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The latest astronomy and space news from around the world. PLUS casual interviews with astronomers and other scientists seeking to understand the cosmos. All delivered in an easy-to-understand style with a dash of humor. Named Best Astronomy Podcast in the world by Starlust! https://starlust.org/space-podcasts Coming up March 16: Neil deGrasse Tyson! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-cosmic-companion/support
 
Cameron has never watched Star Trek: The Next Generation. That's about to change with the help of his faithful and hilarious companions, Marcy; the passionate fan, and Rob; who hasn't seen it since childhood. Join us as Cameron asks dumb questions, Marcy vehemently defends the ridiculous, and Rob seeks to reignite his lost nostalgia.
 
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This week, we welcome Affelia Wibisono from University College London to the show, discussing the first discovery of X-rays seen radiating from the ice giant planet Uranus. But, next up, we take a look at the oldest, closest pairs of quasars yet seen in the early Universe. We will also look at the pulsar at the core of the Crab Nebula, revealing se…
 
This week, we look forward to Yuri's Night. Monday, April 12th marks the 60th anniversary of the first human space flight, as well as the 40th anniversary of the first flight of the Space Shuttle. We will visit with three-time Shuttle astronaut Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space. She also just became the first woman to …
 
We've officially made it halfway through TNG! Liz Hardee joins us to turn up the candle power (and turn down the gas lighting) on "Galaxy's Child!" Geordie loses a gym sock, Picard writes some angsty poetry, and O'Brien is on clean-up duty. Cameron gets a performance review, Liz takes the Firefly crew to the doc, Rob doesn't get a smooch, and Marcy…
 
This week, we have a double interview, talking with astronomer Alan Jackson and astrophysicist Steven Desch. We will talk about their new study of 'Oumuamua, an interstellar body which visited our solar system in 2017. But first, we look at some odd geology on the Red Planet, as researchers learn how spiders on Mars form. We also see new images of …
 
This week, we welcome renowned physicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss, the author of The Physics of Star Trek, to the show, talking about his new book, The Physics of Climate Change. But first, we're going to take a look at a new study that may have found the final resting place of the ancient water of Mars. In other watery news, we look at how life may be …
 
"First Contact" reaches out to touch the gang with its creepy lobster hand. Guest host Milo joins to cover topics ranging from alien sex to Starfleet colonialism, plus Matthew Perry (but probably not the one you're thinking of)! Riker keeps his beard, convinces an alien that high fiving is sex, and is a finite resource. Cameron spots an O face, Mar…
 
This week, we are delighted to welcome Neil deGrasse Tyson to the show. We talk about his new book, Cosmic Queries, as well as the nature of intelligence, Carl Sagan, and a whole lot more. But first, we learn about one of the biggest problems in astrophysics, as a new study lends further evidence to questions about the expansion rate of the Univers…
 
This week, we learn about the first space hurricane ever spotted. We will also visit two different exoplanets that may strangely look familiar to Star Wars fans. One of these is thought to be a lava world, while the other may be largely covered in volcanoes. Plus, a sneak preview of next week's episode, when we will be joined by Neil deGrasse Tyson…
 
Josh Alder joins the gang to follow the trail of breadcrumbs that "Clues" lays! Will they choose to have the episode erased from their memories? Tune in to find out. Data poses the crew, Picard is "that" friend, and Geordie nails his moment. Cameron gets mommy wrist, Marcy wants to talk to you about roses, Rob earns a trophy, and Josh goes down the…
 
This week, we are joined by Dr. Elisabeth Newton, astronomer at Dartmouth College, who recently discovered three new worlds around the dwarf star TOI 451. But first, we're going to take a look at a new study showing that water worlds like Earth may be common around the galaxy. Next, we take a look at a new image of Venus, taken by the Parker Solar …
 
Hello and welcome back to Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion. This week, continuing our fortnight of Mars, we have a pair of special guests, offering us a look at both the present, as well as the future, of Martian exploration. First, we welcome Martian geologist Dr. Kirsten Siebach back to the show. She will give us a first-person look at ho…
 
