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Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion

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The latest astronomy and space news from around the world. PLUS casual interviews with astronomers and other scientists seeking to understand the cosmos. All delivered in an easy-to-understand style with a dash of humor.Named Best Astronomy Podcast in the world by Starlust! https://starlust.org/spac… read more

77 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Stella Kafka AAVSO - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion May 4, 2021

May 4th, 2021

30:26

This week, we talk with Dr. Stella Kafka, CEO and Executive Director of the American Association of Variable Star Observers. We discuss the human quest for knowledge, amateur astronomy, and, of course, variable stars.  

Ohad Harlev - LyteLoop - The Future of Storing Data in Space - The Cosmic Companion April 27, 2021

April 27th, 2021

25:10

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we look at the future of data storage in space, as we talk with Ohad Harlev, CEO of Lyteloop.  

But, first, we examine the case of the missing supernova, an …

Joshua Ravich and Andrew Fazekas - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion April 20, 2021

April 20th, 2021

39:31

Hello, and welcome back to Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion. This week, we have a pair of amazing guests. First, we talk to Joshua Ravich, NASA’s lead mechanical engineer for the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars. We …

Moon Mars Conjunction April 16-17 2021 w/ Andrew Fazekas - National Geographic's Night Sky Guy

April 15th, 2021

4:19

The Moon and Mars conjunction of April 16-17 will give skygazers a chance to see these two objects huddled together in the sky.   

Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic's Night Sky Guy, gives us a look at what's …

Affelia Wibisono and X-rays from Uranus - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion April 13, 2021

April 13th, 2021

21:57

This week, we welcome Affelia Wibisono from University College London to the show, discussing the first discovery of X-rays seen radiating from the …

Yuri's Night with Shuttle Astronaut Dr. Kathryn Sullivan - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion April 6, 2021

April 6th, 2021

14:16

This week, we look forward to Yuri's Night. Monday, April 12th marks the 60th anniversary of the first human space flight, as well as the 40th anniversary of the first flight of the Space Shuttle. We will visit with …

What is 'Oumuamua? Alan Jackson & Steven Desch ASU The Cosmic Companion March 30, 2021

March 30th, 2021

26:02

This week, we have a double interview, talking with astronomer Alan Jackson and astrophysicist Steven Desch. We will talk about their new study of …

Lawrence Krauss - The Physics of Climate Change - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion 3-23-21

March 23rd, 2021

26:21

This week, we welcome renowned physicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss, the author of The Physics of Star Trek, to the show, talking about his new book, The Physics of Climate Change.

But first, we're going to take a look at a …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Interview of Cosmic Queries on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion March 16, 2021

March 16th, 2021

21:20

This week, we are delighted to welcome Neil deGrasse Tyson to the show. We talk about his new book, Cosmic Queries, as well as the nature of …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion - Volcano Planets, Lava, and Space Hurricanes! Mar. 9, 2021

March 9th, 2021

7:04

This week, we learn about the first space hurricane ever spotted. We will also visit two different exoplanets that may strangely look familiar to Star Wars fans. One of these is thought to be a lava world, while the …

Elisabeth Newton and the TOI 451 Planetary System of Exoplanets - The Cosmic Companion March 2, 2021

March 2nd, 2021

26:00

This week, we are joined by Dr. Elisabeth Newton, astronomer at Dartmouth College, who recently discovered three new worlds around the dwarf star TOI …

Exploring Mars - Dr. Fatima Ebrahimi & Dr. Kirsten Siebach - The Cosmic Companion Feb. 23, 2021

February 23rd, 2021

37:40

Hello and welcome back to Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion. This  week, continuing our fortnight of Mars, we have a pair of special  guests, offering us a look at both the present, as well as the future, of …

The Europa Clipper - David W. Brown, author, The Mission. Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Feb 16, 2021

February 16th, 2021

25:08

This week, we welcome science writer David W. Brown to the show. He is a contributor for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Scientific American. We will discuss his new book, The Mission, telling the story …

The TRAPPIST-1 System - Dr. Eric Agol University of Washington - The Cosmic Companion Feb. 9, 2021

February 9th, 2021

27:23

This week, we welcome Professor Eric Agol from the University of Washington to the show. He is an astrophysicist focused on the study of  exoplanets, …

The TOI-561 System and Extreme Exoplanets - Dr. Lauren Weiss, U of Hawaii - February 2, 2021

February 2nd, 2021

25:26

This week, we talk to Dr. Lauren Weiss, astronomer at the University of Hawaii. We will be talking about her work discovering the TOI-561 planetary system, and discussing extreme exoplanets!

