from the Royal Astronomical Society answers your questions and explains how to spot galaxies in the night sky.

    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.

    The link below has more information on the RAS Public Talk with Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, Space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life - with humans and with robots.
    https://ras.ac.uk/events-and-meetings/ras-public-lectures-and-events/space-exploration-and-search-extraterrestrial


    A Year In Space by The Supermassive Team will be out on Oct 13th 2022. Pre-order here:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Year-Space-Supermassive-Podcast-Astronomical/dp/1472299507/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1O3PS3QUCPP2A&keywords=the+year+in+space&qid=1650904438&s=books&sprefix=the+year+in+space%2Cstripbooks%2C94&sr=1-3

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

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

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