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Join Ralph & Paul at the beginning of each month, for an informative and fun astronomy program exploring the mysteries and wonders of the universe. You can be guaranteed a passion for astronomy, simple explanations of complex and fundamental topics, space and science news, absorbing interviews and answers to listeners' astronomy questions. As both presenters have been accused of being a little skeptical in the past, you can also expect everything to be fact-based but frivolous, with an emphasis on highlighting the wonderful science that reveals ever more about our complex and exciting universe. Join us on our journey to understand it all!

Join Ralph & Paul at the beginning of each month, for an informative and fun astronomy program exploring the mysteries and wonders of the universe. You can be guaranteed a passion for astronomy, simple explanations of complex and fundamental topics, space and science news, absorbing interviews and answers to listeners' astronomy questions. As both presenters have been accused of being a little skeptical in the past, you can also expect everything to be fact-based but frivolous, with an emphasis on highlighting the wonderful science that reveals ever more about our complex and exciting universe. Join us on our journey to understand it all!
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Join Ralph & Paul at the beginning of each month, for an informative and fun astronomy program exploring the mysteries and wonders of the universe. You can be guaranteed a passion for astronomy, simple explanations of complex and fundamental topics, space and science news, absorbing interviews and answers to listeners' astronomy questions. As both presenters have been accused of being a little skeptical in the past, you can also expect everything to be fact-based but frivolous, with an emphasis on highlighting the wonderful science that reveals ever more about our complex and exciting universe. Join us on our journey to understand it all!

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Episodes

#78 Part 2 December 2018

12/14/2018
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The Discussion: As it’s the holiday season, we get all Christmassy and take a brief detour from space into seasonal songs, the unseemly side of glam rock and Bavarian burn hazards. Ralph reviews the Mars inspired TV show, The First, and we run through some listeners’ emails. The News: Rounding up the space and astronomy news this month we have: Main news story: NASA’s Mars 2020 rover now has a landing site. The Interview: Physicist and Associate editor at Nature, Dr Dave Abergel joins us...

Duration:00:49:42

#78 Part 1 December 2018

11/30/2018
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The Discussion: Arthur Eddington, the Caldwell catalogue and a round-up of emails to the show. The News: Rounding up the space and astronomy news this month we have: Main news story: The discovery of an exoplanet around Barnard’s Star just 6 light year away. The Sky Guide: Covering the solar system and deep sky objects on offer to amateur astronomers in December: Ralph: Mars & Neptune conjunction, The Geminds meteor shower & Comet 46P Wirtanen at perihelion Paul: Venus, Uranus, Mercury...

Duration:00:41:03

#77 Part 2 November 2018

11/14/2018
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The Discussion: Jeni talking exoplanets and aliens at Cardiff Museum and we take a no spoiler look at the Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man. The News: Rounding up the space and astronomy news this month we have: Main news story: Europe and Japan’s Bepicolumbo mission to Mercury. The Interview: Jeni interviews Bethan James, astronomer & astrophysicist currently working as an ESA/AURA Astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) on the Hubble instrument team. Q&A: Listeners’...

Duration:00:48:56

Podcast Extra: Libby Jackson - A Galaxy of Her Own

11/7/2018
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In this podcast extra episode we're talking to Libby Jackson, physicist and engineer, who's the Manager of Human Spaceflight and Microgravity at the UK Space Agency and was a European ISS flight controller and the spokesperson for Tim Peake’s spaceflight. • Being weightless • The value of space research to everyday life • Following your dreams • Her new book: A Galaxy of Her Own • Forgotten heroines of the world’s space programmes

Duration:00:34:35

#77 Part 1 November 2018

10/31/2018
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The Discussion: Jeni’s tells us about her gig at the Cardiff Book Talk and an upcoming talk at Usk Astronomical Society, Paul had a hairy moment giving a talk on the Herschels only to find their descendants in the room and we run through listeners’ emails The News: Rounding up the space and astronomy news this month we have: Sky Guide: Taking a look at the astronomical objects above our heads this month that you can enjoy with a small telescope or binoculars. Paul: Saturn, Mars, Uranus,...

Duration:00:47:26

#76 Part 2 October 2018

10/15/2018
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The Discussion: It’s almost Halloween and Jeni’s getting the knives out. Paul’s been recording astronomy voiceovers for the Discovery Channel, Jeni’s got the Cardiff BookTalk coming up and Ralph’s excited by the return of Doctor Who. The News: Rounding up the space exploration news this month we have: Black History Month: To honour Black History Month, the crew take a look at the non white, middle-aged males that have pioneered and excelled in making our world what it is today in the...

Duration:00:42:54

#76 Part 1 October 2018

9/30/2018
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The Discussion: Paul has snubbed the show to do astronomy on TV so we’re keeping our spirits up with tales of AstroCamp and the inspirational Libby Jackson from the UK Space Agency. Jeni updates us with the progress of her PhD and invites you all along to her Q&A session at Cardiff Book Talk on 22nd October, before Ralph runs through listeners’ emails The News: With 3 minutes to round up the astronomy news stories you might have missed, we overshoot the time constraints by about...

