Category: Astrophysics

July 1, 2020 / Astrophysics

The 200th episode of Walkabout the Galaxy goes from odd Earthly atmospheric “elves” to mysterious new fundamental particles called axions, with a stop by Jupiter’s fuzzy core on the way. To capture the essential Astroquarkiness…

June 12, 2020 / Astrophysics

Astronomers may have found the smoking gun for fast radio bursts in the form of a magnetar in our own galaxy. These highly magnetic neutron stars now look like the best bet as the sources…

May 26, 2020 / Astrophysics

Everyone’s favorite scary astronomical object, the black hole, just got a bit closer to home with the discovery of a modest, stellar-sized black hole a mere 1000 light years from the solar system. Top quark…

April 29, 2020 / Astrophysics

We love antimatter, and we love the matter-antimatter paradox. How come there was just a smidge more matter in the universe than antimatter? Neutrinos, the wispiest of particles, may provide a clue. We also check…

April 29, 2020 / Astrophysics

The astroquarks show remarkable restraint by refusing to say that Uranus emitted a big blob of gas. Instead they keep things astronomically professional with the discovery of a plasma bubble near the 7th planet in…

April 29, 2020 / Astrophysics

Professor Yan Fernandez, Principal Scientist of the Arecibo Observatory, joins Josh and Addie to talk about the unique capabilities of this enormous (300 meters!) radio telescope to study everything from the Earth’s atmosphere out to…