Best Astronomy podcasts — Space and beyond (Updated January 2019; image)
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NASACast Audio
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NASACast combines the content of all the NASACast subject area podcasts into a single omnibus podcast. Here you'll find the latest news and features on NASA's missions as well as the popular "This Week @NASA" newsreel.
 
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Astronomy Cast
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A weekly facts based journey through the cosmos.
 
Planetary Radio brings you the human adventure across our solar system and beyond. We visit each week with the scientists, engineers, leaders, advocates and astronauts who are taking us across the final frontier. Regular features raise your space IQ while they put a smile on your face. Join host Mat Kaplan and Planetary Society colleagues including Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bruce Betts, and Emily Lakdawalla as they dive deep into the latest space news. The monthly Space Policy Edition takes ...
 
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Are We There Yet?
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The Space Exploration Podcast
 
We look at the latest news from the stars, planets and other heavenly bodies. Plus interviews with professional astronomers and the answers to your space science questions.
 
The 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast is a project that is publishing one podcast per day, 5 to 10 minutes in duration, for all 365 days of 2009. The podcast episodes are written, recorded and produced by people around the world. We are looking for individual
 
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AWESOME ASTRONOMY
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Awesome Astronomy explores the frontiers of science, space and our evolving understanding of the universe. Join Ralph, Paul & Jeni for informative and fun astronomy programmes dedicated to space and astronomy news and occasional podcast extras covering hot topics and special interviews in the world of science and astronomy.
 
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Ask a Spaceman!
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What would happen if you fell into a black hole? How big is the universe? Just what the heck is a quasar, anyway? You've got questions, and astrophysicist Paul Sutter has the answers! Submit questions via Twitter using #AskASpaceman or post to facebook.com/PaulMattSutter. Every week you will come closer to COMPLETE KNOWLEDGE OF TIME AND SPACE!
 
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Liftoff
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Liftoff is a fortnightly podcast about space, the universe, and everything. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand the latest developments as explained by enthusiastic space fans Stephen Hackett and Jason Snell. Hosted by Jason Snell and Stephen Hackett.
 
Every other week we cover the latest spaceflight news, discuss past, current and future exploration efforts, and take a look at upcoming events. Tune in to hear about how humans get to space, how they stay in space and how unmanned craft reach farther and farther into the universe around us.
 
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Space
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Stories, opinion and debate from the final frontier – including a guide on how to live in space, 20th century legends and the stories of missions past and present.
 
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The Star Spot
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The astronomy and space exploration podcast
 
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Orbital Path
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space, stars, the universe and us
 
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60-Second Space
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Leading science journalists provide a daily minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of astronomy and space exploration. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast
 
Monthly astronomy news, interviews and questions. Created by astronomers.
 
Do you ever feel dizzy when you think about the incomprehensible scale of space? We call that feeling Cosmic Vertigo. Welcome to a head-spinning conversation between two friends who study the sky for a living.
 
Cheap Astronomy offers you 10 minute weekly podcasts on a wide range of astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, space science and space exploration topics. At Cheap Astronomy you're only as cheap as the telescope you're looking through.
 
Public lectures by noted astronomers on new developments in our exploration of the universe. These lectures are recorded at Foothill College near San Francisco.
 
We look at the latest news from the stars, planets and other heavenly bodies. Plus interviews with professional astronomers and the answers to your space science questions.
 
Listen to learn the real state of science behind astronomy-, physics-, and geology-related creationist claims, hoaxes, conspiracy theories, misconceptions, and bad or incomplete media reporting.
 
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5 Minute Astronomy
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Learn about the Universe in five minutes or less with Radio Astronomy! Short weekly podcasts based off of the 89.9FM WORT radio show in Madison, Wi USA
 
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Radio Astronomy
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The monthly astronomy podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine
 
A short, weekly podcast about spaceflight, exploration, policy, and strategy in the modern era and near future.
 
