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Explore the universe in new podcast series

Posted on 12 April 2018

Researchers at the University of York’s Department of Physics have launched a new podcast series focusing on new discoveries in the cosmos and imminent breakthroughs.

Over the last few decades astronomers have found thousands of planets around other stars in our galaxy

Hosted by astronomer and Director of York’s Astrocampus, Dr Emily Brunsden, and visiting academic, Dr Chris Stewart, Syzygy is a podcast linked to the news agenda and will deliver episodes that discuss the latest headlines in astronomy research. 

Dr Brunsden said: “The podcast is named after a Syzygy, which is an alignment of celestial objects.  We want to bring to the public a discussion of brand new findings in astrophysics and what they really mean.  

“You don't need a science background to enjoy our podcast; we discuss what is out there, how we know about it and why it matters.

"We hope that anyone who is curious about how we explore the cosmos and the latest research discoveries will listen and share with others." 


Episode one discusses planets around other stars – exoplanets – and the process that led to the discovery of new planets in far-away galaxy. Episode two explores a galaxy with no dark matter and why that means it probably exists.

Syzygy, which means a straight-line configuration of a number of celestial bodies, can be found on iTunes or any preferred podcast app, as well as online at: 

Episode one is available now and episode two will be ready to download on Friday, 13 April.

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