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The Human Body in Space w/ Dave WIlliams and Elizabeth Howell - The Cosmic Companion 20 Sept. 2022

September 21st, 2022

16:34

We talk about how the human body reacts to space travel, with astronaut and physician Dave Williams and science writer Elizabeth Howell, authors of Why am I Taller?

Hello everyone!

This week on The Cosmic Companion, we …

The Future of Food in Space! w/ Lenore Newman and Evan Fraser, authors of Dinner on Mars!

September 13th, 2022

24:56

We look at the future of food in the final frontier, talking with Lenore Newman and Evan Fraser, authors of Dinner on Mars!

This week on The Cosmic Companion, we look at The Future of Food in Space. We will discuss how …

The Mischievous Moons of Jupiter! w/ astrophysicist Stephen Kane of UC Riverside! The Cosmic Companion 6 Sept. 2022

September 7th, 2022

29:40

The Moons of Jupiter have upended history and science for hundreds of years. We look in on these planetary troublemakers with Stephen Kane of UC Riverside.

This week on The Cosmic Companion, we examine The Mischievous …

Earth: What a WEIRD Planet - w/ Kathryn Williams from National Geographic! - The Cosmic Companion 30 August 2022

August 31st, 2022

21:39

Is Earth one of the weirdest planets we have ever seen? Heck, yes! And we talk about what makes our planet so weird with Kathryn Williams from Nat Geo Kids!

This week on The Cosmic Companion, we’ll look at Earth: What a …

Exploring Ocean Floors- Earth and Beyond - The Cosmic Companion 23 August 2022

August 24th, 2022

29:09

This week on The Cosmic Companion, we’ll be Exploring Ocean Floors from Earth out to distant stars. Later in the show, we’re going to be talking with Catherine Musemeche, author of Lethal Tides, a new biography, telling …

Artificial Intelligence Explores the Universe! w/ Yosuke Kobayashi - The Cosmic Companion 16 August 2022

August 16th, 2022

18:32

This week on The Cosmic Companion, we discuss how artificial intelligence opens a Universe of understanding the Cosmos. We'll be talking with astrophysicist Dr. Yosuke Kobayashi of the University of Arizona.

For …

Astronomy from Home w/ Alex Curry of Telescope Live - The Cosmic Companion 9 August 2022

August 9th, 2022

28:23

Amateur astronomy is entering a new golden age — armchair astronomy. Here is a look at how you can see the Cosmos without leaving home. 

This week on

Space is for Everyone! with Martynas Fedotovas and Nika Chinchaladze- The Cosmic Companion 2 August 2022

August 2nd, 2022

29:24

We dedicate this episode to the memory of Nichelle Nichols. Her portrayal of Lieutenant Uhura on Star Trek inspired millions.

Welcome back to The …

The Future of the Human Race w/ Stephanie Drimmer of Nat Geo - The Cosmic Companion 26 July 2022

July 27th, 2022

22:41

Welcome back to The Cosmic Companion. This week, we look at the future of the human race. We’re going to be talking with Stephanie Drimmer from National Geographic. 

We will be discussing how our species will change over …

THIS is Why Jupiter Can't Have Nice Rings! The Cosmic Companion 22 July 2022

July 22nd, 2022

0:58

Hello everyone!

Jupiter is far larger than Saturn, yet it is Saturn which has the remarkable system of rings.

Why isn’t the ring system of Jupiter even larger than that of its smaller planetary brethren?

Astrophysicist …

Extinction from Space: Asteroids! with Nizar Ibrahim from National Geographic - The Cosmic Companion 19 July 2022

July 20th, 2022

21:25

Hello everyone!
The Cosmic Companion is back with a full-length episode after three weeks away! We’ve missed you so much!

THIS WEEK: We kick off a new …

A Cosmic Heartbeat Heard by CHIME! The Cosmic Companion 16 July 2022

July 16th, 2022

0:59

Hello all!

There are still 213 days left until Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean we don’t all need some love!

Astronomers at the CHIME radio telescope find an unusual radio heartbeat, in a distant galaxy billions of …

Saturn and the Moon Huddle Together this Weekend! The Cosmic Companion 13 July 2022

July 13th, 2022

0:58

Hello everyone!

