StarStuff with Stuart Gary
By ABC Science
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Hosted by Stuart Gary, StarStuff takes us on a weekly journey across the universe to see the death of stars and the birth of new worlds. StarStuff's tour of the cosmos examines those ultimate questions: where do we come from?; and are we alone? From Einstein's relativity theory to quantum mechanics, StarStuff reports on the latest news and discoveries in science, with a special focus on astronomy, space sciences and cosmology.
||CleanCeres bright spot mystery solved||FINAL EPISODE: Bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres are giant salt pans. Also; climate change slowing the planet's rotation, and searching for the universe's missing matter.||12/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow the Sun generates solar flares||Astronomers observe for the first time how the Sun acts as a powerful accelerator. Also: The LISA Pathfinder launches on its mission to test Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, and discovery of another possible dwarf planet out beyond Pluto.||12/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlack hole stellar feeding frenzy||A monster black hole rips apart a Sun-like star in a spectacular stellar feeding frenzy. Also; Earth's magnetic field isn't about to flip just yet, and the new model explaining how the Moon got its tilt.||12/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAstronomers see the birth of a planet||Scientists witness for the first time how planets are born and grow. Also; The red planet Mars to get a Saturn-like ring, and 100 years of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity.||11/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhere did Earth's water come from?||New findings explain the origins of Earth's water. Also: possible ice volcanoes discovered on Pluto, and the oldest stars ever seen.||11/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow the Moon was made||Solving the last remaining questions about the birth of Earth's Moon. Also: new images of the most powerful explosion since the Big Bang of creation, and confirmation that the Martian atmosphere was blown away by the Sun.||11/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRosetta's comet raises questions about Earth's origins||Discovery of molecular oxygen on comet 67P leads to questions about where the Earth, Sun and solar system were made. Also; new studies examine the interstellar space around our solar system, and probe magnetic fields inside stars.||11/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZombie star cannibalises planets||White dwarf star caught destroying several planets. Also: New Horizons completes the family portrait of the Pluto system, and a supermassive black hole rips an entire star apart.||10/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMilky Way could make stars for another six billion years||The Milky Way has up to three times more star-forming material than previously thought. Also; sudden dramatic increase in X-ray flares blasting out of supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy, and stunning new views of Enceladus.||10/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBest evidence yet that Mars was warm and wet||Rounded pebbles indicate ancient Mars had running streams and long periods of warm wet climate. Also; Earth's inner core is far younger than previously thought, and stunning new images of blue Earth-like skies on Pluto.||10/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAsteroid and volcanoes combined killed the dinosaurs||The asteroid that slammed into Earth 66 million years ago accelerated volcanic eruptions in India creating a double-whammy disaster that wiped out the dinosaurs. Also; new insights into the dwarf planet Ceres, and neutrino discovery awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.||10/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSigns of water discovered on Mars||Astronomers confirm dark streaks running down cliffs on the Red Planet contain evidence of flowing liquid water. Also; Rosetta's comet 67P consists of two separate comets that merged early in the history of the solar system, and new computer simulations reveal how the brightest galaxies in the universe were formed.||9/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRed dwarfs point to birth of a solar system||Dust discs discovered around two nearby stars challenge existing ideas about how planets form. Also; two supermassive black holes to crash into each other much sooner than previously thought and spectacular new images of Pluto's majestic icy mountains and frozen nitrogen streams.||9/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGlobal ocean discovered on Saturn's moon Enceladus||A global ocean discovered under the frozen surface of Enceladus a new target in the hunt for life beyond Earth, Also; Ceres' bright spots still a mystery, and world's longest continental hotspot chain discovered under Australia.||9/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSurvey to build largest map of dark matter||The biggest survey of dark energy and dark matter ever undertaken about to begin in Australia. Also; a possible alien planet in our solar system, and oops the prime meridian's in the wrong place!||9/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow galaxies change the look of the universe||Galaxy evolution shows a dramatic drop in the ratio of spiral to elliptical galaxies. Also; astronomers find a nearby quasar powered by two supermassive black holes, and red sprites at night prove to be an astronaut's delight.||9/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Jupiter was made||The king of planets may have formed from pebbles. Also; Don't panic! Asteroid won't hit Earth next month, says NASA, and studies narrow down the candidates in the search for dark energy and dark matter.||8/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanColliding galaxies found next door||Astronomers have discovered a spectacular galactic collision hidden on the other side of the Milky Way. Also; smallest planet ever directly seen beyond our solar system, and plans for a space elevator capable of reaching into the stratosphere.||8/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA galaxy in the making||Astronomers believe they've seen the first evidence of galactic birth. Also; the most detailed look yet at when the universe will end, and a new record for the most distant galaxy ever seen.||8/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEarth's magnetic field much older than we thought||Ancient minerals push back the age of Earth's magnetic field by more than 800 million years. Also; first auroras detected beyond our solar system, and Rosetta's Philae lander reveals its comet's secrets.||8/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGlaciers could explain Pluto's young surface||Glaciers on the surface of Pluto could explain the mysterious frozen world's youthful skin. Also: most Earth-like planet ever found orbiting a Sun-like star, and more support for the Standard Model of particle physics.||7/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPluto up close||Icy mountain ranges and vast frozen plains dominate a geologically young surface on Pluto. Also; dead galaxies saved by dark matter, and a new 100-million-dollar effort to try an answer that eternal question: are we alone in the universe?||7/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHello Pluto!||New Horizons becomes the first spacecraft to visit Pluto. Also monster black hole grows surprisingly faster than its ancient galaxy, and physicists at CERN discover a new particle: the 'pentaquark'.||7/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Horizons stays on track for Pluto||Despite a glitch earlier this week, New Horizons is on course for its historic rendezvous with Pluto. Also; mystery circles on Pluto's surface baffle scientists, and new calculations claim an earlier more violent end to the universe.||7/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlien planet in comet's clothing||Astronomers discover a planet that looks like a comet. Also; how magnetic fields could help to form a galaxy's spectacular spiral arms, and Earth hit by two geomagnetic storms in a week.||6/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEarly stars observed in detail||Astronomers observe what could be some of the first stars to form after the Big Bang. Also: evidence for current volcanism on Venus, and new signs of methane from Mars.||6/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Every scientist: biolgoist, chemist, physicist -whatever- should listen to theis podcast to keep up with our brothers and sisters who point their microscopes up instead of down. One piece of advice: PLEASE lower the volume on the musical interludes. Stuart's voice is rather quiet, and I often have to boost the sound in the headphones to hear him. The musical interludes are at least twice as loud and litterally hurt my ears. Since I don't know when the stories are going to end, there is no way to control for this volume difference. Just kill the volume by a few notches. Thanks,.
Terrific, but....the music is horrible.
Great content and delivery, but then the musical interlude.....too loud and irritating and totally out of sync with the mood of the podcast in general. I wound up with this nonsensical tune as an earworm! I have given up on this podcast for a while until they lose the music or change it to something nice like a soft piano. Sorry.
Interesting material, great presentation
I'm very pleased to find this podcast. I have a layman's love of many areas of science, especially astronomy. This podcast presents material from this stunningly complex and beautiful area of science in a clear manner. This is not something to have 'running in the background'; the listener needs to pay attention, and is well rewarded.
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