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Intergalactic Craic

30 EpisodesProduced by Armagh Observatory and PlanetariumWebsite

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium’s first podcast, “Intergalactic Craic” will bring the latest space related news, theories and technologies to the ears of the general public. Headed by two engaging hosts, the podcast will feature interviews with astronomers, debates and discussions with experts in… read more

30 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

S3Ep5 - Craic with all these moons?

June 16th, 2023


Heather and her new co-host Dr Rok are back! Taking time out of their busy schedules they have recorded an episode all about the dramatic increase to …

S3Ep4 - Wee Bitta Craic: Bout Ye Alice?

May 26th, 2023


This month is the final 'getting to know you' episode of Intergalactic Craic: Wee Bitta Craic. Ethan and Zuri interview Alice and ask her all about how she came to be doing her PhD at AOP. Find out this and more in this …

S3Ep3 - Wee Bitta Craic: Bout Ye Ethan?

April 21st, 2023


In Wee Bitta Craic this month, Zuri and Alice ask Ethan all about his PhD and how he came to be at the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium. Find out more about his research and laugh along as the guys have some more …

S3Ep2 - Wee Bitta Craic: Bout Ye Zuri?

March 10th, 2023


In the latest Wee Bitta Craic episode, Alice and Ethan ask Zuri all about how she came to be at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium doing her PhD. Find out more about Zuri's journey to get to where she is today, and …

S3Ep1 - Wee Bitta Craic: Welcome Ethan, Alice and Zuri!

January 27th, 2023


Want a Wee Bitta Craic? Then say hello to some of our PhD students, Ethan, Alice and Zuri. They will be hosting their own Wee Bitta Craic episodes and will give you an insight into the life of a PhD students here at AOP!

Season 3 - What's the craic?

January 23rd, 2023


What's the Craic? Intergalactic Craic is back and it's shaking things up! Join Heather and her brand new co-host to find out more!

Space is Cloudy, Who Knew? Featuring Kerem Çubuk

March 17th, 2022


This week Heather and Courtney interview Armagh Observatory PhD Candidate Kerem Çubuk on his area of research - molecular clouds! Turns out we can't …

The Craic with Climate

February 25th, 2022


This week, Heather and Courtney are joined by AOP's own Anna Taylor - climate Education Officer extraordinaire to discuss the most frequently asked questions about climate change and what we can do to help! #NISCIFEST22

Why Alien Fish on Europa = DOOM

January 21st, 2022


This week Courtney fills Heather in on The Fermi paradox and The Great Filter. If there a million options for life elsewhere in the galaxy, why haven't we met aliens yet? Need Some Space? 

So Earth is Ruined - Where Next?

December 22nd, 2021


This festive season, Heather and Courtney explore the other options for living in our Solar System (just on the off chance we don't fix the …

Here's Me Wha? feat. Guest Host Dr Rok

November 26th, 2021


This month on Intergalactic Craic, Heather and her special guest host, Dr Rok Nežič, tackle some commonly asked questions heard in the Armagh Planetarium exhibition area. Sometimes these questions might make you do a …

What's Goo-d?! Global Catastrophic Scenarios

October 15th, 2021


This month Heather and Courtney attempt to uplift everybody's spirits with a discussion of four Earth ending scenarios. From comets we thought were …

Heavy Metal Stars with Prof. Simon Jeffery

September 17th, 2021


This week Heather and Courtney chat to AOP's own Professor Simon Jeffery about the misfits of the universe; heavy metal stars! There's more than one type of star out there and we are still discovering more about these …

Wee Bitta Craic! PhD Talk with Dr Andreas Sander

September 5th, 2021


For this Wee Bitta Craic, Heather and Courtney chat with outgoing AOP research fellow Dr Andreas Sander about his work, the PhD process and his advice to aspiring researchers! 

The Big Lad: Hefty Jupiter

July 16th, 2021


This week Heather and Courtney embark upon a journey to the biggest gas giant that we have in our Solar System - Jupiter! Want to know more about our …

The Size of The Universe! Ft Prof Michael Burton

June 11th, 2021


This week Heather and Courtney are joined by Director of Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, Prof Michael Burton! Prof Burton lends his expertise to explain how big the universe really is using a scale we can all wrap …

Strange Matter; The Most Dangerous Stuff in the Universe

May 14th, 2021


This month Courtney freaks Heather out with the scariest stuff out there: strange matter! Have you ever wondered what it would take to turn Earth …

Wee Bitta Craic! 2I/Borisov 101 with Dr Rok

April 30th, 2021


Welcome to our first Mini-sode! This week Heather and Courtney get the 101 on Comet 2I/Borisov with the one and only Dr Rok! The paper referred to in this episode can be found here.

Rocks to Rockets: 4 More Amazing Women in Science!

April 16th, 2021


Welcome to Season 2 everyone! Heather and Courtney kick off the new season with some amazing women in science that everyone should know. Any …

The Safest Dinner Party of 2020

December 4th, 2020


For the last episode of Season 1, Heather and Courtney suggest their ideal astronomy guests to a dinner party. They cover some of humanity's greatest astronomical achievements as well as discuss some of the rumours …

Turning Back The Clock - The History of AOP

November 19th, 2020


Join Heather and Special Guest Host Dr Rok Nezic as they delve into the archives and discuss the history of the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium through their favourite objects. Clocks, books, instruments and rooms, …

Vampires, Zombies and... Bowties? Oh My!

November 4th, 2020


This week Intergalactic Craic has some added spook for your Autumn. Vampire stars, zombie stars and spooky nebulae will all be discussed by Courtney …

A Love Letter to Hubble

October 13th, 2020


This week Heather and Courtney gush about the one, the only, Hubble Space Telescope. You may have heard of Hubble, but what has it done? What has it lead us to? Just pretty pictures?! Far from it. Need Some Space? 

5 Amazing Women in Science You Should Know!

September 18th, 2020


This week, Heather and Courtney pick a few of their favourite women from history that worked in the scientific field. From the first female …

Nuclear Gnocchi: An Overview of Neutron Stars

September 2nd, 2020


This week Courtney takes Heather on a drive-by of the weirdest objects in the universe - neutron stars! Pasta, sugar cubes, soup and even existence ending matter are in inside these little balls of density out there in …

Satellites are Cool, I Swear!

August 19th, 2020


This week Heather puts on her teacher hat and breaks down why exactly satellites are cool. Courtney is initially unconvinced, but by the end will she …

ISS? More like Fly-SS!

July 29th, 2020


This week on Intergalactic Craic your favourite hosts, Heather and Courtney, take on the topic of the flyest human invention ever; The International Space Station (or ISS for short). Do you know how space smells? What …

The Earth is Round!

July 15th, 2020


This week Heather and Courtney are joined by AOP's Dr Conor Byrne to take a dive into the world of The Flat Earth Society! How long has this myth been going about? Do people really believe the earth is flat? Dr Conor …

All About Asteroids

June 30th, 2020


This week, for #AsteroidDay, Heather and Courtney cover the most frequently asked asteroid questions by the public. Dr Rok Nežič lends his expertise to what the difference between an asteroid, a comet and a meteorite …

Let's Get Quizzy With It!

June 12th, 2020


Welcome to Armagh Observatory and Planetarium's new podcast - Intergalactic Craic! On our first episode we have a brief chat about AOP's history, …

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