The gang gets bedeviled by the long con of "Devil's Due." Picard creeps on Data, Klingons make terrible carpenters, and Data can't improv. Cameron wins Rob over, Marcy rewatches Major Dad, Rob claims gravy jokes, and Claudio wants a pair of Picard jammies. Engage! To visit this week's guest, Cluadio's restaurant - https://thetwilightroom.com/…
 
This week, we welcome science writer David W. Brown to the show. He is a contributor for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Scientific American. We will discuss his new book, The Mission, telling the story of NASA's upcoming project, the Europa Clipper. But first, we kick off the fortnight of Mars, as the first two of three new spacec…
 
This week, we welcome Professor Eric Agol from the University of Washington to the show. He is an astrophysicist focused on the study of exoplanets, and we will be talking about his work uncovering conditions on the seven worlds of the TRAPPIST-1 system. But first, we look at a study proposing a new way to find dark matter – one of the greatest mys…
 
The gang are introduced to the Cardassians and manage to keep the Kardashian jokes to a minimum in "The Wounded." O'Brien finds creative uses for the teleporter, Picard misses being Locutus, and Worf gets it right! Rob tells us about his new "Flat Space" theory, Marcy is a Cardassian apologist, Cameron is caught with a puppet, and guest Daniel fumb…
 
This week, we talk to Dr. Lauren Weiss, astronomer at the University of Hawaii. We will be talking about her work discovering the TOI-561 planetary system, and discussing extreme exoplanets! But first, we head out to the TRAPPIST-1 solar system, where we find each of the seven worlds in that system are surprisingly alike. Next, we look at a new stu…
 
This week, we talk to Dr. Kirsten Siebach, a Martian geologist from Rice University, talking about her work uncovering secrets of the climate of ancient Mars. But first, we study a newly-discovered system of exoplanets featuring an extreme planet of molten lava. Next, we learn about a so-called cotton-candy planet with a density so low it wasn't th…
 
The Green Shirt crew spends a day in Data's shoes, and gets lost down a spy plot, in "Data's Day!" Riker knows how to identify a Romulan, Worf has survived weddings, and Data is the ship's dating app. Marcy ignores a fire alarm, Rob has no friends, Millie helps us convert farts, and Cam gets one right. Plus a rousing trivia game sponsored by Brides…
 
This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we head out to Jupiter, where the Juno spacecraft readies to spend five more years exploring the Jovian system. Next, we will travel far out in space, and back in time, exploring the oldest quasar ever seen by astronomers. Finally, we will examine the remains of a star that was seen exploding 1…
 
For our first interview of our fourth season, we talk to Dr. Jake Turner of Cornell University, discussing his work finding the first hints of a magnetic field surrounding a planet in an alien solar system. But first, we examine an unusual radio signal coming from our closest stellar neighbor that looks like it may have been created by an intellige…
 
For the first episode of our fourth season,, we have a special episode of Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, as we look forward to the Top 10 astronomy and space stories we can expect to see unfold in 2021. Learn about the two lunar eclipses happening in 2021, the return of Russia to the Moon, the launch of Artemis 1, and much more! Listen t…
 
As a holiday treat, Cameron and Rob watch their very first episode of JAG (and a Christmas episode to boot!). Joining them is JAG aficionado, John T Bolds to discuss suspected murders, absent fathers, and well stocked kitchen cabinets! Plus John tests Rob and Cam's abilities to predict future plot lines. It's a festive bonus episode to final tackle…
 
For this final episode of our third season, we welcome Dr. Paul Kalas from UC Berkeley to the show. He is an astronomer studying the exoplanet HD 106906, which might resemble an unseen ninth planet in our own solar system. But first, we journey far out in space and back in time, as astronomers lay their sights on the most distant – and oldest – gal…
 
Hello and welcome back to Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion. This week, we welcome Professor Seiji Sugita of the University of Tokyo to the show. He is a researcher on the Hayabusa2 mission which recently brought the first large sample of an asteroid to Earth. But first, we take a look at a new study teaching us how spiders react to living i…
 
