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Podcast Profile: Stargazing

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45 episodes
2013 to 2017
Average episode: 15 minutes
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Categories: Astronomy • Talk/Seminar Series

Podcaster's summary: Find out more about our night sky, from new planets to far-off galaxies and the vastness of the Universe. A series of short talks and presentations for the general public from leading astronomy researchers at the Oxford University Physics department -

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List Updated: 2024-Apr-20 06:27 UTC. Episodes: 45. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

2017-Mar-28 • 23 minutes
Redder is better! Exploring the universe with the successor to Hubble
Rebecca Bowler, University of Oxford give a talk about the successor to the Hubble telescope - The James Webb Space Telescope - which will detect infrared radiation.
2017-Mar-28 • 19 minutes
On the trail of the most energetic particles in the universe
Rafael Alves Batista, University of Oxford, gives a talk about cosmic rays. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales;
2017-Mar-28 • 20 minutes
Advanced LIGO: The Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy
Dr Philipp Podsiadlowski, University of Oxford gives a talk about gravitational waves in light of the recent detections by the LIGO detector.
2017-Mar-28 • 20 minutes
Things that go bump in the night: Exploding stars and black holes
Professor Rob Fender, University of Oxford talks through some observations of black holes.
2015-Mar-13 • 15 minutes
The Seven Wonders of Galaxy Zoo
Becky Smethurst shows how citizen science and the Galaxy Zoo project is helping researchers tackle difficult scientific questions.
2015-Mar-13 • 10 minutes
Astronomy at the Highest Energies Possible
Researcher Stephen Rayner talks on how astronomers study the highest energies possible to detect particle accelerators in space.
2015-Mar-13 • 10 minutes
James Gilbert, a researcher in astrophysics gives an exciting talk on how astronomy uses Spectroscopy - the study of the interaction between matter and radiated energy.
2015-Mar-13 • 9 minutes
How to see the world in a grain of sand
Peter Hatfield gives an astronomy talk entitled: How to see the world in a grain of sand and the entire Universe in a super computer.
2015-Mar-13 • 14 minutes
The Beagle expedition to Mars
The Beagle 2 probe had not been seen or heard from since December 2003 and had been presumed lost. Researcher Chris Linttot gives an overview and shows newly found images of the probe on the surface of Mars.
2015-Mar-13 • 18 minutes
The Philae - Rosetta Mission (update)
Researcher Colin Wilson gives an update on the Rosetta mission with the latest news on the Philae comet lander
2014-Dec-19 • 14 minutes
From you to the largest structure in the Universe
Robert Simpson, an astronomy researcher from Oxford takes us on a tour of the Universe, explaining the incredible distances and relative dimensions of space.
2014-Dec-19 • 16 minutes
Gloomy Worlds: Why are planets cloudy?
Jo Barstow explains the complex science behind the clouds that surround the planets.
2014-Dec-19 • 17 minutes
The Philae - Rosetta Comet Mission
On 12 November 2014, the Philae probe achieved the first-ever soft landing on a comet nucleus. Colin Wilson, a researcher from Oxford, gives an update on the landing and explains the history and science behind this incredible mission.
2014-Feb-04 • 13 minutes
Matt Jarvis discusses square kilometer array, commonly known as SKA, in this short Stargazing talk.
2014-Jan-31 • 12 minutes
Is our galaxy special?
Chris Lintott looks at the distinctive features of our galaxy and whether it is really special. With apologies for the audio at the start of the talk.
2014-Jan-31 • 10 minutes
Galaxy Zoo project
Becky Smethurst from the Zooniverse team outlines the Galaxy Zoo project that allows members of the public to classify new galaxies.
2014-Jan-30 • 19 minutes
Zooniverse: Live
Grant Miller and Becky Smethurst give a live demonstration of the Zooniverse tool and explain how it works.
2014-Jan-30 • 14 minutes
Atmospheres in the solar system ... and beyond!
What is it like on the planets in our solar system? How hot are they? Is there any water? Jo Barstow explains this and more in her talk.
2014-Jan-30 • 14 minutes
Spin Doctors: Creating a planet's atmosphere in the lab
Roland Young discusses his work on studying and recreating the atmospheres of different planets in our solar system. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales;
2014-Jan-29 • 18 minutes
Ancient Astronomies - 7000 years in the Kennett Valley
Charles Barclay gives a brief overview of the history of Astronomies and some of the fascinating insights that can be gained from these Ancient practices.
