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Podcast Profile: Radio Astronomy

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176 episodes
2016 to present
Average episode: 27 minutes
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Categories: Astronomy

Podcaster's summary: The weekly astronomy podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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List Updated: 2022-Dec-06 12:58 UTC. Episodes: 176. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Episodes
2022-Dec-04 • 17 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 5 to 11 December 2022
Mars will be occulted by the Moon while at opposition this week - a truly historic occasion. Find out out more in our weekly stargazing guide.TranscriptFind all the details about the occultation of Mars.Learn how to observe Mars at opposition.Subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine for all the latest space news and stargazing tips. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Nov-27 • 12 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 28 November to 4 December 2022
Mars' closest approach to Earth as Saturn and Jupiter approach the crescent Moon in this week's stargazing guide.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Nov-20 • 10 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 21 to 27 November 2022
In this week's stargazing guide, we take advantage of the new Moon for some deep-sky astronomy.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Nov-13 • 13 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 14 to 20 November 2022
The Leonid meteor shower returns and the moon Callisto brushes past Jupiter in this week's stargazing guide.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Nov-07 • 12 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 7 to 13 November 2022
The Moon glides past Uranus, the Pleiades and Castor & Pollux in this week's stargazing guide.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Nov-04 • 40 minutes
Amazing cosmic facts
Astrophysicist Dr Jillian Scudder reveals some of the mind-blowing things we know about the Universe
2022-Oct-30 • 12 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 31 October to 6 November2022
In this week's stargazing guide: catch Saturn, Vesta and the Moon together, watch out for Jupiter on Bonfire Night.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Oct-27 • 9 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 24 to 30 October 2022
A partial solar eclipse and a Mars going into retrograde in this weekly stargazing guide. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Oct-23 • 22 minutes
Piecing together the history of the Universe
Prof Nial Tanvir reveals how much astronomers know about the evolution of the cosmos
2022-Oct-20 • 20 minutes
Webb Telescope and the secrets of the Solar System
Prof Leigh Fletcher reveals how JWST is studying the outer planets
2022-Oct-16 • 10 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 17 to 23 October 2022
The Orionids meteor shower peaks this week, and Mercury passes by the binary star Porrima in our weekly stargazing guide.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Oct-09 • 9 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 10 to 16 October 2022
Watch out for Mars and the Pleiades as the Moon passes by as we run down this week's stargazing highlights.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Oct-02 • 13 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 3 to 9 October 2022
In this week's stargazing guide, we take a look at the Moon's southern pole and catch asteroid Pallas as it glides past Sirius. Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Sep-28 • 30 minutes
Interview: A Brief History of Black Holes
Dr Becky Smethurst reveals the science behind the cosmic behemoths
2022-Sep-25 • 13 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 26 September to 2 October 2022
Jupiter makes its closest approach to Earth of the year this week as we take a look at Jupiter's opposition and more in this episode of Star Diary. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Sep-23 • 21 minutes
Interview: NASA's plan to crash a spacecraft into an asteroid
Could humanity deflect the path of a civilisation-destroying asteroid?
2022-Sep-18 • 9 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 19 to 25 September 2022
As the autumn equinox arrives, the crescent Moon gives a great opportunity to see Earthshine.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Sep-11 • 11 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 12 to 18 September 2022
The occultation of Uranus by the Moon making the planet vanish is just one of this week's stargazing highlights.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Sep-04 • 13 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 5 to 11 September, 2022
Jupiter and Neptune meet up with minor world 3 Juno, which is in opposition as we run through this week's stargazing highlights.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Aug-28 • 15 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 29 August to 4 September
Mars makes its way past the Pleiades and the Hyades, while Mercury hugs the horizon as we take a look at what's in the sky this week.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Aug-26 • 29 minutes
Interview: How JWST observes the Universe
Dr Pamela Klaassen reveals the science behind Webb Telescope's amazing images
2022-Aug-22 • 45 minutes
Interview: How JWST will observe exoplanets
Dr Hannah Wakeford on how the Webb Telescope examines distant worlds
2022-Aug-21 • 12 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 22 to 28 August 2022
This week is a great opportunity to take a look at Orion, or hunt out the asteroids Pallas and Vesta.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Aug-14 • 9 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 15 to 21 August 2022
Mars meets the Pleiades, Venus approaches the Beehive in this week's stargazing diary.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Aug-10 • 34 minutes
Interview: Observing the Solar System in x-ray
What can x-rays tell us about our cosmic neighbourhood?
