Sky Guide May 2014




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What to look out, and up, for in May.

We start with the constellation of Hercules in our beginner’s and young observer’s guide.

Next up is the moon and our round up of the craters and interesting lunar features you can explore with a small telescope.

Halley’s Comet brings us the peak of the Eta Aquarids on the night of 5th/6th May while Comet LINEAR has the potential to deliver a meteor storm on the night of 23rd/24th May.

Mars, Saturn & Jupiter feature in the planetary round up for Northern Hemisphere observers this month and we finish off by galaxy hunting around the Virgo Cluster.

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.

#22 – April 2014




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This month we talk National Astronomy Week and have an audio report from the outreach we conducted.

In the news, we have a discussion with Jeni Millard and Sebastian Khan from Cardiff University about the discovery of gravitational waves; we discuss the auroral display that lit up Europe and the ensuing scandals caused by the Daily Mail; we have a possible way of detecting dark matter and a theory that dark matter may have killed the dinosaurs; a new minor planet emerges beyond the orbit of Pluto and a yet another minor planet is found to have its own ring system.

In the 5 Minute Concept, Paul poetically explains the history and science behind that false dawn that plagued observers for centuries, the zodiacal light.

We interview Dr Chris North, Astrophysicist at Cardiff University and presenter of the BBC’s Sky at Night programme, about the detection of gravitational waves and what it means for wider cosmology.

And in Q&A, we answer listeners’ questions on Transient Lunar Phenomena and what happens on the boundary of a black hole.

Sky Guide April 2014




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What to look out, and up, for in April.

We start with the constellation of Ursa Major in our beginner’s and young observer’s guide.

Next up is the moon and our round up of the craters and interesting lunar features you can explore with a small telescope.

Mars, Venus, Saturn & Jupiter feature in the planetary round up for Northern Hemisphere observers this month and we finish off with some suggestions around the constellation Boötes.

#21 – March 2014




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This month we talk science outreach in Wiltshire and have an audio report on the aurora from Iceland

In the news, we have a supernova for amateur observers in a ‘nearby’ galaxy and Europe’s Herschel Observatory finding water plumes on dwarf planet Ceres. China’s Chang’e-3 moon mission finds itself in trouble (in more ways than one!) and the European Space Agency gives the green light to the exoplanet and star characterising PLATO mission.

In the 5 Minute Concept, Paul poetically explains the history and science behind one of astronomy’s greatest ever discoveries, as he unwraps the concept of redshift.

We interview Carole Mundell, Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy at Liverpool John Moore’s University, about the most violent explosions in the universe and promoting equality in science & astronomy.

And in Q&A, we answer listeners’ questions on the likelihood of fatalities from the M82 supernova and why the sun doesn’t just float away.

Sky Guide March 2014

What to look out, and up, for in March.

We start with the constellation of Leo in our beginner’s and young observer’s guide, and end it with a few deep sky challenges for the more advanced amateurs to hunt down.

Next up is the moon and our round up of the craters and interesting lunar features you can explore with a small telescope.

While Jupiter, Mars and Saturn feature in the planetary round up for Northern Hemisphere observers this month.

#20 – February 2014




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This month, our captured Earthling Damien brings us a stargazing report from Pakistan.

News includes a new planet hunting instrument in Chile, a best-yet candidate for a naked-eye visible supernova, the progress of commercial space-flight and public access to space, China’s Chang’e-3 rover’s discoveries and ESA’s Rosetta and Gaia missions.

In his 5 Minute Concept, Paul explains our solar systems ring of icy debris – the Kuiper Belt – and the need for a good publicist!

We have lots of goodies to give away to one listener in our European Southern Observatory competition and Ralph interviews Dr Joe Liske, from ESO, about the world’s biggest telescopes and finding ET in our lifetime.

And in listeners’ Q&A we answer questions about ice on Mercury and the expansion of the universe.

Sky Guide February 2014




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What to look out, and up, for in February 2014.

We start with a new feature the beginner’s – or young observer’s – guide, and a tour of the constellation Orion.

Next up is our round up of the planets available this month to northern hemisphere observers, interesting lunar features and meteor showers.

And we finish off with the best stars and deep sky objects on offer in the constellations Monoceros and Cancer.

#19 – January 2014




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Happy New Year!

The sky guide has Jupiter at its very best, Venus, Saturn & Mars on offer along with the deep sky objects in Orion and Canis Major.

The news has a Comet ISON saga round-up, China’s Chang’e-3 moon lander, Jupiter’s moon Europa spewing water into space & new exoplanet updates.

In the 5MC, Paul explains the mystery and awe of Pulsating Stars – Pulsars.

Ralph interviews astrophysicist & The Sky at Night host, Dr Chris Lintott.

And the Q&A has questions on Martian meteor showers and the difference between open and globular clusters.

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.