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Podcast Profile: Astronomy Minute

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183 episodes
2020 to 2023
Median: 1 minute
Collection: Physics, Math, and Astronomy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Learn the basics of astronomy in one-to-two minute packets of concise information about specific topics. You are a busy person with a short attention span, and you want to learn about astronomical topics in a short amount of time. Your host Professor Ata is a PhD research astronomer and astrophysicist and a noted authority on stellar and galactic astronomy. I welcome your feedback at [email protected]. See the web site astronomyminute.org for more. The podcast logo is courtesy of Zachary Greathouse and shows a globular cluster photo taken by the author with the Hubble Space Telescope.


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

➤ Basic astronomy concepts • Astronomical phenomena • Telescope technology • Scientific principles • Philosophy of science • Space objects • Celestial events

This podcast, entitled "Astronomy Minute," offers concise, one-to-two minute educational segments aimed at providing listeners with foundational knowledge in various astronomical topics. Hosted by Professor Ata, a PhD research astronomer and astrophysicist, the podcast addresses a broad array of subjects within astronomy and astrophysics, catering particularly to individuals with limited time and a keen interest in learning.

The content spans numerous areas within the realm of astronomy, focusing on both theoretical and observational aspects. Listeners will encounter explanations of key astronomical concepts and phenomena such as the structure and significance of astronomical observatories, the unique properties of celestial bodies, and fundamental scientific principles including Occam's Razor and dimensional analysis. The podcast delves into the details of famous telescopes like the Hubble and the James Webb Space Telescopes, elucidating their scientific goals and differences.

Episodes further explore the life cycles of stars, the nature of galaxies, and notable galactic and extragalactic objects, helping listeners understand the evolution and interaction of cosmic entities. Discussions on nuclear fusion, star formation, and galactic structure provide insights into the underlying processes that drive the universe. The podcast also touches on philosophical and scientific inquiries, addressing the extent of human knowledge in science and the philosophical implications of scientific discoveries.

Other topics include modern astronomical tools and techniques, such as the significance of infrared observations, the resolving power of telescopes, and the allocation of telescope time for research. Additionally, the podcast examines the professional community supporting astronomers, shedding light on organizations and methodologies that facilitate astronomical research and dissemination of scientific results.

The diverse and detailed content of "Astronomy Minute" is designed to make complex astronomical topics accessible, providing a quick yet comprehensive learning experience for busy individuals fascinated by the cosmos.


