Urban Astronomer https://www.urban-astronomer.com Making sense of the universe one page at a time Mon, 13 May 2019 20:12:48 +0000 en-ZA hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1 http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/constellationonline.net/media/UrbanAstronomer/cropped-uastronomersquare-32x32.png Urban Astronomer https://www.urban-astronomer.com 32 32 The Urban Astronomer podcast is the audio version of the popular Urban Astronomer website, which has been sharing news and information about space science and astronomy since the year 2009. The website has undergone several facelifts, and changes in editorial style and focus over the years, but it's always stayed true to its principles of honest science presented simply, without oversimplifying.<br /> While Urban Astronomer is not the largest or most popular astronomy website on the internet, we've managed to retain a small, loyal following who have stuck with us through both good times (Allen won a special commendation in a science journalism award ceremony), and bad (when output slowed to about one new posting per month, thanks to increased family and work pressure). <br /> This podcast is the next chapter in the Urban Astornomer story, and features News, Science, Interviews, and the occasional rant on the role and perception of science and astronomy in the modern world.<br /> We at Urban Astonomer expect to become one of South Africa's leading science and astronomy podcasts within the year. If we think we deserve that position, you can help us by simply listening the the episodes, and sharing them with your friends. And if we don't meet your standard, we're definitely open to criticism.<br /> <br /> Thanks for listening! Urban Astronomer clean episodic Urban Astronomer podcast@urban-astronomer.com podcast@urban-astronomer.com (Urban Astronomer) Allen Versfeld and Constellation Online Media. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ Because you don't have to live in the country to appreciate the universe Urban Astronomer http://www.urban-astronomer.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/UrbanAstronomerPodcastLogo_web.jpg https://www.urban-astronomer.com podcast@urban-astronomer.com TV-PG South Africa Twice monthly Support the podcast 110638654 Carnival of Space #611 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/news-and-updates/carnival-of-space-611/ https://www.urban-astronomer.com/news-and-updates/carnival-of-space-611/#respond Mon, 13 May 2019 20:12:48 +0000 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/?p=9619 Hey everybody, welcome to the 611th Carnival of Space! As usual, the administrators have chosen a selection of the best space science and astronomy articles written in the past week, and sent them to me to share with you. We have quite a few submitters this week, so strap yourselves in and scroll down: Universe Today Climate Change Q & A with Bear Grylls Starlink’s Satellites Will be Orbiting at a Much Lower Altitude, Reducing the Risks of Space Junk Continue reading →

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Carnival of Space #607 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/news-and-updates/carnival-of-space-607/ https://www.urban-astronomer.com/news-and-updates/carnival-of-space-607/#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2019 04:39:17 +0000 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/?p=9613 Welcome to the Carnival of Space! If you’re new to the carnival, then you’ve just stumbled upon the best place to find the latest and greatest space science and astronomy news. Every week, writers around the Internet select a new host, and send in their articles. If you would like your writing to be featured, or if you would like to be a host, send  a mail to susie@schcrew.space Universe Today Hayabusa2 Fires an Anti-Tank Warhead at Asteroid Ryugu   Continue reading →

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Robert Ormerod at ScopeX 2018 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/podcast/robert-ormerod-at-scopex-2018/ https://www.urban-astronomer.com/podcast/robert-ormerod-at-scopex-2018/#comments Sun, 14 Apr 2019 10:20:55 +0000 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/?p=9607 Hey everyone, welcome to the 42nd Episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast, the second episode of 2019, and the final episode of our first season! Today we listen to Robert Ormerod, speaking about his first experience photographing the Northern Lights. I should have released this episode two months ago, but after my father’s sudden death, I decided I’d rather spend the time with my mother and brothers, remembering him, mourning, and healing. There’s still a long way to go before Continue reading →

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https://www.urban-astronomer.com/podcast/robert-ormerod-at-scopex-2018/feed/ 2 Last episode of first season, featuring the final public lecture presented at ScopeX 2018. Urban Astronomer Podcast, the second episode of 2019, and the final episode of our first season! Today we listen to Robert Ormerod, speaking about his first experience photographing the Northern Lights.

