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Podcast Profile: Cosmic Coffee Time with Andrew Prestage

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68 episodes
2019 to 2024
Median: 6 minutes
Collection: Physics, Math, and Astronomy

Description (podcaster-provided):

It's cosmology in a cup! - Cosmic Coffee Time is bite sized podcasts making sense of space, astronomy, life, and the universe, best enjoyed with a coffee. A down to earth look at what's up there, and it's just for you spacefans. Grab a coffee and see where in the universe we go this time. Follow on Twitter @CosmicCoffTime

Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Space exploration missions • Astronomical phenomena • Planetary science • Meteorites and asteroids • Lunar exploration • Historical space events • Space ethics • Astrobiology • Technological advancements in space exploration

"Cosmic Coffee Time with Andrew Prestage" is a podcast that explores a range of topics related to space, astronomy, cosmology, and various scientific phenomena with a down-to-earth approach, making it accessible and engaging for space enthusiasts. The podcast maintains a conversational tone, often inviting experts and scientists to discuss recent developments, historical milestones, and various theories about our universe.

Starting with a general interest in cosmology, the episodes frequently delve into specific celestial bodies and phenomena. There is a recurring focus on groundbreaking space missions, such as NASA's OSIRIS-REx, China's Chang'e lunar expeditions, and India's Chandrayaan-3. Discussions around these missions often highlight their objectives, challenges, and the scientific discoveries they aim to achieve. The podcast also takes a keen interest in the physical and geological characteristics of celestial bodies, explaining surface phenomena like moonquakes, sunspots, spaghettification around black holes, and the habitability of moons like Titan.

A recurring element is the podcast's attention to historical and iconic events in space exploration. These include human achievements such as the Apollo missions and the famed Earthrise photograph, as well as pioneering individuals like Galileo and Caroline Herschel. The historical context enriches the educational aspect of the podcast by linking past achievements with current and future endeavors.

Moreover, the podcast touches on theoretical and frontier topics in astronomy, such as dark matter, pulsars, and space ethics. These discussions offer insights into both the foundational concepts and the evolving questions that drive scientific inquiry within the realm of space exploration.

With a format that blends expert interviews, thematic explorations, and a focus on current events in space science, "Cosmic Coffee Time with Andrew Prestage" provides a broad and intriguing overview of the ever-expanding universe, all while encouraging listeners to ponder "what's up there" over a casual cup of coffee.

