365 Days of Astronomy needs you

By Phil Plait | May 6, 2011 12:14 pm

The podcast 365 Days of Astronomy is a great show about space and astronomy. It was created as part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, and was renewed for 2010 and again 2011.

The cool thing is, the podcast is created by you, the listener! Every daily episode is written and recorded by volunteers who want to talk about some aspect of the Universe that excited them. I think this is a great idea, since it really motivates people and gets them involved.

The problem is, though, they need more episodes! Right now, for example, the schedule for May 2011 is only half full.

Do you have some idea about astronomy you’re dying to talk about? Galaxies get you going, supernovae blow you away, you bought a new ‘scope and have advice for another newbie? If you have a topic you’d like to discuss, then check the podcast calendar, look for an open slot, and get to work!


Comments (6)

  1. I will have the incredibly huge honor to be aired on 12 May. My podcast will be about how we measure the distances to stars and galaxies, explaining very briefly the methods of parallax, Cepheid stars and Type Ia supernovae.

  2. Matt B.

    You know, Damian, I’ve thought for a while that if we put probes at the distance of Neptune’s orbit, the related parsec would be very close to 100 light-years (99.91, to be exact).

  3. I’ve sorta got a contribution coming up, but not a whole episode. Remember the January 14 episode where Bob Hirshon asked people to compose & send in songs about the solar system? I sent in mine, so for now, that’s my contribution. I see Bob’s next episode is on the 13th of this month, so maybe he’ll play it then. (BAUT forum readers may remember I posted the lyrics there in the hope of getting feedback, and the song can also be found on my blog.)

    Maybe later in the year I could do a podcast extrapolating on the astronomical ideas I allude to in the song. Maybe.

  4. I have the raw 16bit/44.1K audio in my laptop, just hafta get going on it.
    Thanks for the reminder & nudge, Phil!

  5. I’ve decided that when I die I don’t want to go to heaven. I’m a model-builder and can think of a no more fun way to spend my eternal afterlife than getting my own little particle, tossing it into a bowl of “the ether” and building my own universe.

    In fact, I’ll settle for just a galaxy. I’m assuming there is some kind of chain of command in the hereafter so if my work is good enough I can one day get my own universe and eventually a multi-verse.

    I’m also assuming they send you to some kind of “God College” to become educated on all things regarding creation.

    On that note, I don’t think our god – the one who built our universe – did so well in school. I mean the universe is pretty fantastic and everything but you’d think if he had been higher in his class he wouldn’t have done things like create right-wingers or made animals so they had to eat each other to survive.

    I do like a good steak though. Sorry cows.

    Anyway, I think all that would make a good episode.

    If they use it someone owes me one dollar.

  6. Steve Paluch

    I produced a half hour television program on neutron stars for my midterm project. Not sure if that would work for a podcast though.

    It’s here for anyone interested:



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