2022-Aug-07 • 12 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 8 to 14 August
The Perseid meteor shower and Saturn at opposition are both stargazing highlight this week.Transcript. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Jul-31 • 11 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 1st to 7th August
Comet Wilson-Harrington is still on show for stargazers this week, while Venus brushes up against the stars in this week's night sky.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Jul-29 • 21 minutes
Bluedot 2022 | Why study asteroids?
Dr Sarah Crowther reveals what spacerocks tell us about the early Solar System
2022-Jul-28 • 23 minutes
Bluedot 2022 | A new era for human spaceflight?
Libby Jackson discusses the future of crewed space exploration
2022-Jul-27 • 29 minutes
Bluedot 2022 | What is space weather?
Prof Jim Wild reveals how the Sun affects the planets of the Solar System
2022-Jul-24 • 10 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 25 to 31 July
Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune continue their planetary parade, while a comet, 107P Wilson Harrington, also makes an appearance as we tell you all the best things for stargazers to see this week.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Jul-17 • 12 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 18 to 24 July
Neptune, the Pleiades and asteroid that used to be a comet are all visible in this week's night sky.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Jul-10 • 10 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 11 to 17 July 2022
The full moon offers a great 'stargazing' opportunity this week, with asteroid Vesta also making an appearance.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Jul-03 • 8 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 4 to 10 July
This week, we take a look at the full Moon – which is a supermoon this month – as it tracks its way across the night sky.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Jun-26 • 11 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 27 June to 3 July
A parade of planets, Earthshine and a stellar occultation, as we run down what you can see in the night sky this week.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Jun-24 • 36 minutes
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence
The SETI Institute's Franck Marchis discusses the search for life beyond Earth
2022-Jun-19 • 11 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 20 to 26 June
A handful of planets, Earthshine and a comet are all in this weeks episode, where we list the best things to see in this week's night sky. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Jun-15 • 16 minutes
Space Women: Maggie Aderin-Pocock
Presenter of The Sky at Night, Maggie Aderin Pocock, talks us through her career and her lifelong obsession with the MoonTranscript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Jun-12 • 18 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 13 to 19 June
Supermoons, stargazing with Antares and a planetary parade in this week's episode, where we tell you the best things in the night sky this week.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Jun-05 • 10 minutes
Star Diary: What's in the night sky from 6 to 12 June
The craters of the Moon; double stars and the Moon's progress across the stars – We run down the best things to see in the sky this week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-May-27 • 13 minutes
Star Diary: What's in the night sky from 30 May to 5 June
The Planets; the twins of Gemini - Castor and Pollux; the Moon. We run down the best things to see in the sky this week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-May-27 • 34 minutes
What is dark energy?
Cosmologist Eva-Maria Mueller discusses the mysterious force speeding up the expansion of the Universe
2022-May-22 • 12 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 23 to 29 May 2022
A run down of all the best things to see in the northern hemisphere's sky from the 23 to 29 May 2022.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-May-15 • 9 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 16 to 22 May 2022
A run down of all the best things to see in the northern hemisphere's sky from the 16 to 22 May 2022.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-May-08 • 11 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 9 to 15 May 2022
A run down of all the best things to see in the northern hemisphere's sky from the 9 to 15 May 2022.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-May-01 • 10 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 2 to 8 May 2022
A run down of all the best things to see in the northern hemisphere's sky from 2 to 8 May 2022.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Apr-29 • 37 minutes
Hubble, James Webb and life beyond Earth
NASA’s Dr Richard Barry discusses the science of space telescopes
2022-Apr-24 • 14 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 25 April to 1 May 2022
A run down of all the best things to see in the northern hemisphere's sky from the 25 April to 1 May 2022.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Apr-18 • 11 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 18 to 24 April 2022
A run down of all the best things to see in the northern hemisphere's sky from the 18 to 24 April 2022.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Apr-11 • 14 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 11 to 17 April 2022
A run down of all the best things to see in the northern hemisphere's sky from the 11 to 17 April 2022.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Apr-04 • 13 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 4 to 10 April 2022
A run down of all the best things to see in the northern hemisphere's sky from the 4 to 10 April 2022.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Apr-01 • 31 minutes
What happens if someone dies in space?
Chatting space law with Prof Chris Newman
2022-Mar-28 • 12 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, 28 March to 3 April 2022
A run down of all the best things to see in the northern hemisphere's sky from the 28 March to 3 April 2022.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Feb-28 • 22 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, March 2022
What's coming up in the night sky in the month of March 2022.Transcript. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Feb-22 • 37 minutes
Interview: The science of exploding stars
Astronomer Or Graur reveals how supernovae can reveal the secrets of the cosmos.
