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Intergalactic Craic

18 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

18 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

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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