The skies of the Northern Hemisphere will show off the Moon and Saturn, huddled together close on the east-southeast horizon this weekend!

Here’s everything you need to know about viewing this event.

Solar Eclipse Seen from Space! The Cosmic Companion 2 July 2022

July 2nd, 2022

0:58

Hello everyone!
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory saw a solar eclipse on 29 June, a sight unseen by observers on Earth.

Here’s what’s happening!

Listen …

Craters Found from Lunar Crash - Now, What WAS it?

June 27th, 2022

0:59

The Moon has seen its share of booster rockets and other debris raining down on its surface. A recent crash, however, has an uncertain origin - and now we have the photos!

Here is the newest installment of The Cosmic …

New Pictures of Mercury from Bepi-Colombo - Presented by Mercury!

June 25th, 2022

0:57

Mercury introduces new pictures of Mercury from the Bepi-Colombo spacecraft speeding past the speedy world!

Hi everyone!

The Bepi-Colombo Spacecraft …

Are We Living in the Age of Dinosaurs? w/ Nat Geo's Nizar Ibrahim - Sneak Preview - The Cosmic Companion 24 June 2022

June 24th, 2022

1:20

Hello everyone!
Here is a sneak preview of our upcoming episode - Extinction from Space: Asteroid! with world-renowned paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim …

Five Planets and the Moon Align on Saturday Morning!

June 23rd, 2022

0:54

Mercury, Venus, the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn all line up in the pre-dawn sky on 25 June!

Here’s a look at this magical alignment with famed …

The Future of Robots w/ Jason McKenna of VEX Robotics - Podcast - Podcast

June 14th, 2022

23:47

Our video editing software went down, but here is a podcast-only version of this week's episode - The Future of Robots w/ Jason McKenna of VEX Robotics! 



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Robots in Space w/ Jason McKenna of VEX Robotics - Podcast

June 14th, 2022

23:47

Hello everyone:
We have a podcast-only episode of this week’s episode, as our video editing software went kaput on us. Completely dead, can’t process a single frame of video right now.
But, I wanted to get something out …

The Milky Way Galaxy w/ Joe Pesce, astrophysicist w/ The National Science Foundation

June 7th, 2022

25:06

Thousands of centuries ago, on the ancient plains of Africa, our most distant hominid ancestors looked upward, embracing the pitch-dark night sky …

From Science Fiction to Science Fact w/ Jenny Curtis and Chris Porter from Solar

June 1st, 2022

26:41

We take a look at the history of science fiction and talk about how these stories enrich the soil from which science grows, advancing our species to our future among the stars. We will be talking with Jenny Curtis and …

The Lives and Deaths of Stars w/ Simone Scaringi - The Cosmic Companion 24 May 2022

May 24th, 2022

22:01

When we look up at the moonless, cloudless night sky, far away from city lights, we may see as many as 5,000 stars. These distant dots of light may seem eternal, but this illusion is merely an effect of our momentary, …

Teaching Children Science w/ National Geographic Author Kelly Hargrave

May 17th, 2022

22:11

This week on The Cosmic Companion, we look at Teaching Children Science. We will be talking with National Geographic's Kelly Hargrave about her new book, Can't Get Enough Shark Stuff. 


Children are natural scientists. …

Our Neighbor: The Moon w/ Lunar Eclipse Viewing Guide for 15 May Lunar Eclipse

May 10th, 2022

8:46

The May 15 Lunar Eclipse gives us a perfect reason for Exploring Our Neighbor: The Moon! Features lunar eclipse viewing guide for Sunday's celestial event!



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Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower Thursday and Friday Night - Here's the Buzz!

May 4th, 2022

0:56

The buzz this week is all about the Eta Aquarid meteor shower visible late on Thursday and Friday nights! Nearly one shooting star a minute might bee seen under really dark skies.


The Eta Aquarids are caused by Earth …

Ocean Worlds of The Cosmos with Sylvia Earle - The Cosmic Companion 3 May 2022

May 3rd, 2022

19:18

This week on the Cosmic Companion, we explore the Ocean Worlds of the Cosmos. Later in the show, we will talk with oceanographer and National Geographic explorer Sylvia Earle.