Welcome to the At The Eyepiece Show! We have MOVED TO SPREAKER.COM. Please look us up there or go directly to our blog, attheeyepiece.orgThis is an astronomy based podcast that is devoted to discussing astronomical equipment, visual and electronically assisted observing, stargazing tips, observing reports and equipment reviews. We don't focus on the science of astronomy, there are plenty of shows out there to do that. The focus of At The Eyepiece Show are the backyard stargazers that enjoy t ...
 
Space, Asteroid Hunting, and Astronomy, an insider view.The music is "Eternity" by John Lyell.Astronomy Asteroids Space NASA Comets Earth Impact
 
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Seldom Sirius
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A seldom serious podcast about astronomy by Jen, David, Mark, Megan and Stuart.
 
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On a Mission
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Eight stories, one mission to outer space. Follow the drama and hear voices from the InSight mission as it flies to Mars.
 
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SPEXcast
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SPEXcast is a weekly podcast diving into a variety of space topics. We are a group of Rochester Institute of Technology students that are excited about space and space exploration. Come with us as we discuss the cutting edge of spacecraft engineering, potential future missions to outer space, and exciting scientific discoveries in the field of astrophysics.
 
Ian Morison tells you what can be seen in the night sky this month.
 
Astronomy Radio and Beyond
 
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TGP NOMINAL
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What can you expect from TGP Nominal? Space, Science & Technology news, along side news from the world of Sci-Fi, whether it be on the big screen, small screen or in print, we will cover it.We hope to bring you guests & Co-hosts from the Space, Science, Technology & Sci-Fi community to help "Edutain" our listeners.We also aim to bring you content from places of interest & social events related to Space, Science,Technology & Sci-Fi, from The National Space Centre to Movie collectors fairs, we ...
 
Each month David Ault (www.davidault.co.uk) takes you outside to see what's up in the night sky. Ideal for beginners!
 
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Space Junk
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Space Junk is a weekly podcast dedicated to the amazing hobby of amateur astronomy. Each week we’ll answer your questions and bring you the latest information and advice on the tools, gadgets, software and techniques for maximizing your enjoyment of the night sky. Your hosts are Tony Darnell from Deep Astronomy dot space and Dustin Gibson from OPT Telescopes, a world leader in telescopes and accessories.
 
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Fuzzy concepts delivered with gravity. Read by Barry Haworth, written by Steve Nerlich, technical advice from Stephen D'Souza. λ = h/p There’s no one single formula that captures wave particle duality – it’s a principle that extends across a lot of physics, but De Broglie’s lambda equals Planck’s constant over p is fundamental to the concept. I ...…
 
514: Planetary Protection Protocols Astronomy Cast 514: Planetary Protection Protocols by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT4-aLT1kiM Streamed live on Jan 17, 2019. As we send rovers and landers to other worlds, we have to think about the tiny microbial astronauts we're sending along with us. In fact, NASA is so concerned about infecting other worlds that it has established the planetary protection protocols. Just to be safe. Want t ...…
 
I wanted to spend some time breaking down a few news items from last week that may be leading indicators of trends for 2019: layoffs at Stratolaunch, Tethers Unlimited, and SpaceX, and Relativity signed a lease for Launch Complex 16 at Cape Canaveral. This episode of Main Engine Cut Off is brought to you by 35 executive producers—Kris, Pat, Mat ...…
 
Feature Guest: Ulf Danielsson Our universe is big. But what if all of this was just one of an unimaginably large number of bubble universes. That’s the proposal by a group of scientists who recently introduced a new model for the universe which for the first time links string theory with dark energy and higher dimensions. But how does it compar ...…
 
Dr. Al Grauer hosts. Dr. Albert D. Grauer ( @Nmcanopus ) is an observational asteroid hunting astronomer. Dr. Grauer retired from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2006. travelersinthenight.org Today's 2 topics: - Astronomers used the Very Large Telescope in Chile to study the 117 mile diameter asteroid 2004 EW95 which orbits in the ...…
 