2022-Jan-29 • 29 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, February 2022
What's coming up in the night sky in the month of February 2022.Transcript Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2022-Jan-19 • 28 minutes
Astronomy events of the 21st Century
Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel pick their favourite memories observing the night sky
2021-Dec-30 • 37 minutes
Interview: Astrobiologist Nicol Caplin
How microorganisms are helping humans push further into space
2021-Dec-23 • 22 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, January 2022
What's coming up in the night sky in the month of January 2022.Transcript
2021-Dec-20 • 35 minutes
Launch of the James Webb Space Telescope
As the James Webb Space Telescope prepares to launch on 22 December, we take a look at what the telescope has to offer.Transcript  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2021-Dec-02 • 38 minutes
Interview: Astronaut Nicole Stott
The former NASA astronaut ponders the fragile beauty of our home planet.
2021-Nov-25 • 28 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, December 2021
BBC Sky at Night Magazine's guide to the best things to see in the northern hemisphere's night sky in December 2021.Transcript
2021-Nov-18 • 18 minutes
Deflecting asteroids with NASA's DART mission
Can we stop an asteroid from hitting Earth? That's what NASA's DART mission is about to investigate
2021-Nov-08 • 33 minutes
Interview: How to see the Northern Lights
Aurora-hunter Tom Kerss reveals how to see the phenomena for yourself.
2021-Oct-31 • 32 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, November 2021
BBC Sky at Night Magazine's guide to the best things to see in the northern hemisphere's night sky in November 2021.Transcript
2021-Oct-24 • 17 minutes
Interview: Astronaut Nora Al Matrooshi
We speak to the UAE’s first female astronaut.Transcript
2021-Oct-21 • 24 minutes
Remembering Rosetta
We take a look back at what ESA's Rosetta mission taught us about comets as the comet it spent two years exploring - 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko - returns into the inner Solar System.Transcript
2021-Oct-07 • 34 minutes
Interview: Natalie Starkey talks space volcanoes
Cosmochemist Dr Natalie Starkey discusses the volcanoes of the Solar System.
2021-Sep-29 • 34 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, October 2021
What to see in the northern hemisphere night sky throughout October 2021.
2021-Sep-24 • 35 minutes
Interview: UK astronaut Tim Peake
The British astronaut discusses life on the International Space Station and getting human feet on Mars.
2021-Sep-17 • 38 minutes
Perseverance: 200 sols on Mars
NASA's Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity helicopter scout have been on Mars for 200 sols. We find out what they've been up to.Transcript
2021-Aug-26 • 26 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, September 2021
A guide to September 2021’s night sky in the northern hemisphere.Transcript
2021-Aug-19 • 35 minutes
Interview: The largest radio telescope in the world
Astrophysicist Carole Mundell reveals how the Square Kilometre Array will explore the secrets of the cosmos.
2021-Aug-12 • 43 minutes
Telescopes that changed astronomy
From Galileo's refractor, to the Hubble Space Telescope, to the JWST - there have been some telescopes that have changed how we look at the night sky. Transcript: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/podcasts/podcast-telescopes-that-changed-astr...
2021-Jul-29 • 32 minutes
Star Diary: What’s in the night sky, August 2021
A guide to August 2021’s night sky in the northern hemisphere. This month Jupiter and Saturn reach opposition, and the Perseid meteor shower appears. Transcript:https://www.skyatnightmagazin...
2021-Jul-23 • 31 minutes
Interview: How to make a Universe from scratch
Particle physicist Dr Harry Cliff traces the building blocks of the cosmos back to the Big Bang.
2021-Jul-19 • 26 minutes
Jupiter Special: a celebration of the gas giant
August sees Jupiter reach opposition and the extension of NASA's Juno mission.
2021-Jul-01 • 33 minutes
Interview: Cosmic Collisions
Planetary scientist Simone Marchi reveals the vital role collisions have played in the history of the Solar System.
2021-Jun-26 • 28 minutes
Star Diary: What's in the night sky, July 2021
A guide to July's night sky in the northern hemisphere. This month a parade of planets will be visible, even during the light summer nights.
2021-Jun-21 • 25 minutes
Apollo 15's 50th anniversary
Revisiting Apollo 15 and the moon buggy on the 50th anniversary of the fourth Moon landing
2021-Jun-14 • 19 minutes
Interview: solar weather expert, Mathew Owens
As the Sun's activity increases, we take a look at whether space weather could be hazardous to the Artemis moon-landing mission, and to satellites in orbit.