2014-Jan-29 • 14 minutes
Colonisation of Mars - the Great Debate
Will there be humans living on Mars in the next 50 years? Is this a good thing, or something that should be completely avoided? Chris Lintott and Colin Wilson debate the pros and cons of this interesting topic.
2014-Jan-28 • 11 minutes
Dark Matter - Are we still in the dark?
Kathryn Boast gives a talk about dark matter: what it is, what we know about it, and what the limitations of our knowledge are.
2014-Jan-28 • 10 minutes
Inflation - The "BANG" in Big Bang
Luke Jew talks about inflation, the process that scientists believe happened at the very start of our universe and is responsible for all the large scale structures that we see around us.
2014-Jan-28 • 12 minutes
Earth-like Planets (and where to find them)
Ever wondered if another planet like our own exists in the vast expanse of space around us? Ruth Angus explains her exciting research into Extra Solar Planets (Exo-Planets) and why research in this area is important. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales;
2013-Dec-12 • 10 minutes
Exoplanets - a talk by Grant Miller.
2013-Dec-12 • 8 minutes
Are we special in the Universe?
Peter Hatfield asks if we are special in the Universe.
2013-Dec-12 • 12 minutes
Black Holes
A talk about Black Holes by Dr Brooke Simmons.
2013-Dec-05 • 15 minutes
Mel Gigg, Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group, showcases some of his astrophotography.
2013-Dec-05 • 11 minutes
Cosmology - What We Don't Know
Chris Lintott talks about the unknown in the study of cosmology.
2013-Dec-05 • 9 minutes
Galaxy Zoo
Galaxy Zoo is a Citizen Science project, part of the Zooniverse, which asks the public to classify the morphology of galaxies using images taken by Hubble and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
2013-Jun-04 • 11 minutes
Extra-solar planets: from science-fiction to reality
Since the discovery of the first extra-solar planet in the '90s, our perspective of the Universe has changed. Over the last two decades a whole host of exotic planet systems have been found, including analogues of famous science-fiction-worlds. Ruth Angus summarises some of the key discoveries in the field of extra-solar planets and discusses the likelihood of finding Earth II as the number of confirmed exoplanets approaches one-thousand. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: Engla...
2013-Apr-16 • 46 minutes
Uncovering Black Holes and Hunting for Planets
Dr Brooke Simmons talks about Black Holes and planet hunting. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales;
2013-Apr-16 • 14 minutes
The Chelyabinsk Meteor
In this talk Dr Ken Amor talks about the Chelyabinsk meteor, which entered Earths atmosphere over Russia on the 15th of February 2013.
2013-Apr-16 • 14 minutes
Stepping into the unknown: the search for new planets
Astrophysicist Dr Suzanne Aigrain talks about the search for extra-solar planets.
2013-Apr-16 • 17 minutes
A History of the Universe in 12 Minutes
From big bang to the present day, Chris Lintott summarises the history of the Universe in 12 minutes.
2013-Apr-16 • 21 minutes
LOFAR and the SKA - The Universe in radio waves
In this talk Dr Matt Jarvis talks about radio astronomy.
2013-Apr-16 • 13 minutes
Killer asteroids
In this talk Jocelyn Bell Burnell talks about large asteroid impacts.
2013-Apr-16 • 11 minutes
Pluto - no more a planet
In this talk Jocelyn Bell Burnell talks about the reclassification of Pluto to a Dwarf planet and the history of its discovery.
2013-Apr-16 • 17 minutes
Astro Photography Showcase
Mel Gigg of the Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group showcases some fantastic amateur astro-photography.
2013-Feb-05 • 10 minutes
Galaxies as a Plate of Fruit
Professor Roger Davies explains how we can learn about the different shapes of galaxies using a plate of fruit and a telescope. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales;
2013-Feb-04 • 15 minutes
Observing with the Naked Eye
Charles Barclay offers advice on how to get the most out of stargazing with the naked eye and the astronomical activities to look out for in the coming months.
2013-Jan-30 • 12 minutes
Large Meteorite Impacts on Earth
Ken Amor looks at the science of large meteorite impacts on Earth.
2013-Jan-30 • 12 minutes
Jo Dunkley reviews the latest research in Cosmology. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales;
2013-Jan-30 • 16 minutes
Robotic Planetary Exploration
Leigh Fletcher shows how we can use robots to discover more about the planets. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales;
2013-Jan-17 • 13 minutes
Planets, Planets Everywhere!
Dr Chris Lintott, University of Oxford, gives an overview of the discoveries made about the many billions of exo-planets - the planets that surround stars. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales;