Cosmic Vertigo - ABC RN

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Do you ever feel dizzy when you think about the incomprehensible scale of space? We call that feeling Cosmic Vertigo. Welcome to a head-spinning conversation between two friends who study the sky for a living.

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http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/cosmicvertigo/
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Do you ever feel dizzy when you think about the incomprehensible scale of space? We call that feeling Cosmic Vertigo. Welcome to a head-spinning conversation between two friends who study the sky for a living.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-07-22 07:01
last episode published
2019-07-22 07:35
publication frequency
20.15 days
Contributors
ABC Radio National owner   author  
Explicit
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Number of Episodes
44
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Categories
Science & Medicine

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Episodes

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22.07.2019

The Moon Landing 010 - The journey home

Their humanity-defining mission accomplished, it's almost time to come home.
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21.07.2019

The Moon Landing 009 - Last moments on the Moon

They've done their experiments, jumped for the camera and planted the flag. The walk is nearly over.
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21.07.2019

The Moon Landing 008 - Footsteps on the Moon

Six hours of patience and preparation, and Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong are ready to open the hatch.
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21.07.2019

The Moon Landing 007 - Preparing for the Moonwalk

After their dramatic landing, the astronauts' scheduled rest was never going to happen.
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21.07.2019

The Moon Landing 006 - The Eagle is landing

This is it. Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong begin their descent to the lunar surface. But all does not go to plan...
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20.07.2019

The Moon Landing 005 - Dark side of the moon

As the Apollo 11 crew finalise their lunar orbit, they drift around to the far side of the moon - and out of radio contact...
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19.07.2019

The Moon Landing 004 - Enter the Lunar Module

So far on their journey to the moon, the Apollo 11 astronauts haven't been inside the Lunar Module - that's about to change...
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18.07.2019

The Moon Landing 003 - Chicken stew in space

As they continued their trip to the moon, the Apollo 11 astronauts had to figure out how to live in space
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17.07.2019

The Moon Landing 002 - The view via space TV

Exactly 50 years ago, the three Apollo 11 astronauts were on their way to the moon - and they shared their view with those watching closely back on Earth.
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16.07.2019

Cosmic Vertigo presents.. The Moon Landing 001 - Lift-off!

50 years after the Apollo 11 mission successfully landed humans on the moon, hear about the journey's crucial moments - and the near misses.
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11.02.2019

Cosmic Vertigo presents.. Little Tiny

ABC podcast Little Tiny explores world history via the small things that have shaped it - all in the space of a coffee break! In this episode, host Kara Schlegl delves into the discovery of the cosmic microwave background. To hear more, search for Li...
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17.07.2018

Cosmic Query | Total eclipse of the Sun

We join two observers for a total eclipse of the sun.
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10.07.2018

019 | Faster than slow

The International Space Station is travelling in low Earth orbit at a leisurely 7.66km per second (approx). Moving at that speed, the crew of the ISS witnesses a sunrise and sunset every 90 minutes.
ABC Radio National author
3.07.2018

Cosmic Query | First contact

The search for alien life continues but at what point do we declare that we are alone in the Universe?
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26.06.2018

018 | Quicker than quick

You'd think we'd notice thousands of explosions in the night sky. Shorter than a millisecond, these bursts were first recorded in 2007 and while scientists know they're there, we are still unsure of their origin.
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26.06.2018

017 | Longer than long

If you wait long enough, would another Universe spontaneously arise in front of you? Chances are it won’t happen in your lifetime… But it could.
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19.06.2018

Cosmic Query | clusters and milkshakes

A serving of Globular Clusters and Amanda's favourite milkshake (it's not chocolate).
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12.06.2018

016 | Cooler than Cool

Temperature levels across the Universe vary wildly. The Boomerang Nebula is the coldest known object, but back on Earth scientists are working towards achieving absolute zero. It doesn't get any cooler than that.
ABC Radio National author
12.06.2018

015 | Hotter than hot

The hottest thing in the Universe isn't the core of a planet, or the centre of an exploding star. It's created here on Earth by scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider.
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5.06.2018

Cosmic Query | Lighting up the night

Could there be a time when we look up at the night sky and see more objects, planets and stars, than dark space? Join Alan and Amanda as they tackle another of your Cosmic Queries.
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1.06.2018

Cosmic Vertigo | Stargazing Special

Stargazing Live on ABC TV gathered astronomers and astrophysicists for three nights of discoveries and record-breaking observation. Join Alan as he explores the Siding Spring Observatory, where Amanda worked, and asks these professional stargazers (pl...
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29.05.2018

014 | Emptier than empty

We’re told space is a vast empty vacuum. But how empty can it be, if we know it’s full of stars and black holes, nebulas and galaxies? Alan and Amanda hop aboard a space elevator and rise through the Earth's atmospheric layers to explore our not-so-em...
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29.05.2018

013 | Denser than dense

Imagine the mass of the sun crushed into something the size of the earth – what you're picturing is a white dwarf. But things can get much more dense than that. Amanda and Alan deliver a lesson in density with a side of salt and aioli (BYO chips).
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23.05.2018

Cosmic Query: Robots on the moon?

