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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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Podcast Extra: AstroCamp Autumn 2017

9/18/2017
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In this podcast extra episode for the dark sky star party held by the Podcast Crew, we discuss:

Duration: 00:23:23


Awesome Astronomy #62 - August 2017

8/31/2017
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The Discussion: Jeni’s back and the band is back together to discuss watching this year’s Perseid meteor shower and coverage of the Great American Eclipse The News: Rounding up the space and astronomy news this month we have: ‘The Other Section’: This month we keep Paul’s festering Hat of Woo out of sight and take a long look at the Voyager spacecraft on the 40th anniversary of this programme, which revealed the solar system unlike any other space mission.

Duration: 01:24:15


Sky Guide August 2017

8/27/2017
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What to look out, and up, for in September.What to look out, and up, for in September. Ralph, Paul & Jeni pick their highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the solar system objects on offer to observers and imagers: • Saturn and its ring system in the evening • Mercury at greatest western elongation in 12th September • Neptune at opposition on 5th September in Aquarius. Next up, we take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year: • Ralph – The...

Duration: 00:10:08


Podcast extra: Full Length Interview with Apollo 16's Charlie Duke

8/14/2017
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In this podcast extra episode we present our full length interview with test pilot, astronaut and lunar module pilot on Apollo 16, General Charlie Duke. Drawing on this unique set of experiences, we asked Charlie: - What surprised you or what weren't you expecting to see on the moon? - How did having a rover change the way you could explore the moon? - How much fun was the lunar rover? - Which was most exciting, being capcom on the 1st moon landing or walking on the moon on Apollo...

Duration: 00:25:44


Awesome Astronomy #62 - August 2017

8/1/2017
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The Discussion: Jeni’s bizarrely decided that a holiday is preferable to being locked in a bunker with two megalomaniacal Martians, so you’re left with an exhausted Paul and a jetlagged Ralph this month. What could go wrong? We discuss outreach at science festivals and a happy resolution to the light pollution issue in the Brecon Beacons dark sky reserve. The News: Rounding up the space and astronomy news this month we have: Astronomy You’ve Probably Never Heard Of: This month we...

Duration: 01:29:58


Sky Guide August 2017

7/28/2017
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What to look out, and up, for in August. 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: 00:06:58


Gravitational Waves Update Podcast Extra

7/18/2017
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In this podcast extra, Jeni recalls her most recent research trip at the Japanese Infrared Survey Facility (IRSF) situated outside Sutherland in South Africa. This research trip continues Jeni’s endeavours to collect exoplanet transit data. In this episode we cover:

Duration: 00:20:52


Awesome Astronomy #61 - July 2017

6/30/2017
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The Discussion: Combating light pollution for the AstroCamp in the Welsh Brecon Beacons and fighting to help the National Park retain its International Dark Sky Reserve status. Then we turn our attention to politics in space science and listeners’ views on politics in podcasts. The News: Rounding up the space and astronomy news this month we have: The Hat of Woo: This month we look at EM drives and NASA’s cover up hiding the warp drive they’ve developed at their super-secret Eagleworks...

Duration: 01:09:53


Sky Guide June 2017

6/28/2017
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What to look out, and up, for in July. July is here and the summer solstice is just behind us, meaning we’re on the glide slope to every lengthening nights. So the team’s here to pick their highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the planets 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: 00:08:39


Gravitational Waves Update Podcast Extra

6/11/2017
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The Interview: On the discovery of only humanity’s third black hole merger by the incredible Laser Interferometry Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO), Jeni’s speaks with Professor Patrick Sutton, Head of Cardiff University’s Gravitational Physics Group and member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration who develops new strategies to detect gravitational wave bursts and creates techniques for locating these sources on the sky for modelling and simulations. In this interview Jeni asks...

Duration: 00:54:25


Awesome Astronomy #60 - June 2017

6/1/2017
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The Discussion: Jeni’s returns from her South African research using the Infrared Survey Facility telescope, Paul calls time on the Principia Mission and we go through a couple of readers emails to discuss Caroline Herschel, the Woomera Test Range and Australian space funding. The News: Rounding up the space and astronomy news this month we have: The Interview: This month we speak to former test pilot and astronaut - and one of only 6 remaining people to have walked on the moon - General...