This week, we welcome Dr. Michael Wurm from the Borexino Collaboration to the show. He recently led a new study examining neutrino emissions from the Sun, revealing details of the nuclear furnace burning at the heart of our parent star. But first, we head out to the outskirts of the Solar System, where the long-lived Voyager spacecraft have seen qu…
 
On December 21, 2020, the two largest planets in our solar system will appear just one-tenth of a degree apart, or one-fifth of the diameter of a full Moon. This is the closest visible conjunction of the planets seen since the year 1226. We take a look at what to expect, and how to best prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime celestial event. --- Send …
 
Shelley McLendon lends her experience as a counselor to help the Green Shirt gang come to terms with their diverse opinions on "The Loss." Picard gets a new catchphrase, Geordie has never gone skin diving, and Worf forgets his position. Rob wants to fire torpedoes at Troi, Marcy teaches us about killer toilets, and Cameron visits Dr. Google. Meanwh…
 
This week, we welcome Dr. Ezat Heydari to the show. He is a professor of geoscience at Jackson State University. We will discuss his work showing evidence of a possible megaflood on Mars in the ancient solar system. But, first, we examine fusion processes at the core of our Sun, using a detector buried deep underground. We also take a look at a sun…
 
This week, we welcome Wen-fai Fong of Northwestern University to the show, talking about her work studying kilonova explosions and collisions of neutron stars. But first, we will look at new findings showing the Universe is getting hotter, and we will examine the mysterious Blue Ring Nebula. Next, we will journey back in time to the ancient solar s…
 
Shane Hosea joins the crew to say goodbye to Wesley Crusher in his "Final Mission." Riker's internet is slow, Wesley's got a secret, and Geordie has trouble with his Space Taxes. Rob is particular about his space disposal services, Marcy makes an infomercial, Cameron gets put in Zoom jail, and Shane reveals the secret to sci-fi writing. All this pl…
 
This week, we welcome Laura Fackrell, geochemist at the University of Georgia, to the show. We will be discussing her work developing soil for farms on Mars, capable of growing crops to feed interplanetary colonists. We will also journey out beyond our solar system, where Voyager 2 hears from NASA for the first time in months. We examine a tiny ast…
 
Amateur astronomers have a rare treat this week, as all seven planets visible in the sky can be observed over the course of a single night. Here's how to find every planet in the sky visible to amateur astronomers any night this week. Subscribe to this channel and never miss a story! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-cosmic-compani…
 
Chris Khatami joins the gang to peel back the onion layers of "Future Imperfect." Riker's a birthday month guy, Worf's brain winds up in a jar, and Picard grows a skullet. Marcy ranks her donkeys, Cameron can't get a photon pregnant, Rob bakes some Frakes cakes, and Chris knows what a shirtless Romulan looks like. Plus producer John Bolds googles A…
 
This week, we are joined by Dr. Oskar Elek from the University of California, Santa Cruz. We will be discussing his work seeking to understand the Cosmic Web – the largest structures in the Universe – through computer modeling and humble slime mold. We'll also take a look at the future of farming on Mars, as a new study examines how to turn Martian…
 
Water on the Moon has been seen before in dark craters. Now, a new study finds water in a crater exposed to sunlight. We explore the finding, and SOFIA - the airborne telescope that made the discovery. Learn more at https://thecosmiccompanion.net/water-on-the-moon-isnt-just-hiding-in-the-shadows --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-co…
 
Dr. Meridith Joyce of Australian National University joins us on the show, talking about her new finding showing that the red giant star Betelgeuse is both smaller and closer than we believed. We'll also take a look at the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which touched down last week on the surface of the asteroid Bennu. We examine a new study identifying 1,…
 
Sean Wynn joins the gang to stare as wide-eyed as Gowron at the great episode, "Reunion." Worf saves a preschool, Picard loses his fedora, and Crusher takes a blacklight into the holodeck. Marcy gives herself a wedgie, Cameron starts Discovery, Rob has surprising news, and Sean wonders if Klingons always wore pants. Engage!…
 
