Space Nuts

Space Nuts

All things Space – news, travel, discoveries, the mysteries, and more…with world renown and respected Astronomer at Large Professor Fred Watson and Sci-Fi Author, Broadcaster/Journalist Andrew Dunkley.

Episodes

May 19, 2022 48 min
Space Nuts Episode 305 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•Breaking news – UAP senate inquiry underway…
•At long last they’ve imaged Sagittarius A - the black hole at the centre of our galaxy. Much excitement ensued…Fred has details and the importance of this event.
•Growing vegetables in Moon soil…and what it means moving forward.
•Listener questions – This week our listeners have questions about Dark Matter; the future ...
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Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.
Space Nuts Episode 304 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•The Black Widow Binary
•An exciting new citizen science project…and how you can be involved….for more information visit https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/ellenjj/rosetta-zoo
•Listener questions – A listener from the UK spots a strange light in the sky that has him mystified…but Fred may know what it is. Plus, a question abo...
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May 5, 2022 47 min
Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.
Space Nuts Episode 303 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•The James Webb Telescope is in the news again and we have an update. It’s all good news…
•We offer up a salute to SOFIA with the announcement of the decommissioning of this valuable project…
•Our Sun a helpful tool…but not in a way you may imagine. Fred has details…
•Listener questions – Friend of the show Rusty in Donnybrook i...
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April 28, 2022 49 min
•The biggest Mars-quakes ever recorded. So, what does this tell us about the red planet? Fred explains…
•More from mars -the Perseverance Rover recorded an eclipse as it happened. More valuable data was gathered as a result.
•The winds of Mars…what effect are they having on the planet?
•The Artemis One project has been rolled back into the shed and put on hold. Why?
•Listener questions – Just what is that dust at the centre of our gala...
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April 21, 2022 57 min
Space Nuts 301 Show Notes
April 21, 2022

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.
Space Nuts Episode 301 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•He couldn’t make it for Episode 300 (prior engagements) but he’s snuck in for 301. Say hello to our special guest, the ABC’s (Australia) David Astle (ABC Victoria) as he grills Fred and Andrew and gets all sorts of interesting nuggets out of them.
•There are some strange things going on ...
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April 14, 2022 65 min
Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.
Space Nuts Episode 300 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•An interview with Andrew and Fred conducted by Marnie Ogg, host of Dark Sky Conversations podcast (you really should subscribe) and Fred’s partner in life.
•Bloopers make an appearance…and questions on the spot from the live recording feed of this episode. Fortunately, Fred has answers.
•Giveaway time…get your answers into spa...
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April 7, 2022 45 min
Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.
Space Nuts Episode 299 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•An unusual planet formation discovery – a planet that’s born in a very different way. Fred explains.
•A spacecraft that’s going to be built of Lego…sort of.
•Listener questions – We kick things off with a black hole question, then how do spacecraft survive the extremely high temperatures encountered when flying so close to th...
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Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.
Space Nuts Episode 298 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•What should we be looking for in the atmosphere of Exoplanets to see if they support life or not? Fred explains.
•The speed of sound on mars. It’s different…
•Listener questions – Does the Sun have seasons? Why are the moons and rings of Uranus rotating on the same tilt as the planet – after all…they’re not attached. And how d...
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March 24, 2022 49 min
Space Nuts Episode 297 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•Finally, some of the Apollo samples brought back to Earth 50 yrs ago have been opened. But why now? Fred explains the significance…
•A black hole merger…finally we may have an explanation/
•How you can add your name to NASA’s Artemis mission to the moon. Here’s where you get details: https://www.nasa.gov/send-your-name-with-artemis/
•Listener questions – on the F...
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March 17, 2022 47 min
Space Nuts Episode 296 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•‘An Out of This World Discovery’ – three groups of exo-planets have been discovered forming around a binary star. Fred explains…
•A US astronaut is about to hitch a ride home from the ISS on a Russian spacecraft. What could possibly go wrong?
•How you can add your name to NASA’s Artemis mission to the moon. Here’s where you get details: https://www.nasa.gov/sen...
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March 10, 2022 45 min
Space Nuts 295 Show Notes
March 10, 2022

