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Launching in February 2020, the Astropod is our new space science podcast. Each month, we speak to the staff and students at the Institute of Astronomy and Kavli Institute of Cosmology to bring you the latest news from the worlds of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology.

You can listen and subscribe to the Astropod on Spotify (just click here), and on Apple Podcasts (here).





February 2020

Is Betelgeuse about to go supernova? Probably not, but in recent weeks it has faded sharply, and it is now fainter than at any time since records began. We ask why this might have happened, and what it might do next. Also, Amy Bonsor updates us on the science of rocky planets, and we hear about a particularly unusual gamma ray burst (GRB).

With thanks to: Carlos Gonzalez Fernandez, Amy Bonsor, Sunny Vagnozzi, Aybuke Kupcu Yoldas
Presenters: Dominic Ford, Nicole Pawellek
Producer: Dominic Ford

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Galaxies in the Infant Universe Were Surprisingly Mature

Oct 27, 2020

Massive galaxies were already much more mature in the early universe than previously expected. This was shown by an international team of astronomers—including researchers from the Kavli Institute for Cosmology (KICC) and the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) — who studied 118 distant galaxies with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020

Oct 06, 2020

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 has been awarded to Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel, and Andrea Ghez, for their discoveries about one of the most exotic phenomena in the universe: the black hole.

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