The Urban Astronomer Podcast

The Urban Astronomer Podcast


Latest Episodes

Southern skies and Northern skies
July 09, 2020

It's another Science Explainy Bit episode, and today we answer a question asked by another podcaster while interviewing us for their show. The host wanted to know how the view of southern skies compares to that of the northern hemisphere.

Interview with Carol Botha
June 24, 2020

The Urban Astronomer interviews noted South African amateur astronomer Carol Botha about her science outreach work. Carol has become quite well known on Slooh, the robotic telescope and astronomy service which I know quite well because I've provided a ...

What’s the deal with Leap Years?
June 09, 2020

Today's episode is the first Science Explainy Bit of the season, and it's another basic, classic topic: Leap Years. As a reminder, I love looking at the questions that seem simple because we think of them as the sorts of things that children ask their ...

Interview with Dr Tony Lelliott
May 25, 2020

At long last, the third season of the Urban Astronomer Podcast has kicked off! We thought the last season went so well that we've decided to keep things much as they are, with perhaps the occasional news segment added in whenever something interesting ...

Season 3 launching next week
May 18, 2020

This is just a short note to let you know that we're still here, and that the new season launches next week! Long-time listeners have been waiting for this since February, but I don't think there's anybody left on Earth who couldn't guess which world-c...

Season Three coming soon…
February 25, 2020

Since our last episode aired, in early December last year, I've had people ask me when the third season will begin. Well the good news is: Soon! Guests have been booked, interviews will be recorded over the next few weeks, and science explainy bits...

Star colours and what space is like
December 05, 2019

The Urban Astronomer Podcast's season 2 finale examines the colours of stars, and ponders what it's actually like out in space

Interview with Nicole Thomas
November 19, 2019

In this episode, we interview Nicole Thomas, a PhD student at the University of the Western Cape with an interest in the evolution of galaxies, and the super-massive black holes that lie within. We recorded this conversation only a week ago,

Guns in Space and Why Venus is so Hot
November 06, 2019

Episode 10 of Season Two answers listener questions: What happens when a spaceship shoots its gun in space, and why is Venus so hot?

Interview with Dr Tana Joseph
October 22, 2019

This is episode 9 of the 2nd season of the Urban Astronomer Podcast, featuring an interview with Dr Tana Joseph.  It's been an interesting two weeks since the last episode - I've settled further into my new home and adjusted from rural to suburban life...