2021-Jun-04 • 33 minutes
Interview: Emily Lakdawalla talks Mars exploration
Planetary scientist Emily Lakdawalla discusses the importance of putting rovers on the Red Planet.
2021-May-26 • 38 minutes
Star Diary: What's in the night sky, June 2021
A guide to June's planets, stars, conjunctions and how to see the partial solar eclipse.
2021-May-20 • 29 minutes
20 years of NASA's WMAP mission
How the WMAP satellite detected residual heat from the birth of the Universe.
2021-May-15 • 32 minutes
Interview: How to photograph a black hole
Astronomer Heino Falcke reveals how an international science team photographed a black hole for the first time.
2021-May-06 • 36 minutes
Interview: Andy Weir, author of The Martian
The Martian author, Andy Weir, talks to us about his new novel Project Hail Mary.
2021-Apr-30 • 32 minutes
Star Diary: What's in the night sky, May 2021
Discover the stars, planets, conjunctions and other observing highlights in the night sky this month.
2021-Apr-28 • 28 minutes
Interview: Genetic engineering for spaceflight
Geneticist Dr Christopher Mason reveals how we could reengineer human genetics to survive on another planet.
2021-Apr-25 • 37 minutes
The Disordered Cosmos
Astrophysicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein explores some of the Universe's greatest unsolved mysteries.
2021-Apr-23 • 27 minutes
How the Great Debate changed astronomy forever
101 years since astronomy's Great Debate challenged our understanding of the Universe.
2021-Apr-19 • 26 minutes
Interview: Light pollution from satellites
We talk with John Barentine from the International Dark Sky Association about an emerging source of light pollution – satellites.
2021-Mar-31 • 34 minutes
Star Diary: What's in the night sky, April 2021
Discover the stars, planets, conjunctions and other observing highlights in the night sky this month.
2021-Mar-25 • 43 minutes
Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space
We look back on cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's historic spaceflight.
2021-Mar-22 • 23 minutes
Interview: How to photograph an exoplanet
Astronomer Beth Biller reveals the new instrument that can directly image planets orbiting distant stars.
2021-Mar-13 • 27 minutes
How Uranus's rings were discovered
We speak to astronomer Jessica Mink about her discovery of rings around Uranus.
2021-Feb-27 • 29 minutes
Star Diary: What's in the night sky, March 2021
Find out what to see in the night sky this month.
2021-Feb-23 • 29 minutes
Interview: How SPHEREx will track the history of the Universe
NASA scientist Jamie Bock discusses a new mission to track the evolution of the cosmos.
2021-Feb-18 • 20 minutes
OSIRIS-Rex and the Asteroid belt
We take a look at the asteroid belt and NASA's space-rock-investigating spacecraft OSIRIS-Rex as it prepares to return to Earth.
2021-Feb-08 • 13 minutes
Interview: The Emirates Mars Mission with Hessa Al Matroushi
What will the UAE's first space mission reveal about the Red Planet?
2021-Jan-30 • 28 minutes
Star Diary: What's in the night sky, February 2021
Discover the best things to see in the night sky this month.
2021-Jan-22 • 65 minutes
2021: A new year for astronomy and spaceflight
A guide to stargazing and space missions over the coming year.
2021-Jan-19 • 30 minutes
Interview: Kellie Gerardi on the future of spaceflight
Suborbital scientist Kellie Gerardi reveals the secrets of the space industry.
2020-Dec-17 • 67 minutes
2020's spaceflight and astronomy highlights
We look back at 2020's milestones in space science and our stargazing highlights of the past year.
2020-Dec-12 • 38 minutes
Interview: NASA astronaut Terry Virts
Former NASA astronaut Terry Virts discusses life in zero gravity and the future of human spacelflight.
2020-Dec-09 • 30 minutes
A history of Palomar Observatory
Astronomer Linda Schweizer discusses the history of California's Palomar Observatory.
2020-Nov-20 • 39 minutes
What next for New Horizons?
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft heads deeper into the Kuiper Belt at the edge of the Solar System.
2020-Nov-17 • 36 minutes
Is there life beyond Earth?
Biologist Wallace Arthur reveals why he believes the Universe could be teaming with life.
2020-Nov-06 • 36 minutes
What's a black hole? Interview with astrophysicist Janna Levin
US astrophysicist Janna Levin reveals the secrets of black holes.
2020-Oct-30 • 26 minutes
Interview: NASA astronaut Jeff Williams
NASA veteran Jeff Williams looks back on 20 years of the International Space Station.
2020-Oct-22 • 36 minutes
20 years of the International Space Station
We're marking 20 years of continuous occupation of the ISS with a look at its past, present and future.