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.
Space Nuts Episode 295 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•Coronal Plasma Loops…new research suggests they aren’t real, they don’t exist. So, what’s the story? Fred explains…
•The discovery of large organic molecules having been found in a planet forming disc.
•Listener questions – about the sun’s orbit; another about Uranus, and a surprise ques...
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March 3, 2022 50 min
Space Nuts Episode 294 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•Asteroids – One that hit China some 50,000 years ago. So why are we talking about it today? Fred has the answers.
•Plus a potential asteroid strike on planet earth narrowly averted…but not because of anything clever we did. Fred has details.
•A strange black hole that’s spinning on its side.
•Listener text questions – about the speed of light; whether or not we’re...
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February 24, 2022 57 min
Space Nuts 293 Show Notes
February 24, 2022

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.
Space Nuts Episode 293 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•An exoplanet discovered with unusual rain…gemstones.
•A James Webb Telescope update.
•A quadruple asteroid system has been discovered by a group of observers in Thailand. Fred has details.
•Listener questions – in this episode, Research papers, how accurate or otherwise might they be; i...
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February 17, 2022 55 min
Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.
Space Nuts Episode 292 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•A Coronal mass ejection event has destroyed a bunch of Starlink satellites. So how does that happen? Fred explains.
•Andrew’s been on short holiday, so what does he do? Visits a telescope of course…as you do. He has the details and as it turns out it has a link with Fred.
•A rocket body is about to hit our moon. Speculation wa...
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February 10, 2022 51 min
Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.
Space Nuts Episode 290 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•Planet Earth has picked up a trojan asteroid as our newest companion. Fred has the details.
•We revisit Oumuamua (or the Space Doogie as Andrew fondly calls ). Is there a plan to chase it down? It would seem so.
•The discovery of a volcanic lake that has life in it. How can that be…and what implications does have for the possi...
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February 3, 2022 53 min
Space Nuts Episode 290 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•Our listeners take over the show with questions from around the globe. Fred has answers for all of them.
NEW: The Space Nuts Premium edition is now available on Spotify for our Supercast subscribers (sorry, Patreon isn’t there yet…fingers crossed). To access the premium feed, just log in to your Spotify account and do a search. Use your current subscriber detail...
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January 27, 2022 46 min
Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.
Space Nuts Episode 289 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•Asteroids that collide with Mars. There’s a new study and we have the results.
•Another study, this one into the rotation of stars…and it promises to be very revealing.
•Listener questions: Ken in Maroochydore (Queensland Australia) wants to know how they focus radio telescopes; and Jacob in Phoenix Arizona has question that’s...
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January 20, 2022 48 min
Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.
Space Nuts Episode 288 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•The Moon’s Magnetic Field mystery...what’s the go? Fred has the details…
•A gigantic exo-planet discovery has scientists excited.
•A tip from a listener – the search is on for a Falcon Rocket body that they think may have crashed into the moon. Now they’re asking amateur astronomers and space photographers to help locate it. F...
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January 13, 2022 50 min
New: If you find value in Andrew & Fred’s work, you might like to consider buying them a coffee. They’d really appreciate the break. Thank you… https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spacenuts

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.
Space Nuts Episode 287 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•We kick things off with another James Webb Telescope update…
•What drives cyclones on Jupiter?
•Were there once rings around our sun? Fred ...
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New: If you find value in Andrew & Fred’s work, you might like to consider buying them a coffee. They’d really appreciate the break. Thank you… https://www.buymeacoffee.com/spacenuts

Astronomy, Science, Space, and Stuff.
Space Nuts Episode 286 with Professor Fred Watson & Andrew Dunkley
•A James Webb Telescope update…all good news.
•The mystery of a dimming star.
•When it comes to extinction events, Space Nuts is happy to con...
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