TGP NOMINAL Podcast episode 5.4 is a bit Space Telescope centric, as Mark Taylor and John Berger discuss Hubble Trouble, How the US Government Shutdown might delay the launch of future missions and what new Space Telescope concepts could be replacing the current fleet. The guys will also be discussing everything from Brian May's Stereoscopic bo ...…
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcrE2ghi8_A Streamed live on Nov 13, 2018. What gear do professional astronomers use that is available commercially? OPT Telescopes has a professional division dedicated to the professional astronomer. But that doesn't mean amateurs can't get access to it as well! Telescope Talk Hangouts are sponsored by OPT Tele ...…
 
In a government shutdown seemingly without end, we bring you two stories from individuals directly impacted by the crisis. NASA scientist and union representative Lee Stone discusses the missed paychecks, loss of science, and lasting negative consequences to the public sector scientific workforce. Rob Hoyt, CEO of Tethers Unlimited, a small bus ...…
 
Have you ever wondered how a comet is discovered and named?
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_wTLxSA3vI Host: Fraser Cain ( @fcain ) Special Guest: Paul MacNeal, a mechanical systems engineer at JPL, created the Annual Invention Challenge twenty-one years ago after helping his son with an extra credit assignment. Since then, teams of high school students from around the world compete each year against J ...…
 
http://www.pmsutter.com/shows/spaceradio/ Today on Space Radio: Little tiny space bugs of doom, What about tardigrades in space? What is the universe expanding into? and more! Join the show recording every Thursday at 4pm ET by calling 888-581-0708. More info available at www.SpaceRadioShow.com. Support the show on Patreon. Follow on Twitter | ...…
 
While it's true that we are losing our dark skies, not all is lost. It is still possible to not only see the stars using a telescope from some of the most light-polluted areas in the world, but we can also take images of the night sky. Our guest this week, Dr. Steven Swancoat, an OB-Gyn, artist and astrophotographer, describes how he images fro ...…
 
Imagine soaring over what may be the solar system’s most Earth-like world, if you ignore the chill. If funded, the nuclear electric-powered Dragonfly will do exactly this. Principal Investigator Elizabeth “Zibi” Turtle shares her enthusiasm. Emily Lakdawalla reports on Chang’e 4, China’s pioneering lander and rover on the far side of the Moon. ...…
 
https://www.unawe.org/kids/unawe1823/ Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to discover a ring of black holes or neutron stars in the galaxy AM 0644-741 in the constellation Volans. While it doesn’t have the magical power to rule over mankind like in Tolkein's book, this ring of black holes covers an area three times larger tha ...…
 
Northern Hemisphere The Night Sky Northern Hemisphere Ian Morison tells us what we can see in the northern hemisphere's night sky during January 2019. Note the Total Eclipse of the Moon on the morning of January 21st The Planets Jupiter.Jupiter starts the month rising around 5 a.m., and brightens from magnitude -1.9 to -1.9 as the month progres ...…
 
Missions: past and present!!. In the show this time, we talk to Chris Flynn about Observing Fast Radio Bursts, plus using the Moon to study climate change and Gaia to weigh the Milky Way [05:52.3 - 25:56.2], George Bendo rounds up the latest news [00:58-05:41.1] and we find out what we can see in the January night sky from Ian Morison, Haritina ...…
 
Mice and flying hotdogs on the podcast as we report from NASA on how to save Apollo's famous mission control and discuss China's landing on the far side of the Moon. Space Boffins Sue Nelson and Richard Hollingham are in Milton Keynes where they are joined by Dave Rothery, professor of planetary geosciences at the Open University. Richard hits ...…
 
Mice and flying hotdogs on the podcast as we report from NASA on how to save Apollo's famous mission control and discuss China's landing on the far side of the Moon. Space Boffins Sue Nelson and Richard Hollingham are in Milton Keynes where they are joined by Dave Rothery, professor of planetary geosciences at the Open University. Richard hits ...…
 
This week in SF history 19 Jan 2006: launch of New Horizons (wikipedia.org) Spaceflight news Further Hubble issues (universetoday.com) Other instruments, including ACS are working fine (PDF: arizona.edu) Short & Sweet Hayabusa2 releases date for first sample collection. (space.com) Stratolaunch taxi test reaches 136 mph, almost takeoff speed. ( ...…
 
China has big plans for the moon and SpaceX has a new test vehicle. Oh, and things got weird with Russia. This episode of Liftoff is sponsored by: Warby Parker: Quality eyewear at a fraction of the usual price. Order your FREE Home Try-On kit today Squarespace: Make your next move. Enter offer code LIFTOFF at checkout to get 10% off your first ...…
 
The discovery of a Jupiter family comet whose fate is to become a garden variety main belt asteroid.
 