Episodes:
Episode Image What is an Astronomical Observatory?
2023-Jul-20
1 minute
Episode Image What is Occam's Razor?
2023-Jul-19
1 minute
Episode Image Why is the Webb Telescope Optimized to Observe Infrared Light?
2023-Jan-04
2 minutes
Episode Image What are the Main Science Goals of the Webb Telescope?
2023-Jan-04
2 minutes
Episode Image What is the James Webb Space Telescope?
2022-Dec-20
1 minute
Episode Image What is the Hubble Space Telescope?
2022-Dec-14
1 minute
Episode Image Why Do We Put Telescopes in Space?
2022-Dec-14
1 minute
Episode Image What is Meant by Spiral Nebula?
2022-Jun-19
1 minute
Episode Image What is the Big Crunch?
2022-May-31
1 minute
Episode Image What are the Basic Properties of Astronomical Objects?
2022-May-18
2 minutes
Episode Image What is the Local Group of Galaxies?
2022-May-10
1 minute
Episode Image What Does it Mean to “Know” Something in Science?
2022-Apr-10
1 minute
Episode Image How Can Atoms and Thus Matter be Mostly Empty Space?
2022-Apr-08
1 minute
Episode Image What are Interacting Galaxies?
2022-Mar-09
1 minute
Episode Image How do the Sun and Other Stars Shine?
2022-Mar-09
1 minute
Episode Image What are Giant Molecular Clouds?
2022-Feb-25
1 minute
Episode Image How do We Know that the Milky Way Galaxy is Spiral in Shape?
2022-Feb-24
1 minute
Episode Image What is Meant by the 21 Centimeter Radiation of Hydrogen?
2022-Feb-04
2 minutes
Episode Image How are Neutron Stars and Pulsars Related?
2021-Dec-18
1 minute
Episode Image What is a Neutron Star?
2021-Aug-03
1 minute
Episode Image What is a White Dwarf Star?
2021-Jul-28
1 minute
Episode Image How do We Know the Ages of Stars?
2021-Jun-23
1 minute
Episode Image What is Seeing and the Resolving Power of a Telescope?
2021-Jun-18
1 minute
Episode Image Are Black Holes Cosmic Vacuum Cleaners?
2021-Jun-14
1 minute
Episode Image What Was Here Before the Big Bang?
2021-Jun-11
1 minute
Episode Image Are UFOs Aliens From Outer Space?
2021-Jun-09
2 minutes
Episode Image What is the Milky Way Galaxy?
2021-Jun-06
1 minute
Episode Image What is the Hubble Law?
2021-Jun-02
1 minute
Episode Image What are Starburst Galaxies?
2021-Jun-01
1 minute
Episode Image Is Science Absolute?
2021-May-26
1 minute
Episode Image What is Meant by Dimensional Analysis?
2021-May-17
2 minutes
Episode Image What are Sunspots and the Sunspot Cycle?
2021-May-11
1 minute
Episode Image What is Meant by Einstein’s Theory of Relativity?
2021-May-11
1 minute
Episode Image A Description of the Mathematical Basis of Cause-and-Effect
2021-May-02
2 minutes
Episode Image How do Lunar and Solar Eclipses Happen?
2021-Apr-12
1 minute
Episode Image What do I Need to Know About Planet Earth?
2021-Apr-07
1 minute
Episode Image So You Want to be a Professional Astronomer?
2021-Mar-30
1 minute
Episode Image How do Atoms Absorb and Emit Light?
2021-Mar-24
2 minutes
Episode Image What are Some Well-Known Deep Sky Objects?
2021-Mar-15
2 minutes
Episode Image What is Meant by the Retrograde Motion of the Planets?
2021-Mar-12
1 minute
Episode Image What Professional Organizations Support the Work of Astronomers?
2021-Mar-10
1 minute
Episode Image How do Astronomers Obtain Their Observations of the Sky?
2021-Mar-09
1 minute
Episode Image How do Astronomers Disseminate Their Scientific Research Results?
2021-Mar-03
2 minutes
Episode Image What is Meant by Metal Abundance or Metallicity?
2021-Feb-24
2 minutes
Episode Image What is Meant by Light Pollution?
2021-Feb-24
1 minute
Episode Image Is Science the Only Path to the Truth?
2021-Feb-19
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Virgo?
2021-Feb-14
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Ursa Major?
2021-Feb-14
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Tucana?
2021-Feb-12
less than a minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Triangulum?
2021-Feb-11
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Scorpius?
2021-Feb-11
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Ophiuchus?
2021-Feb-10
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Monoceros?
2021-Feb-10
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Leo?
2021-Feb-07
1 minute
Episode Image The Many Facets of Astronomy and the Lure of the Night Sky
2021-Jan-29
2 minutes
Episode Image What is the Relation Between Local Sidereal Time and Local Time?
2021-Jan-28
2 minutes
Episode Image What is the Equation of Time?
2021-Jan-26
1 minute
Episode Image What is Meant by Local Apparent Time?
2021-Jan-26
2 minutes
