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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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South Africa

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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.

Twitter:

@uastronomer

Language:

English


Episodes

Podcast #19: Michele Dougherty

10/9/2017
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Welcome to the 19th episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast, featuring an interview with Cassini mission scientist Dr Michele Dougherty. We've been up to so much since episode 18, with probably the biggest job being hosting an hour segment about podcasting to a developing market, on the International Podcast Day 30 hours continuous celebrations. Thanks to the guys at IPD for inviting us, and especially thank you to Richard, Chantelle and Andrew from the NAG gaming podcast who shared that...

Duration: 00:24:22


Podcast #18: Simon Fishley

9/25/2017
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Welcome to the 18th episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast! This week we interview Simon Fishley, the head of IT at the South African Astronomical Observatory, about the work he does to support the scientists and their data. Hurricane Harvey Podcast Pack I can't believe it's been three weeks since the last episode of the Urban Astronomer podcast, although it actually hasn't been that long. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, I recorded a special episode for the Hurricane Harvey Podcast Pack....

Duration: 00:32:42


Podcast #17: Patricia Skelton

9/1/2017
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This 17th episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast might be a little late, but it's extra long to make up for it! A few weeks back, I took a drive out to the Unisa observatory meet up with my old astronomy teacher, Patricia Skelton, to have a few words about South Africa's role in astronomy, her own astronomical research, and her best advice for students and learners who're thinking of a career in astronomy. Links Patricia Skelton Unisa Observatory Unisa's College of Science, Engineering...

Duration: 00:55:48


Podcast #16: Photographing Space with Tanja and Cory Shmitz

8/16/2017
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In this 16th episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast, I finally get to interview two of the people whose astrophotography I've most admired since I first pointed my camera skywards: Cory and Tanja Shmitz. They were already accomplished photographers before they came together to create their website, Photographing Space. I strongly recommend it as a great place to find tips to improve your space images. They invited me over to their home a few months ago, back when the podcast was first...

Duration: 00:55:24


Podcast #15: Dylan O’Donnell and National Science Week

8/7/2017
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Here we are, another week, and it's time to release episode 15 of the Urban Astronomer Podcast. This week's episode features an interview with Australian astrophotographer and science defender Dylan O'Donnell, who landed on my radar after he released a video of an interview with a man who believes that the world is flat. Since flat-earthism seems to be growing in popularity in what is probably the most baffling display of intellectual laziness I've ever seen, and since so many...

Duration: 00:31:14


Podcast #12: Interview with Jen Millard

6/16/2017
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What a week! What with preparing my booth for ICON 2017 and interesting new projects at the day job, it’s taken me this long to finally finish editing and releasing this interview with Jen Millard. I’m hoping you’ll find it well worth the wait, though, as Jen describes a whole new way of studying exoplanets observation that I’d never heard of before. But in case you’re worried about too much high-level technical science talk, don’t worry. She was able to … Continue reading → The post...

Duration: 00:30:27


Podcast #8: Venus, KELT-11b and Blood Moon Pregnancies

4/27/2017
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Welcome to the 8th episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast! This week, Cathrine continues her series on The Planets with the hottest world in our Solar System: Venus. Allen then reports on the discovery, by a telescope at SAAO’s facility in Sutherland, of KELT-11b, an unusually inflated exoplanet. And finally we look at what is apparently a common question in parts of the world: Is it safe to watch a Lunar Eclipse, while pregnant? This is Cathrine’s second appearance in … Continue reading...

Duration: 00:16:50


Podcast: Astrophotography for Mensa

3/12/2017
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Welcome to the Urban Astronomer podcast. For the third time in a row, you’re getting a show in a totally different format from before: This time, it’s a recording of one of my public lectures on astrophotography. In this case, it’s a talk I gave to the local chapter of Mensa, the world-famous high IQ society. I had gotten to know one of their officers a few years back when we were on the same pub-quiz team, and she contacted … Continue reading → The post Podcast: Astrophotography for...

Duration: 00:49:49


Podcast: Seven earth-like planets

2/26/2017
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Wow, we finally did it! The podcast is alive, and this is the first episode! In this episode, I cover probably the biggest astronomy news item of the year so far, and also read one of my more recent opinion pieces. I know, you could just read it yourself, but it’s something I feel quite passionate about, and wanted to let you hear it in my own voice. As long-time readers will know, this is something I’ve been threatening to … Continue reading → The post Podcast: Seven earth-like planets...

Duration: 00:24:04