Oceans are one of the defining features of …

Exoplanets - Worlds Beyond our Solar System w/ Thayne Currie

April 26th, 2022

22:36

Exploring exoplanets — worlds orbiting alien stars — talking with Thayne Currie of NAOJ, who recently found a bizarre massive planet.


This week on The Cosmic Companion, we look at exoplanets — worlds orbiting alien …

Earth: Our Fragile Planet w/ Katherine Calvin and Sylvia Earle

April 19th, 2022

23:22

Earth: Our Fragile Planet w/ Katherine Calvin and Sylvia Earle


Celebrating Earth Day with NASA Senior Climate Advisor Katherine Calvin and Sylvia Earle - Time Magazine’s first Hero for the Planet!



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Intelligence: Earth and Beyond with David Liittschwager - The Cosmic Companion 12 April 2022

April 13th, 2022

19:05

What is intelligence? How do we see it in other animals? And how might we recognize it on other worlds? Examining the nature of intelligence and the intelligence of nature with National Geographic’s David Liittschwager


The Future of the International Space Station w/ Homer Hickam - The Cosmic Companion 5 April 2022

April 6th, 2022

39:05

This week on The Cosmic Companion, we talk about The Future of the International Space Station, as we explore this outpost of humanity in space.


We talk with Homer Hickam - the self-made rocket designer who helped lead …

Black Holes Don't Suck - with Abigail Frost - The Cosmic Companion 29 March 2022

March 30th, 2022

24:04

Welcome back to The Cosmic Companion. This week we talk about why Black Holes Don’t Suck as we discuss these bizarre features of space. We’ll talk …

The Future of Music in Space with Doug Helvering - The Cosmic Companion 22 March 2022

March 23rd, 2022

33:35

As humanity moves out into the final frontier, music will evolve and change. What can we expect from the future of music in space?  


From the earliest …

Artificial Moon: Satellites Past, Present, and Future with Marc Bell, CEO of Terran Orbital - The Cosmic Companion 15 March 2022

March 16th, 2022

19:10

This week on The Cosmic Companion, we look at satellites, the artificial moons orbiting the Earth and other worlds. We will explore the history of satellites, look at how we all depend on these devices, and glimpse the …

Artemis and Apollo with Poppy Northcutt - The Cosmic Companion 8 March 2022

March 8th, 2022

22:56

This week on the Cosmic Companion, we discuss the return of humans to the Moon with NASA's Artemis program and compare today's endeavors to the …

Celebrating Women in Science for Women's History Month - The Cosmic Companion 01 March 2022

March 2nd, 2022

40:07

Welcome back to the Cosmic Companion. This is the first episode from our new studio, and I sure hope you all enjoy it.


This week, we kick of Women's History Month by celebrating women in science. We have an amazing trio …

Just Look Up - Comets and the Earth w/ Pedro Bernardinelli -The Cosmic Companion 8 Feb. 2022

February 9th, 2022

25:13

The film Don’t Look Up recently captured the eyes of the general public, bringing the story of a massive comet heading to Earth to screens everywhere.


Perhaps less well-known is the recent discovery of a real-life comet …

The Future of Living in Space w/ Paul Albert-Lebrun of Kepler Communications - The Cosmic Companion 01 Feb. 2022

February 2nd, 2022

22:09

What will living in space be like? We talk with Paul Albert-Lebrun, Product Manager at Kepler Communications, bringing the internet to space.  


As our …

Meteorites ROCK! with Greg Brennecka, author of Impact - The Cosmic Companion 25 Jan. 2022

January 26th, 2022

22:19

This week on The Cosmic Companion, we look at meteorites, and the role they play in shaping our planet and the history of the human race. 


We will be …

The Milky Way Galaxy with Stefan Gillessen, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics

January 19th, 2022

25:06

This week on The Cosmic Companion, we take a look at our home galaxy, the Milky Way. We will be talking with Stefan Gillessen from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics about his work understanding …

All I Want for Christmas is Webb w/ Stefanie Milam of Goddard Space Flight Center

December 21st, 2021

26:42

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we take an up-close look at the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) as the most advanced spaceborne telescope ever built prepares for launch.


