JodCast

The Jodcast - astronomy podcast

Monthly astronomy news, interviews and questions. Created by astronomers.
  • April 2017
    Going Radio Gaga. In the wake of some sad news, we talk to Dr. Alessandro Navarrini about new technologies for radio telescopes [11:12 - 29:03], Mateusz Malenta rounds up the latest news [01:12 - 10:59], we find out what we can see in the April night sky from Ian Morison and Claire Bretherton [61:33 - 81:56], and we clear up some loose ends.
  • March 2017 Extra
    FOUR FOUR SIX ZERO. Recently, the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics hosted the UK SETI Reseach Network meeting and we were waiting around corners and outside doors, trying to catch unsuspecting alien hunters to interview. We managed! In the show this time, we interview Jamie Drew and Danny Price from the Breakthrough Initiatives [06:19.50 - 33:32.50], author Stephen Baxter joins us to talk about the interface between science and science-fiction [43:17.50 - 1:10:34.2] and Mat Malenta tackles your questions on the speed of light [1:18:26.5 - 1:35:37]. We are also joined by a special guest presenter, Director of JBCA and alien hunter, Prof. Mike Garrett.
  • March 2017
    Habitable and Earth-like. In the show this time, we talk to Prof Marten van Kerkwijk about pulsar scintellometry [11:34-41:41], Ian Harrison rounds up the latest news [01:10-11:27] and we find out what we can see in the March night sky from Ian Morison and Claire Bretherton [54:05-72:54].
  • February 2017
    Astrologists. In the show this time, we talk to Dr. Teo Munoz Darias about X-ray binaries, [09:40 - 34:45], Mat rounds up the latest news [00:45 - 09:39] and we find out what we can see in the February night sky from Ian Morison and Claire Bretherton [55:46 - 75:52].
  • January 2017 Extra
    A Falcon Led The Iridium Ark. In the show this time, Elaine Sadler talks to us about the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) [14:28 - 32:22], Dr. Indy Leclercq tells us about his diffuse galactic emission research [01:10 - 14:00] and your astronomical questions are answered by Fiona, Ben and George in Ask an Astronomer [50:14 - 01:03:07].
  • December 2016 Extra
    Merry. In the show this time, we talk to Dr. Cristina Romero-Canizales about LIRGI: radio survey of ultra-luminous IR galaxies [27:25 - 42:40], new Director of JBCA, Professor Mike Garrett talks to us in this month's JodBite [05:38 - 27:20], and your astronomy questions are answered by Minnie, Ben, and George in Ask an Astronomer [70:40 - 79:39].
  • December 2016
    The radio star returns. In the show this time, we talk to Professor Ray Norris about EMU: The Evolutionary Map of the Universe [09:03 - 36:19], Ian Harrison rounds up the latest news [01:16-08:57] and we find out what we can see in the December night sky from Ian Morison and Haritina Mogosanu [47:04 - 01:08].
  • November 2016 Extra
    Sleeping Satellites. In the show this time, Katie Detwiler talks to us about the cultural anthropology of ALMA, Dr. Joe Zuntz tells us about weak lensing and his departure from Jodrell Bank and your astronomical questions are answered by Minnie, Ben and George in Ask an Astronomer.
  • November 2016
    Crashing harder than Schiaparelli. In the show this time, we talk to Dr. Laura Spitler about a repeating fast radio burst [10:56 - 33:29], Ian Evans rounds up the latest news [01:42-10:45] and we find out what we can see in the November night sky from Ian Morison and Claire Bretherton [58:07 - 75:10].
  • October 2016 Extra
    Descent into the Maelstrom. In the show this time, Prof. Tetsuo Hatsuda talks to us about quarks and neutron stars [33:1.84 - 55:48.4], Dr. Mitch Mickaliger describes his efforts to search for fast radio transients [01:10.3 - 32:54.5] and your astronomical questions are answered by Dr Iain McDonald in Ask an Astronomer [01:17:44.7 - 01:26:9.7].
  • October 2016
    We need to go faster. In the show this time, we talk to Professor Vik Dhillon about high-speed astronomy [14:12 - 45:47], Mat rounds up the latest news [00:51-14:05] and we find out what we can see in the October night sky from Ian Morison and Claire Bretherton [58:16 - 81:21].
  • September 2016 Extra
    Strange Machines. In the show this time, Dr Michelle Lochner talks to us about machine learning and supernova classification, we say farewell to Megan Argo as she leaves us for new pastures and your astronomical questions are answered by Benjamin Shaw in Ask an Astronomer.
  • September 2016
    More bees than a Proxima hive. In the show this time, we talk to Dr. Francesco Shankar about AGN [11:55 - 38:48], Ian rounds up the latest news [01:34-11:51] and we find out what we can see in the September night sky from Ian Morison and Claire Bretherton [67:33 - 86:50].
  • August 2016
    Sagittarius. In the show this time, we talk to Dr. Betsy Mills about her ALMA observations of Sgr A* [10:06 - 36:12], Megan Argo rounds up the latest news [03:11-09:59] and we find out what we can see in the August night sky from Ian Morison and Haritina Mogosanu [50:47 - 76:41].
  • July 2016 Extra
    Only Coming Through In Waves. In the show this time, Professor Sir Francis Graham-Smith talks to us about his latest book, Eyes On The Sky [2:08 - 1:00:53], and your astronomical questions are answered by Dr Iain McDonald in Ask an Astronomer [1:17:56 - 1:27:46].
