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The Urban Astronomer podcast is the audio version of the popular Urban Astronomer website, which has been sharing news and information about space science and astronomy since the year 2009. The website has undergone several facelifts, and changes in editorial style and focus over the years, but it's always stayed true to its principles of honest science presented simply, without oversimplifying.

The Urban Astronomer podcast is the audio version of the popular Urban Astronomer website, which has been sharing news and information about space science and astronomy since the year 2009. The website has undergone several facelifts, and changes in editorial style and focus over the years, but it's always stayed true to its principles of honest science presented simply, without oversimplifying.
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The Urban Astronomer podcast is the audio version of the popular Urban Astronomer website, which has been sharing news and information about space science and astronomy since the year 2009. The website has undergone several facelifts, and changes in editorial style and focus over the years, but it's always stayed true to its principles of honest science presented simply, without oversimplifying.

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@uastronomer

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English


Episodes

Podcast #40: Christmas Special with Clem Unger

12/21/2018
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Hey everybody, welcome to this December solstice edition of the Urban Astronomer Podcast starring Clem Unger and myself! It's only a few days till Christmas, so we hope you all have a wonderful festive season and a joyful new year. It's generally agreed that 2018 was a bit of a bust, but in just over a week we get to start over and see if we can have a better run of it this time around. In this episode: Sky Guide: What's happening in the sky that's worth looking for between now and the March...

Duration:00:51:48

Podcast #39: Clyde Foster at ScopeX 2018

12/10/2018
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This is the 39th episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast. This episode is the fourth in the ScopeX 2018 Public Lecture series, featuring a talk by Clyde Foster, and a mission update by Clem Unger.

Duration:00:52:36

Podcast #38: Dr Pieter Kotzé at ScopeX 2018

11/28/2018
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Welcome to episode 38 of the Urban Astronomer Podcast. This episode features the last part of our physics feature on the lifecycle of a star from dust cloud to super nova, and the 3rd of the ScopeX 2018 public lectures. Physics Over the past few episodes we've been trying to understand how a random cloud of dust and gas can turn into a supernova. In this segment, we finally get to witness our supernova, but that's just brought up more questions. What exactly makes a neutron star so weird??...

Duration:00:42:30

Podcast #37: Mission Update and Tim Cooper at ScopeX 2018

11/9/2018
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Welcome to Episode 37 of the Urban Astronomer podcast! This week features a public lecture by Tim Cooper, and another of Clem Unger's space mission updates. As always, if you enjoy the show and would like to see it grow, there are a few ways that you can help. You could leave a positive review and rating on your favourite podcast service (I'm partial to Podknife but anything goes!). You could send a subscribe link to a friend. You could sign up on our Patreon page and pledge a few dollars...

Duration:00:47:13

Podcast #36: José da Silva at ScopeX 2018

10/24/2018
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Welcome to Episode 36 of the Urban Astronomer podcast, and the first in our ScopeX 2018 series. In this episode we feature the first of the public lectures I recorded at ScopeX. It is by José da Silva, and he speaks about exoplanets, and what we can tell about their weather. Links This talk on YouTube ScopeX José on FaceBook

Duration:00:35:41

Podcast #35: Itumeleng Monageng

10/3/2018
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Welcome to episode 35 of the Urban Astronomer Podcast! This week we have a full show for you, with our main feature being an interview with South African astronomer Dr Itumeleng Monageng. We also continue our series on the physics behind the evolution of a star from gas cloud to black hole. And finally, my new co-host Clem Unger brings us updates on current space missions. Itumeleng Monageng Itumeleng is a post-grad researcher working for the South African Astronomical Observatory and talks...

Duration:00:39:37

Podcast #34: The Equinox Show

9/23/2018
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Welcome to this special Equinox edition of the Urban Astronomer Podcast! This episode I share the microphone with Clem Unger for the first of a quarterly series. Clem has been on the show before, and he'll be back every equinox and every solstice. In this episode We start with a look at coming attractions in the sky over the next three months. Clem discusses the state of current asteroid missions OSIRIS-Rex and Hayabusa 2 Allen and Clem butt heads over whether Pluto should have stayed a...

Duration:00:44:27

Podcast #33: Jean-Pierre Grootaerd

9/12/2018
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Welcome to the 33rd episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast. This is a special release, featuring an interview that I recorded for ScopeX, the biggest astronomy and telescope event in South Africa. Jean-Pierre Grootaerd, through SSVI (which translates in English to Stars Shine for Everyone), has donated a pair of 90mm refracting telescopes to ScopeX, for us to hand over to whoever is best able to use them to advance science education in South Africa. Since he isn't able to come to South...

Duration:00:24:26

Podcast #32: Dr Nicole Gugliucci

8/17/2018
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Welcome to the 32nd episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast. This episode features an interview with Dr Nicole Gugliucci, whom long time listeners of astronomy podcasts should recognise from her work with Cosmoquest, and her many appearances on various shows in the 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast. This is quite a long-running interview, so we didn't have time to include the next segment of our supernova story. We'll pick that up next week instead, with the thrilling tale of what happens when a...