2020-Oct-09 • 20 minutes
Interview: Getting The Right Stuff right
Robert Yowell served as a technical consultant on Dinsey+ new series, The Right Stuff. The series chronicles the story of the US’s first astronaut class, the Mercury 7 and Yowell helped ensure that the missions depicted were as accurate as possible.
2020-Oct-02 • 37 minutes
Interview: Stuart Clark on the history of astronomy
Dr Stuart Clark discusses his new book Beneath The Night and the story of ancient astronomy.
2020-Sep-25 • 27 minutes
ASTHROS: the stratospheric balloon observatory
NASA’s Jose Siles discusses the mission to send a 2.5m telescope into the stratosphere on a helium balloon.
2020-Sep-19 • 43 minutes
Galaxies
What are the different types of galaxies, and how have astronomers studied them over the years?
2020-Sep-18 • 18 minutes
Interview: Life on Venus?
Dr Emily Drabek-Maunder discusses new evidence of microbial life on Venus.
2020-Sep-03 • 25 minutes
Interview: Libby Jackson on the history of human spaceflight
We talk to Libby Jackson – one of the UK's leading experts in human spaceflight and author of Space Explorers: 25 stories of space exploration and adventure – about the history and future of human spaceflight.
2020-Aug-13 • 28 minutes
The life and death of stars
We reveal how stars are born, evolve and die, and discover that a star's mass determines its ultimate fate. Plus, we speak to astronomer Emily Cannon about her research into the dimming of Betelgeuse, a red giant star that forms part of the Orion ...
2020-Aug-10 • 24 minutes
Trident: a new mission to explore Neptune's moon Triton
Neptune's icy moon Triton may host an ocean of liquid water beneath its icy surface. We spoke to planetary scientist Louise Prockter to find out about Trident, a proposed mission she's leading to send a spacecraft to explore the frozen satell...
2020-Jul-25 • 36 minutes
The End of Everything: interview with US cosmologist Katie Mack
Have you ever wondered how the Universe will end? We spoke to Dr Katie Mack to find out what it means to contemplate the final days of the cosmos.
2020-Jul-16 • 33 minutes
The edge of the Solar System
How far away is the edge of the Solar System? What even is 'the edge'? How do we know it's there? In this month's episode we take a look at the outer limits of our planetary neighbourhood. Plus: we talk to Keith Hayward of the Royal...
2020-Jul-14 • 22 minutes
Cluster Special: marking 20 years of the European solar mission
16th July 2020 marks 20 years since the launch of the European Space Agency's Cluster mission. For two decades, Cluster has been examining how the solar wind interacts with Earth's magnetosphere and its effect on life on our planet. This epis...
2020-Jun-19 • 43 minutes
Deflecting asteroids with DART and Hera
Ahead of Asteroid Day on 30 June, we take a look at NASA's DART and ESA's Hera mission. Starting in 2022, these two missions will work together to test how we might one day deflect a potential deadly asteroid. Later on, we interview Andrea...
2020-Jun-10 • 25 minutes
CHEOPS: Interview with exoplanet scientist Kate Isaak
The European Space Agency's CHEOPS mission is currently studying planets orbiting distant stars, known as exoplanets. We spoke to CHEOPS Project Scientist Kate Isaak to find out how the spacecraft operates and what it might discover.The links K...
2020-May-21 • 34 minutes
Venus special: farewell to the evening star
We bid Venus farewell as the planet begins to disappear from our evening sky, and take a look at the planetary geometry that has made it such a glorious sight over the past few months. Plus, we explore the science of Venus and take a look at the histor...
2020-May-16 • 19 minutes
WFIRST: a new era for exoplanet hunting
We speak to Dr Savannah Jacklin about the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, a new mission to discover planets orbiting distant stars using a technique predicted by Einstein over 100 years ago.
2020-Apr-23 • 52 minutes
Hubble at 30: how the space telescope changed astronomy forever
Over the past three decades, the Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionised our view of the cosmos. It has given us unprecedented views of galaxies, nebulae, new-born stars and planets, revealing clues about the nature of dark energy, supermassive black...
2020-Apr-09 • 48 minutes
Apollo 13 special: interview with Mission Control's Jerry Woodfill
Thousands of people helped bring the three Apollo 13 astronauts home. Jerry Woodfill was working at Mission Control when the spacecraft's oxygen tank exploded, and was responsible for the onboard alarm system that led to the crew uttering the immo...
2020-Mar-25 • 47 minutes
Apollo 13 special: how astronauts and Mission Control averted disaster
"Houston, we've had a problem". This issue we mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13, revealing what went wrong and how Mission Control reacted on the ground. We also take a look at what science goals Apollo 13 might have achieved, had e...
