This page only lists the most recent astronomy and space exploration podcasts from a variety of sources.

Rosetta's comet dissected in detail

28 Jan 2015 at 12:57am
The first detailed scientific papers paint a complex portrait of comet 67P. Also; a new look at Eta Carinae, and our planet's close encounter with a half-kilometre-wide asteroid. Read more...

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Ep. 364: The COROT Mission

26 Jan 2015 at 12:00am
Before NASA’s Kepler mission searched for exoplanets using the transit method, there was the European COROT mission, launched in 2006. It was sent to search for planets with short orbital periods and find solar oscillations in stars. It was an incredibly productive mission, and the focus of today... Read more...

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Mysterious cosmic burst detected in real-time

21 Jan 2015 at 7:15am
Australian astronomers witness cosmic radio bursts for the first time. Also; new claims of a possible Planet X (and Y) at the edge of the solar system, and missing Beagle 2 lander discovered on the Martian surface. Read more...

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Ep. 363: Where Did Earth's Water Come From?

19 Jan 2015 at 12:00am
Where on Earth did our water come from. Well, obviously not from Earth, of course, but from space. But did it come from comets, or did the water form naturally right here in the Solar System, and the Earth just scooped it up? Read more...

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Comet Lovejoy fireworks bring in the new year

14 Jan 2015 at 5:25am
Comet Lovejoy provides a spectacular start to 2015. Also; the Dawn spacecraft begins final approach to the asteroid Ceres, and New Horizons turns on its science instruments as it prepares to rendezvous with Pluto. Read more...

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Ep. 362: Modern Women: Carolyn Porco

12 Jan 2015 at 12:00am
It hard to think of a more influential modern planetary scientist than Carolyn Porco, the leader of the imaging team for NASA’s Cassini mission exploring Saturn. But before Cassini, Porco was involved in Voyager missions, and she’ll be leading up the imaging team for New Horizons. Read more...

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Meet Your Replacements

5 Jan 2015 at 3:34pm

ENCORE There’s no one like you. At least, not yet. But in some visions of the future, androids can do just about everything, computers will hook directly into your brain, and genetic human-hybrids with exotic traits will be walking the streets. So could humans become an endangered species?

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Ep. 361: Modern Women: Maria Zuber

5 Jan 2015 at 12:00am
Maria Zuber is one of the hardest working scientists in planetary science, being a part of six different space missions to explore the Solar System. Currently, she’s the lead investigator for NASA’s GRAIL mission. Read more...

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Skeptic Check: Got a Sweet Truth?

29 Dec 2014 at 3:37pm

ENCORE  The sweet stuff is getting sour press. Some researchers say sugar is toxic. A new study seems to support that idea: mice fed the human equivalent of an extra three sodas a day become infertile or die. But should cupcakes be regulated like alcohol?

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Ep. 360: Modern Women: Jocelyn Bell Burnell

29 Dec 2014 at 12:00am
Jocelyn Bell Burnell is an Irish astronomer, best known for being part of the team that discovered pulsars, and the following controversy when she was excluded from the Nobel Prize winning team. Read more...

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Science Fiction True

22 Dec 2014 at 3:43pm

Don’t believe everything you see on TV or the movies. Science fiction is just a guide to how our future might unfold. It can be misleading, as anyone who yearns for a flying car can tell you. And yet, sometimes fantasy becomes fact. Think of the prototype cellphones in Star Trek. 

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Rosetta fuels debate on Earth's oceans

17 Dec 2014 at 1:00am
New data shows Earth's oceans came from asteroids not comets. Also; Curiosity confirms Mars was once warm with regular wet seasons, and dark matter could be linked to a hypothetical subatomic particle called the sterile neutrino. Read more...

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Ep. 359: Modern Women: Margaret Geller

15 Dec 2014 at 12:00am
Margaret Geller is best known for her work on the large scale structure of the Universe, helping us understand the large clusters, super clusters and cosmic filaments that matter clumps into. Read more...

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Galactic evolution is in the stars

9 Dec 2014 at 10:13pm
How hot young stars can change the evolution of entire galaxies. Also; the Martian meteorite that's reignited debate about the possibility of life on the red planet, and new mysteries surrounding the Moon's long gone magnetic field. Read more...

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Living Computers

8 Dec 2014 at 3:37pm

It’s the most dramatic technical development of recent times: Teams of people working for decades to produce a slow-motion revolution we call computing. As these devices become increasingly powerful, we recall that a pioneer from the nineteenth century – Ada Lovelace, a mathematician and Lord Byr...

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