Aug 8th: Awesome Astronomy August 2018

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Podcaster: Ralph & Paul 

Title : Awesome Astronomy’s August Sky Guide

Organization: Awesome Astronomy

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Description: The Discussion: Jeni cares so little for our listeners that she didn’t even bother to show up this month (except for the interview section) and with no discipline Paul’s defacing valuable space artefacts and the emails to the show take a plunge south.

The News: The news section gets a revamp with a quick round up of the space exploration and astronomy news, covering:

  • The United Kingdom’s new spaceports
  • Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission to return asteroid samples
  • New optics on the Very Large Telescope
  • 10 more moons discovered on Jupiter and volcanoes on Io
  • The latest data from ESA’s Planck mission
  • A rare extra solar neutrino discovery

The Interview: Jeni talks to Josh Borrow from Durham University’s Institute of Computational Cosmology about their simulation of the universe on supercomputers and how you can make and control your own universe at

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 take a look at the eventual fate of the dying star Betelgeuse:

When Betelgeuse goes kabloom, what’s the best estimate of what will be left, neutron star, pulsar, magnetar or black hole? From Martin Bradshaw in Accrington UK,

Immerse yourself in the web of life under a symphony of starlight in Costa Rica with Paul Sutter and Fraser Cain. Check it out at:

Bio: A podcast beamed direct from an underground bunker on Mars to promote science, space and astronomy (and enslave Earth if all goes well).

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