The Backyard Astronomer Podcast

The Backyard Astronomer Podcast

The Backyard Astronomer brings you semi-monthly topics and interviews relative to astronomy, space, and science. Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/BackyardAstronomerAZ Presented by The Rockstar Group and Manzanita Insurance.

Episodes

July 1, 2024 7 mins

T Coronae Borealis or "The Blaze Star" has been documented for centuries with a recurrent period of about 78 years between brightening as a nova. What does that mean?  Listen in this month as we talk about how the ancients began documenting stellar phenomena thousands of years ago, and how that information plays an integral role in our understanding of the universe today.

 

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The Sombrero Galaxy is your backyard target this month.  Look for this edge-on galaxy yhroughout the spring.

#astronomy #galaxy #telescope #constellations #science #STEM

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March 25, 2024 7 mins

Our Sun has spots? Sunspots, solar flares, and even CMEs are the highlights of this month's focus on the Sun and Solar Cycle.  Learn more about Coronal Mass Ejections and how they impact Earth.

#CME #coronalmassejection #solarflare #solarcycle #sun #astronomy #eclipse

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The Spring Equinox and waxing gibbous moon will lead you to a hive of activity this month!

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February 21, 2024 7 mins

The Monoceros constellation and Rosette Nebula shine bright this month!  

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January 1, 2024 7 mins

Our celestial neighbors waltz across the sky this month.  Let's talk about Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation, Saturn's rings, and Jupiter's Great Red Spot.

 

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December 12, 2023 7 mins

The Geminids meteor shower make a fantastic appearance this December, but why are they different than other meteor showers?  Tune in to learn all about meteor showers and the Geminids!

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The Orion Nebula was the first deep sky target of astrophotography in 1880 and we now know it hosts unique planets not (yet) seen any where else in space!  Check it out!

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October 3, 2023 7 mins

In October an Annnular Eclipse will be visible to millions across the Western United States.  Learn the difference between a total and annualr eclipse, why they happen, and more in this month's episode.

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September 6, 2023 7 mins

Let's explore the Milky Way!  Star Clusters and Nebulae abound in this month's podcast.

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July 3, 2023 9 mins

I organized a group of amateur and professional astronomers, educators and students, and business leaders from around the Prescott, AZ area, which group won the IAU's NameExoWorlds2022 competition with their designations of Awohali and Noquisi in the Cherokee language for the exoplanet and its host star formerly known as Gliese 436/b.  Listen in for more on this amazing event and check out www.backyardastroaz.com for more.

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July 3, 2023 7 mins

Scorpions and Rabbits dance in the sky this month. Learn the when/where/why of these constellations at https://backyardastronomeraz.wordpress.com/ and facebook.com/backyardastroaz

 

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June 2, 2023 7 mins

Two planets join the Beehive Cluster in June, while two others are born from it.  Learn more in this month's episode!

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Spring has sprung, and brings with it the emerging flora and fauna of the night sky.  Check out constellations, clusters, galaxies and more in this month's episode.

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March 4, 2023 7 mins

Taurus the Bull hosts the planet Mars this month, as well as many other star clusters and nebulae.  Check it out this month!

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February 1, 2023 7 mins

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is making its close approach to Earth tonight, so bust out your binoculars or telescope and look to the sky!

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Comet C/2022 E3(ZTF) has dominated the news recently, but today an even closer object will fly by Earth at just 2200 miles.  Asteroid 2023BU was discovered on 1/21/2023 by a Backyard Astronomer in Crimea.

#amateurastronomy #citizenscience #comet #asteroid #space #astronomy #telescope

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On 5 Dec. 2022, scientists for the first time successfully produced a fusion reaction with more energy generated than that put in.  This month we talk about the Big Bang, the birth of stars, and why fusion matters.

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December 2, 2022 7 mins

Constellations have tales of striking similarity, despite the cultures that named them being displaced by thousands of years and thousands of miles.  The indigenous people across North America were no exception, and many still continue to provide a rich history.  Learn more about Native American cultures - including astronomy - at the Museum of Indigenous People at 147 N Arizona Ave. in Prescott, Arizona.

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Manuel Lucero and Joshua Ballze from the Museum of Indigenous People join me this month to talk about their work - in and out of the museum - to bring awareness to Native American cultures, history, art, language, and even indigenous astronomy, culminating in the presentation of names for the IAUs ExoWorlds 2022 competition.

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