We talk with Dr. Stefanie …

Organic Materials Found on Jezero Crater on Mars - The Perseverance Rover Explores the Red Planet

December 18th, 2021

3:57

The Perseverance rover made an unexpected finding on Mars - organic material in Jezero Crater.


Exploring Jezero Crater on Mars, the Perseverance rover …

BepiColombo to Mercury with Mark McCaughrean ESA - The Cosmic Companion 14 Dec. 2021

December 14th, 2021

27:57

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we welcome Mark McCaughrean, Senior Advisor for Science & Exploration at the European Space Agency, to the show. We'll talk about the European Space Agency's …

Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, and the Moon line Up on Tonight - The Cosmic Companion Special Report 10 Dec. 2021

December 10th, 2021

2:49

The three brightest planets in the Solar System - Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, together with the Moon - will all line up tonight just after sunset.



Here's …

Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, and the Moon line Up on Friday Night - The Cosmic Companion Special Report 09 Dec. 2021

December 9th, 2021

2:49

On 10 December, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, and the Moon will all line up just after sunset.   Here's a look at what's happening, and how to get the most out of this dazzling display!



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Sylvia Earle Guides Us Through the Oceans - The Cosmic Companion 7 December, 2021

December 7th, 2021

23:52

Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion. This week, we are delighted to be joined by one of the world's most renowned oceanographers, Dr. Sylvia Earle. She's here to talk to us about her new book, National Geographic …

Geminid Meteor Shower 2021 - How to View These Falling Stars! The Cosmic Companion 3 December 2021

December 3rd, 2021

4:36

The Geminid meteor shower arrives on the night of 13 December 2021.   We take a look at how to view this display, where to look in the sky, and we take a glimpse at an alignment of planets happening on the other side of …

Matthew Bothwell on The Invisible Universe - The Cosmic Companion 30 Nov. 2021

December 1st, 2021

27:20

Matthew Bothwell, author of The Invisible Universe, discusses the 93% of "ordinary" matter we cannot see with the human eye - radio, infrared, …

Five Missions to Asteroids - Dart, Lucy, Psyche, Haybusa2, and OSIRIS-REx - The Cosmic Companion 23 Nov. 2021

November 23rd, 2021

37:20

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we take a close-up look at asteroids – those lumps or rock, metal, and ice racing around our …

Is M51-ULS-1b the First Planet Seen in Another Galaxy? with Rosanne Di Stefano, Center for Astrophysics

November 9th, 2021

29:27

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we welcome Dr. Rosanne Di Stefano from the Center for Astrophysics to the show, talking about her work finding the first planet yet seen in another galaxy.


We also …

Exploring ASKAP J173608.2–321635 Radio Signals with Tara Murphy, Unv. of Sydney - 2 Nov. 2021 Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion

November 2nd, 2021

22:09

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, Dr. Tara Murphy from the University of Sydney joins us, looking at an odd radio burst seen near the center of the Milky Way galaxy.


We will also look at a possible …

The Science of Halloween featuring Erika Engelhaupt, Gory Details - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion 26 Oct. 2021

October 26th, 2021

27:49

The Science of Halloween featuring Erika Engelhaupt, author of Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science.   


Plus - Would Aliens Eat …

Jenifer Millard on Becoming a Science Journalist, Star Parties, and the Awe of Science - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion 19 October 2021

October 19th, 2021

44:51

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we welcome Dr. Jenifer Millard  to the show. She is a science journalist and co-presenter of the Awesome Astronomy podcast, and we will talk about amateur astronomy …

Jenifer Millard from the Awesome Astronomy podcast Talks About Star Parties (sneak preview)

October 15th, 2021

0:42

Next week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion: Dr. Jenifer Millard, host of The Awesome Astronomy Podcast, talks about astronomy, star parties, and the wonder of science. Listen to the sneak preview! 


plus Esen …

ASKAP J173608.2-321635 - The Strange Radio Burst Seen Near the Center of the Milky Way - w/ Tara Murphy, University of Sydney - Sneak Preview

October 13th, 2021

0:56

What is ASKAP J173608.2-321635 - the strange radio burst from near the center of the Milky Way? We talk with Professor Tara Murphy of the University of Sydney, who helped lead this discovery.   


