5 Minute Astronomy


Mars, Blakesley Burkhart
Saturn, Blakesley Burkhart
Pluto, Blakesley Burkhart
Nova, history of astronomy
astronomy, shutdown




May 2014
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 On this episode we hear from Dr. Shy Genel about the Illustris cosmological simulation

Direct download: Shy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:09pm CDT

Arthur tells us about a new telescope called the Dragonfly and how it will help us understand dwarf galaxies.

Direct download: dragonfly.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:02am CDT

Today we talk about the New Horizons Spacecraft which is on its way to Pluto and its moons.

Direct download: pluto.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:19pm CDT

Direct download: jupiterspot.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm CDT

Direct download: starbirth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37am CDT

Direct download: brownd.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm CDT

Direct download: europa.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:56pm CDT

Direct download: icecube.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:07am CDT

Direct download: gravwave.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:07pm CDT

Anna William and Arthur Eigenbrot tell us about runaway stars in our MilkyWay Galaxy including visible runaway stars! 

Direct download: movingstars.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:23pm CDT

Today we talk about the oldest star ever discovered to date and how it was found! Tune in!

Direct download: radiastro_440.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:23pm CDT

Arthur Eigenbrot and Jenna Ryon fill us in on the latest from Stephan Hawking!

Direct download: radio_astro_2_18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:13pm CDT

Gaia soon goes online to map precise distances to 1 billion stars in our Galaxy!  

Direct download: gaia.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22am CDT

On today's episode, two astronomy undergraduates (Emy Rivera, Univ. Puerto Rico and Joseph Putko, Univ. Middleberry)  tell us why they chose to study astronomy for their majos.  Joseph rounds out the episode by  singing us the Astro Blues!

Direct download: joseph_emy_astroblues.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:40pm CDT

Tonight! Arthur Eigenbrot tells us a bit about the BOSS survey and how it will help us solve big problems in extragalactic astronomy.

Direct download: arthurboss.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:19am CDT

Does sending humans to other star systems sounds like science fiction?  It might just become reality with your help!  Listen to this podcast to here how you can submit your ideas to the 100 year starship program (www.100yss.org) mission.

Direct download: thestarsthelimit.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:53pm CDT

On this episode I will discuss the latest space mission of China to the moon: The Chang3 lander and Jade Rabbit rover.  One small hop for a rabbit, one giant leap for China!

Direct download: jade.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34am CDT

Learn about how you can go to space as a private citizen. Just make sure you have atleast $200,000 in hand!  We also review past updates to the LHC as they continue to verify the discovery of the Higgs Boston.

Direct download: virgingalacticblastoff.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:16am CDT

Natalie Gosnell at UW Madison tells us how she uses the Hubble Space Telescope to study star clusters in our galaxy.  Later in the episode she shares some advice about starting a career in astronomy.

Direct download: natalie_starcluster.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:54pm CDT

Kenny Rudinger (UW Madison Physics Graduate student) explains what the Higgs Boson is and why it is important for the standard model of particle physics.

Direct download: hugsboson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:19am CDT

Light Pollution!! Yuck!!  In this short episode learn a bit more about light pollution and what you can do to help prevent it!

Direct download: lightpollution.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:15am CDT

This episode briefly introduces the concept of space weather and the aurora!  Check it out!

Direct download: aurora.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:10am CDT