Podcast Extra: The State of US & European Science Education

In this podcast extra Paul & Ralph went off topic from astronomy to discuss the health (or otherwise) of science in the US and Europe.

Via a circuitous route, they take a look at research outputs, educational outreach and perceptions of science, and finish off with a game of Top Trumps in which you don’t want to playing against an opponent who holds the Newton card.

Podcast Extra: SpaceX v Skylon




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The full length discussion between Ralph & Paul about the merits of rockets against spaceplanes – the risks, costs and current availability of technology.

With Elon Musk’s SpaceX committed to landing expendable rocket parts and Reaction Engines’ Sabre Rocket being backed by ESA and the UK Space Agency, is the future of spaceflight along NASA’s disposable rocketry lines, SpaceX’s resusable rockets or Skylon spaceplanes?

Awesome Astronomy – 2014 End of Year Show




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This pantomime episode contains some mild bad language and puerile humour

Join us for a round up of our favourite stories & events from 2014 and discuss the most exciting space missions and astronomy events in 2015.

For this festive season we welcome you back to our secretive Cydonia bunker – the scene of each Earth invasion attempt – as we pull a few crackers over Christmas dinner and inflict some pain on the Earthling slaves.

Naturally, no end of year Awesome Astronomy show would be complete without the habitual gaffes and outtakes from 2014.

So, happy holiday season, thank you for downloading as listening to us in 2014 and we look forward to spending 2015 with you too.

Ralph. Paul, Damien & John

Podcast Extra: Astrocamp Autumn 2014




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A podcast extra episode to get you in the mood for the biannual dark sky weekend run by the podcast crew. We have BBC’s The Sky at Night’s Chris North joining us again to give a talk on the Herschel Space Observatory and Cardiff Uni’s Jeni Millard explaining galaxies and dark matter. And of course, 3 nights of enjoying the wonders of truly dark skies.

If you’re not coming to AstroCamp in April 2014, there’s still a sky guide in this episode to give you stargazing inspiration wherever you are.

Podcast Extra: AstroCamp Spring 2014




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A podcast extra episode to get you in the mood for the biannual dark sky weekend run by the podcast crew. We have the BBC’s Sky at Night team joining us again to show off the wonders of truly dark skies.

If you’re not coming to AstroCamp in April 2014, there’s still a sky guide in this episode to give you stargazing inspiration wherever you are.

2013 End of Year Special




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This pantomime of an episode contains some mild bad language and puerile humour.

Join us for a round up of the best astronomy news from 2013, a look forward to the highlights in 2014 and a glimpse inside the normally secretive Cydonia Base at Christmas time.

Naturally, no end of year Awesome Astronomy show would be complete without the habitual gaffes and outtakes.

Happy Holidays, thank you for downloading and listening to us in 2013 and best wishes for 2014.