But first, we head out to …

Exploring the Climates of Ancient Mars - Dr. Kirsten Siebach, Rice University, Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Jan 26, 2021

January 26th, 2021

23:52

This week, we talk to Dr. Kirsten Siebach, a Martian geologist from Rice University, talking about her work uncovering secrets of the climate of …

Quasars, Supernovae, and the Early Universe - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Jan. 19, 2020

January 19th, 2021

5:50

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we head out to Jupiter, where the Juno spacecraft readies to  spend five more years exploring the Jovian system. Next, we will travel far out in space, and back in …

Magnetic Fields of Exoplanets - Dr. Jake Turner, Cornell Unv. - The Cosmic Companion Jan 12, 2021

January 12th, 2021

25:21

For our first interview of our fourth season, we talk to Dr. Jake Turner  of Cornell University, discussing his work finding the first hints of a …

The Top 10 Stories from Space for 2021 - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Jan. 5, 2021

January 5th, 2021

10:07

For the first episode of our fourth season,, we have a special episode  of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, as we look forward to the  Top …

Does HD 106906 b resemble Planet X? - Dr. Paul Kalas, astronomer, UC Berkeley - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Dec. 22, 2020

December 22nd, 2020

27:14

For this final episode of our third season, we welcome Dr. Paul Kalas from UC Berkeley to the show. He is an astronomer studying the exoplanet HD …

Hayabusa2 and Ryugu asteroid sample Seiji Sugita, Unv. of Tokyo - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Dec. 15, 2020

December 15th, 2020

36:49

Hello and welcome back to Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion. This week, we welcome Professor Seiji Sugita of the University of Tokyo to the show. He is a researcher on the Hayabusa2 mission which recently brought …

Getting to CNO About the Sun with Solar Neutrinos - Michael Wurm - Borexino Collaboration - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Dec. 8, 2020

December 8th, 2020

29:16

This week, we welcome Dr. Michael Wurm from the Borexino Collaboration  to the show. He recently led a new study examining neutrino emissions  from …

Jupiter and Saturn Close in for the Great Conjunction of 2020

December 3rd, 2020

5:01

On December 21, 2020, the two largest planets in our solar system will appear just one-tenth of a degree apart, or one-fifth of the diameter of a …

Megafloods on Mars - Dr. Ezat Heydari - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Dec. 1, 2020

December 1st, 2020

26:54

This week, we welcome Dr. Ezat Heydari to the show. He is a professor of  geoscience at Jackson State University. We will discuss his work  showing …

Kilonova Explosions and Magnetars - Dr. Wen-fai Fong interview - The Cosmic Companion Nov. 24, 2020

November 24th, 2020

26:41

This week, we welcome Wen-fai Fong of Northwestern University to the  show, talking about her work studying kilonova explosions and collisions  of …

Designing Soil for Farming on Mars - Laura Fackrell Unv. of GA - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Nov. 10, 2020

November 10th, 2020

27:54

This week, we welcome Laura Fackrell, geochemist at the University of  Georgia, to the show. We will be discussing her work developing soil for …

See All Seven Planets in the Night Sky This Week! - The Cosmic Companion Week of Nov. 9, 2020

November 8th, 2020

4:55

Amateur astronomers have a rare treat this week, as all seven planets  visible in the sky can be observed over the course of a single night.  Here's how to find every planet in the sky visible to amateur  astronomers …

Modeling the Cosmic Web - Dr. Oskar Elek UC Santa Cruz - The Cosmic Companion Nov. 3, 2020

November 3rd, 2020

29:30

This week, we are joined by Dr. Oskar Elek from the University of  California, Santa Cruz. We will be discussing his work seeking to  understand the Cosmic Web – the largest structures in the Universe –  through …

Water on the Moon - And it's not Just in the Shadows! - Astronomy News with the Cosmic Companion Special Report Oct. 27, 2020

October 27th, 2020

6:23

Water on the Moon has been seen before in dark craters. Now, a new study finds water in a crater exposed to sunlight. We explore the finding, and SOFIA - the airborne telescope that made the discovery. 