I should have released this episode two months ago, but after my father's sudden death, I decided I'd rather spend the time with my mother and brothers, remembering him, mourning, and healing. There's still a long way to go before we're all back to normal, but I've decided that I'd like to get back into the saddle and resume podcasting.
Robert Ormerod
This episode features the final public lecture in the ScopeX 2018 series, which was presented by Robert Ormerod. Robert is a documentary photographer from Scotland and featured ScopeX in an article he published recently in National Geographic. It shares his interest in amateur astronomers, telescope makers, and other people who spend their time looking beyond Earth. But in this talk, he shares his experiences visiting Iceland to photograph the Northern Lights.
Future of the Podcast
With recent events, I've decided to change how we structure this show. Up until now, we just released episodes as and when they were produced. I like the informal nature of this arrangement, but it does mean that sometimes entire months pass between episodes. That's not fair on loyal listeners and supporters, and it's bad for me since it chases away listeners.

This last episode has been the worst for that, with a gap of almost three months. That won't do. After some discussions with professional media folk and members of the local podcasting community, I've decided to introduce seasons. This 42nd episode is now officially the final of an extended super-season. It will be followed by another pause (planned, this time!). Over the next few weeks, I'll be inviting guests and recording interviews, and once I have a solid idea of what's coming, I'll release a short preview to let you know exactly what to expect.

So in closing, thank you for your patience, and I'm shaking things about so that it will all have been worth the wait. Until next episode then, thanks for listening!]]>
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Carnival of Space #603 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/news-and-updates/carnival-of-space-603/ https://www.urban-astronomer.com/news-and-updates/carnival-of-space-603/#comments Mon, 18 Mar 2019 05:36:40 +0000 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/?p=9595 Welcome to the 603rd Carnival of Space, your bite-sized collection of the past week’s space and astronomy news. Every week, science writers around the Internet choose a new home for the Carnival and send in their most recent work. If you’d like to find the latest Carnival, but don’t know who is hosting it, head over to the official index at Universe Today. This week has been a quiet one, with only a few submissions, and you’ll find them all Continue reading →

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Carnival of Space #599 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/news-and-updates/carnival-space-599/ https://www.urban-astronomer.com/news-and-updates/carnival-space-599/#respond Sun, 17 Feb 2019 11:17:42 +0000 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/?p=9575 Welcome to episode 599 of the Carnival of Space, hosted here at the home of the Urban Astronomer Podcast. Every week, the carnival chooses a new website to host a collection of space science and astronomy articles. And every week, a quick visit to the carnival will bring you up to date. Podcast listeners should prepare themselves after reading these updates: Not only will we soon be publishing the last of the ScopeX lectures, we’ll also be recording a special Continue reading →

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Carnival of Space #596 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/news-and-updates/carnival-of-space-596/ https://www.urban-astronomer.com/news-and-updates/carnival-of-space-596/#respond Tue, 29 Jan 2019 20:49:25 +0000 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/?p=9567 Welcome to the 596th Carnival of Space, where the best space science and astronomy articles gather round for your education and entertainment.  Come one, come all and find out what’s been happening off-world over the course of the past week! This week we have three submitters, with seven articles between them. Scroll down to click through into them: Universe Today Steam-Powered Spacecraft Could Explore the Asteroid Belt Forever, Refueling Itself in Space Geothermal Heating Could Make Life Possible on the Continue reading →

