Scitech’s Audio Guide to the Galaxy is returning for a third season! Explore the stars this summer with our weekly walkthrough of what’s going on in the night sky.
This week, we’re getting serious about the brightest star in the sky. Discover why Sirius shines so bright and where it sits in the canine constellation.
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This week, the hunter becomes the hunted as we track down the constellation of Orion. The Orion Nebula is a huge cloud of gas and dust, stretching about 24 light years across from one side to the other. Being so big is one of the reasons why we are able to see it with the naked eye.
This week, we’re hunting down the red planet, Mars. It’s bright and easy to spot in the night sky, so we’re going to take a look – and see what’s got scientists so excited.
This week, we’re taking a closer look at the surface of the Moon, and what it can teach us about how our universe works. You can listen to this episode any night there’s a full moon.
This week, we’ll talk about how to find your way around and measure distances, and we’ll show you how to spot a once in a lifetime event!
You can still listen to past episodes of our podcast as some elements may be visible in the night sky all year round.
In the final episode for season 2, we’re taking a look at the two largest planets in our solar system. Jupiter and Saturn just happen to be rising in the east just after sunset for the next few weeks – and that gives us the chance to take explore just how much they’ve shaped our solar system’s story. You can listen to this episode at 7:30pm, any night for the 17 July – 31 July.
And we’re back for part 2 of A walking tour of the Solar System. Give episode 1 a listen below first if you missed last week’s episode.
This week we have a special school holiday edition of the Audio Guide to the Galaxy called ‘Walking Guide to the Solar System’. This episode is intended to be listened to while you go for a walk or get out and about outside. We’re going to start at the Sun and walk all the way to Mars – and beyond – into the asteroid belt. Yes really! Each step you take will be the equivalent of travelling at 175,000 km per second. See how far you can go!
It’s breakfast time! This week we’re looking out through a cosmic pancake, and finding a teapot with a black hole on its spout.
You can listen to this episode at 7pm, on any day over the next week or so. The objects we’re looking at this week are especially impressive if you’re outside the city – so if you’re headed out camping soon, make sure you’ve got this episode downloaded and ready to go.
In this week’s Audio Guide to the Galaxy, we’re looking at the Sun. Not directly at it though!
Join Leon to learn about a syzygy, the winter solstice and why we see eclipses. We’ll also have a go at spotting the International Space Station as it flies overhead – visit the Scitech Facebook Page for a sky map showing where to look. You’ll need to head outside at 5pm on Sunday June 21 to spot the sunset and the station.
This week, we’re heading out a little earlier to catch the planet Mercury as the Sun sets in the West, then sticking around to watch the constellation Scorpius rise in the East. We’ll also hear some stories about each – despite being on opposite sides of the sky right now, these two phenomena have more in common than you might think…
This week we explore the relationship between Earth and the Moon to understand the causes of tides and eclipses and ponder our relationship with this magnificent neighbour. We also ponder the most profound question in human existence: How do you pronounce syzygy? Oh, and ‘How did we get here?’
In this episode, we’ll be taking a look at how you can find your way around the night sky. Then, we’re putting those skills to the test to find Chiron the Centaur. If you’re new to the Audio Guide, this is a great place to start!
You can listen to this episode on any date. We suggest heading outside at 7:30pm. Bring a jumper.