008 - Weird little galaxyThe Skyentists add
In this episode "The Skyentists", astronomers Kirsten Banks and Ángel López-Sánchez, talk again about galaxies and discuss the mysterious component in all of them: the dark matter. In all galaxies for sure? Very recently it has been announced that a little, faint, fuzzy, low-luminous dwarf galaxy named as NGC1052-DF2 doesn't have any dark matter! Our Skyentists talk about these news and explore what might be happening in this intriguing object. For our "What's Up!" segment we discovered that M 83 is not only a very famous nearby spiral galaxy but something else...
007 - All about JupiterThe Skyentists add
The planets are coming! That's right, during the next months Jupiter, Mars and Saturn will be the "stars" of the night sky. But in this episode our Skyentists Ángel López-Sánchez and Kirsten Bank talk just about Jupiter: its breathtaking view through small telescopes, its shrinking Great Red Spot and its very dynamical atmosphere. They also discuss some of the new amazing discoveries that the spacecraft Juno is getting there, including a new understanding of the structure of the giant planet and the very intriguing storm systems in its poles. Following our poll in Twitter, this episode also has plenty of feedback (thanks!), providing interesting insights about the original classification of galaxies by Edwin Hubble and the meaning of "early type" and "late type" galaxies. Ah, yes, remember: the planets are coming!
006 - She, AstronomerThe Skyentists add
In this episode we find a very busy Kirsten, who has been abducted by Twitter, and a still sleepy Ángel, just back from his busy observing nights at the Anglo-Australian Telescope. But they are starting a journey to talk about the amazing contributions to astronomy, science and culture that many women have done in the past. Many of these women have been forgotten for centuries, but luckily we're recovering their names and their works now: Enheduanna, Aglaonice of Thessaly, Maria Kirch, Caroline Herschel, Annie Cannon and Cecilia Payne. Kirsten and Ángel also emphasize the great scientific work that the "Harvard Computers", a very talented group of women, performed a century ago. Their contributions were key to the big astronomy discoveries in the 20th Century. For the "What's Up!" segment they recommend to try to photograph the Horsehead Nebula, discovered in 1888 by Scottish astronomer Williamina Fleming. A bit of feedback today, but they are still waiting for your astro-questions!
005 - Trillions of galaxiesThe Skyentists add
The number of galaxies out there? Yep, something around that figure... trillion of galaxies! A very sleepy and astro-jet lagged astrophysicist Ángel López-Sánchez and young but very wise astronomer Kirsten Bank jump into the realm of galaxies! They define their basic properties and classification and discuss the names given in the famous "Hubble Tuning Fork". The "What's Up!" section is dedicated to our all-time favourite nearby dwarf galaxy: the Large Magellanic Cloud. And they also talk about supernova explosions, those coming from the death of massive stars: SN 1987A and SN2016gkg. The latest supernova was discovered by an amateur astronomer, who saw in real time how the light of the supernova appeared in the images he was taking with his new camera. No feedback today (did we say Ángel was very sleepy?) but more to come soon!
004 - Double Sonic BoomThe Skyentists add
In this episode "The Skyentists", astronomers Kirsten Banks and Ángel López-Sánchez, provide their thoughts about the successful first launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket by Space X and the brilliant? idea of Elon Musk of sending a Tesla Roadster car to Mars... because that is exactly what happened... or not? For the "What's Up" segment they talk about the beautiful Pleiades stellar cluster, not to be confused by Ursa Minor! And, yeah, they got some feedback! Although that is still not enough so please continue providing your comments about your favorite star cluster, your thoughts about the launch of the Falcon Heavy... or just your astro-questions!
003 - Green OrionThe Skyentists add
Today the "The Skyentists", astronomers Kirsten Banks and Ángel López-Sánchez, describe the famous Orion Nebula in the "What's Up!" section and use it to jump into the basics of how stars are born in galaxies... But first they provide some feedback about the infamous "Super Blue Blood Moon"... that is, last week's lunar eclipse. The impression is that many people around the world were confused about what was really happening because of the hype given by the media. They also answer the question of naming the stars of the Southern Cross but also request your feedback, including answering the question "what is your favorite star cluster?".
002 - Blueberry MoonThe Skyentists add
In this second and extra-long (51 minutes) episode of "The Skyentists", astronomers Ángel López-Sánchez and Kirsten Banks discuss all around naming moons: Supermoon, Red Moon, Blue Moon, Harvest Moon, Micromoon, Black Moon and many more... even inventing a new kind of moon! The excuse for doing this: the "Super Blue Red Moon" happening the night of the 31st January to the 1st of February 2018. They also introduce the "What's Up!" section describing the Southern Cross and inviting listeners to provide the names of the 5 brightest stars in the constellation. And just a warning: this episode also contains an interesting musical surprise!
001 - Pilot - Intro and black holesThe Skyentists add
"The Skyentists" are astronomers Ángel López-Sánchez and Kirsten Banks, who are crazy enough to try to start a new Astronomy podcast reaching millions of listeners. In the first episode of this "nerd out" experiment, Kirsten and Ángel introduce themselves before jumping into black holes... all without any kind of script!