2020-Mar-09 • 6 minutes
Day Eight – Back Garden Astronomy Week: The Moon
In the final episode of our special series of daily podcasts for Back Garden Astronomy Week we take a look at some of the culture and stories that have grown up around the Moon. If the series has inspired you to get involved with lunar observing or ast...
2020-Mar-08 • 5 minutes
Day Seven – Back Garden Astronomy Week: The Moon
The Moon can look vastly different throughout the month, and so we take a look at the different ways colour and shadow can affect your lunar observing experience. For more info, visit www.skyatnightmagazine.com/ba...
2020-Mar-07 • 6 minutes
Day Six – Back Garden Astronomy Week: The Moon
Craters are one of the Moon’s most striking features, so we tell you how to make the most of observing them. PLUS, we look at how astronomers use craters to date the age of the lunar surface. For more info, visit www.skyatnightmagazine.com/ba...
2020-Mar-06 • 4 minutes
Day Five – Back Garden Astronomy Week: The Moon
There are lots of things to see in the night sky, but how does our biggest, brightest companion effect the view? For more info, visit www.skyatnightmagazine.com/ba...
2020-Mar-05 • 5 minutes
Day Four – Back Garden Astronomy Week: The Moon
Even a modest set of binoculars can really enhance your view of the lunar surface, and so we take a look at how to use them to get the most out of a clear night’s view of the Moon. For more info, visit www.skyatnightmagazine.com/ba...
2020-Mar-04 • 5 minutes
Day Three – Back Garden Astronomy Week: The Moon
In today’s episode we use astronomical sketching as a way to help learn our way around the face of the Moon. PLUS we look at one of the most elusive lunar sights to catch – clair obscure. For more info, visit www.skyatnightmagazine.com/ba...
2020-Mar-03 • 5 minutes
Day Two – Back Garden Astronomy Week: The Moon
Learn all about the lunar phases in the second instalment of our special series. PLUS, a simple experiment to help you explain how the phases change from night to night. For more info, visit www.skyatnightmagazine.com/ba...
2020-Mar-02 • 5 minutes
Day One – Back Garden Astronomy Week: The Moon
To celebrate Back Garden Astronomy Week, Radio Astronomy is running a special series of daily podcasts to help you start observing the Moon. With tips and tricks that work at any time of year, there’s no excuse to not get out there and observe our near...
2020-Feb-28 • 1 minutes
Trailer: Back Garden Astronomy Week special series
Back Garden Astronomy Week is back between 2-9 March 2020! We're running a special series of daily podcasts throughout the week telling you everything you need to know about observing the Moon. Be sure to subscribe to Radio Astronomy podcast to ma...
2020-Feb-20 • 46 minutes
Europe in space: the next decade
We look at the European Space Agency missions coming up over the next decade, including a crewed lunar orbiter, a spacecraft that will explore the icy moons of Jupiter and probes that will analyse planets orbiting distant stars. Plus, Emma Marrington o...
2020-Feb-14 • 28 minutes
The story of the BBC’s Horizon programme
This bonus episode of Radio Astronomy is a Horizon special, as we speak to former producer Alec Nisbett to find out how the long-running BBC science programme covered space and astronomy, and what it was like touring the world in search of the latest s...
2020-Jan-25 • 42 minutes
Pluto at 90: how Clyde Tombaugh discovered a new world
This episode we mark the 90th anniversary of Pluto's discovery by exploring the life of US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, and take a look at the Pluto's rise and fall as the 9th Solar System planet.
2019-Dec-19 • 52 minutes
The biggest stories of 2019 and top tips for stargazing beginners
This episode the team look back on 2019 and discuss the big space stories that made headlines over the past 12 months, from New Horizons' Kuiper Belt flyby on New Year's Day, to the first image of a black hole and the latest in lunar explorat...
2019-Nov-21 • 52 minutes
The biggest space missions launching in 2020
This episode we look at the big space missions launching in 2020 that will visit the Sun and Mars. Plus, the latest from Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx, and what to expect from commercial human spaceflight over the next 12 months. Also this episode, we speak...
2019-Nov-11 • 33 minutes
A look at UCL Observatory's new 80cm Perren telescope
BBC Sky at Night Magazine's staff writer Iain Todd visits University College London Observatory ahead of the unveiling of their new 80cm Perren Telescope. Iain speaks to the astronomers there to find out about the new scope and how it will help pr...
