Season 25

A Close Encounter with the Planet Mercury

July 1, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 72 *A close encounter with the planet Mercury The BepiColombo spacecraft has just undertaken its second close flyby of the planet Mercury. *Parker Solar Probe Completes 12th Perihelion NASA’s …

Dead Star Caught Ripping Up Its Planetary System

June 29, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 71 *Dead star caught ripping up its planetary system Astronomers have been given a sobering glimpse of the ultimate fate of planet Earth as they watched a Sun like star at the end of its life ri…

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Monster Black Hole Discovery

June 27, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 70 *Monster black hole discovery Astronomers have discovered a supermassive black hole that’s consuming as much mass as the planet Ear…

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Detecting Invisible Monsters Floating Unseen In Space

June 24, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 69 *Detecting invisible monsters floating unseen in space Astronomers may have discovered the first free-floating black hole in the Milky Way galaxy – an invisible monster devouring anything tha…

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GAIA’s Long Awaited Third Data Release

June 22, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 68 *A treasure trove of galactic information in GAIA’s long awaited third data release The European Space Agency has finally published the long awaited GAIA mission third data release. The findi…

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Evidence That Earth’s Inner Core Oscillates

June 20, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 67 *Evidence that Earth’s inner core oscillates Scientists have discovered that the Earth’s inner core oscillates, contradicting previ…

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Mars Probe MAVEN Back In Service

June 17, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 66 *Mars probe MAVEN back in service following a major glitch NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is finally back in operation after defaulting into an emergency safety mode in February. Mission managers ev…

Earth’s Magnetic Poles Aren’t About To Flip

June 15, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 65 *New study says Earth’s magnetic poles aren’t about to flip A new study claims the South Atlantic Anomaly -- a mysterious region where the Earth’s geomagnetic field strength is decreasing rap…

Strange Neutron Star Discovered In Stellar Graveyard

June 13, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 64 *Strange neutron star discovered in stellar graveyard Astronomers have discovered a mysterious new type of neutron star. The star n…

New Evidence On Earth Of An Ancient Supernova

June 10, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 63 *New evidence on Earth of an ancient supernova New chemistry forensics suggests that a meteorite named Hypatia which was discovered in the Egyptian desert might be the first tangible evidence…

Astronomers Find Hidden Trove of Massive Black Holes

June 8, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 62 *Astronomers find hidden trove of massive black holes Astronomers have discovered a previously overlooked treasure trove of large black holes hiding deep inside dwarf galaxies. The newly dis…

A Successful Test Of The New Phoenix Rocket Engine

June 6, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 61 *A successful test of the new Phoenix rocket engine Gilmour Space Technologies says it’s still aiming to undertake an orbital test …

Strange New Readings From Voyager 1 In Interstellar Space

June 3, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 60 *Strange new readings from Voyager 1 in interstellar space While the Voyager 1 spacecraft continues to return science data and otherwise operate as normal, the mission team is searching for t…

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The Sun As You've Never Seen It Before

June 1, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 59 *The Sun as you've never seen it before Powerful flares, breathtaking views across the solar poles, and a curious solar "hedgehog" are among the treasure-trove of spectacular images and data …

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Has An Ancient Doorway Been Found On Mars – Well No!

May 30, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 58 *Has an ancient doorway been found on Mars – well no! NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has taken an image of what looks like a doorway leading into a secret alien temple hidden in a cliff face on …

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Do Black Holes Flip Their Poles?

May 20, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 57 *Do black holes flip their poles? Astronomers have just witnessed a rare and enigmatic event which may be the first evidence of a supermassive black hole flipping its poles and reversing pola…

The Biggest Marsquake Ever Recorded

May 18, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 56 *The biggest Marsquake ever recorded Astronomers have detected the largest marsquake ever recorded on the red planet. *Psyche miss…

First Image Of The Milky Way’s Central Black Hole

May 16, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 55 *First image of the Milky Way’s central black hole Astronomers have unveiled the first ever direct image of Sagittarius A* the supe…

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Scientists Want To Probe Uranus

May 13, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 54 *Scientists want to probe Uranus Astronomers are recommending a new mission to explore the ice giant Uranus. The push comes thanks to a planetary alignment which would allow a spacecraft to …

Why The Moon's Near And Far Sides Look So Different

May 11, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 53 *Why the Moon’s near and far sides look so different A new study supports earlier claims that the dichotomy between the lunar near and far side was caused by a colossal ancient impact billion…

A New Type Of Stellar Explosion

May 9, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 52 *A new type of stellar explosion Astronomers have discovered a new kind of stellar explosion that could be commonplace in the unive…

Solar Storm Triggers Radio Blackouts

April 29, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 51 *Solar storm triggers radio blackouts in Australia A severe X1.1 class solar flare erupting from the surface of the Sun has caused strong shortwave radio blackouts across Australia, the Weste…

Earths Seafloor Spreading Slowing Down

April 27, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 50 *Seafloor spreading slowing down A new study claims that sea floor spreading of the Earth’s tectonic plates along the planet’s mid …

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Why Venus Rotates So Slowly And In The Wrong Direction

April 25, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 49 *Why Venus rotates so slowly and in the wrong direction A new study suggests the planet Venus is gravitationally tidally locked to …

Guest: Tim Mendham

Mars Perseverance Rover Sets New Record

April 22, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 48 *Mars Perseverance Rover sets a new record on the red planet NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover is continuing to set new records on the…

