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Episode 10: So you want to be an astronomer?

6/22/2018
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It's episode 10! We celebrate with cake and a chat about how how astronomers become astronomers. Emily describes her (slightly unusual and a bit cheeky) path to her current career as Astronomer Extraordinaire and Director of the University of York's Astrocampus. Then we explore all the different skills and job titles that fall under the broad umbrella of "working in Astronomy". And of course, even if you don't want to do it as a job, there's a very long and distinguished history of amateur...

Duration:00:29:16

Episode 09: Life on Mars?

6/15/2018
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A few weeks ago NASA gathered journalists from across the globe for an announcement about something they'd found on Mars. Naturally, the collective imagination went *nuts*, because surely, SURELY this was going to be The Big Announcement: finally, the discovery of Life Elsewhere In The Universe! Turns out, nope ... but NASA did have some very cool things to talk about. Curiosity, the Mars Rover that just keeps on keeping on, has found seasonal changes in methane levels, which *could* be...

Duration:00:38:25

Episode 08: The Frozen Dunes of Pluto

6/8/2018
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Some astronomers found signs of great plumes of water erupting from the surface of Europa, one of the larger moons of Jupiter — and water could mean life, which has everyone jumping around in excitement. The best bit? They found the evidence buried deep in archived data from a 20-year-old space mission. See, *that's* why you don't just throw away old files — you never know what you'll find!

Duration:00:38:14

Episode 07 (supplemental): Octopuses from Space!

6/1/2018
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So, apparently, octopuses come from space. Or something. Emily and Chris chat about a ... curious ... paper that came out recently, which proposes an explanation for the Cambrian Explosion, the huge increase in diversity of life across the planet 500 million years ago. The suggested cause? Possibly viruses from space ... possibly octopus eggs in a meteor ... oh, who knows? It all seems a tad speculative but it's fun to discuss anyway.

Duration:00:07:00

Episode 07: Plumes of Ice on Europa

5/25/2018
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Some astronomers found signs of great plumes of water erupting from the surface of Europa, one of the larger moons of Jupiter — and water could mean life, which has everyone jumping around in excitement. The best bit? They found the evidence buried deep in archived data from a 20-year-old space mission. See, *that's* why you don't just throw away old files — you never know what you'll find! Ten years later, in April 2018, planetary scientists published a paper in Nature arguing that the...

Duration:00:43:13

Episode 06: Galaxy Pile Up Causes Cosmic Chaos!

5/20/2018
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Back in 2008 a large chunk of rock hurtled into the Earth’s atmosphere. Most of it burned up on the way down, but some fragments of the meteorite landed in the deserts of Sudan. When scientists open up those fragments and examined them under a microscope, they found something very interesting: tiny, tiny, diamonds. Nanodiamonds! Ten years later, in April 2018, planetary scientists published a paper in Nature arguing that the structure of those nanodiamond crystals could only have come from...

Duration:00:19:41

Episode 05: Diamonds from Space!

5/4/2018
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Back in 2008 a large chunk of rock hurtled into the Earth’s atmosphere. Most of it burned up on the way down, but some fragments of the meteorite landed in the deserts of Sudan. When scientists open up those fragments and examined them under a microscope, they found something very interesting: tiny, tiny, diamonds. Nanodiamonds! Ten years later, in April 2018, planetary scientists published a paper in Nature arguing that the structure of those nanodiamond crystals could only have come from...

Duration:00:19:51

Episode 04: The Music Of The Stars

4/27/2018
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TESS made it! The little satellite with the big heart is now in space, gradually getting into its final orbit to start gathering data. And Emily is excited, because alongside all the exoplanet data TESS will be taking, it's going to collect all sorts of information about her favourite topic: Wobbling Stars. Or as she would prefer to call it, Asteroseismology.

Duration:00:32:37

Episode 03: Holding Our Breath For TESS!

4/19/2018
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After a quick listener question from Graham in Highfields, Australia, this week’s show is all about TESS: The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. TESS is a brand new space telescope that, at the time of recording, was sitting atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, preparing for launch. Once in orbit, TESS will spend two years scanning almost the entire sky searching for exoplanets around stars in our local area of the Milky Way Galaxy. Emily is particularly excited because the data TESS will...

Duration:00:38:58

Episode 02: Dark Matter Is Out There, Even When It's Not

4/13/2018
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A cosmic riddle for you: When does not finding something where you expect to it to be tell you that it exists? In the 1960s and 70s, astronomers measured the speed of stars and gas clouds orbiting at the edge of our galaxy, and discovered something strange: their rotational velocities were too fast. Way too fast. So fast, there’s no way the gravity from the visible mass in the galaxy could possibly keep them in orbit. There was clearly some mass out there across the galaxy that...

Duration:00:29:44

Episode 01: Planets, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

4/5/2018
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Over the last few decades astronomers have found hundreds — no, thousands — of exoplanets: planets around other stars in our galaxy. But we’re just getting started: in February 2018, researchers found a whole bunch of planets in a galaxy far, far away. How they did that, is a pretty amazing story.

Duration:00:21:28

Episode 00: A Syzygy Sneak Peek

4/3/2018
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Syzygy is a brand new podcast, in which science nerd Chris Stewart and York astronomer Emily Brunsden talk about the latest news from across the universe. Here's a sneak peek at what's coming.

Duration:00:03:21