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The Astroholic Explains

The Astroholic Explains

By Alfredo Carpineti
Have you got burning questions about Space? Do you want to know more about stars, galaxies, and black holes? Well, you've come to the right place!

Dr. Alfredo and his husband Chris are here to answer burning questions about the present, past, and future of our Universe.
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23 - Where Is The Closest Planet That Could Support Life?
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September 1, 2020
22 - The Solar System Is Like A Pizza
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August 18, 2020
21 - The Fate Of The Sun
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August 4, 2020
20 - The Message
We have a new fictional episode for you to enjoy, based around first contact with an alien civilization. This is The Message! This episode was guest-edited by Dr Shaun O’Boyle. Secretary-General of the UN - Prayas Khan was played by Dr Suze Kundu. The Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs - James O’Brian was played by Karl Byrne, and the Chief of Staff - Damien Carré was Ben Couvin. Katelyn Gorrell was Abigail. Alfredo played Dr. Andrea Eco. The story was written by Alfredo with feedback & support from Trip Galey.
July 25, 2020
19 - Is There Life on Mars? - Feat. Dr. Joby Hollis
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July 14, 2020
18 - Ensnared In The Cosmic Web
In this episode, we are pulled towards the topic of gravity wells and we are caught in the cosmic web, talking about the origin of galaxies.
June 30, 2020
17 - The Earth, The Moon, And A Game Of Shadows
In this episode, we talk about what happens in the shadows around our planet, from the phases of the Moon to why eclipses can turn our satellite blood red!
June 16, 2020
16 - Looking At The Sun Like Never Before Feat. Dr Dave Williams
In this episode, we are joined by European Space Agency scientist Dr. Dave Williams who talks about the incredible Solar Orbiter mission. This will study the solar wind, the interior of the Sun, and will observe the polar region of our star for the very first time! 
June 2, 2020
15 - How To Destroy The Earth
We are back for season 2 and we start with a question every supervillain wants answering: how to completely annihilate the Earth using whatever the cosmos provides! 
May 19, 2020
XS19 - Saturn's Last Soul
In this first Christmas Special, guest-produced by Shaun O'Boyle, we leave our standard format behind and jump into a world of science fiction and horror. This is brought to life by the extraordinary voices of Katy Evans, Dr Suze Kundu, Powder Scofield, and Russell Moul.
December 17, 2019
13 - Space Is Full Of Rubbish Feat. Joshua Lurie
Space around the Earth is full of junk and one of our listeners asks "what are we doing about that?"  To answer's this question we bring in an expert, Joshua Lurie and dive deep into ways to clean up after ourselves in space.  
October 1, 2019
12 - Inside A Black Hole & Milky Way Addictions
Can we send a probe inside a black hole? And why are we so obsessed with the Milky Way? This and more in this episode of The Astroholic Explains!
September 17, 2019
11 - Ancient Star Clusters And A Mystery Planet
In this episode we talk about globular clusters and how they help us work out the age of stars, and then return to our neighbourhood to investigate the rumour of an undiscovered planet in the Solar System.
September 3, 2019
10 - Of Planets and Pregnancy
This time we answer two questions from the same person. Laurie asks if other solar systems are likely to be similar to ours, and about the risk of pregnancy in space. 
August 20, 2019
09 - Headlights On A Spaceship & How Many Aliens Are Out There?
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August 6, 2019
08 - Spin, Stardust, and... Is Chris a Cucumber?
In this episode we tackle two more questions from our lovely listeners. The first is about what determines the rotation of planets and the second one focuses on the matter at hand: are we really made from stardust? 
July 22, 2019
07 - Alfredo VS Fake Science
In this episode, we answer two listeners' questions one about Flat-Earthers and one about astrology. Surprisingly, it is not as ranty as you might expect, at least not from Alfredo. No more spoilers, have a listen and get in touch if you have more questions. 
July 9, 2019
06 - Goodness Gracious Great Balls Of Fire
Almost 111 years after the Tunguska Event we answer our first (unexpectedly nepotistic) crowdsourced question about the risk of an asteroid impact, and we try to wrap our heads around just how devastating such events could be!
June 25, 2019
05 - Aliens, Celestial bears, and Privileged Blond Children
In this episode we investigate the Goldilocks Zone, the area around a star where planets might have the right conditions for habitability, and we travel through the solar system to look for life outside Earth.
June 11, 2019
04 - The End Of The Milky Way As We Know It
The Milky Way is on a collision course with the closest major galaxy, Andromeda. What's going to happen to our solar system when the two objects finally collide? Find out in this episode of The Astroholic Explains!
May 28, 2019
03 - Are There Rainbows On Other Worlds In The Solar System?
Where do alien-leprechauns hide their gold? Alfredo explores the colour spectrum, and tells us what rainbows on other worlds could look like.
May 14, 2019
02 - Black Holes: Friends or Foes?
What's the deal with that mysterious wobbling black hole? And what are the dangers of the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy?
May 3, 2019
01 - What's Up (And Down) With Gravity?
Chris has a burning question about mass and why the universe doesn't just collapse onto itself. Alfredo gives us the low down on what's up with gravity!
April 28, 2019