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The Milky Way's local black hole

We talk to astronomers who study the environments around black holes, hear about what we can learn from a meteor which hit the Moon in March, and find out how spacecraft can navigate their way through the solar system.

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10th Nov 2012 - Houston, we have a Podcast

This time the award winning Space Boffins podcast comes from Houston to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the last man on the Moon.  Richard visits the Apollo 17 capsule and talks to an Apollo veteran, while Sue hears why we should go back to the Moon.  Also, flying a phone in space the competition hots up and how Gemini astronauts became good at housekeeping.

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25th Sep 2012 Excitement about ALMA

This month, were looking at ALMA - the Atacama Large Millimetre Array - possibly the most complicated telescope to date, that promises to peer into star forming regions.

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10th Jun 2012 - Introducing Space Boffins!

In the latest Space Boffins Podcast, Sue Nelson and Richard Hollingham are joined by space scientist Andrew Coates and science writer Michael Hanlon, to talk SpaceX, Juice and Solar Orbiter. Richard also gets annoyed about space attire and Sue gets to grips with tortuous space acronyms. 

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 25th May 2012 - The Dominant Force in the Universe

When did Dark Energy become the dominant force in the universe?  In this months Naked Astronomy, we look back at the history of our expanding universe to find out when gravity lost its grip.  We also examine the global trade in meteorites to explore the tension between scientists and collectors.  Plus, we answer a bumper crop of your questions.

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  2nd Apr 2012 - The National Astronomy Meeting 2012

How do tornadoes form on the Sun? Why does Jupiter enhance our Meteor showers? And how can pulsars be used as a deep space positioning system? This month's Naked Astronomy comes from the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting, held this year at the University of Manchester.
Well hear how Juno hopes to probe beneath the surface of Jupiter, find out how a cloud of carbon gives us clues about star formation in the early universe, and explore how astronomers have helped archaeologists to understand a standing stone over 4000 years old...

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25th Sep 2011 - Dark Planets and Dark Matter

Are the foundations of Dark Matter crumbling?  How can a planet be blacker than black paint?  What are the sunsets like on a planet with 2 suns? In this month's Naked Astronomy, we'll discover Kepler-16b; a planet with two suns, we look to recent experimental results to see if the Cold Dark Matter theory still stands, and we explore the least reflective planet ever found.

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