Astronomy Podcasts

Astronomy has a lot to teach us. Learning astronomy gives us insights into our daily lives. The night sky is full of wonders, mysteries and beauty that can help transform us.

Ep #1: 20 Years of SOHO

25th Jan, 2016 by Tony Darnell

In this inaugural episode, Dr. Carol Christian and Tony Darnell discuss the 20th anniversary of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) and it's impact on operating space telescopes from a large distance from Earth. We also provide an update o

Ep #20: NASA's Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt

11th Jul, 2016 by Tony Darnell

NASA's Dawn mission just completed its science phase on June 30th, 2016. It is the only spacecraft to have orbited two different bodies in our solar system: the minor planet Ceres and the asteroid Vesta. What have we learned about these bodies?

Ep #22: Space Telescopes and the Dangers of EMP's

25th Jul, 2016 by Tony Darnell

Have you ever wondered how scientists and engineers work to protect our space telescopes from the harmful environment of space? What about EMP's? What threats to they pose and what are the biggest factors concerning the safety of our space telescopes

Ep #25: The Cassini Mission: 19 Years of Exploring the Planet Saturn

15th Aug, 2016 by Tony Darnell

After 19 years, the Cassini Mission is still unlocking secrets to the ringed-planet and its moons.

Ep #26: The OSIRIS-REx Mission to the Asteroid Bennu

22nd Aug, 2016 by Tony Darnell

On September 8, 2016, NASA is launching its first mission to an asteroid, where it will not only study it in detail, but collect a sample to return to Earth.

Ep #27: Tracking Wildfires from Space

5th Sep, 2016 by Tony Darnell

Satellites are critical for tracking fire locations, extent and progression. Many Earth looking satellites are in the fleet to support this effort, and in particular NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite

Ep #28: News Roundup - Sept 2016

12th Sep, 2016 by Tony Darnell

Welcome to our first news roundup. The topics for today: SpaceX Explosion; The latest on Juno at Jupiter; ESA's Philae lander found on Comet 67P; 35 years of Voyager I and II Probes

Ep #29: Comet Breakups

19th Sep, 2016 by Tony Darnell

Have you ever wondered what caused a comet to break into pieces? What are some of the more famous examples? What Space Telescopes observe them?