Discovery Of A Missing Link In The Origins Of Supermassive Black Holes

April 20, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 47 *Discovery of a missing link in the origins of supermassive black holes Astronomers have identified a rapidly growing black hole in…

The Largest Comet Ever Seen

April 18, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 46 *The largest comet ever seen NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered the largest comet ever seen – a 130 kilometre wide monste…

Russia To End Co-operation On International Space Station

April 15, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 45 *Russia to end co-operation on International Space Station The Russian Federal space agency Roscosmos is briefing Moscow on its pla…

Solar Orbiter’s Closest Approach To The Surface Of The Sun

April 13, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 44 *Solar Orbiter’s closest approach to the surface of the Sun The joint ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter spacecraft has undertaken its closest …

The Farthest and Earliest Galaxy Ever Seen

April 11, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 43 *The farthest and earliest galaxy ever seen Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement of the most distant star ever seen – astro…

Artemis 1 Undergoes A Full Launch Dress Rehearsal

April 8, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 42 *Artemis 1 undergoes a full launch dress rehearsal Two weeks after rolling out onto Space Launch complex 39B from the historic Vehi…

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Ice, Ice, Ice, Baby

April 6, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 41 *What created Pluto’s giant ice volcanos A new study suggests that the giant cryovolcanoes seen across the surface of the distant f…

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The Most Distant Star Ever Seen; Discovery of a New Inner Milky Way Galactic Ring;

April 4, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 40 *The most distant star ever seen Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have set a new record for the most distant star ev…

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New Properties Discovered In Hybrid Matter-Antimatter Helium

April 1, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 39 *New properties discovered in hybrid matter -- antimatter helium Physicists have found that a hybrid matter -- antimatter helium at…

Strange Happenings Aboard The International Space Station

March 30, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 38 *Strange happenings aboard the International Space Station Three Russian Cosmonauts have surprized the world emerging from their newly arrived capsule aboard the International Space Station w…

Gaia Mission Finds Parts Of The Milky Way Much Older Than Expected

March 28, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 37 *Gaia mission finds parts of the Milky Way much older than expected Using data from ESA's Gaia mission, astronomers have shown that…

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Solar Orbiter About To Make Its Closest Approach To The Sun

March 25, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 36 *Solar Orbiter about to make its closest approach to the Sun The joint ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter spacecraft has now passed the orbit of Mercury – the nearest planet to the Sun and will shortly m…

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NASA Extends the Mars Helicopter’s Mission

March 23, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 35 *NASA extends the Mars helicopter’s mission NASA has extended flight operations of its Mars Ingenuity Helicopter through to at leas…

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Massive Bubbles at Center of Milky Way Caused by Supermassive Black Hole

March 21, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 34 *Massive bubbles at center of Milky Way caused by supermassive black hole A new study has shown how giant bubbles stretching some 3…

Guest: Tim Mendham
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The Dinosaur’s Last Spring

March 18, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 33 *The dinosaur’s last spring A new study has concluded that the KT boundary event asteroid which killed the non-avian dinosaurs hit during the northern hemisphere's spring. *Supermassive blac…

Astronomers Shocked By the Nearest Ever Fast Radio Burst

March 16, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 32 *Astronomers shocked by the nearest ever Fast Radio Burst Astronomers have tracked a mysterious cosmic flash known as a Fast Radio Burst down to a globular cluster in a nearby spiral galaxy c…

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The Mysterious World of 16 Psyche

March 14, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 31 *The mysterious world of 16 Psyche The asteroid 16 Psyche, which NASA intends to visit with a spacecraft in 2026, may be less heavy…

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A “Hot Jupiter’s” Dark Side Revealed in Detail for First Time

March 11, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 30 *A “hot Jupiter’s” dark side is revealed in detail for first time Astronomers have obtained the clearest view yet of the perpetual dark side of a hot Jupiter exoplanet that is “tidally locked…

Discovery of a Black Hole Spinning on its Side

March 9, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 29 *Discovery of a black hole spinning on its side Astronomers have discovered a black hole in a binary star system which appears to be spinning on its side. The discovery reported in the journa…

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How Russia’s War Against Ukraine Has Changed Space Operations

March 7, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 28 *How Russia’s war against Ukraine has changed space operations NASA and the European Space Agency are exploring new ways to keep th…

Guest: Tim Mendham
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Perseverance Celebrates First Year on Mars

March 4, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 27 *Perseverance celebrates its first year on Mars NASA's Mars Perseverance rover has celebrated its first year on the surface of the red planet. *How lightning actually starts A new study has…

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Giant Solar Eruption

March 2, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 26 *Giant solar eruption The Earth has escaped a major geomagnetic storm event. Luckily the huge blast – occurred on the opposite side of the Sun to the Earth. *Ancient dwarf galaxy reconstruct…

Cosmic Cannibalism

Feb. 28, 2022

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast. SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 25 *Cosmic cannibalism Observations from the latest data release by the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission have allowed astronomers …

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New Record for Binary Brown Dwarfs

Feb. 25, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 24 *New record for binary brown dwarfs Astronomers has discovered a rare pair of brown dwarfs that have the widest separation of any brown dwarf binary system ever found. *Optus 11 to fly on th…

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Earth’s Water was Around Before Earth

Feb. 23, 2022

SpaceTime Series 25 Episode 23 *Earth’s water was around before Earth A new study has concluded that Earth’s water was already present in that part of the solar system when the planet formed. *Science suspended on Mars du…