2019-Nov-01 • 30 minutes
Planetarium special
BBC Sky at Night Magazine’s editor Chris Bramley joins Anna Henley and Paul Cornish from the planetarium team at Bristol's We The Curious science centre. Anna and Paul discuss how they operate the UK's only 3D planetarium, reveal the secrets ...
2019-Oct-16 • 38 minutes
Apollo 12, volcanic moons and cannibal galaxies
This month we discuss Apollo 12 on its 50th anniversary, reveal news of an impending volcanic eruption on Jupiter's moon Io, and speak to astrophysicist Geraint Lewis from the University of Sydney, who's part of a team that has been studying ...
2019-Sep-13 • 39 minutes
Jim Al-Khalili, OSIRIS REx, IIAPY 2019, tardigrades on the Moon
This episode we speak to Professor Jim Al-Khalili about humanity's return to the Moon and the challenges facing our planet. Plus, the team discuss the OSIRIS REx asteroid sample collection mission, a speeding star that's racing through our Ga...
2019-Aug-19 • 30 minutes
Chasing comets, Indian lunar ambitions, Juno at Jupiter
This month the team discuss the UK-led ESA mission to fly by a comet as it enters the Solar System, India’s new lunar spacecraft and the latest from NASA’s Juno probe at Jupiter. Plus, we speak to experienced amateur astronomer and BBC Sky at Night Mag...
2019-Jul-22 • 30 minutes
Bluedot Festival 2019 special
The team return to Jodrell Bank in Cheshire for a weekend of science and music at Bluedot 2019. We speak to Prof Tim O’Brien about the important astronomy undertaken by the Lovell Telescope and the legacy of Apollo 11. Filmmaker Chloë Penman discusses ...
2019-Jul-15 • 41 minutes
Apollo 11: 50th anniversary special
50 years ago, humans set foot on the surface of the Moon for the first time. This episode we discuss the legacy of Apollo, the future of lunar exploration and speak to broadcaster James Burke, who covered the Moon landing for the BBC in 1969.
2019-Jun-20 • 19 minutes
Talking moonwalkers with Andrew Smith
In a special episode of Radio Astronomy, we catch up with author of Moon Dust Andrew Smith, who interviewed nine of the Apollo moon walkers.
2019-May-23 • 31 minutes
Touring the Solar System
The team from BBC Sky at Night Magazine take a look at marsquakes, asteroid impacts and the secrets of the Solar System in this month’s episode. Featuring an interview with asteroid expert Sarah Crowther.
2019-Apr-18 • 29 minutes
Black holes, asteroid bombs and the solar cycle
This episode the team discuss the recent image of a supermassive black hole at the heart of a galaxy, and the Japanese Hayabusa2 asteroid sample mission. Plus, we speak to The Sky at Night’s Prof Lucie Green about the science of the solar cycle.
2019-Apr-15 • 23 minutes
Kielder Observatory Special
The BBC Sky at Night Magazine team visit Kielder Observatory in Northumberland to experience truly dark skies and find out how observatory staff are spreading the stargazing bug.
2019-Mar-21 • 30 minutes
Light pollution, Mars rovers and Jupiter's storms
In the April edition of Radio Astronomy, the crew from BBC Sky at Night Magazine look at the effects light pollution, talk about the trials and tribulations of the Mars rovers and delve deep into Jupiter’s atmosphere.
2019-Feb-25 • 25 minutes
Planet 9 in doubt, a beautiful Beehive and an aurora adventure
BBC Sky at Night Magazine’s creators discuss the latest theories about Planet 9 with physicist Antranik Sefilian, plus there’s chat about aurora hunting and the achievements of Apollo 9.
2019-Jan-23 • 32 minutes
New Horizons and event horizons
The team take a look at the recent Chinese lunar mission Chang’e 4, discuss the New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule and wonder why a black hole isn’t as strong as a fridge magnet. They also interview Martin Harwit.
2018-Dec-20 • 36 minutes
Lunar eclipses, 2019’s space missions and green stars
The team of BBC Sky at Night Magazine discuss lunar eclipses look at the new raft of space missions coming in 2019, including an interview with Kerri Donaldson Hanna about the OSIRIS-Rex mission to the asteroid Bennu.
2018-Nov-21 • 34 minutes
2018 in review and scientific observations of Mars
The team each pick one event that stands out most for them from 2018. Plus we hear from the British Astronomical Association’s Mars section director, Richard McKim, about how to make your observations of the Red Planet count for the scientific record.
2018-Sep-24 • 47 minutes
Ice on the Moon, Apollo 7 and advice for new astronomers
The team discuss the discovery of water at the lunar poles and what it could mean for the future of spaceflight. Plus, we take a look back at the Apollo 7 mission and talk to Guy Consolmagno, writer of Turn Left at Orion.