Here's a sneak preview - …

Homer Hickam "Don't Blow Yourself Up" - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion 12 October 2021

October 12th, 2021

40:27

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we welcome NASA legend Homer Hickam to the show. The inspiration for the movie October Sky talks about growing up in a West Virginia coal-mining town, his new book, …

The Night Sky in October - Amateur Astronomy in October 2021 w/ Starcharts -- The Cosmic Companion

October 6th, 2021

2:00

Amateur astronomers have a lot to look up to in October 2021.   Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, and the Moon all put on dazzling shows, plus a pair of meteor showers!



Listen to the podcast here, or watch the video version of …

Robots in Space - Astrobees and Beyond - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion 5 October, 2021

October 5th, 2021

26:34

A look at robotics and artificial intelligence in space as NASA's Trey Smith and Jose Benavides visit Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion!  


But first, we look at a triple star system that may be home to an odd …

Roman Chiporuhka, Space VIP, talks Private Spaceflight - The Cosmic Companion 28 Sept. 2021

September 28th, 2021

30:33

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we talk with Roman Chiporuhka, CEO of Space VIP, about the future of private spaceflight, and …

Dillon Dong, Caltech Graduate Student, Talks About an Unusual Supernova - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion 21 Sept. 2021

September 21st, 2021

22:04

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we welcome Dillon Dong, a graduate student at Caltech to the show. We're going to talk about his work discovering a previously-unseen type of supernova eruption.  


Cathy Olkin of SwRI - The Lucy mission to Jupiter's Trojan Asteroids - The Cosmic Companion 14 Sept. 2021

September 14th, 2021

23:57

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we welcome Dr. Cathy Olkin from the Southwest Research Institute to the show. We will talk about Lucy – the first mission to explore the Trojan asteroids of …

What are Fast Radio Bursts? With Kaitlyn Shin, CHIME member - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion 7 September 2021

September 7th, 2021

22:26

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we welcome CHIME member Kaitlyn Shin to the show, and she's going to  teach us about fast radio bursts coming from space.


But first, we look at a new study showing …

Geoff Notkin, Meteorite Men, Talk Meteorites - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion 31 Aug. 2021

August 31st, 2021

30:12

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we welcome Geoff Notkin to the show. He is the two-time Emmy Awarding-winning host of STEM Journals, and he hosted Meteorite Men on the Science Channel. He’s going …

Geoff Notkin on Growing Up Around Science - 31 August Episode Preview

August 24th, 2021

0:51

Good news: We have Geoff Notkin, Emmy Award-winning host of Meteorite Men and STEM Journals on next week, talking about meteorites, and his adventures searching the globe for treasures from space.


Better news: We have a …

Cosmic Connections: The Dragons of Ara, Woolly Mammoths, and Floods

August 19th, 2021

4:12

The premiere episode of our newest short-form series, Cosmic Connections!



This week, we explore the connections between a nebula in space called the …

Richard Teague and Davide Farnocchia - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion 17 Aug. 2021

August 17th, 2021

34:45

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we have a special double interview as we welcome Dr. Richard Teague from the Center for Astrophysics to the show, talking about finding the first moon ever …

Jonathan Lunine and the Volcanoes of Venus - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion 10 Aug. 2021

August 10th, 2021

22:39

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we welcome Dr. Jonathan Lunine, chair of the astronomy department at Cornell University to the …

Teaching Children Science w/ Dr. Stephanie Ryan - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion 3 August 2021

August 3rd, 2021

23:56

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we welcome Dr. Stephanie Ryan to the show. She is the author of Let's Learn About Chemistry, and we will be talking about teaching science to children.  