#68 A piece of space history was written this month, a sample from the far side of the moon! Let's check out the Chang'e 6 lunar lander and it's history-making mission.
7 minutes
Episode Image #67 OSIRIS-REx NASA mission scientist Greg Brennecka brings us up to date on the incredible early findings from the Bennu asteroid sample.
18 minutes
Episode Image #66 Saturn’s largest moon Titan is an incredible place, but could anything live there? Canadian Astrobiologist Dr Catherine Neish led a study on Titan’s habitability. She joins us for a fascinating chat about what she found.
23 minutes
#65 Spaghettification? This really is a thing. It happens if you get too close to a black hole, but what is it? And how did it get that name?
6 minutes
#64 The Odysseus Moon Lander. The first private moon lander has touched down, but is it still ok?
6 minutes
#63 Space Ethics. How do we navigate the ethical challenges of our journey beyond Earth?
5 minutes
Episode Image #62 The iconic Earthrise photograph. Is this the most influential picture from the Apollo era?
5 minutes
#61 Will Saturn’s rings really disappear from view in 2025? What’s going on with that?
5 minutes
#60 Astrophotography. It's photography with a completely different technique. How do the pros do it, and what can I do with my smartphone?
6 minutes
#59 India's Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft became the first spacecraft to land in the south polar region of the moon. Let's see why the this incredible spacecraft and rover could be instrumental for the future of human spaceflight.
6 minutes
Episode Image #58 Resident space rock expert Greg Brennecka is back to preview the return to Earth of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft with a sample of asteroid Bennu.
18 minutes
#57 Space junk! Most of the human made objects orbiting Earth aren’t functional. Some of them are incredible objects that have outlasted their mission durations by years. How will these fascinating relics affect future spaceflight?
8 minutes
#56 The June solstice, it defines the Arctic circle, the Tropic of Cancer and the Antarctic circle. It has the longest daylight hours in the northern hemisphere, shortest in the southern. But why do those things happen on one day every year?
6 minutes
#55 The spectacular Aurora Borealis and its southern partner Aurora Australis. The astronomical light show is such a cool thing to see, but its science was a mystery until the 20th century.
5 minutes
#54 NASA’s VERITAS mission to Venus. There’s some good news, there’s some bad news and there’s one incredible discovery hidden for thirty years.
6 minutes
Episode Image #53 The Hayabusa2 Asteroid Ryugu sample return mission. Space rock expert Greg Brennecka joins us for an incredible up-close look at real life asteroid material.
16 minutes
#52 Hundreds of years before GPS there was celestial navigation. Let's see how astronomy and some basic equipment kept old time mariners on course.
6 minutes
Episode Image #51 NASA's astronaut class of 1978. We have a compelling chat with Meredith Bagby about this ground breaking group of space shuttle astronauts, and her fascinating book The New Guys
51 minutes
#50 We all love GPS, but what space science makes it work?
7 minutes
#49 The new Mars meteorite impact. NASA Insight has detected a new meteorite impact on Mars! Meteorite expert Greg Brennecka returns to talk about this breathtaking new discovery.
10 minutes
#48 Caroline Herschel - So much more than just the sister of the guy who discovered Uranus
6 minutes
#47 Have you ever heard of moonquakes? Let's take a look at how different they are from earthquakes.
6 minutes
#46 Meteorite expert Greg Brennecka returns to the podcast to talk about the Nadir crater. An exciting new discovery that could be a 66 million year old meteorite impact.
7 minutes
#45 NASA's Dragonfly mission to Saturn's moon, Titan. A drone is going to fly in the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon. Incredible!
6 minutes
#44 About that black hole at the centre of our galaxy... Now we've got a picture! Sagittarius A*
7 minutes
#43 Let's take a look at Sunspots. What are those darker spots on the surface of the sun?
5 minutes
#42 Pulsars. What are these incredible objects and what makes them pulse?
7 minutes
#41 Galileo. His observations in 1610 changed a lot of what we knew about astronomy. Let's see what he found.
6 minutes
#40 Binary stars. Would you believe that most of the stars we see aren't just single stars? Incredible I know!
6 minutes
Episode Image #39 Meteorites! We meet with noted meteoriticist Greg Brennecka to talk meteorites, the origins of life on Earth, and his new book 'Impact'
30 minutes
#38 The amazing Mars Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter. Let's take a look at the Mars 2020 project
7 minutes
#37 What's in that unexpected gap between Mars and Jupiter? Let's take a look at the asteroid belt - a fascinating element of our solar system
6 minutes
#36 The Voyager spacecraft. Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are the furthest travelled objects ever made by humans. What did they find on the grand tour of the solar system? And where are they now?
8 minutes
#35 Planet Neptune. The most distant major planet in our solar system and the first to be located by mathematical calculations. Let's take a look.
6 minutes
#34 Planet Uranus. Is that how you say it? The ice giant that was the first planet that needed to be 'discovered'.
6 minutes
#33 Planet Jupiter. It's more than twice the mass of all the other planets combined and it's a gas giant. What makes Jupiter different from the rocky terrestrial planets, and does it really have planetary rings?
6 minutes
Episode Image #32 Kate the Chemist special. We meet with Dr. Kate Biberdorf to talk STEM, TV's Ice Road Truckers, and her new book It's Elemental
20 minutes
Episode Image #31 A conversation with Earl Swift about NASA's lunar rovers and his new book - Across the Airless Wilds
21 minutes
#30 Planet Mars. Lets take a look at the friendliest planet beyond Earth and some of the cool spacecraft that have been there
7 minutes
#29 Planet Earth. Let's take a look at our home - as a planet, in a solar system.
6 minutes
#28 Planet Venus. It's Earth's twin - but somehow remains mysterious. Let's take a look.
6 minutes
#27 Planet Mercury normally keeps a low profile, but let's take a closer look at the first planet from the sun.
5 minutes
#26 What's the matter? Really, what is the matter that makes up 80% of the mass of the universe but can't be observed directly. The strange story of dark matter
5 minutes
Episode Image #25 A conversation with David W. Brown about his new book The Mission, and Jupiter's icy ocean moon Europa
14 minutes
#24 What went wrong with the Hubble Space Telescope?
6 minutes
#23 Meteors and meteorites, what are they and why do they burn up?
6 minutes
#22 The Sun. How does it it produce so much energy? And what does the future hold?
5 minutes
#21 Let's take a look at the Moon part 5 - Artemis and the future of human Moon exploration
5 minutes
#20 Let's take a look at the Moon - part 4
7 minutes
#19 Let's take a look at the Moon - part 3
6 minutes
#18 Let's take a look at the Moon - part 2
6 minutes
#17 Let's take a look at the Moon - part 1
6 minutes
#16 The incredible tale of the four Galilean moons of Jupiter. A special first birthday quadruple episode.
10 minutes
#15 So are we really alone in the Universe? Where is everyone? And what are we doing to find extraterrestrial life?
5 minutes
#14 So an asteroid caused the mass extinction of the dinosaurs? Let's find the crater!
5 minutes
#13 Comets? I know Halley's, but what other cool comet stuff should I know?
5 minutes
#12 Proving Einstein's relativity in outback Australia. A cracking tale of spacebending gravity
5 minutes
#11 So there are planets orbiting the stars? Tell me more about exoplanets!
7 minutes
#10 How cool is Saturn. I mean really.
6 minutes
#9 Hey tell me about the International Space Station
5 minutes
#8 So Earth's magnetic field will make my compass needle point south one day?
5 minutes
#7 A black hole sounds pretty weird
3 minutes
#6 Why isn't Pluto a planet any more?
4 minutes
#5 NASA Deep Space Communication Network
5 minutes
#4 You've got to love an eclipse of the sun
3 minutes
#3 What's with leap years anyway?
5 minutes
#2 Big bang and the bookends of the universe
5 minutes
#1 How much space is in space?
5 minutes