“In Season 1, Amanda and Alan took an inventory of what we've left on the Moon: golf balls, a couple of flags, 96 bags of human waste... But Ashton, a listener, wonders whether any robots (or humans) are up there.
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15.05.2018

012 | Smaller than small

Zooming right in from the decommissioned dwarf planet Pluto to the humble yet powerful atom helium, Amanda and Alan measure up the smallest things in the Universe — with the aid of a strand of your hair.
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15.05.2018

011 | Bigger than big

The biggest things in the Universe don't necessarily last the longest. Massive swollen stars, hundreds of times bigger than our own sun, burn through their fuel and either explode into a supernova or become a black hole.
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15.05.2018

011 | Bigger than big

The biggest things in the Universe don't necessarily last the longest. Massive swollen stars, hundreds of times bigger than our own sun, burn through their fuel and either explode into a supernova or become a black hole.
ABC Radio National author
10.05.2018

Cosmic Query: Red planet... Wet planet?

Cosmic Vertigo is back — and when they're not discussing the extremes of the Universe, Alan and Amanda are answering the big questions. Your questions. This week, it's the little issue of water on Mars.
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7.02.2018

GUESS WHO'S BACK?!

Cosmic Vertigo season 2 is COMING SOON! And we need your help. Want to share your own personal experience of Cosmic Vertigo? Or do you have a spacey question you're burning to ask Alan and Amanda? Grab a smartphone, and use the inbuilt audio recorder t...
ABC Radio National author
12.10.2017

Cosmic Vertigo presents.. Sum of All Parts

Cosmic Vertigo producer Joel Werner has a new podcast! Sum of All Parts tells extraordinary stories from the world of numbers. The episode featured here is.. 'Phoenix + Electron'.. Melbourne, 1989. Two teenagers hack Australia's recently establis...
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18.08.2017

Total Solar Eclipse [BONUS SHORT]

Amanda and Alan are back (for a hot minute) to celebrate the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017!
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24.05.2017

Cosmic Vertigo presents.. Off Track

Missing Cosmic Vertigo? Well, check out this story about a telescope so powerful it listens to time..
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18.05.2017

011 | Outer Space Takes [BONUS EPISODE]

Surprise! Bonus episode! Take a trip behind the scenes in the making of Cosmic Vertigo - LIVE! from the 2017 World Science Festival in Brisbane, Australia.
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4.05.2017

010 | Baby pictures and bird poo

It’s amazing what you find when you try to see the dawn of time. This season of Cosmic Vertigo ends at the very beginning: the Big Bang.
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27.04.2017

009 | Emptier than empty and getting even emptier

In the unimaginably vast gaps between galaxies, something is accelerating the universe towards a lonely future. Alan and Amanda shake their heads at Dark Energy.
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20.04.2017

008 | The invisible wind

Dark Matter flies through solid walls like a ghost. Humans have buried super-sensitive crystals to try and detect it - and our Universe doesn’t make any sense without it.
ABC Radio National author
13.04.2017

007 | Black holes don't suck

Science fiction movies make it pretty clear that black holes are terrifying, all-consuming monsters. For astronomers there’s no cooler place to try and see.
ABC Radio National author
6.04.2017

006 | A pretty exciting place

It's a patchy, pale river in the sky - and a twirling spiral of 400 billion stars. It’s also headed for a dazzling intergalactic train wreck. Welcome to our Milky Way.
ABC Radio National author
4.04.2017

005 | Where are all the aliens?

Alan and Amanda debate the number of civilisations that might be out there, get the maths wrong, and argue about whether our biggest barriers to coexistence would be linguistic or… dietary.
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30.03.2017

004 | Wobble and wink

The science of exoplanets is stupendously fast-moving. The more we look for alien worlds, the more of them we find. Thousands and thousands of them, all with terrible names.
ABC Radio National author
23.03.2017

003 | The bigger they are, the faster they burn

What makes a star a star? When will Betelgeuse explode? Amanda explores what"any day now" means in astronomy and Alan starts measuring mass in millions of marsupials.
ABC Radio National author
16.03.2017

002 | Measly little specks of dust

Our Solar System started out as a chaotic Primordial Pancake. Now it hosts the eight planets we know and love, plus poor old Pluto, plus some other stuff. Like asteroids with their own moons.
ABC Radio National author
15.03.2017

001 | A giant lump of rock and iron

It’s drifting away from Earth at the same rate that your fingernails grow, but the Moon is still our closest neighbour - so close, that we’ve left quite a lot of litter on its surface…
ABC Radio National author
7.03.2017

000 | Welcome to the party! (That's us)

Meet your hosts, astronomers Dr Amanda Bauer and Dr Alan Duffy.
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