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 #2: NASA Approves WFIRST

8th Feb, 2016 by Tony Darnell

This week, Carol and Tony discuss how astronomers decide which space telescopes they'd like to see built next; on Jan 4th, NASA gave the go-ahead for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) and all 18 primary mirror segments are now on!

Ep #3: Juno Goes to Jupiter

15th Feb, 2016 by Tony Darnell

NASA's Juno mission is on its way to Jupiter to learn what lies beneath the jovian atmosphere. Carol and Tony also discuss NASA's Space Launch System - the premier launch system for the manned space program, including Orion.

Ep #4: LISA Pathfinder Gets Science Ready

22nd Feb, 2016 by Tony Darnell

The LISA Pathfinder Mission arrives at L1 and begins releasing the test cubes to prepare for testing the technology for a possible upcoming space-based gravitational wave observatory.

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 21: All About Exoplanets

18th Jul, 2016 by Tony Darnell

What are exoplanets? How do we find them? How many are there in our galaxy and what does this mean for finding life elsewhere?

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 24: The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission

8th Aug, 2016 by Tony Darnell

Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) is an international satellite mission to provide next-generation observations of rain and snow worldwide every three hours.