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Looking at Betelgeuse in a New Light - Dr. Meridith Joyce ANU - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion October 27, 2020

October 27th, 2020

21:34

Dr. Meridith Joyce of Australian National University joins us on the  show, talking about her new finding showing that the red giant star Betelgeuse is both smaller and closer than we believed.   

We'll also take a look …

Roberto Gilli - Finding Six Galaxies Orbiting an Ancient Black Hole - The Cosmic Companion October 20, 2020

October 20th, 2020

24:57

This week, we are joined by Dr. Roberto Gilli from the National  Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, speaking with us from Italy.  We will talk about his recent discovery of six galaxies huddled around a …

What's the Glitter Around the Black Hole in M87? - Maciek Wielgus - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Oct. 13, 2020

October 13th, 2020

24:20

This week, we are joined by Dr. Maciek Wielgus, astronomer at Harvard  University, speaking to us from Gdansk, Poland. We will discuss his work …

Amanda Karakas and Chiaki Kobayashi - All the Gold in the Universe - Astronomy News with the Cosmic Companion Oct 6, 2020

October 6th, 2020

25:07

This is a very special global episode on Astronomy News with The Cosmic  Companion, as we talk with Dr. Amanda Karakas of Monash University,  speaking from Melbourne, Australia, as well as Dr. Chiaki Kobayashi,  from …

Six Galaxies Seen Orbiting Ancient Black Hole - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Special Report

October 2nd, 2020

7:12

Astronomers recently found six galaxies orbiting a distant quasar from  the early age of the Universe. What can this tell us about the formation  of …

Can We Find Alien Life from Phosphorus? Natalie Hinkel SwRI - The Cosmic Companion Sept. 22, 2020

September 22nd, 2020

26:42

This week, we are joined by Dr. Natalie Hinkel, planetary astrophysicist  at the Southwest Research Institute. We will talk about her work showing how we might look for phosphorus around other stars in the  search for …

Intermediate-Mass Black Holes and Gravitational Waves - Christopher Berry, NW Unv., Unv. of Glasgow - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Sept. 15, 2020

September 15th, 2020

32:38

This week, we welcome Dr. Christopher Berry to the show. He is an astrophysicist who recently helped discover the first intermediate-mass black hole …

Is Life on Mars Hidden Underground? Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Sept. 8, 2020

September 8th, 2020

24:40

This week, we welcome Dr. Dimitra Atri to the show. He is an astrophysicist from New York University Abu Dhabi, and we will be discussing his work showing how life might survive just beneath the surface of Mars, aided …

Did a Supernova Cause the Devonian Extinction? Brian Fields of the Unv. of Illinois - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Sept. 1, 2020

September 1st, 2020

27:18

This week, we are joined by Dr. Brian Fields of the University of Illinois. He recently headed a study showing how the Devonian extinction which took place on Earth 359 million years ago, may have been triggered by the …

Why Did Betelgeuse Dim? Andrea Dupree Center for Astrophysics - Astronomy News w/ The Cosmic Companion 08/25/20

August 25th, 2020

23:54

This week, we are joined by Dr. Andrea Dupree, senior astrophysicist with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She recently carried out a study showing why the red supergiant star Betelgeuse recently dimmed, …

Did the Sun Have a Twin? - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Special Report Aug 20, 2020

August 20th, 2020

4:58

A twin star of the Sun, formed billions of years ago as the Solar System took shape, might help explain movements of bodies at the outer reaches of …

Using Hubble to Look at Earth - Allison Youngblood UC Boulder - Astronomy News w/ The Cosmic Companion 08/18/20

