Episodes

Mars - The UAE Mission

Feb. 11, 2021

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff. Space Nuts Episode 239 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley Mars – The UAE Mission ●The UAE Mars Mission…even though Andrew keeps calling it the Moon mission…heaven knows where hi…

Mars

Feb. 4, 2021

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff. Space Nuts Episode 238 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley Mars - A Primer ●Probing the Martian Atmosphere – from a time when it was warm and wet. ●    Getting to Mars faster….an…

The TOI-178 System

Jan. 28, 2021

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff. Space Nuts Episode 237 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley The TOI-178 System ●The discovery of some new exoplanets that are proving to be a bit of a mystery. So, what’s going on…

Protected

Jan. 21, 2021

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff. Space Nuts Episode 236 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley Protected ●Passing of a new law protecting historic space history sites. ●Detecting gravitational waves using an observ…

'the need for speed'

Jan. 14, 2021

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… ●    Chines…

Buffering

Dec. 24, 2020

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…

The Great Conjunction

Dec. 17, 2020

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…

Welcome Home!

Dec. 10, 2020

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 th…

A New Atlas of the Universe

Dec. 3, 2020

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 spect…

RIP Arecibo Observatory

Nov. 26, 2020

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 fe…

A SpaceX Delivery

Nov. 19, 2020

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…

The Dish

Nov. 12, 2020

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…

Milestone Reached

Nov. 6, 2020

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. - Listen…

NASA's Big Tease

Oct. 29, 2020

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 th…

Spaghettification

Oct. 22, 2020

- 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 pr…

About That Fake Asteroid

Oct. 15, 2020

- 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, link…

24 Exoplanets

Oct. 8, 2020

- 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 que…

The Ice Lakes of Mars

Oct. 1, 2020

- 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…

Rosetta Spacecraft - Back In The News

Sept. 24, 2020

- 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. - L…

Life On Venus?

Sept. 17, 2020

- 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 And…

'The Moon's Going Rusty'

Sept. 10, 2020

-“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 abo…

Free-Floating Planetary-Mass Objects

Sept. 3, 2020

- 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 & …

Leaky ISS

Aug. 27, 2020

- 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…

A Ring Galaxy Discovery

Aug. 20, 2020

- 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 plausibl…