This week, we are joined by Dr. Roberto Gilli from the National Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, speaking with us from Italy. We will talk about his recent discovery of six galaxies huddled around a supermassive black hole in the early Universe. But first, we take a look at the massive red giant star Betelgeuse, finding it's not as big –or…
 
This week, we are joined by Dr. Maciek Wielgus, astronomer at Harvard University, speaking to us from Gdansk, Poland. We will discuss his work revealing glittering around the supermassive black hole at the center of the M 87 galaxy. But first, we look at a new study identifying 24 exoplanets that appear to be even friendlier to life than Earth. We …
 
Bobi Blue joins the gang to get emotional about Tasha Yar and her D Plots in "Legacy." Worf throws shade, Picard gets D blocked, and O'Brien sees EVERYTHING. Cameron does a trust fall, Rob uses the rights words, Marcy betrays the podcast, and Bobi throws a molotov cocktail of funny. Engage!Cameron Harrison/Marcy Phillips/Rob Campbell による
 
This is a very special global episode on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, as we talk with Dr. Amanda Karakas of Monash University, speaking from Melbourne, Australia, as well as Dr. Chiaki Kobayashi, from the University of Hertfordshire, joining us from London. These researchers were at the heart of the new study showing how much of the go…
 
Astronomers recently found six galaxies orbiting a distant quasar from the early age of the Universe. What can this tell us about the formation of supermassive black holes? Dr. Roberto Gilli from the National Institute for Astrophysics in Italy will join us October 20 to talk about this discovery. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-…
 
What happens in the Crusherverse, stays in the Crusherverse. But luckily what happened in our podcast is here for your listening pleasure! John T Bolds joins us to discuss the great "Remember Me!" Crusher stands around for 15 years, Geordie wants to get into the Doctor's desk, and Picard stares. Cameron hates old people, Rob would separate the sauc…
 
This week, we are joined by Dr. Natalie Hinkel, planetary astrophysicist at the Southwest Research Institute. We will talk about her work showing how we might look for phosphorus around other stars in the search for extraterrestrial life. We will also talk about the discovery of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus, and what that means in the searc…
 
This week, we welcome Dr. Christopher Berry to the show. He is an astrophysicist who recently helped discover the first intermediate-mass black hole ever seen by astronomers. We will also look at an ancient galaxy that looks normal, and talk about why that's so unusual. We learn of an active environment around the asteroid Bennu, and we see how our…
 
The gang relive their emo teenage years as they watch "Suddenly Human!" Troi is in action stance, Riker gives off Step-Dad energy, and Picard has ch'DIch business! Cameron loses his rat tail, Rob wants clarity on acts of war, and Marcy has got to talk about that forehead ridge. Plus a fast-paced game of "Green Shirt Teen Quiz!" Make it so!…
 
This week, we welcome Dr. Dimitra Atri to the show. He is an astrophysicist from New York University Abu Dhabi, and we will be discussing his work showing how life might survive just beneath the surface of Mars, aided by galactic cosmic rays. We will also look at how astronomers found a type of black hole they always expected to find as well as one…
 
This week, we are joined by Dr. Brian Fields of the University of Illinois. He recently headed a study showing how the Devonian extinction which took place on Earth 359 million years ago, may have been triggered by the supernova explosion of a nearby star. We also look at a new experiment showing how life might survive a trip aboard an asteroid tra…
 
Rob M joins the gang only to find out that we're all played by Brent Spiner as we discuss "Brothers." Riker channels Han Solo, Worf goes shopping on Space Ebay, and Lore assimilates Pakled culture. Cam is grossed out by a throat whistle, Marcy wants the kid to get sicker, Rob C tries to clean up the podcast, and Rob M keeps picturing Data covered i…
 
This week, we are joined by Dr. Andrea Dupree, senior astrophysicist with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She recently carried out a study showing why the red supergiant star Betelgeuse recently dimmed, a sight seen by millions of amateur astronomers worldwide. We also look at how the development of life on Earth may have been shap…
 
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