During the five day move-toArizona drive I took last year I started listening to a special podcast called Astronomy Cast. I started at the beginning and would listen to several episodes a day, but for a series that started in 2006 releasing one or two episodes a week and is still going strong I had a lot of catching up to do! Well, last weekend en route to Flagstaff I finally got myself caught up to the current episode, number 200.
Astronomy Cast is truly amazing if you are at all interested in Astronomy. Â The hosts Pamela and Frasier make all the complex topics of physics and cosmology understandable to people without a math background. Â Frasier is particularly good at breaking down astronomy theories into everyday analogies. Â Topics range from Astronomy history, the solar system, stars, cosmology, astronomer biographies, and telescopes. Â I have found Astronomy Cast particularly helpful in understanding black holes, dark matter, and dark energy.
So go check them out! Â I’ve been so intrigued by the topics covered that I got my own telescope this past summer, and it is so nice to see the planets close up, even in light polluted Phoenix. Â If you’ve never seen Jupiter or Saturn through a telescope and you’re in the area, go to Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff for a look through their 24″ refractor. Â Most universities have an open Astronomy night, too.