2018-Jul-27 • 21 minutes
NASA's Dawn mission, Holst’s Planets and water on Mars
We look back on 100 years of Holst’s musical work The Planets and its influence on sci-fi soundtracks. Plus, the team discuss the success of NASA’s Dawn mission at Ceres and Vesta and speak to Roberto Orosei.
2018-Jul-27 • 34 minutes
Bluedot Festival 2018 special
In this special edition of Radio Astronomy, we’re live at the world famous Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire for the Bluedot science and music festival 2018.
2018-Jul-23 • 23 minutes
Meteor showers and space rocks that fall to Earth
Meteorite hunter Peter Jenniskens talks to us about his recent find of a meteorite in the Botswanan bush, and we reveal our stargazing tips for the Perseid meteor shower.
2018-Jun-22 • 33 minutes
The Sun, a danger to life on Earth?
Chris Scott, Professor of Space and Atmospheric Physics at the University of Reading, speaks to us about just how dangerous solar activity is to life on Earth and what’s going on at the surface of the Sun.
2018-May-21 • 30 minutes
The mission to map the Milky Way
We speak to Prof Gerry Gilmore, principal investigator for the UK participation in the Gaia mission to map 1.7 billion stars in our Galaxy. The team also discuss strange stars, the Stellarium online planetarium and noctilucent clouds.
2018-Apr-20 • 27 minutes
Sifting through Mars's sediment with a planetary geologist
We speak to sedimentary geologist and Curiosity mission co-investigator Prof Sanjeev Gupta of Imperial College London.
2018-Mar-29 • 17 minutes
Bowie, Extraterrestrial Intelligence and Multi-Messenger Astrophysics
In this first episode of an all-new, sparkly format for Radio Astronomy we speak to Dr Alan Penny, vice-president of METI International. Clear skies!
2017-Dec-20 • 75 minutes
Christmas Special: Tales from 2017
What does David Bowie’s Space Oddity have to do with SpaceX, should we go back to the Moon or straight to Mars, and what is multi-messenger astrophysics anyway? All these questions and more are answered in our 2017 retrospective.
2017-Oct-19 • 38 minutes
International Astronomy Show 2017 Special
We report from the International Astronomy Show 2017 in Warwickshire, UK, and get the chance to talk to some of the speakers at the event, including The Sky at Night's Chris Lintott.
2017-Aug-21 • 14 minutes
Radio Astronomy Shorts - Episode 1: Dava Sobel
Iain Todd speaks to US science author Dava Sobel, host of Stargazing, a new astronomy show on the BBC World Service. She discusses the story behind the show, the legacy of Copernicus and this month’s total solar eclipse over the US.
2017-Jul-21 • 67 minutes
Radio Astronomy: Bluedot Festival 2017 Special
Recorded live at Jodrell Bank Observatory, we bring you interviews with six of the speakers at 2017’s Bluedot Festival. In this episode: Antarctic meteorite hunting, a new CERN particle, Voyager’s legacy, the latest on ESA’s BepiColombo mission to Mercury
2016-Dec-23 • 30 minutes
Episode 6: The 2016 retrospective
This month: Fresh insights from the Beagle 2 Mars lander, a special end-of-year News Bingo, and how you can get to know the constellation of Orion a bit better.
2016-Nov-08 • 45 minutes
Episode 5: So long, Schiaparelli
This month: The unlucky end for ExoMars lander Schiaparelli, Chinese space station ambitions, and why this month’s full Moon is a special one.
2016-Sep-26 • 49 minutes
Episode 4: Farewell Rosetta
This month: Rosetta’s mission end and newly-discovered exoplanet Proxima Centauri b. The Sky at Night’s Pete Lawrence looks at lunar occultations and Ezzy hears from Cardiff University’s Dr Annabel Cartwright about whether life may have begun on Venus.
2016-Aug-09 • 37 minutes
Radio Astronomy, Episode 3: Juno at Jupiter
This month: The latest on the new mission to Jupiter, tips for observing the famous Perseid meteor shower, and how research in Antarctica could take us to Mars
2016-Jul-08 • 39 minutes
Episode 2: Einstein’s Vindication
This month: The magic of the Moon illusion, how astronomy has changed the world we live in, and the second detection of gravitational waves
2016-Jun-10 • 41 minutes
Episode 1: Astronaut Driving lessons
This month: Tim Peake tries his hand at driving a rover from the ISS, comedian Ben Miller on aliens and an unfortunate weasel at CERN