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Podcast #41: Angus Burns at ScopeX 2018 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/podcast/podcast-41-angus-burns-at-scopex-2018/ https://www.urban-astronomer.com/podcast/podcast-41-angus-burns-at-scopex-2018/#respond Wed, 23 Jan 2019 14:18:56 +0000 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/?p=9560 Welcome to the 41st episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast, and the 1st episode of 2019! We are almost done with the ScopeX lecture series, in which we play back talks recorded at ScopeX 2018. This episode we hear Angus Burns speaking about Astrophotography in the Urban Context . Next week’s episode will close off the series, with the keynote talk delivered by Robert Ormerod, talking about photographing the aurora borealis. Robert used his time at ScopeX to capture images Continue reading →

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https://www.urban-astronomer.com/podcast/podcast-41-angus-burns-at-scopex-2018/feed/ 0 Welcome to the 41st episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast, and the 1st episode of 2019! We are almost done with the ScopeX lecture series, in which we play back talks recorded at ScopeX 2018. This episode we hear Angus Burns speaking about Astrophoto... Urban Astronomer Podcast, and the 1st episode of 2019! We are almost done with the ScopeX lecture series, in which we play back talks recorded at ScopeX 2018. This episode we hear Angus Burns speaking about Astrophotography in the Urban Context .

Next week's episode will close off the series, with the keynote talk delivered by Robert Ormerod, talking about photographing the aurora borealis. Robert used his time at ScopeX to capture images for one of his own photographic projects, which National Geographic published here.]]>
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Carnival of Space #592-593 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/news-and-updates/carnival-of-space-592-593/ https://www.urban-astronomer.com/news-and-updates/carnival-of-space-592-593/#respond Sun, 30 Dec 2018 12:59:20 +0000 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/?p=9553 Merry Christmas, happy new year, season’s greetings, happy holidays, and whatever other greetings are appropriate for you! It’s time for a Carnival of Space double feature, combining submissions made for the 592nd and 593rd carnivals in one big bumper pack! And once you’ve read the articles, submitted by leading space science and astronomy bloggers and publications, why not listen to my own solstice special episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast, featuring Clem Unger and myself?  I hope you’ll enjoy it Continue reading →

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Podcast #40: Christmas Special with Clem Unger https://www.urban-astronomer.com/podcast/podcast-40-christmas-special-with-clem-unger/ https://www.urban-astronomer.com/podcast/podcast-40-christmas-special-with-clem-unger/#respond Fri, 21 Dec 2018 20:18:44 +0000 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/?p=9547 Hey everybody, welcome to this December solstice edition of the Urban Astronomer Podcast starring Clem Unger and myself! It’s only a few days till Christmas, so we hope you all have a wonderful festive season and a joyful new year. It’s generally agreed that 2018 was a bit of a bust, but in just over a week we get to start over and see if we can have a better run of it this time around. In this episode: Sky Continue reading →

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https://www.urban-astronomer.com/podcast/podcast-40-christmas-special-with-clem-unger/feed/ 0 Hey everybody, welcome to this December solstice edition of the Urban Astronomer Podcast starring Clem Unger and myself! It's only a few days till Christmas, so we hope you all have a wonderful festive season and a joyful new year. Urban Astronomer Podcast starring Clem Unger and myself! It's only a few days till Christmas, so we hope you all have a wonderful festive season and a joyful new year. It's generally agreed that 2018 was a bit of a bust, but in just over a week we get to start over and see if we can have a better run of it this time around.
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Sky Guide: What's happening in the sky that's worth looking for between now and the March Equinox.

The Star of Bethlehem: Since it's Christmas time, let's have another crack at solving this old chestnut.

A very full Mission Update section, because there are so many active missions right now!

Previous guest Neville Young is offering his book at a discounted rate - place your order here!

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Podcast #39: Clyde Foster at ScopeX 2018 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/podcast/podcast-39-clyde-foster-at-scopex-2018/ https://www.urban-astronomer.com/podcast/podcast-39-clyde-foster-at-scopex-2018/#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:24:58 +0000 https://www.urban-astronomer.com/?p=9544 This is the 39th episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast. This episode is the fourth in the ScopeX 2018 Public Lecture series, featuring a talk by Clyde Foster, and a mission update by Clem Unger.

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