Cosmic Vertigo - ABC RN

32 EpisodesProduced by ABC Radio National

Do you ever feel dizzy when you think about the incomprehensible scale of space? We call that feeling Cosmic Vertigo. Welcome to a head-spinning conversation between two friends who study the sky for a living. 

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Cosmic Query | Total eclipse of the Sun

July 17th, 2018

We join two observers for a total eclipse of the sun.

019 | Faster than slow

July 10th, 2018

The International Space Station is travelling in low Earth orbit at a leisurely 7.66km per second (approx). Moving at that speed, the crew of the ISS witnesses a sunrise and sunset every 90 minutes.

Cosmic Query | First contact

July 3rd, 2018

The search for alien life continues but at what point do we declare that we are alone in the Universe?

018 | Quicker than quick

June 26th, 2018

You'd think we'd notice thousands of explosions in the night sky. Shorter than a millisecond, these bursts were first recorded in 2007 and while scientists know they're there, we are still unsure of their origin.

017 | Longer than long

June 26th, 2018

If you wait long enough, would another Universe spontaneously arise in front of you? Chances are it won’t happen in your lifetime… But it could.

Cosmic Query | clusters and milkshakes

June 19th, 2018

A serving of Globular Clusters and Amanda's favourite milkshake (it's not chocolate).

016 | Cooler than Cool

June 12th, 2018

Temperature levels across the Universe vary wildly. The Boomerang Nebula is the coldest known object, but back on Earth scientists are working …

015 | Hotter than hot

June 12th, 2018

The hottest thing in the Universe isn't the core of a planet, or the centre of an exploding star. It's created here on Earth by scientists working at …

Cosmic Query | Lighting up the night

June 5th, 2018

Could there be a time when we look up at the night sky and see more objects, planets and stars, than dark space? Join Alan and Amanda as they tackle …

Cosmic Vertigo | Stargazing Special

June 1st, 2018

Stargazing Live on ABC TV gathered astronomers and astrophysicists for three nights of discoveries and record-breaking observation. Join Alan as he explores the Siding Spring Observatory, where Amanda worked, and asks …
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