Why are matter and antimatter symmetric? What happened in the early universe to make matter win? Do we have any clue as to why? What do puppies have to do with it? I discuss these questions and more in today’s Ask a Spaceman! Support the show: http://www.patreon.com/pmsutter All episodes: http://www.AskASpaceman.com Follow on Twitter: http://ww ...…
 
Why are matter and antimatter symmetric? What happened in the early universe to make matter win? Do we have any clue as to why? What do puppies have to do with it? I discuss these questions and more in today’s Ask a Spaceman! Support the show: http://www.patreon.com/pmsutter All episodes: http://www.AskASpaceman.com Follow on Twitter: http://ww ...…
 
Chris Gebhardt of NASASpaceflight joins me to talk all things SpaceX: Starship and its upcoming hopper tests, DM-1 and the government shutdown, and more. This episode of Main Engine Cut Off is brought to you by 34 executive producers—Kris, Pat, Matt, Jorge, Brad, Ryan, Jamison, Nadim, Peter, Donald, Lee, Jasper, Chris, Warren, Bob, Russell, Joh ...…
 
Yet another baffling explanation of reality.By cheapastro@gmail.com (Steve Nerlich).
 
The Discussion: As 2019 marches forth we discuss a wasted year of practical astronomy due to bad weather, a comet in our skies to enjoy and Jeni begins her first paper on gas masses in redshift galaxies. The News: Rounding up the space exploration news this month we have: An update on the mysterious hole in the space station SpaceX edges closer ...…
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygjZgqYnLh4 Streamed live January 11, 2019. The Sun. It's a big ball of fire, right? Apparently not. In fact, what's going on inside of the Sun took us some time and knowledge of physics to finally figure out: stellar fusion. Let's talk about the different kinds of fusion, and how we're trying to adapt it to gene ...…
 
513: Stellar Fusion Astronomy Cast 513: Stellar Fusion by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay
 
Dr. Al Grauer hosts. Dr. Albert D. Grauer ( @Nmcanopus ) is an observational asteroid hunting astronomer. Dr. Grauer retired from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2006. travelersinthenight.org Today's 2 topics: - Brian Africano discovered 570' diameter 2018 HQ, his first Potentially Hazardous Asteroid. - Modern technology provides u ...…
 
The Dark Energy Survey started in 2013 to map dark energy over 5000 square degrees of sky. It used a massive 500megapixel camera attached to the Blanco Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. The survey concluded on January 9th, 2018 with its last night of observing. At the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle ...…
 
Abigail Harrison wants to be the first person on Mars, and she’s on a mission to inspire others to help with those efforts. That’s why she stated The Mars Generation, a non-profit dedicated to getting young people involved in STEM and space exploration. The group hosts various outreach events and offers a scholarship for low-income students to ...…
 
Over geologic times, the impacts of objects from space have produced significant changes to our planet's biosphere. Earth threatening asteroids present a complicated challenge due to the wide range of compositions, sizes, orbital paths, and warning times that we can encounter.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOvdLoS7qeI Host: Fraser Cain ( @fcain ) Special Guest: Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz is an Astronomer at the Adler Planetarium. She studies stellar magnetic activity and how stars influence a planet's suitability as a host for alien life. She is also an artist and works in a variety of media, from oil paint to sound. D ...…
 
Our panto-meister Dave Ault is taking a well-earned break from script writing this year, but two of our Jodcasters have stepped up to deliver The Lord of Turing - a tale of suffering, endurance and overly-large data sets! This has ended up being our longest pantomime by some margin - we hope you enjoy it.…
 
