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Podcast Profile: The Supermassive Podcast

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71 episodes
2020 to 2024
Median: 41 minutes
Collection: Physics, Math, and Astronomy


Description (podcaster-provided):

This is The Supermassive Podcast from the Royal Astronomical Society. Every month, science journalist Izzie Clarke and astrophysicist Dr Becky Smethurst take you through the universe with the latest research, history from the society’s archives and astronomy you can do from your own home.
Support the team by buying their book, The Year in Space - https://geni.us/jNcrw
You can send your questions to the team via [email protected] or follow them on Instagram @SupermassivePod.
The Supermassive Podcast is a Boffin Media Production by Izzie Clarke and Richard Hollingham.


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

➤ Astronomy and astrophysics • Q&A sessions • Space missions and exploration • Historical astronomical events • Interviews with experts • Black holes • Solar system bodies • JWST and other telescopes • Gravitational waves • Dark matter and energy

The Supermassive Podcast, produced by the Royal Astronomical Society and hosted by science journalist Izzie Clarke and astrophysicist Dr. Becky Smethurst, offers an in-depth exploration of various astronomical phenomena and space science topics. This podcast frequently incorporates both the latest research and historical contexts, aiming to make complex scientific concepts accessible to a broad audience.

Recurring themes include discussions on celestial bodies such as black holes, planets—both rocky and gaseous—and moons. The hosts also delve into significant astronomical events and phenomena like lunar standstills, gravitational waves, and eclipses. Another notable topic is the life cycle of stars and galaxies, exploring their formation, evolution, and eventual demise, while also tackling the concept of dark matter and dark energy.

In addition to discussing the astronomical features and events, the podcast routinely addresses scientific missions and technologies. This encompasses historic and current space missions such as the Voyager spacecraft, the James Webb Space Telescope, and the Cassini-Huygens mission. Future missions and technological advancements, like those aimed at studying Mars and Jupiter’s icy moons, are also explored.

Listeners can expect episodes dedicated to answering audience questions on a wide array of topics ranging from the fundamental nature of the universe to more speculative inquiries about alien life and the multiverse. The team addresses practical astronomical topics like techniques in stargazing and the impact of space phenomena on observational clarity.

Guest experts often contribute to the episodes, including authors, researchers, and current leaders in space science, offering specialized insights and expanding on the discussion topics. By meshing current scientific discourse with historical analysis and public engagement activities, The Supermassive Podcast aims to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of astronomical sciences.


