The Discussion: Space education at science fairs, sweating in space suits, the public attitude towards space exploration while there are so many relevant shows on TV. A correction from a listener and a lesson in Dutch.
The News: Rounding up the astronomy news this month we have:
- A young stellar system showing us moons being formed around exoplanets
- Pinpointing a Fast Radio Burst to understand what it actually is
- An update on the Hubble Constant
- Neptune-like exoplanets
- How do stars merge in a stable manner?
- A planetary nebula formed from a star in that missing 3-8 solar masses.
The main news story discussion: Protest in Hawaii over the Thirty Metre Telescope.
The Sky Guide: Covering the solar system and deep sky objects on offer to amateur astronomers in August:
Paul: A tour of the planets on offer, the Perseid meteor show, peculiar galaxy NGC7727 and globular cluster NGC6760, both in Aquila.
Jen: How to find Neptune and what to look for. The further afield, the Albireo, Epsilon Lyrae and Izar double stars.
Main Object: Caldwell 4, The Iris Nebula
Q&A: Could multiple space telescopes use optical interferometry to cheaply outperform the vast expensive ground-based telescopes?