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All things Space – astronomy, news, travel, discoveries, the mysteries and more…with world renown and respected Astronomer At Large Professor Fred Watson and Broadcaster/Journalist/Sci-Fi Writer Andrew Dunkley. You can become a crew member, support the podcast and help us reach our goals via Supercast or Patreon Join our Facebook group to interact with like-minded listeners: Click Here

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April 29, 2021 57 min

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.

Space Nuts Episode 250 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

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?????RIP Michael Collins – friend of the show

?????Questions from our listeners – Cassandra, Ryan, Graham, Paddy, Alyssa, Ralph, Andrew and Mark. Fred has answers for all of them,

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Space Nuts Episode 249 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

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?????History is made – the Ingenuity update……

?????An update on Australia’s Square Kilometer Array – and it’s good news.

?????For some this will be possibly the saddest story of the year – you can forget warp drive!

?????Audience questions…today listeners want to know what is the great attractor and where is it, plus why is Nept...

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Space Nuts Episode 248 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

?????A quick Ingenuity update…

?????Have we got the universal model wrong? It’s possible…analysing the particle physics…

?????New findings on the aurora of Jupiter…

?????Audience questions…today from listeners Richard in Brisbane (Australia) and Tom in Toronto Canada, who has?a great question about Fred’s music abilities.


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April 8, 2021 49 min

Space Nuts 247 Show Notes

April 2021

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Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.

Space Nuts Episode 247 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

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?????The latest on Ingenuities adventures on mars…the first flight preparations are well underway.

?????There’s new data on the Chicxulub Crater and it’s affect on life on Earth as we know it.

?????The discovery of an elusive intermediary black hole.

?????Audience questions…today from listener...

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April 1, 2021 49 min

Space Nuts 246 Show Notes

April 2021

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.

Space Nuts Episode 246 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley


?????Fred’s road trip to Adelaide, South Australia. So, what was he doing there?

?????The significance of the magnetic fields of the Black Hole M87.

?????There’s been a new echo received from exo-asteroid Borisov….but what does it mean? Fred explains

?????Audience questions…from a listener in Ne...

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March 25, 2021 58 min

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.

Space Nuts Episode 245 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

Questions from our Global Community

?????Another episode where we focus exclusively on our global audience’s questions…and critiques.

?????If you’d like to submit a question for future episodes, just visit our website at https://spacenutspodcast.com and click on the AMA tab. You’ll be able to record a message or simply fill in t...

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March 19, 2021 48 min

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.

Space Nuts Episode 244 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

The One with the Cockatoos

?????The Perseverance Rover Update.

?????Turns out exo-asteroids could be quite common, much more so than previously thought. Fred explains.

?????A new twist on super-massive black holes.

?????Listener questions…Planet Nine – does t exist? What’s the latest thinking and Spiral Galaxies…how are they forme...

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March 11, 2021 49 min

Space Nuts Episode 243 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

At Warp Speed

?????Another busy week on Mars…we have another Perseverance Rover Update.

?????Organic materials essential for life have been found on an asteroid. Fred has the details.

?????Some genius has come up with a real life model for a warp drive. Andrew gets excited and Fred has the details.

?????Listener questions…from Hugh in Texas (USA) and Luk in the Nethe...

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March 4, 2021 52 min

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.

Space Nuts Episode 242 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

Now What?

??????The latest on the Perseverance Rover on Mars – it’s been a busy week on the Red Planet.

??????Old research revisited…does it give us new clues on how to find extraterrestrials?

??????Boson stars revisited…are gravitational waves telling us the truth? The latest thinking…

??????Listener questions…about neutron stars...

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February 25, 2021 50 min

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.

Space Nuts Episode 241 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

Now What?

??????The Perseverance Rover has landed on Mars on schedule and as planned. But now what?

??????The Gaia Space Observatory study into binary stars…some results have been released and Fred explains their importance.

??????Listener questions…the shadows on the tennis court during the Australian Open and another on La Gran...

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February 18, 2021 57 min

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.

Space Nuts Episode 240 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

Question Time

?????This whole episode is devoted to answering many of the questions we receive from our listeners. Fred has answers for all of them

?????And a Space Nuts first…special guest host Russell Palmer joins Andrew and Fred with his questions live from Western Australia. BTW…you can call him Rusty…all his friends do.

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February 11, 2021 52 min

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.

Space Nuts Episode 239 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

Mars – The UAE Mission

?????The UAE Mars Mission…even though Andrew keeps calling it the Moon mission…heaven knows where his mind was at…

?????Matter that appears to be missing in the universe. Fred has an explanation…

?????A warm Neptune like Exoplanet has been discovered…

?????Listener questions – if the universe is expanding, h...

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February 4, 2021 55 min

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.

Space Nuts Episode 238 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

Mars - A Primer

?????Probing the Martian Atmosphere – from a time when it was warm and wet.

?????Getting to Mars faster….and the solution is?

?????Listener questions – from Aaron in Nebraska (USA) and Pete in Sheffield (UK). Fred has answers for both of them…


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January 28, 2021 49 min

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Space Nuts Episode 237 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

The TOI-178 System

?????The discovery of some new exoplanets that are proving to be a bit of a mystery. So, what’s going on…Fred explains.

?????SLABS – Stupendously Large Black Holes (no kidding)

?????Listener questions – from 9 yr old Ashlyn in Atlanta Georgia (USA) and Jarrod from Melbourne (Australia). Fred has answers for the...

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January 21, 2021 43 min

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Space Nuts Episode 236 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

Protected

?????Passing of a new law protecting historic space history sites.

?????Detecting gravitational waves using an observatory the size of a galaxy. What?

?????Listener questions – from the Jonah in Houston (USA) and Jacob in Phoenix (USA). Fred has answers for them….

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January 14, 2021 46 min

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.

Space Nuts Episode 235 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

‘the need for speed’

?????A need for speed – wondering why 2020 seemed to move along so quickly? Fred knows why…

?????Chinese Astronomers nearly 600 high velocity stars (see a theme here?). And of course Fred has insider knowledge…

?????Listener questions – from the UK and South Australia to kick off the New Year.

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December 24, 2020 56 min

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Space Nuts Episode 234 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

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  • In this episode, Andrew throws questions from listeners at Fred without notice. And Fred answers them...is there anything he doesn’t know?
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    December 17, 2020 43 min

    Space Nuts Episode 233 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

    ‘The Great Conjunction’

  • The great conjunction...so what’s so important about this rare celestial event?
  • The link between radio bursts and the flares of cool stars.
  • Listener questions - Alex in Bellingen has a question about neutron stars. Zoe has a question about Santa and time dilation. While Travis is still trying to get his head around why black holes have differ...
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    December 10, 2020 50 min

    Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.

    Space Nuts Episode 232 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

  • Hayabusa 2 successfully returns….Fred explains why this mission was so important.
  • NASA’s plans to contract out the collection of moondust.
  • Listener questions - first up is Laurie from the UK with a question about finding life on other planets, if it happened, would it jeopardize our plans to go there? Plus Kat has a question abo...
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    December 3, 2020 47 min

    Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.

    Space Nuts Episode 231 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley

  • The Australian CSIRO Million Galaxies Survey from ASKAP (The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder) has spectacular results - Fred has the details.
  • China’s Changi 5 mission details
  • Wattle seeds in Space? What?
  • And our listeners clock in with their questions:
  • Ralph lays out his theory of what the universe looks like...
  • Damien...
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