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The latest astronomy and space news from around the world. PLUS casual interviews with astronomers and other scientists seeking to understand the cosmos. All delivered in an easy-to-understand style with a dash of humor. Named Best Astronomy Podcast in the world by Starlust! https://starlust.org/space-podcasts Coming up March 16: Neil deGrasse Tyson! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-cosmic-companion/support
 
The Cosmic Force Podcast is your home for the wild world of Star Wars Comics. Brought to you by Youtini.com, the premier site for all things Star Wars comics and novels, The Cosmic Force is here to make the comics accessible to new fans and veterans alike. The graphical medium is home to some of the best new Star Wars stories, and it's time to discover what you're missing. Check out our exhilarating Discord community where you can join in the ever-changing world of Star Wars comics and novel ...
 
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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, and how we might protect our world from potentially-hazardous asteroids and comets. But first, we journey back almost 75,000 years,…
 
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 first, we go about as far back in time as we can get, examining conditions in the first millionth of a second after the Big Bang. N…
 
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 stars – the Interstellar Probe. We'll talk with Dr. Elena Provornikova from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory about this futuristic mission. But first, we journey far back in time, to…
 
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 happening, where you can see it, and more! This is the first episode of a new idea - The Astronomy Minute! One story, told in 60 seconds or less - what do you think? What do you think - should we make mo…
 
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 instrument, back to the show! But first, we look at new evidence for volcanic eruptions on Mars in the surprisingly-recent past. We also h…
 
With the comic books comes new interpretations of our favorite Star Wars characters. How do they stack up against themselves in the novels, movies, and games? The Cosmic Force crew is here to find out. Join Tyler, Emma, Caleb, and Jacob as they discuss the nuances of our favorite original trilogy heroes and villains.…
 
This week, we talk with Dr. Jack Hughes, astrophysicist at Rutgers University, telling us of new findings about supernovae, the powerful eruptions that can mark the end of life for massive stars. But first, we will use computer simulations to peer inside the atmosphere of Saturn. We will look in on an unusual yellow supernova, and find what made th…
 
The big crossover event is a staple of comic book publishing. However, until recently, it was an area that Star Wars truly hadn't explored. Join The Cosmic Force crew as Tyler, Emma, Caleb, and Jacob talk about what you need to know before reading War of the Bounty Hunters!Bởi Youtini
 
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. But, first, we're going to take a look at the future of space exploration, as China successfully launches Tianhe, the first module i…
 
The Cosmic Force crew is hitting the ground running with their first roundtable, discussing Kieron Gillen's Doctor Aphra Vol. 1. This series was Aphra's first solo title, and cemented her as a fan favorite. Aphra is a breath of fresh air in the Star Wars galaxy, and the podcast team is excited to talk about her.…
 
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 exploding star that should have been seen on Earth three centuries ago - and wasn't. Next, we take a look at the Chinese Space Station Teles…
 
In a galaxy FULL of Star Wars comics, where in the world should you start? In this episode we’ll dive into the five core comics we recommend as the perfect jumping on point—with classic characters, characters original to the comics, and even a recommendation that’s an absolute blast from the past. . .…
 
Welcome to the first episode of The Cosmic Force! Join Tyler, Emma, Caleb, and Jacob as they take you through the world of Star Wars Comics. Today, we will focus on how to start with comics. There will be a balance of advice for newbies and veterans alike. We're so excited to bring this new show to you for the first time.…
 
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 will discuss the design, testing, operation of this remarkable little robotic explorer. Next, we will be joined by Andrew Fazekas,…
 
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, and how to see this beautiful display in the night sky. Watch the full interview with him on April 20th, when we will talk about ama…
 
This week, we welcome Affelia Wibisono from University College London to the show, discussing the first discovery of X-rays seen radiating from the ice giant planet Uranus. But, next up, we take a look at the oldest, closest pairs of quasars yet seen in the early Universe. We will also look at the pulsar at the core of the Crab Nebula, revealing se…
 
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 three-time Shuttle astronaut Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space. She also just became the first woman to …
 
This week, we have a double interview, talking with astronomer Alan Jackson and astrophysicist Steven Desch. We will talk about their new study of 'Oumuamua, an interstellar body which visited our solar system in 2017. But first, we look at some odd geology on the Red Planet, as researchers learn how spiders on Mars form. We also see new images of …
 
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 study that may have found the final resting place of the ancient water of Mars. In other watery news, we look at how life may be …
 
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 intelligence, Carl Sagan, and a whole lot more. But first, we learn about one of the biggest problems in astrophysics, as a new study lends further evidence to questions about the expansion rate of the Univers…
 