Duration:00:46:36

#75 Part 2 September 2018

9/15/2018
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The Discussion: Lt Col Dave from Florida gives us his more informed take on Space Force. The News: In the new revamped show format we have 3 minutes to round up the astronomy news stories you might have missed: Jeni: Ralph: The big news story: The Debate: In this section the team debate a pressing question or issue in astronomy or space flight and in this inaugural debate, Ralph takes on Jeni to make arguments for what should be the next big human spaceflight destination: Moon or...

Duration:01:20:13

Podcast Extra: AstroCamp Autumn 2018

9/3/2018
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In this podcast extra episode, we go a step further than just talking about astronomy and look forward to a long weekend of practical astronomy. This episode discusses the value of star parties and whets your apetite for Awesome Astronomy’s AstroCamp event in the Welsh Brecon Beacons International Dark Sky Reserve. Come share the eyepiece with us, enjoy a talk from the UK Space Agency's Libby Jackson and win some astronomy prizes!

Duration:00:13:56

#75 Part 1 September 2018

9/1/2018
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The Discussion: Jeni returns after getting the flu, Paul’s science shows were a wash out at Camp Bestival and Ralph gets a great email about a telescope library service. The News: In the new revamped show format we have 3 minutes to round up the astronomy news stories you might have missed: Jeni: Ralph: The big news story: The Skyguide: Q&A: Listeners’ questions via email, Facebook & Twitter take us on a journey into the astronomy issues that have always plagued our understanding or...

Duration:01:15:07

Podcast Extra: Chewin' the fat with a Nobel Laureate

8/16/2018
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In this podcast extra episode, Jeni teams up with our good friend Dr Chris North from the Pythagoras Trousers podcast to speak to Caltech’s Linde Professor of Physics and Nobel Laureate Barry Barish. In this interview we discuss:

Duration:01:13:33

Awesome Astronomy #74 - August 2018

7/31/2018
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The Discussion: Jeni cares so little for our listeners that she didn’t even bother to show up this month (except for the interview section) and with no discipline Paul’s defacing valuable space artefacts and the emails to the show take a plunge south. The News: The news section gets a revamp with a quick round up of the space exploration and astronomy news, covering: The Interview: Jeni talks to Josh Borrow from Durham University’s Institute of Computational Cosmology about their...

Duration:01:14:49

Awesome Astronomy's August Sky Guide

7/27/2018
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What to look out, and up, for in August. With no Jeni this month, Ralph & Paul pick their highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the solar system objects on offer to observers and imagers: Next up, we take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year: And we finish this sky guide with August’s moon phases.

Duration:00:06:43

Podcast Extra: Space Force

7/19/2018
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In this podcast extra episode, there was only one thing playing on all our minds - Space Force. What is it? Why is it? What will it look like? Just like us, I’m sure you’ll be none the wiser after this in-depth look into:

Duration:00:20:25

Awesome Astronomy #73 - July 2018

7/1/2018
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The Discussion: Jeni tells us about her more recent astronomy conferences in Eastbourne and Copenhagen. Paul gives us a round up of his astronomy outreach with interesting facts from and a rooftop star party. And Awesome Astronomy gets in deeper than intended with the Alan Bennet/Thora Hird gag that far outstayed its welcome. The News: Rounding up the space and astronomy news this month we have: The Interview: This month Jeni speaks to Dr Tana Joseph about the MeerKAT telescope and how...

Duration:01:34:19

Sky Guide July 2018

6/27/2018
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What to look out, and up, for in July. With no Jen this month (she’s off sciencing), it’s just Paul & Ralph’s highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the solar system objects on offer to observers and imagers: Next up, we take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year. And we finish this sky guide with July’s moon phases.

Duration:00:08:03

Podcast Extra: Galaxies, Work Placement Opportunities & Diversity in Science.

6/10/2018
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In this podcast extra episode, released during Pride month, we return to this April’s European Week of Astronomy and Space Science where we spoke to Dr Ashley Spindler to find out more about: Ashley can also be found at @Ashley_Nova_ on Twitter.

Duration:00:16:11

Awesome Astronomy #72 - June 2018

5/31/2018
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The Discussion: Jeni’s talking science conferences while Paul’s doing impressions from his Who’s Who of Yorkshire legends. Ralph runs through this month’s pick of listeners tweets & emails with a focus on exoplanets and a big congrats to listener Dustin Ruoff The News: Rounding up the space and astronomy news this month we have: The Interview: This month we have two short interviews - something for the adults, something for the kids: Astronomy on Tap and International Astronomical Youth...

Duration:01:31:05

Sky Guide June 2018

5/28/2018
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What to look out, and up, for in June. Ralph, Paul & Jen pick their highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the solar system objects on offer to observers and imagers: Next up, we take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year. And we finish this sky guide with June’s moon phases.

Duration:00:11:05

Podcast Extra: Farewell Alan Bean

5/27/2018
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This podcast extra is a re-release of our full length interview with the 4th man to walk on the moon aboard the Apollo 12 mission in 1969. Alan Bean was not only a fighter pilot, Navy test pilot, astronaut, moonwalker, space station commander and artist, but he was also a very considerate, genuine and self-effacing gentleman. We are hugely saddened by the loss of such a lovely man but heartened that he passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. In this interview, recorded in October...

Duration:00:55:06