There And Back Again. In the show this time, we talk to Morgane Fortin about using neutron stars as multimessenger laboratories [29:51 - 44:53], Justin Bray tells us about developing a particle detector for the Murchison Observatory in this month's JodBite [03:07 - 29:42], and your astronomy questions are answered by Iain McDonald in Ask an Ast ...…
 
http://www.pmsutter.com/shows/spaceradio/ Today on Space Radio: Do you want to build a snowman?, Just when you thought landing on the moon would be boring, Do we live in a hologram?, Why don’t we understand gravity?, Just how big is the universe? and more! Join the show recording every Thursday at 4pm ET by calling 888-581-0708. More info avail ...…
 
Join us at the Applied Physics Lab in Maryland for the New Horizons encounter with the most distant object ever visited. You’ll meet mission leaders, friends and even a rock and roll star as we dive deep into this triumph of exploration. Then Bruce Betts helps us prepare for the total lunar eclipse. Learn more at: http://www.planetary.org/multi ...…
 
https://www.unawe.org/kids/unawe1819/ In June of 1670, two stars, one of them likely a red giant, crashed together, hurling material into space, shown in orange in the image, and leaving behind a brand new star. The collision actually happened 2,000 years before that, but the light from the event only arrived here at Earth in 1670. The explosio ...…
 
I think we all realize just what a great time it is to be involved in amateur astronomy: gaining access to the stars has never been easier. The equipment available to image the night sky is easier to use and extremely affordable. In this episode, Dustin and Tony discuss the high points of 2018 and look ahead to what's in store for 2019.…
 
This week in SF history 9 January 1990. Launch of STS-32 (wikipedia.org) Syncom IV-F5/Leasat 5 used a “Frisbee” deployment (youtu.be) LDEF, Long Duration Exposure Facility had a lot of experiments onboard (youtube.com) Spaceflight news New Horizons rings in the new year! (spacenews.com) (nasaspaceflight.com) Preliminary science results (sci-new ...…
 
On Halloween night while observing with the Catalina Sky Survey's 60 inch telescope on Mt. Lemmon, Arizona I discovered 21 space rocks streaking through the night sky. The most interesting one could be the destination of asteroid miners.
 
Hosted by Janet Dudley, written by Steve Nerlich. So, here we are. It’s now 45 years since astronauts last left low earth orbit, also known as LEO, aboard Apollo 17. Ever since then, US and Russian astronauts have continued flying to space and lately they’ve been rubbing shoulders with Canadians, Europeans and Japanese astronauts – and lately e ...…
 
512: Direct Imaging of Exoplanets Astronomy Cast 512: Direct Imaging of Exoplanets by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ftLon2n2CU Streamed live January 4, 2019. Finding planets is old news, we now know of thousands and thousands of the places. But the terrible irony is that we can only see a fraction of the planets out there using the traditional methods of radial velocity and transits. But the new telescopes will take things to ...…
 
Feature Guest: Rayna Slobodian As we dream of space, we must remain anchored to humanity. Space exploration is a human story, and music may be the perfect medium to capture the emotive drama of discovery, risk and the mystery of the unknown. Today we’re joined here at The Star Spot by singer-songwriter, space ethicist, homelessness researcher a ...…
 
Feature Guest: Rayna Slobodian As we dream of space, we must remain anchored to humanity. Space exploration is a human story, and music may be the perfect medium to capture the emotive drama of discovery, risk and the mystery of the unknown. Today we’re joined here at The Star Spot by singer-songwriter, space ethicist, homelessness researcher a ...…
 
Happy New Year and welcome to the first TGP NOMINAL Xtra of 2019! Mark Taylor and Ross Hockham Talk about what's been happening in our galaxy and beyond during the first few days of 2019. Ross brings his usual guide to what to look out for in the skies over January. And finally Mark meets Astronomy Author 'Richard J Bartlett at the UK Astronomy ...…
 
Dr. Al Grauer hosts. Dr. Albert D. Grauer ( @Nmcanopus ) is an observational asteroid hunting astronomer. Dr. Grauer retired from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2006. travelersinthenight.org Today's 2 topics: - In the early evening of January 17, 2018, 674 observers in 11 States and Canada reported a fireball meteor streaking acro ...…
 
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