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 other may be largely covered in volcanoes. Plus, a sneak preview of next week's episode, when we will be joined by Neil deGrasse Tyson…
 
This week, we are joined by Dr. Elisabeth Newton, astronomer at Dartmouth College, who recently discovered three new worlds around the dwarf star TOI 451. But first, we're going to take a look at a new study showing that water worlds like Earth may be common around the galaxy. Next, we take a look at a new image of Venus, taken by the Parker Solar …
 
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 Martian exploration. First, we welcome Martian geologist Dr. Kirsten Siebach back to the show. She will give us a first-person look at ho…
 
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 of NASA's upcoming project, the Europa Clipper. But first, we kick off the fortnight of Mars, as the first two of three new spacec…
 
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, and we will be talking about his work uncovering conditions on the seven worlds of the TRAPPIST-1 system. But first, we look at a study proposing a new way to find dark matter – one of the greatest mys…
 
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 TRAPPIST-1 solar system, where we find each of the seven worlds in that system are surprisingly alike. Next, we look at a new stu…
 
This week, we talk to Dr. Kirsten Siebach, a Martian geologist from Rice University, talking about her work uncovering secrets of the climate of ancient Mars. But first, we study a newly-discovered system of exoplanets featuring an extreme planet of molten lava. Next, we learn about a so-called cotton-candy planet with a density so low it wasn't th…
 
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 time, exploring the oldest quasar ever seen by astronomers. Finally, we will examine the remains of a star that was seen exploding 1…
 
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 magnetic field surrounding a planet in an alien solar system. But first, we examine an unusual radio signal coming from our closest stellar neighbor that looks like it may have been created by an intellige…
 
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 10 astronomy and space stories we can expect to see unfold in 2021. Learn about the two lunar eclipses happening in 2021, the return of Russia to the Moon, the launch of Artemis 1, and much more! Listen t…
 
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 106906, which might resemble an unseen ninth planet in our own solar system. But first, we journey far out in space and back in time, as astronomers lay their sights on the most distant – and oldest – gal…
 
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 the first large sample of an asteroid to Earth. But first, we take a look at a new study teaching us how spiders react to living i…
 
This week, we welcome Dr. Michael Wurm from the Borexino Collaboration to the show. He recently led a new study examining neutrino emissions from the Sun, revealing details of the nuclear furnace burning at the heart of our parent star. But first, we head out to the outskirts of the Solar System, where the long-lived Voyager spacecraft have seen qu…
 
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 full Moon. This is the closest visible conjunction of the planets seen since the year 1226. We take a look at what to expect, and how to best prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime celestial event. --- Send …
 
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 evidence of a possible megaflood on Mars in the ancient solar system. But, first, we examine fusion processes at the core of our Sun, using a detector buried deep underground. We also take a look at a sun…
 
This week, we welcome Wen-fai Fong of Northwestern University to the show, talking about her work studying kilonova explosions and collisions of neutron stars. But first, we will look at new findings showing the Universe is getting hotter, and we will examine the mysterious Blue Ring Nebula. Next, we will journey back in time to the ancient solar s…
 
This week, we welcome Laura Fackrell, geochemist at the University of Georgia, to the show. We will be discussing her work developing soil for farms on Mars, capable of growing crops to feed interplanetary colonists. We will also journey out beyond our solar system, where Voyager 2 hears from NASA for the first time in months. We examine a tiny ast…
 
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 any night this week. Subscribe to this channel and never miss a story! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-cosmic-compani…
 
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 computer modeling and humble slime mold. We'll also take a look at the future of farming on Mars, as a new study examines how to turn Martian…
 
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. Learn more at https://thecosmiccompanion.net/water-on-the-moon-isnt-just-hiding-in-the-shadows --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-co…
 
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 at the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which touched down last week on the surface of the asteroid Bennu. We examine a new study identifying 1,…
 
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 supermassive black hole in the early Universe. But first, we take a look at the massive red giant star Betelgeuse, finding it's not as big –or…
 
This week, we are joined by Dr. Maciek Wielgus, astronomer at Harvard University, speaking to us from Gdansk, Poland. We will discuss his work revealing glittering around the supermassive black hole at the center of the M 87 galaxy. But first, we look at a new study identifying 24 exoplanets that appear to be even friendlier to life than Earth. We …
 
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 the University of Hertfordshire, joining us from London. These researchers were at the heart of the new study showing how much of the go…
 
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 supermassive black holes? Dr. Roberto Gilli from the National Institute for Astrophysics in Italy will join us October 20 to talk about this discovery. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-…
 
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