August 18th, 2020

27:15

This week, we are joined by Dr. Allison Youngblood of the University of Colorado Boulder. She recently used the Hubble Space Telescope to look at the …

Interview with Steven D'Hondt on finding 100-million-year-old life - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Video and Podcast Aug. 11, 2020

August 11th, 2020

22:43

Hello everyone: This week, we are joined by Dr. Steven D'Hondt of the University of Rhode Island. He recently co-led a study reviving microorganisms that laid dormant under the ocean floor for over 100 million years. …

Interview with Laurent Montesi of the University of Maryland on the Volcanoes of Venus - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Video and Podcast Aug. 4, 2020

August 7th, 2020

25:15

Hello everyone!

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we are joined by Dr. Laurent Montesi of the Department of Geology at the …

Interview with Lina Necib of Caltech on her discovery of Nyx stars from beyond the galaxy - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Video and Podcast July 28, 2020

July 28th, 2020

23:02

Hello everyone!

This week, we are happy to be joined by Dr. Lina Necib of Caltech, talking about her discovery of a group of stars here in the Milky Way, that came from beyond our galaxy.

But first, we learn about …

Interview with Kathryn Zurek of Caltech on the Search for Dark Matter - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Video and Podcast July 21, 2020

July 21st, 2020

18:22

Hello everyone!

Hello and welcome back to The Cosmic Companion. This week, we are happy to be joined by Dr. Kathryn Zurek, Theoretical Physicist at Caltech, talking about how dark matter may be detected here on Earth …

Interview with Scott Lambros of NASA, on the James Webb Space Telescope - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Video and Podcast July 14, 2020

July 14th, 2020

27:12

Hello everyone!

This is a special episode, as it marks both the first show to begin our third season, and this installment is the first partly recorded in our new studio. Most special of all, we take an inside look at …

Interview with Tyler Gorda of the University of Virginia - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Video and Podcast June 23, 2020

June 23rd, 2020

20:58

In this week's episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we are pleased to be joined by Tyler Gorda from the Department of Physics at the University of Virginia, talking about his work discovering the newest …

Interview with Matija Cuk, research scientist at the SETI Institute - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Video and Podcast June 16, 2020

June 16th, 2020

20:55

In this week's episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we look at a new study suggesting the Universe is expanding faster than it should …

Interview with Anna Ho of Caltech - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Video and Podcast June 9, 2020

June 9th, 2020

19:50

Hello everyone:

In this week's episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we look at quark matter, a bizarre state of matter which could …

Interview with Professor Seiji Sugita of the University of Tokyo - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Video and Podcast June 2, 2020

June 2nd, 2020

22:39

Hello everyone:

In this week's episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we watch the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket, lifting a pair of astronauts to the International Space Station. We also learn about a …

Interview with Dr. Alejandro Soto of the Southwest Research Institute - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Video and Podcast May 26, 2020

May 26th, 2020

19:25

Hello everyone:

In this week's episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we look at volcanoes of mud on Mars. We also see how life on Earth …

Interview with Dr. Thea Kozakis of the Carl Sagan Institute - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Video and Podcast May 19, 2020

May 19th, 2020

19:00

Hello everyone:

In this week's episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we talk about Comet SWAN, which could soon grace our skies as the …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Video and Podcast May 12, 2020

May 12th, 2020

4:28

Hello everyone:

In this week's episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we take a look at a new idea about dark matter, we learn about new images of the asteroid Ryugu taken by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft, and …

Interview with Dr. Ann Virkki of Arecibo Observatory - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Video and Podcast April 28, 2020

May 5th, 2020

17:51

Hello everyone:

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we welcome a very special video guest as Dr. Ann Virkki, head of planetary radar studies for Arecibo Observatory, joins us on the show. She is an …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Video and Podcast - Interview with Dr. Steven D'Hondt April 28, 2020

April 28th, 2020

17:16

Hello everyone:

This is a very special week for Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, as we welcome out first-ever video guest to the show. To kick things off, we have a special guest, as I interview Dr. Steven …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Podcast - Interview with Dr. Nahum Arav April 21, 2020

April 21st, 2020

13:02

Hello everyone:

