July 10th: Awesome Astronomy’s July Edition

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Podcaster: Ralph & Paul

Title : Awesome Astronomy’s July Edition

Organization: Awesome Astronomy

Link : www.awesomeastronomy.com

Description: Awesome Astronomy July discussion and review

Bio: Awesome Astronomy is the show for anyone and everyone who has even the slightest interest in astronomy and science.

Join Ralph & Paul at the beginning of each month, for an informative and fun astronomy programme telling you what to look out (and up) for every month. You can be guaranteed a passion for astronomy, simple explanations of complex and fundamental topics, space and science news, absorbing interviews with people that make the astronomy news and listeners’ astronomy questions answered.

As both presenters have been accused of being a little skeptical in the past, you can also expect everything to be frivolous but fact-based, with an emphasis on highlighting the wonderful science that reveals ever more about our complex and exciting universe.

Today’s sponsor: This episode of “365 Days of Astronomy” is sponsored by — no one. We still need sponsors for many days in 2014, so please consider sponsoring a day or two. Just click on the “Donate” button on the lower left side of this webpage, or contact us at signup@365daysofastronomy.org.

Transcript:

The Discussion: Looking back over Sirius Astronomy outreach events in June, a bit of a rant over peer-review and science by press conference and pathetic attempts to get awarded a Nobel Prize or two.

The News: In the news we have the modelling of Pluto’s moon Charon ahead of the flyby of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft next year, aerobraking an orbiter through Venus’ upper atmosphere and radio imaging a Near Earth Asteroid.

The 5 Minute Concept: In the 5 Minute Concept, we explain how comets are far from the traditional portents of doom and may well be the harbingers of life.

The Interview: This month we begin a regular series of interviews with Dr Joe Liske about each of the key facilities in the European Southern Observatory’s arsenal, starting with the 3.6 meter telescope.

Q&A: Listeners’ questions via email, Facebook & Twitter take us on a journey into the astronomy issues that have always plagued our understanding or stretched our credulity. This month Ralph & Paul answer:

  • Hey you mad martians, I have a question for the podcast. When we look at other galaxies we can clearly see the glowing bulge at their centres. Why is it when we look up at the milky way we don’t see one. Thanks for all your efforts? Lee Garner from Norwich, UK via Facebook
  • Should the BICEP2 team have made their announcement pre-peer review? Mark Cullen (@Mokwepa) from the Buckinghamshire, UK via Twitter

And we finish with a competition to win one of two DVD copies of the new film Gagarin – First in Space

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