By Chris Stewart & Emily Brunsden
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Join astronomer Emily and enthusiastic science nerd Chris as they explore the universe.
||Clean27: Up A Mountain In NZ||Emily is up a mountain in New Zealand being a real-life astronomer.||25 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: How To Build A Solar System||Eight planets orbit peacefully around a bright yellow Sun. It wasn't always this tranquil — the early solar system was a rough, violent place.||19 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: Picture The Sky||Astronomers may love data, but it's the pictures that grab most people — fabulous, brightly-coloured photos of planets, galaxies and nebulae.||10 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: Black Holes Feeding On Colliding Galaxies||When galaxies collide, their black holes can merge too — that’s a pretty extreme event! Studying how fast these mergers take place is changing astronomers’ models of galaxy formation and evolution.||22 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: Syzygy Live! from YorNight 2018||A very special live episode from YorNight 2018, a celebration of research at the University of York. Emily lists her top three exoplanets, and Chris sings the Exoplanet Song.||19 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: How To Measure The Universe||How do astronomers measure how far it is to the moon, or the next star, or a distant galaxy? Emily gives us her top five rungs on the Cosmic Distance Ladder.||8 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: BepiColombo goes to Mercury||Mercury: closest planet to the Sun; small, uninteresting lump of rock ... or, an enigma, with a strange tidally-locked orbit, a core that's way too big, and a mysterious origin story that astronomers are slowly piecing together.||1 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: Photo of a Black Hole||Astronomers are trying to take a picture of the giant black hole at the centre of the galaxy. They used a global network of telescopes, took literally truck-loads of data, and are methodically working through it all.||25 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: Moons, Exomoons & Moonmoons||The Kepler mission found loads of exoplanets, and now astronomers are digging deeper into the data in the search for exo*moons* around those planets.||18 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: Mysterious Planet 9||We're back from our summer hiatus with an appropriately Hallowe'eny story about a goblin. Or rather, The Goblin, a tiny lump of rock far out in the Solar System that might just point to the existence of the long-sought, mysterious Planet 9 ...||11 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Quantum Conspiracy Theory||Summer holidays are over, though Emily is still running around overseas enjoying the astronomer lifestyle. So Chris shares a story that ticked him this week, about a bunch of physicists and astronomers who showed that if quantum theory is just a cosmic||28 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Einstein at the Heart of the Galaxy||A super-massive black hole shows Einstein was right. Again. Was there ever really any doubt?!||9 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: A Salty Lake on Mars||"We found water on Mars!" — "What ... again?!"||2 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Total Eclipse of the Moon||This Friday, around 9pm UK time, get yourself outside and facing to the East to watch the longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century!||26 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Neutrino Messenger from a Distant Blazar||Can you do astronomy with a single particle? You betcha.||19 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: The Light Fantastic||So, what *is* this light stuff, exactly?||5 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Black Hole Eats Star, Then Burps||Black holes — what else do you need to know?||28 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: So you want to be an astronomer?||I mean ... who *wouldn't* want to be an astronomer?||22 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 09: Life on Mars?||NASA has found life on Mars! OK, no they haven't ... but they haven't *not* found evidence of life. Which is almost as good!||14 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 08: The Frozen Dunes of Pluto||It may have been demoted to Dwarf Planet status in 2006, but Pluto is still a pretty fascinating place!||7 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 07 (supplemental): Octopuses from Space!||Apparently, octopuses are from space. Honest.||31 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 07: Plumes of Ice on Europa||Astronomers find evidence for water on one of Jupiter's moons, lying around in an old filing cabinet. OK not quite but close!||25 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 06: Galaxy Pile Up Causes Cosmic Chaos!||Astronomers have spotted a cluster of 14 galaxies far, far away, so piled up on top of each other, and so soon after the Big Bang, that they’re forcing the theorists to check back over their models and simulations of how the universe evolved. It’s an episode chock-full of big things, from galaxies, to clusters of galaxies, to superclusters, to filaments of superclusters … It’s all a bit overwhelming really.||20 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 05: Diamonds from Space!||Back in 2008 a large chunk of rock hurtled into the Earth’s atmosphere. Most of it burned up on the way down, but some fragments of the meteorite landed in the deserts of Sudan. When scientists open up those fragments and examined them under a microscope, they found something very interesting: tiny, tiny, diamonds. Nanodiamonds! Ten years later, in April 2018, planetary scientists published a paper in Nature arguing that the structure of those nanodiamond crystals could only have come from one place: deep inside a planet — a planet that no longer exists in our Solar System. Tiny diamonds from space? Planetary destruction? Chris and Emily are totally up for that.||4 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 04: The Music Of The Stars||TESS made it! The little satellite with the big heart is now in space, gradually getting into its final orbit to start gathering data. And Emily is excited, because alongside all the exoplanet data TESS will be taking, it's going to collect all sorts of information about her favourite topic: Wobbling Stars. Or as she would prefer to call it, Asteroseismology.||27 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 03: Holding Our Breath For TESS!||TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is expected to launch ... any day now.||19 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 02: Dark Matter Is Out There, Even When It's Not||A galaxy with no dark matter freaks out the astronomical community. Emily and Chris investigate.||12 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 01: Planets, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away||Planets close to home, planets around other stars, planets even in other galaxies!||5 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 00: A Syzygy Sneak Peek||A little taste of what's to come.||3 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Love these podcasts - informative and fun! Chris and Emily work well together making the podcasts really engaging
Excellent, understandable science podcast.
After hearing a talk by Dr Emily Brunsden and the mention of this podcast series I've now listened to all the episodes to date (latest Episode 08) and I have to say that the alignment of Chris Stewart with Emily is what makes this wonderful. Chris teases out a simple explanation from Emily that is understandable to non-scientists like me, but manages to keep immense detail in to explain in depth the subject of the podcast. A great gift, that I hope keeps on giving.
Five stars from me. Thank you to you both.
Best half an hour of the week.
Simple, informative and a pleasure to listen to. What more can you want.