In this week's episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we discuss the birth of a giant space cigar, and look at a planet that may look like home but which is found in dangerous territory. We …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Podcast - Interview with inventor Alan Adler

April 14th, 2020

29:02

Hello everyone:

In this week's episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we dive deep beneath the Pacific Ocean, and see how bacteria …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Podcast - Interview with Pedro Bernardinelli April 7, 2020

April 8th, 2020

16:52

Hello everyone!This week's episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion features a new method of imaging black holes, and we discuss how lunar …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Podcast - What is Comet Atlas? March 31, 2020

April 1st, 2020

22:56

This week's podcast episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion is a special look at Comet Atlas, which is shaping up to (potentially) become the greatest comet seen from the northern hemisphere in over two …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Podcast March 17, 2020

March 17th, 2020

15:26

In this week's podcast episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we look at new findings concerning the physics of stars, and we look in on a newly-discovered exoplanet where it rains iron. Next, we will …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Podcast March 10, 2020

March 10th, 2020

4:28

In this week's episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we look at a massive white dwarf that may be the product of an ancient collision …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Podcast March 3, 2020

March 3rd, 2020

13:02

In this week's episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we examine findings from the InSight lander, which has returned its first data from Mars. We will also learn about 2020 CD3, an asteroid that recently …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Podcast February 25, 2020

February 25th, 2020

4:25

In this week's episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we take a look at aurora seen around a star for the first time, a new super-Earth is discovered just 100 light years from Earth, and Penn State …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Podcast February 18, 2020

February 18th, 2020

14:01

In this week's episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we meet the first European space telescope designed to study the Sun, and a massive young world is found in our galactic neighborhood. We also take a …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Podcast February 11, 2020

February 11th, 2020

5:07

In this week's episode of The Cosmic Companion, we look at how the smallest subatomic particles could be responsible for all the matter in the …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Podcast February 4, 2020

February 4th, 2020

4:33

In this installment of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we examine the opening of two new observatories — one on the ground, and the other in space. We will also learn about a new study showing how artificial …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Podcast January 28, 2020

January 28th, 2020

5:48

Hello everyone! This week, we look at the origins of the building blocks of life on Earth, as well as how an ancient impact may have set the stage …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Podcast January 21, 2020

January 21st, 2020

5:10

Hello everyone!

This week, we look at a new theory which could explain a mysterious glow of gamma radiation from deep space, and we will see how the …

Astronomy News with the Cosmic Companion Podcast January 14, 2020

January 14th, 2020

9:29

Happy New Year! For the first podcast of 2020, we will discuss how astronomers may find life on distant exoplanets, and we examine the deaths of …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion December 10, 2019

December 10th, 2019

4:28

Welcome to the latest episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion!This week, we look at a new method for determining whether or not planets …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Dec. 3, 2019

December 3rd, 2019

4:01

This is black hole week on The Cosmic Companion, featuring discussion of the first serious ideas of planets orbiting black holes, we hear how …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Nov. 26, 2019

November 26th, 2019

22:41

This week, we take a look at how astronomers and astrophysicists are perplexed by different values obtained when measuring the expansion rate of the Universe, one of the most important numbers needed to determine the …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Nov. 19, 2019

November 20th, 2019

2:54

In this episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we take a look at NASA’s planned Artemis program, designed to bring humans to the Moon, …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Nov. 11, 2019

November 11th, 2019

3:05

In this episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we examine what hydrothermal vents on Earth can teach us about alien life, questions are …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion November 4, 2019

November 4th, 2019

2:56

In this episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we examine new ideas about the magnetic field of the Sun, look at how massive worlds …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Oct. 28, 2019

October 28th, 2019

2:36

Hello everyone! Here’s the second (and newest) episode of the new podcast, Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion.

This week, we explore evidence that Mars was once home to large salty lakes, take a new look at the …

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion

October 23rd, 2019

3:01

October 20, 2019

In this first-ever Cosmic Companion podcast, we look at yhe first all-female spacewalk, a new look at the search for life on Mars by the Viking landers, growing crops in space, and searching for rocky …

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