Duration: 01:11:21


Sky Guide May 2017

5/28/2017
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What to look out, and up, for in June. Jeni returns from astronomy research in South Africa so the gang’s back together to pick their highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the planets 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: 00:09:14


Podcast Extra: Data & Discoveries from ESA's Gaia Mission

5/11/2017
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This podcast extra episode comes from this year's Big Bang Fair and Jeni & Paul grabbed an interview with a Gaia mission data scientist to talk data and the efforts taken in the less-glamorous, but absolutely critical, background to provide us with the discoveries and refinements we crave from the European Space Agency's latest space-based astrometry mission. So while Paul and Jeni were there as the Sirius Space Agency explaining the science behind a mission into space on the Star Stage,...

Duration: 00:07:16


Awesome Astronomy #59 - May 2017

5/1/2017
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The Discussion: Jeni’s missing this month as she collects transiting exoplanet data in South Africa using the SIRIUS camera on the Japanese 1.4 metre Infrared Survey Facility telescope. So Paul & Ralph take the helm and record from the AstroCamp starparty in the Welsh Brecon Beacons, discussing light pollution, the wonder of starparties and take a look at the countries which only have a solitary Awesome Astronomy downloader. The News: Rounding up the space and astronomy news this month...

Duration: 00:51:47


Sky Guide May 2017

4/27/2017
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What to look out, and up, for in May. Jeni's abandoned us this month in favour of research-grade instrumentation so only Paul and Ralph pick their highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the planets 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 May's moon phases.

Duration: 00:06:16


Podcast Extra: AstroCamp Autumn 2017

4/17/2017
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A teaser for the weekend stargazing under the über dark skies of the Brecon Beacons International Dark Sky Reserve at this spring’s AstroCamp. We’ll take you through the events and activities which turn beginners into experts and fill up the eyepiece of those who are already experts – and, of course, whet your appetite for this friendliest of starparties! Whether you’re joining us in the Welsh village of Cwmdu on the weekend of 22-25th April or not, we’ve included a seasonal sky guide of...

Duration: 00:23:01


Awesome Astronomy #58 - April 2017

4/1/2017
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The Discussion: Paul and Jen packed out the Star Stage at this year’s Big Bang Fair in Birmingham as Sirius Astronomy ran experiments to explain how rockets and space suits work and how space capsules protect astronauts from the heat of re-entry. Jen updates us on her astronomy research trip to South Africa next month and Ralph reviews the latest space-based sci-fi thriller, Life. The News: Rounding up the space and astronomy news this month we have: The Interview: This month we have a...

Duration: 01:27:14


Sky Guide March 2017

3/29/2017
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What to look out, and up, for in April. Our highlights of this month’s skies with the planets on offer to observers and imagers: Next up, we each take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year: And we finish this sky guide with March’s moon phases.

Duration: 00:11:04


Podcast Extra: A Star System Full of Earths

3/12/2017
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Following a recent NASA press conference – a regular event that fills us with dread as we anticipate an anticlimax – this time NASA really get us excited with the announcement of seven rocky Earth sized planets around a star 40 light years away. Three of these planets are in that star system’s habitable zone. Luckily our own resident exoplanet researcher, Jeni, is on hand to take us through the hunt and explain the science! In this podcast extra we discuss: (image credit: NASA)

Duration: 00:37:58


Awesome Astronomy #57 - March 2017

3/1/2017
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The Discussion: Jeni’s been teaching the teachers of Wales how to include astronomy in their classroom exercises as part of the school curriculum. Ralph takes us on a historical tour of the King’s Observatory in Richmond which was the original Prime Meridian before it found its home in Greenwich. While Paul and Jen have a date this month at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham. The News: Rounding up the space and astronomy news this month we have: The Interview: This month we welcome back the...

Duration: 01:19:46

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