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Dorado?
2021-Jan-23
1 minute
Episode Image What is Meant by Local Sidereal Time?
2021-Jan-23
1 minute
Episode Image What is Meant by Galactic Coordinate System?
2021-Jan-22
1 minute
Episode Image What is Meant by Altazimuth Coordinate System?
2021-Jan-22
1 minute
Episode Image What is Meant by Altitude and Azimuth?
2021-Jan-22
1 minute
Episode Image What is Meant by Equatorial Coordinate System?
2021-Jan-22
less than a minute
Episode Image What is Meant by Quantum Mechanics?
2021-Jan-17
1 minute
Episode Image How do We Know the Age of the Universe?
2021-Jan-17
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Crux?
2021-Jan-17
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Coma Berenices?
2021-Jan-13
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Cetus?
2021-Jan-13
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Cassiopeia?
2021-Jan-10
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Canis Major?
2021-Jan-10
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Cancer?
2021-Jan-10
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Canes Venatici?
2020-Dec-24
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Centaurus?
2020-Dec-23
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Taurus?
2020-Dec-22
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Sagittarius?
2020-Dec-22
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Orion?
2020-Dec-22
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Lyra?
2020-Dec-20
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Hercules?
2020-Dec-20
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Cygnus?
2020-Dec-20
1 minute
Episode Image Which Notable Objects are in the Constellation of Andromeda?
2020-Dec-18
1 minute
Episode Image What is Meant by a Deep Sky Object?
2020-Dec-18
less than a minute
Episode Image What is an Asterism?
2020-Dec-16
1 minute
Episode Image Why do We Study Astronomy?
2020-Dec-16
1 minute
Episode Image The Universe as a Time Machine
2020-Dec-11
1 minute
Episode Image How Old is the Universe, the Sun, and the Earth?
2020-Dec-11
1 minute
Episode Image What is a Light Year?
2020-Dec-09
1 minute
Episode Image What is Electromagnetic Radiation?
2020-Dec-04
2 minutes
Episode Image What is Meant by the Hubble Flow?
2020-Dec-04
1 minute
Episode Image What is a Blackbody Curve or Planck Curve?
2020-Nov-29
2 minutes
Episode Image What is Precession of the Equinoxes?
2020-Nov-29
1 minute
Episode Image What is Meant by the Signs of the Zodiac?
2020-Nov-24
1 minute
Episode Image Is There Life Elsewhere in the Universe?
2020-Nov-22
1 minute
Episode Image How Old is the Solar System?
2020-Nov-17
2 minutes
Episode Image How Did Our Galaxy Form?
2020-Nov-14
1 minute
Episode Image Is There Such a Thing as THE Dark Side of the Moon?
2020-Nov-06
1 minute
Episode Image What is Meant by Taxonomy in Science?
2020-Nov-06
1 minute
Episode Image What are the Magellanic Clouds?
2020-Nov-06
1 minute
Episode Image What do I Need to Know About Isaac Newton?
2020-Oct-29
less than a minute
Episode Image What do I Need to Know About Galileo?
2020-Oct-28
1 minute
Episode Image The Clockwork of the Universe
2020-Oct-28
2 minutes
Episode Image What do I Need to Know About Johannes Kepler?
2020-Oct-28
less than a minute
Episode Image What do I Need to Know About Tycho Brahe?
2020-Oct-26
less than a minute
Episode Image What do I Need to Know About Nicolaus Copernicus?
2020-Oct-26
1 minute
Episode Image How do We Know There are Planets Around Other Stars?
2020-Oct-20
1 minute
Episode Image What is Meant by a Bell Curve?
2020-Oct-16
2 minutes
Episode Image What are Right Ascension and Declination?
2020-Oct-16
1 minute
Episode Image What Causes the Phases of the Moon?
2020-Oct-05
1 minute
Episode Image What Causes the Seasons on the Earth?
2020-Sep-29
1 minute
Episode Image What is the Difference Between Precision and Accuracy?
2020-Sep-27
1 minute
Episode Image What is Meant by an Order of Magnitude and a Logarithmic Scale?
2020-Sep-16
2 minutes
Episode Image Where are the Sun's Siblings?
2020-Sep-14
less than a minute
Episode Image What is the Difference Between Random Errors and Systematic Errors?
2020-Sep-09
1 minute
Episode Image What is Meant by the Magnitude System?
2020-Sep-04
1 minute
Episode Image What is the Kelvin Temperature Scale?
2020-Sep-01
1 minute
Episode Image What are Comets and Meteor Showers?
2020-Sep-01
1 minute
Episode Image What is the Cosmic Microwave Background?
2020-Aug-27
1 minute
Episode Image How Do We Classify Stars?
2020-Aug-25
