Welcome to the 27th episode of the Urban Astronomer Podcast! This is a special episode where I break from tradition and try for something completely new: Unscripted content, delivered solo, with just a few notes to guide me! In the first segment, I explain how tides work, and in the second I muse on what makes Flat Earther’s reject established scientific knowledge.
I recently got back from the 2018 Symposium of the South African Astronomical Society, where I plugged this podcast in a talk titled “Modern Media as an Outreach Tool”. It was a fantastic event, where I made new friends in the International astronomy community, caught up with old, and generally mingled and networked while listening to a long series of interesting talks from both amateur and professional astronomers. If you have any interest in South African astronomy, I highly recommend attending the next one. I’ll be sure to announce it here when a date and hosting venue is set. However, all this travel and preparation got in the way with podcast scripting and production, hence he unusual format of this episode!