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The Urban Astronomer Podcast

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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 #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


Podcas #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


Podcast #20: Edwin le Grange at ScopeX

11/7/2017
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Welcome to the 20th episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast, featuring a public talk given by Edwin le Grange at ScopeX 2017. This episode has been a long time coming, because I'm doing something new that I've never done before and it's taken me way longer to figure out that I'd really anticipated, but I finally got there, we're here, and your patience is about to be rewarded. As you'll know from previous episodes, the annual ScopeX telescope and astronomy expo happened at the usual venue...

Duration: 00:40:31


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 #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 #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: 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