2 minutes
Episode Image What is Meant by Hierarchical Clustering in Astronomy?
2020-Aug-23
1 minute
Episode Image What is the Interstellar Medium?
2020-Aug-22
1 minute
Episode Image What is Meant by Tidal Forces?
2020-Aug-21
2 minutes
Episode Image What is Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation?
2020-Aug-21
1 minute
Episode Image What is the Copernican Principle?
2020-Aug-21
1 minute
Episode Image What is Dark Energy?
2020-Aug-18
1 minute
Episode Image What is Gravitational Lensing?
2020-Aug-13
1 minute
Episode Image How Do We Classify Galaxies?
2020-Aug-13
1 minute
Episode Image What do I Need to Know About the Planet Neptune?
2020-Aug-11
less than a minute
Episode Image What do I Need to Know About the Planet Uranus?
2020-Aug-11
1 minute
Episode Image What do I Need to Know About the Planet Saturn?
2020-Aug-11
less than a minute
Episode Image What do I Need to Know About the Planet Jupiter?
2020-Aug-11
less than a minute
Episode Image What do I Need to Know About the Planet Mars?
2020-Aug-09
1 minute
Episode Image What do I Need to Know About the Planet Venus?
2020-Aug-09
1 minute
Episode Image What do I Need to Know About the Planet Mercury?
2020-Aug-09
1 minute
Episode Image What are the Different Types of Telescopes?
2020-Jul-30
2 minutes
Episode Image Why is the Sky Blue?
2020-Jul-29
1 minute
Episode Image What are Interstellar Reddening and Extinction?
2020-Jul-29
1 minute
Episode Image How Did the Earth's Moon Form?
2020-Jul-29
less than a minute
Episode Image What do we Know About the Sun?
2020-Jul-28
1 minute
Episode Image What is Conservation of Angular Momentum?
2020-Jul-28
1 minute
Episode Image What is the HR Diagram and the Main Sequence?
2020-Jul-27
1 minute
Episode Image What is the Doppler Effect and Redshift?
2020-Jul-24
1 minute
Episode Image What is the Inverse Square Law of Light?
2020-Jul-24
1 minute
Episode Image What are Newton's Laws of Motion?
2020-Jul-24
1 minute
Episode Image Can the Millennium Falcon Really do the Kessel run in 12 parsecs?
2020-Jul-23
2 minutes
Episode Image Does Science Prove Things?
2020-Jul-23
1 minute
Episode Image How do we know there is a black hole at the center of our galaxy?
2020-Jul-23
1 minute
Episode Image What are Kepler's Laws?
2020-Jul-23
1 minute
Episode Image What are Active Galaxies?
2020-Jul-22
1 minute
Episode Image How Did the Solar System Form?
2020-Jul-21
2 minutes
Episode Image Why Did I Create These Podcasts?
2020-Jul-21
1 minute
Episode Image Will Polaris Always be the North Star?
2020-Jul-19
2 minutes
Episode Image What Happened to Pluto Formerly Known as a Planet?
2020-Jul-19
1 minute
Episode Image How Do We Name Stars?
2020-Jul-17
1 minute
Episode Image What is a Constellation?
2020-Jul-17
1 minute
Episode Image What are Variable Stars?
2020-Jul-17
1 minute
Episode Image What is Helioseismology?
2020-Jul-15
1 minute
Episode Image What do Astronomers do?
2020-Jul-14
1 minute
Episode Image What is the Difference Between Astronomy and Astrophysics?
2020-Jul-14
less than a minute
Episode Image How do we use Light to Study the Universe?
2020-Jul-14
1 minute
Episode Image What is the Solar System?
2020-Jul-14
2 minutes
Episode Image What is Cosmology?
2020-Jul-14
1 minute
Episode Image What is Light?
2020-Jul-12
1 minute
Episode Image What is the Big Bang?
2020-Jul-12
1 minute
Episode Image What is Dark Matter?
2020-Jul-10
1 minute
Episode Image What are M-numbers and NGC-numbers?
2020-Jul-10
2 minutes
Episode Image What is a Galaxy?
2020-Jul-10
1 minute
Episode Image What is a Nebula?
2020-Jul-10
2 minutes
Episode Image What is a Star Cluster?
2020-Jul-10
2 minutes
Episode Image How do Stars Form?
2020-Jul-10
1 minute
Episode Image Where do the Chemical Elements Come From?
2020-Jul-10
1 minute
Episode Image What is a Brown Dwarf?
2020-Jul-09
1 minute
Episode Image What is Science?
2020-Jul-09
1 minute
Episode Image How do we measure distances in Astronomy?
2020-Jul-09
1 minute
Episode Image What is a Quasar?
2020-Jul-09
1 minute
Episode Image Astronomy is a Science of Extremes
2020-Jul-08
1 minute
Episode Image What is the Celestial Sphere?
2020-Jul-07
2 minutes
Episode Image What is a Black Hole?
2020-Jul-06
1 minute
Episode Image What is a Pulsar?
2020-Jul-06
1 minute
Episode Image How do Stars Die?
2020-Jul-03
1 minute
Episode Image How do Stars Evolve?
2020-Jul-03
1 minute
Episode Image What is a Supernova?
2020-Jul-03
1 minute
Episode Image What is a Nova?
2020-Jul-03
1 minute
Episode Image What is Astronomical Vocabulary?
2020-Jul-03
2 minutes