  • July 2016
    Things Aren't Simple Anymore. In the show this time, we talk to Prof. Sterl Phinney about pulsars and gravitational waves [13:48 - 47:22], Mat rounds up the latest news [1:47 - 13:26], Ian Morison and Haritina Mogusanu take a look at what's happening in the July night sky [59:24 - 1:33:24] and Fiona, Minnie and Alex consider the impact of the EU referendum on UK science.
  • June 2016 Extra
    Deep and Wavy. In the show this time, we talk to Professor James Dunlop about the ALMA observations of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field [12:50 - 31:15], Minnie Mao tells us about Double Radio Sources Associated with Galactic Nuclei in this month's JodBite [01:29 - 12:43], and your astronomy questions are answered by Dr. Joe Zuntz in Ask an Astronomer [21:36 - 47:01].
  • June 2016
    Nga mihi o Te Tau Hou. In the show this time, we talk to the Vice President at the Society for Maori Astronomy Research and Traditions (SMART), Toa Waaka [12:08 - 51:02], Ian rounds up the latest news [02:02 - 11:58] and we find out what we can see in the June night sky from Ian Morison and Haritina Mogosanu [65:02 - 93:09].
  • NAM 2015 Retrospective
    NAM 2015 Retrospective. In the show this time, we cast our ears back to the National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) in July 2015. We talk to Dr. Brook Simmons, Becky Smethhurst and Tom Melvin about Galaxy Zoo [00:02:22.698 - 00:13:16.015], Dr. Carolin Villforth about quasars [00:14:57.590 - 00:18:29.526], Professor Pedro Ferreira about general relativity [00:20:17.943 - 00:22:45.439] and Dr. Matt Taylor about the Rosetta mission [00:24:19.101 - 00:35:58.795]. We also have interviews with Professor Jo Dunkley about the cosmic microwave background [00:36:37.046 - 00:39:41.633], Dr. Daniel Brown about archeoastronomy [00:40:59.291 - 00:53:29.898] and Lars Mejnertsen about Neptune's magnetosphere [00:54:50.916 - 00:58:03.049].
  • May 2016 Extra
    The Ocean Machine Is Set To 9. In the show this time, Dr. Sambit Roychowdhury talks to us about dwarf galaxies [17:22 - 38:44], Professor Phillipa Browning talks to us about the Sun in this month's Jodbite [2:30- 17:15], and your astronomical questions are answered by Professor Tim O' Brien in Ask an Astronomer [54:02 - 1:13:04].
  • May 2016
    Reaching Out. In the show this time, we talk to Richard Lake [11:33 - 18:19], Dr. Sarah Crowther [18:23 - 22:55], and Dr. Giles Johnson [23:03 - 29:05] at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, Mateusz Malenta rounds up the latest news [00:46 - 09:47] and we find out what we can see in the May night sky from Ian Morison and Haritina Mogosanu [39:13 - 71:54].
  • April 2016 Extra
    In the show this time, we talk to Dr Izaskun Jiminez-Serra about astrochemistry [00:13:35.215 - 00:42:22.470], Professor Richard Battye tells us about the SuperCLuster Assisted Shear Survey in this month's JodBite [00:01:40.745 - 00:12:22.141], and your astronomy questions are answered by Dr Anna Scaife in Ask an Astronomer [01:12:22.804 - 01:19:56.926].
  • April 2016
    Radio Burst. In the show this time, we talk to Professor Mihalis Mathioudakis about solar magnetism [11:05 - 28:16], Ian Harrison rounds up the latest news [02:22 - 10:55] and we find out what we can see in the April night sky from Ian Morison and Haritina Mogosanu [47:27 - 84:03].
  • March 2016
    United In Radio Silence. For the second time in history we are recording live with a studio audience in celebration of a decade of Jodcasting! In the show this time, we talk to about Stuart Lowe and David Ault about how they founded the show [32:29.065 - 48:24.770], Mark Purver and Jen Gupta return to tell us about their lives since their Jodcast tenure ended [48:43.409 - 1:03:25.350] and Chris Lintott was interviewed for the 7th time about the Zooniverse and his recent wildlife-counting trip to the Antarctic [1:50:02.660 - 2:09:54.835]. We find out what we can see in the march night sky from Ian Morison and Haritina Mogusanu [05:58.660 - 32:07.621] and our live studio audience pose their questions to the largest ever Ask An Astronomer panel [1:03:52.335 - 1:49:42.400] .
  • February 2016
    Recovering. Last month, we had the BBC here at Jodrell Bank for the filming of the annual Stagazing Live specials. We were lucky enough to get backstage access, leading to some fantastic interviews with those involved in the show and in The Zooniverse's new citizen science project Pulsar Hunters. In the show this time, we talk to Sally Cooper about her role as Pulsar Hunter during BBC Stargazing Live [11:03.863 - 26:25.420], Dr Brooke Simmons about Pulsar Zoo and her role behind the scenes of the public's search for new pulsars [28:26.288 - 46:45.977], Dr Matt Taylor, Rosetta's project lead, about the current status of the mission [47:30.176 - 1:19:28.576] and Professor Lucie Green about the Sun's magnetosphere [1:20:18.010 - 1:40:09.531]. Ian rounds up the latest news [1:53.675 - 09:54.186] and we find out what we can see in the February night sky from Ian Morison and Haritina Mogosanu [1:40:17.012 - 2:15:38.065].
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