Episodes:
54: BONUS - Overmassive Galaxies
2024-Jul-20
22 minutes
54: Q&A - Black Hole Special
2024-Jul-03
50 minutes
53: BONUS - Lumpy Space Potatoes
2024-Jun-21
14 minutes
53: The Major Lunar Standstill
2024-Jun-04
47 minutes
52: BONUS - Why does the Aurora Borealis look better on my phone?
2024-May-23
19 minutes
52: Voyager: Where no-one has gone before...
2024-Apr-29
47 minutes
51: BONUS - Wobbly Planets and Baby Names
2024-Apr-10
13 minutes
51: Into The Interstellar
2024-Mar-26
45 minutes
50: BONUS - Dust, stars and alien streetlights
2024-Mar-13
12 minutes
50: Quakes in Space
2024-Feb-28
53 minutes
49: BONUS - Double Yolker Galaxies
2024-Feb-12
13 minutes
49: The End of the World
2024-Jan-30
47 minutes
48: Do We Live In A Multiverse?
2023-Dec-22
48 minutes
47: BONUS - Could Space Junk Block JWST's View?
2023-Dec-21
13 minutes
47: Neptune... At Last!
2023-Nov-28
49 minutes
46: BONUS - Space News Bulletin
2023-Nov-14
28 minutes
46: Q&A - Spice Girls, Black Holes, and Ice-Cream in Space
2023-Oct-27
40 minutes
45: BONUS - Have you heard of "Ploonets"?
2023-Oct-13
18 minutes
45: Uranus the Oddball
2023-Sep-29
52 minutes
44: BONUS - Team Enceladus or Team Europa?
2023-Sep-18
13 minutes
44: Here Comes the Sun...with NASA's Head of Science
2023-Aug-28
50 minutes
43: BONUS - Aimless telescopes & beyond the Milky Way
2023-Aug-11
11 minutes
43: Most of the Universe is missing...
2023-Jul-28
46 minutes
42: BONUS – White holes, astrology and why is Venus so hot?
2023-Jul-06
17 minutes
42: A (brief) History of Astronomy
2023-Jun-22
48 minutes
41: BONUS - Why do Gas Giants exist?
2023-Jun-13
14 minutes
41: BIG Observatories
2023-May-27
45 minutes
40: BONUS - Are Lunar Poles Arbitrary?
2023-May-13
15 minutes
40: Becky Loves Saturn
2023-Apr-29
50 minutes
39: BONUS - Do black holes stop time?
2023-Apr-07
13 minutes
39: Jupiter The Monster
2023-Mar-24
47 minutes
38: BONUS - More Comets, Less Asteroids
2023-Mar-10
12 minutes
38: Gettin' Gravitational Wave-y
2023-Feb-24
44 minutes
37: BONUS - The Supermassive Mailbox
2023-Feb-11
13 minutes
37: Q&A - Black Hole Burps and Space Station Pacman
2023-Jan-31
48 minutes
36: Stargazing with Team Supermassive
2022-Dec-21
47 minutes
35: Astronaut Special: Returning to the Moon
2022-Nov-25
50 minutes
34: How to Deflect an Asteroid
2022-Oct-27
46 minutes
33: Q&A - The Year in Space
2022-Sep-30
54 minutes
32: JWST First Images... FINALLY!
2022-Aug-27
55 minutes
31: Life on Mars - LIVE from Standon Calling
2022-Jul-29
42 minutes
30: Rocky Planets Rock
2022-Jul-01
51 minutes
29: Gas Giants are Weird
2022-May-31
49 minutes
28: How to Kill a Galaxy
2022-Apr-30
43 minutes
27: How to Build a Galaxy
2022-Mar-25
44 minutes
26: The Marvellous Moon
2022-Feb-25
52 minutes
25: A Supermassive Q&A!
2022-Jan-28
44 minutes
24: Eclipses & Expeditions
2021-Dec-24
40 minutes
23: The End of the Universe
2021-Nov-26
43 minutes
22: JWST - Seeing the First Stars
2021-Oct-29
39 minutes
21: Icy Worlds
2021-Oct-01
39 minutes
20: Firey Worlds
2021-Aug-27
43 minutes
19: Radiation Belts and Billionaires
2021-Jul-30
40 minutes
18: A Hunk of Space Junk
2021-Jun-25
44 minutes
17: Hunting for Planet 9
2021-May-28
42 minutes
16: Mysteries of the Kuiper Belt
2021-Apr-23
41 minutes
15: Neutron Stars - with Jocelyn Bell Burnell
2021-Mar-26
42 minutes
Episode Image 14: A Star Is Born
2021-Feb-26
40 minutes
13: New Year, New Universe
2021-Jan-22
39 minutes
12: Gamma Rays & Christmas Stars
2020-Dec-18
42 minutes
11: Radio Skies & Strange Signals
2020-Nov-20
40 minutes
10: Humans In Space - with Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti
2020-Oct-23
41 minutes
9: The Power of Space Probes
2020-Sep-25
41 minutes
8: Journey to the Centre of the Earth
2020-Aug-28
35 minutes
7: Down To Earth
2020-Jul-23
39 minutes
6: Looking for Alien Life
2020-Jun-25
38 minutes
5: Exploring Exoplanets
2020-May-21
37 minutes
4: Under the Space Weather
2020-Apr-23
36 minutes
3: Our Neighbourhood Star
2020-Mar-19
37 minutes
2: It's All Relativity...
2020-Feb-20
38 minutes
1: Seeing The Invisible Universe
2020-Jan-17
40 minutes