But first, …

Stephen Kane of UC Riverside - The Value of Private Spaceflight - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion 27 July 2021

July 27th, 2021

31:15

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we welcome planetary astrophysicist Dr. Stephen Kane to the show. We discuss the role private …

Earl Swift Takes Us Across the Airless Wilds - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion 20 July 2021

July 20th, 2021

28:53

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we welcome New York Times best-selling author Earl Swift to the show. He recently released a new book, Across the Airless Wilds, the first major history of NASA's …

Stella Kafka, AAVSO, Talks Betelgeuse! Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Podcast July 13, 2021

July 13th, 2021

21:15

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we welcome Dr. Stella Kafka back to the show. She is CEO of The American Association of Variable Star Observers, and she's going to teach us all about Betelgeuse.  


Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion July 6, 2021 - Hubble Space Telescope Repairs, a Tiny White Dwarf, and Stellar Murder Mysteries!

July 6th, 2021

6:29

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we learn how gravitational waves show evidence for a pair of ancient stellar murder mysteries, we meet a white dwarf the size of our Moon, and we pay a visit to our …

Pedro Bernardinelli on Comet UN271 and Alyssa Mills on Ganymede - The Cosmic Companion June 29, 2021

June 29th, 2021

42:20

This week, we visit with Alyssa Mills. She is a graduate student at the University of Alabama, and we will talk about her work studying the largest …

Brittany Zimmerman, CEO of Yummet, Talks Space Exploration and Saving Earth - The Cosmic Companion 22 June 2021

June 22nd, 2021

25:19

This week, we welcome Brittany Zimmerman to the show. She is CEO of Yummet, an organization developing technology for living in space, as well as …

Noah Petro on NASA's Return to the Moon and the LRO - The Cosmic Companion June 15, 2021

June 15th, 2021

21:19

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we welcome Dr. Noah Petro, Project Scientist for the NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to the show. We talk about exploring the lunar surface, the Artemis …

Bruce Betts of The Planetary Society talks Planetary Defense - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion June 8, 2021

June 8th, 2021

28:48

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we welcome Dr. Bruce Betts to the show. He is Chief Scientist and LightSail Program Manager for The Planetary Society. We will be talking about near-Earth objects, …

Dr. Sabine Stanley JHU - Studying the Atmosphere of Saturn - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion June 1, 2021

June 1st, 2021

21:12

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we are joined by Dr. Sabine Stanley of Johns Hopkins University. Listen in as we talk about her work using computer modeling to study the atmosphere of Saturn.


But …

Elena Provornikova and The Interstellar Probe - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion May 25, 2021

May 25th, 2021

23:06

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we take a look at a project that could become the first mission far into the void between the …

Lunar Eclipse May 26 - The Cosmic Companion Astronomy Minute May 25, 2021

May 25th, 2021

0:57

The Lunar eclipse of May 26th should be a delight for skygazers across the United States - especially those west of the Mississippi!   Here's what's …

Scott Lambros and the James Webb Space Telescope - The Cosmic Companion May 18, 2021

May 18th, 2021

23:39

This week, we take an up-close look at what will be the most-advanced telescope ever to launch into space, the James Webb Space Telescope. We welcome Scott Lambros, Instrument Systems Manager for this remarkable …

Dr. Jack Hughes, Rutgers University - Neutrinos and Supernova Eruptions - The Cosmic Companion May 11, 2021

May 11th, 2021

32:25

This week, we talk with Dr. Jack Hughes, astrophysicist at Rutgers University, telling us of new findings about supernovae, the powerful eruptions …

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 happening, …

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 new …

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 the …

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, …

Does the Sun have a Twin? Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Special Report August 20, 2020

August 21st, 2020

A twin of the Sun, born with our parent star, may still be floating somewhere in space.

A twin of the Sun may have formed along with our solar system, …

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 Allison Youngblood - Using Hubble to Study Earth - Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion Video and Podcast Aug. 18, 2020

August 18th, 2020

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

22:44

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 Montési 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 Montési 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

23:03

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

27:13

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

June 16th, 2020

20:56

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

22:40

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

19:26

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

19:01

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

17:17

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

22:57

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

15:27

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

4:29

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

13:03

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

14:02

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

4:34

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

5:49

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

4:29

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

22:42

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

2:57

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

3:02

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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