Dec 8th: Awesome Astronomy’s December Edition

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Podcaster: Ralph, Paul & Jenny

Title : Awesome Astronomy’s December Edition

Organization: Awesome Astronomy

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The Discussion: This month we take a look at the recent supermoon and what it takes to make the moon ‘super’; Jeni goes teaching kids about space and hones her exoplanet hunting skills; while Paul’s been hosting events with British astronaut Tim Peake.

The News: Rounding up the space and astronomy news this month we have:

  • An update on Blue Origin’s spaceflight ambitions
  • More on Schiaparelli and Exomars part 1
  • A NASA Director’s worries about science in a Trump administration
  • An Ocean like the Dead Sea under Pluto’s ice sheets
  • The roundest object in space
  • Could dark energy actually be an emergent property of entropy?
  • The dinosaur-killing asteroid may have turned planet Earth inside out

The Hat of Woo: Delving into the rank and putrid world of conspiracy theories to debunk the nonsense that lies within. This month Paul pulls Project Pegasus out of his fetid hat where a young President Obama was part of a team of juveniles used in the 1980s to teleport to Mars and into the past. No, really!

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 we go back to Tycho Brahe:

  • What is a plain regular (non-super) nova? Doug, @DesRon94, Detroit Michigan

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

Join Ralph, Paul & Jeni for informative and fun astronomy programs telling you what to look out (and up) for every month as well as a main show dedicated to space and astronomy news. You can be guaranteed a passion for astronomy, simple explanations of complex and fundamental topics, space and science discussions, absorbing interviews with astronomers and astronauts who make the news and answers to listeners’ space questions.

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