Category: The Solar System

September 4, 2019 / Astrophysics

Hurricanes are regular visitors to the Walkabout Studios at the University of Central Florida, but not to the planet Venus, whose slow rotation makes for rather dull weather. High of 900 degrees is forecast for…

May 30, 2019 / Earth

NASA unveils a new accelerated timeline to get astronauts forward (not back, get it?) to the Moon in 2024 with the new Artemis program. The astroquarks bring you up to speed on the latest space…

May 30, 2019 / Astrophysics

The astroquarks discuss news about lunar quakes and Venus… volcanoes. But volcanoes doesn’t rhyme with quakes, so I sacrificed alliteration for rhyming. Venus may be volcanically active, at least on relatively recent geological timescales. If…

May 30, 2019 / Astrophysics

From a human-made crater (well, spacecraft-made) on an asteroid, to the Moon-forming impact, to an accelerating pace of black hole merger detections, the astroquarks survey the latest news in astronomical collisions. The asteroid Apophis has…

May 30, 2019 / Astrophysics

Scientists have been chasing methane on Mars for years. It’s a slippery little molecule that doesn’t stick around very long and has several biological (as well as non-biological) sources. The armada of spacecraft at Mars…

May 30, 2019 / Black Holes

We discuss the dramatic first view of a black hole in a special episode recorded in front of a live audience. In addition to the Event Horizon Telescope’s image, bonus nerd trivia, and an abundance…