Episodes

January 14, 2021

'the need for speed'

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff. Space Nuts Episode 235 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley ‘a need for speed’ ●A need for speed – wondering why 2020 seemed to move along so quickly? Fred knows why… ●    Chinese Astronomers nearly 600...

December 24, 2020

Buffering

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff. Space Nuts Episode 234 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley Buffering - In this episode, Andrew throws questions from listeners at Fred without notice. And Fred answers them...is there anything he doesn’t...

December 17, 2020

The Great Conjunction

Space Nuts Episode 233 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley ‘The Great Conjunction’ - The great conjunction...so what’s so important about this rare celestial event? - The link between radio bursts and the flares of cool stars. - Listener...

December 10, 2020

Welcome Home!

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff. Space Nuts Episode 232 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley - Hayabusa 2 successfully returns….Fred explains why this mission was so important. - NASA’s plans to contract out the collection of moondust....

December 03, 2020

A New Atlas of the Universe

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff. Space Nuts Episode 231 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley - The Australian CSIRO Million Galaxies Survey from ASKAP (The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder) has spectacular results - Fred has...

November 26, 2020

RIP Arecibo Observatory

Space Nuts podcast Episode 230 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley - RIP Arecibo. Fred discusses the importance of the venerable site...and what it’s loss will mean. - Listener questions galore...this episode we feature questions from...

November 19, 2020

A SpaceX Delivery

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff. Space Nuts Episode 229 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley - SpaceX delivers four astronauts to the ISS in a historic mission. - Now there’s a use for old rocket bodies... - A new research paper has...

November 12, 2020

The Dish

Space Nuts Episode 228 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley - The Parkes Radio Telescope, made famous by the movie ‘The Dish’ is in the news. Fred explains why… - The Galah Project has thrown up some interesting new data. Fred has the latest...

November 06, 2020

Milestone Reached

Space Nuts Episode 227with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley - Happy Milestone ISS - another record goes into the history books. - Is it really all about to end for us? Fred spells out the facts...so relax. - Listener questions - first up - A...

October 29, 2020

NASA's Big Tease

Space Nuts Episode 226 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley - More water on the moon than first thought? That’s what NASA’s big tease was about this week….Fred has the details. - And while on the moon, what about this Nokia 4G Network….fact...

October 22, 2020

Spaghettification

- A stars death by spaghettification. Fred explains... - The OSIRIS-rex mission...a perspective and some background. - Listener questions this week. We revisit the movie Interstellar with a correction to the answer of a previous question...and the...

October 15, 2020

About That Fake Asteroid

- Fake asteroid news? - Take a listen to the sound of the Milky Way...beautiful...and clever. - A bunch of listener questions this week all from listener Asley. Fred has answers for all of them… For more Space Nuts, links, and to stream podcast...

October 08, 2020

24 Exoplanets

- Nobel Prize winners for 2020... - A new study of Comets suggests earth may have a second alignment plane...  - A new report suggests there may be 24 exoplanets with a better potential for life than Earth. - Listener questions this week come from...

October 01, 2020

The Ice Lakes of Mars

- Mars is back in the news with new data on the South Pole’s lakes….Fred has the details. - Looking to buy a telescope? Fred has some advice - The Square Kilometer Array, a project that Fred is very close to, made the news this week. An update. -...

September 24, 2020

Rosetta Spacecraft - Back In The News

- Data from the Rosetta Spacecraft is back in the news - Fred has the details. - Apparently Russia is claiming Venus as their planet. What? - NASA’s plans to return to the moon have been released. We have the details. - Listener questions this week...

September 17, 2020

Life On Venus?

- Could there really be life on Venus? Fred has the latest…  - Listener question time...as we work our way through the backlog we address questions about lasers in space and spy agencies, binary stars and more. Fred and Andrew have answers. For more...

September 10, 2020

'The Moon's Going Rusty'

-“The moon’s going rusty’ - The Rusty crust of the moon...so what’s going on? - Sorry - No sign of alien technology according to a new study… - China’s X37B Spacecraft... - Listener question time...questions this week about Mu1 Scorpii and the...

September 03, 2020

Free-Floating Planetary-Mass Objects

- Free-floating planets - Just what are they? Fred explains... - Is our Sun a part of a binary system? Discussion ensues... - Listener question time...Paul in Victoria (Australia) asks why haven’t we been back to Uranus & Neptune since Voyager 2....

August 27, 2020

Leaky ISS

- The leak in the ISS - repairs are underway... - The ice moon Europa...what’s up around its poles? - Listener question time...Telescopes and the atmosphere...should we relocate them to the Moon or Mars? And, why slingshot around Venus to go to...

August 20, 2020

A Ring Galaxy Discovery

- A ring galaxy discovery...so just what is a ring galaxy? Fred has the answers… - Lunar Landing Modules ...polluting the lunar ice? - Listener question time...Our place in the Universe...a wild theory...but is it plausible? Plus could there be a...

August 13, 2020

Question Time

Space Nuts Episode 215 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley - Question time...as Andrew & Fred tackle some of the more pressing questions from our global audience… - Meanwhile, in Australia, the venerable Parkes Radio Telescope has been...

August 06, 2020

The Crashed Vikram Lander - Found

- As we all know, India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission to the Moon ended with the Vikram Lander crashing...and lost. Now they’ve found it Fred has the story. - The rivers on Mars may have been formed under sheets of ice. That’s the new theory. Fred has the...

July 30, 2020

The Mars Rush of 2020 Is On

Space Nuts Episode 213 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley - NASA’s mission to Mars - the rush is on - exciting times ahead…...

July 23, 2020

Introducing: Gregory Peck

- Mars season kicks off with the UAE successfully heading off to the Red Planet... - It would seem Venus has active volcanoes still. So what does this mean? - Listener questions…what on earth is a Terrascope? Fred explains and a question asking ‘If...