Duration:00:55:36

Podcast #31: Clem Unger talks about OSIRIS-REx

7/15/2018
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Welcome to the 31st episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast. This episode features an interview with Clem Unger, an ambassador for the OSIRIS-REx mission who lives in Australia. This is followed by the next part of our series on the evolution of stars, taking us one step closer on our journey to seeing where supernovae come from. Clem Unger A few weeks back, I spoke to Clem Unger, who lives in Australia and serves in his spare time in the ambassador program for the OSIRIS-REx mission, which...

Duration:00:43:17

Podcast #30: Stellar Evolution and Nuclear Fusion

6/21/2018
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Welcome to episode 30 of the Urban Astronomer Podcast. This week's episode features the 2nd part of our look at how stellar evolution can lead to a supernova explosion, inspired by listener requests to present more serious science and physics explainers. Last time we looked at the formation of a stellar nursery, so today we look inside that nursery at the birth of a new star. For fans of the interviews with people who have some connection to astronomy in South Africa, the next episode will...

Duration:00:28:25

Podcast #29: Stellar evolution – from gas to star

5/23/2018
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Welcome to episode 29 of the Urban Astronomer podcast. As you know by now, we mainly feature interviews with people connected to South African astronomy. But since we had no guests lined up for this episode, we decided it was time to keep a promise we'd made a month ago to listener Andrew Botteril, from KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. Andrew is a fan of the show and had asked that we feature a little more basic science, explaining some of the physics behind the astronomy. So, we're...

Duration:00:14:22

Podcast #28: Stella Kafka

4/23/2018
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Welcome to Episode 28 of the Urban Astronomer Podcast. This episode features an interview with Dr Stella Kafka, current director of the AAVSO (American Association of Variable Star Observers). I met Dr Kafka at the 2018 Symposium of the Astronomical Society of South Africa, where she delivered several excellent talks on the AAVSO and citizen science. I was so impressed by what she had to say that I just had to invite her onto the show. Amazingly, she beat me to the punch by approaching me...

Duration:00:44:23

Podcast #27: Tides and Flerfers

3/20/2018
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Welcome to the 27th episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast! This is a special episode where I break from tradition and try for something completely new: Unscripted content, delivered solo, with just a few notes to guide me! In the first segment, I explain how tides work, and in the second I muse on what makes Flat Earther's reject established scientific knowledge. I recently got back from the 2018 Symposium of the South African Astronomical Society, where I plugged this podcast in a talk...

Duration:00:29:58

Podcast #26: Neville Young

2/14/2018
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This is the 26th episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast, where we get back to our original focus of interviewing people involved in South African astronomy. Whether they're professional or amateur, South African, or merely visiting to do astronomy under our clear skies through our world-class observatories, we want to talk to them. In this episode, we chat with Neville Young. Neville Young Neville has been a member of the Pretoria center of the Astronomical Society of South Africa since the...

Duration:01:04:03

Podcast #25: Clyde Foster at ScopeX 2017

1/30/2018
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Welcome to the 25th episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast, which is also the 1st episode of 2018. Happy New Year! Over the past few episodes, I've been running a series of public lectures that I recorded at ScopeX 2017. ScopeX is an annual telescope and astronomy expo held every year at the Military History museum in Johannesburg. This is the last lecture in the series, on the topic of the Apollo Program. Clyde Foster was the speaker. News Next year's ScopeX will be held on 15 September...

Duration:00:55:15

Podcast #24: Willie Koortz at ScopeX 2017

12/31/2017
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Welcome to Episode 24 of the Urban Astronomer Podcast, and a Happy New Year to each and every one of you. This episode features the keynote lecture from ScopeX 2017, delivered by Willie Koortz. Willie is an electronic technician working for the South African Astronomical Observatory, and is one of South African astronomy's more interesting characters. ScopeX Lecture In his talk, he discusses South Africa's role in the early days of the Space Age, looking at professional-amateur collaborative...

Duration:00:45:40

Podcast #23: Phila Sibandze at ScopeX 2017

12/14/2017
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Welcome to episode 23 of the Urban Astronomer Podcast! This week we feature the third in our series of public lectures given at ScopeX earlier this year, which was presented by Phila Sibandze of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA). Phila Sibandze Phila works for SANSA as an earth observation scientist, and his talk was titled "A journey through the life of a satellite". In it he walked us through the process of designing, building, launching and operating a satellite, with a...

Duration:00:41:20

Podcast #22: So you want to be an astrophysicist (Guest Episode by Paul Sutter)

12/5/2017
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Welcome to episode 22 of the Urban Astronomer Podcast. We're in the middle of a series of public lectures given by various speakers at ScopeX, earlier this year, but this episode is a break from all that. Some time ago, I was listening to Paul Sutter's excellent "Ask A Spaceman" podcast and he did an episode on what it takes to become an astrophysicist like him. Since one of the reasons the Urban Astronomer podcast exists is to encourage young South Africans to consider astronomy as a...

Duration:00:41:32

Podcast #21: Lee Annamalai at ScopeX 2017

11/25/2017
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Welcome to episode 21 of the Urban Astronomer Podcast! This week we feature the second in our series of ScopeX lectures, and plug an exciting new citizen science project. Next week we'll be bringing you the third lecture in the series, although we might sneak in a special guest episode before then! Lee Annamalai Lee spoke in his capacity at the CSIR (Center for Scientific and Industrial Research), where he manages their Earth Observation ICT systems group. He spoke about plans to use...

Duration:00:33:54