Episodes
US space industry professional Kellie Gerardi discusses the trials and tribulations of human spaceflight, the prospect of space tourism and the challenges of putting humans on the Moon and Mars.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 01/19/21
2020 has been quite a year, but for many of us the ever-present cosmos has been a source of inspiration and comfort. This episode we look back on the biggest astronomical discoveries of 2020 and reveal our stargazing highlights from the past 12 months.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 12/17/20
What's it like living in zero gravity? What do the stars look like when you’re spacewalking? And how do astronauts’ bodies change in space? We put these questions and many more to former NASA astronaut Terry Virts.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 12/12/20
Astronomer Linda Schweizer discusses the history of California's Palomar Observatory, the subject of her new book Cosmic Odyssey.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 12/09/20
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is travelling farther into the Kuiper Belt. What cosmic relics might it discover, and how is the mission piecing together the history of the Solar System? Plus, we speak to astronomer Apostolos Christou about the discovery of a Moon-like asteroid in the same orbit as Mars.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 11/20/20
Could life exist beyond Earth? This episode biologist Wallace Arthur discusses his new book The Biological Universe and reveals why he believes the cosmos could be teaming with life.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 11/17/20
What is a black hole? How big or small can a black hole be, and what would happen if you were swallowed by one? US astrophysicist Professor Janna Levin discusses the cosmic mystery of black holes.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 11/06/20
November 2020 marks 20 years of continuous occupation of the International Space Station. We speak to former NASA astronaut Jeff Williams about the space station's construction, what it's like working in the Earth-orbiting laboratory, and the future of human spaceflight.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 10/30/20
We're marking 20 years of continuous occupation of the ISS with a look at its past, present and future, its many achievements, and what it's like to live on the floating laboratory. Plus, astronomer and cosmologist Dr Emma Chapman discusses the history of the Universe and the moment the first stars began to shine throughout the cosmos.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 10/22/20
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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 10/09/20
Have you ever wondered what early humans thought as they looked up at the night sky? How did our ancestors interpret the motion of the stars, constellations and planets? How did it develop into the science of astronomy as we know it today? This episode Stuart Clark discusses his new book Beneath The Night, and how stargazing has shaped the development of our species.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 10/02/20
NASA’s Jose Siles discusses ASTHROS, a new mission that will see a 2.5m telescope attached to a helium balloon and sent into the stratosphere, in order to give astronomers a closer look at galactic star formation.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 09/25/20
What are the different types of galaxies, and how have astronomers studied them over the years? Also this episode, we speak to Andrew Griffith MP, co-chair of an all-party parliamentary group seeking to protect the UK's dark skies.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 09/19/20
Could life exist elsewhere in the Solar System? Astronomers have announced the presence of phosphine in the clouds of Venus, which could be evidence of microbial life around the hellish planet. This episode Dr Emily Drabek-Maunder, one of the astronomers behind the discovery, reveals how they did it, and why we need a new mission to explore Venus.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 09/18/20
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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 09/03/20
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 constellation. Could it be about to go supernova?   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 08/13/20
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 satellite.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 08/10/20
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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 07/25/20
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 Aeronautical Society about the Chinese space programme and reveal how to make the most of August's Perseid meteor shower.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 07/16/20
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 affect on life on our planet. This episode we spoke to space weather expert and Cluster mission scientist Dr Mike Hapgood to find out more.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 07/14/20
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 Riley, the DART's programme executive and give you our stargazing tip of the month.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 06/19/20
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 Kate refers to in the interview can be found here: https://esa.int/cheops https://sci.esa.int/cheops https://cosmos.esa.int/cheops https://cheops.unibe.ch/   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 06/10/20
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 history and future of the planet's exploration. Also this month, The Sky at Night's Chris Lintott talks satellite megaconstellations, and how they may prove a threat to our view of the night sky.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out...
Published 05/21/20
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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 05/16/20
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 holes and the expansion of the Universe. This episode we look at how the mission was conceived, how astronauts repaired its faulty mirror, and some of the highlights from 30 years of incredible science. But we also look to the future. NASA...
Published 04/23/20