astro[sound]bites is a bi-weekly podcast that uses recent astrobites to explain and explore a theme. It is hosted by Alex Gagliano at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Malena Rice at Yale University, and Will Saunders (that’s me) at Boston University.
As we publish our 10th episode today, we’re taking this opportunity to reflect on our first 10 episodes, the bites we talked about, and the things we learned along the way.
Where to Listen
astro[sound]bites is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud. Click on the images below for your preferred source, grab the RSS feed (https://feed.podbean.com/astrosoundbites/feed.xml) for use on any source, or listen to any of the first 10 episodes embedded directly on this post via SoundCloud. (Below each episode audio are links to the bites we talk about.)
Episode 0: Who, What, and Why?
Our short explanation of who we are, what astro[sound]bites is, and why we undertook this crazy project.
Episode 1: Disks, Discs, and Disques
We thought for a hot sec that every episode title would have three words but that only lasted two episodes. Regardless, in this episode, we attempt to compare disks of different sizes and rationalize why sometimes things aren’t that simple.
Episode 2: Getting to Know the Neighbors
We talk planets and invoke magnetic fields as a solution for a complicated modeling problem. Not to worry, we will continue to talk both about magnetic fields and complicated models in many more episodes.
Episode 3: 6 Unbelievable Facts about Black Holes
In an effort to be only slightly sensationalist, I concocted this listicast (list + podcast). I’ll bet even the readers of astrobites will be surprised to learn some of these facts.
Episode 4: Cosmic Recycling
Feedback is a surprisingly important and challenging concept in the universe. It’s a good thing we talk about it early because we reference this episode about a thousand times in the following six astro[sound]bites.
Episode 5: Astrophysical Beasts and Where to Find Them
We agree to disagree on how to pronounce “Asteroseismology” but manage to talk about ghost and goblin galaxies, sneezy M dwarfs with cyclops planets, and oscillating giant stars.
Episode 6: Farewell Spitzer
We pour one out for NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, which was decommissioned on January 30. At the end, Malena soliloquies her love for the
fallen forever orbiting observatory.
Music: Scott Buckley
Episode 7: Constants…Or Not?
We try to make you anxious by taking things you thought were constant in the universe and challenging them. Did it work?
Episode 8: Beyond Exoplanets with TESS
After training for stealth operations at the TESS Ninja Conference, Malena was excited to talk about her current research. We also have some interviews with people who use TESS to do unexpected things.
This episode is also the first to feature our new segment astro-sound-scape-of-the-fortnight-space-sound-sonification-for-science-in-the-name-of-astronomy (just a cool sound of a space thing).
Interviews: Isabel Colman, Kareem El-Badry
Space sound: Don Gurnett/University of Iowa
Episode 9: Beyond the Grave
I get a little down reading about death but Alex and Malena cheer me up with astronomical afterlives! Kumbaya moment at the end is sponsored by NASA.
Space sound: NASA/Hubble/SYSTEM Sounds (Matt Russo/Andrew Santaguida)
Episode 10: Baryonic Banter
95% of the universe is made of dark matter and dark energy, things we know almost nothing about but surely the other 5% (baryons) we know well, right? Nope!
During our banter I tell
too many the right number of stories, we learn Malena has a different pronunciation of “whim,” and Alex shows us that Cosmology is actually pretty cool (despite our best efforts).
Space sound: NASA/JPL/University of Iowa
Send us Suggestions for the Next 10 Episodes!
If you have feedback, suggestions for future episodes, or nerdy science comments, send us an email at email@example.com.
Our theme music was composed by Joel Ong.
Our logo was created by Joanna Ramasawmy