How meteorites affect our planet and life with Greg Brennecka, author of Impact How Rocks from Space Led to Life, Culture, and Donkey Kong

This week on The Cosmic Companion, we look at meteorites, and the role they play in shaping our planet and the history of the human race. We will be talking with Greg Brennecka, author of Impact How Rocks from Space Led to Life, Culture, and Donkey Kong.

Earth is constantly…

Exploring the Milky Way Galaxy with Stefan Gillessen from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics

Seeing the center of the Milky Way in near-infrared light.

This week on The Cosmic Companion, we take a look at our home galaxy, the Milky Way. We will be talking with Stefan Gillessen from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics about his work understanding Sagittarius A* — the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.

The…

Space exploration benefits all of humanity. Here’s a look at the top 10 ways going to space helps everyone on Earth.

Space exploration benefits Earth and everyone living on it in ways most people never expect — Here’s 10 reasons why investing in space is our best hope for humanity.

Space exploration is the grandest endeavor the human race has ever undertaken. Reaching out beyond the planetary cradle on which we…

As the James Webb Space Telescope readies for launch, we talk with planetary scientist Dr. Stefanie Milam about Webb

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we take an up-close look at the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) as the most advanced spaceborne telescope ever built prepares for launch.

We talk with Dr. Stefanie Milam from the Goddard Space Flight Center. She is a planetary scientist who…

The Perseverance rover made an unexpected finding on Mars — organic material in Jezero Crater

The Perseverance rover from NASA

Exploring Jezero Crater on Mars, the Perseverance rover recently came across an unexpected finding — organic molecules within the Martian rocks.

The six-wheeled rover arrived on Mars in February, spending the last 10 months exploring Jezero Crater on the Red Planet. The spacecraft now reports finding organic material within this…

The Parker Solar Probe just became the first spacecraft ever to touch the atmosphere of the Sun.

Just like the Earth, our Sun has an atmosphere, called the corona. This is normally seen surrounding the blacked-out Sun during a total solar eclipse.

Now, the Parker Solar Probe from NASA just became the first spacecraft ever to journey inside this tenuous shell around the Sun.

Oh! I Wanna Touch It!

This encounter…

The BepiColombo spacecraft is just the third mission to Mercury. We explore this program with Mark McCaughrean of the European Space Agency

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we welcome Mark McCaughrean, Senior Advisor for Science & Exploration at the European Space Agency, to the show. We’ll talk about the European Space Agency’s BepiColumbo mission to Mercury.

We’re also going to look at Comet Leonard as it makes its…

A Potentially Hazardous Object — 4660 Nereus — will pass Earth on 11 December. Here’s a look at what’s happening.

On Saturday, 11 December, an asteroid named 4660 Nereus will pass the orbit of Earth, making a close approach with our home planet.

During this approach, 4660 Nereus will come as close as 3.86 million kilometers (2.4 million miles) from Earth, or roughly 10 times the distance from Earth to…

Three planets line up in the southwestern sky on Friday night, together with the Moon. Here’s a look at what’s happening!

Early in the evening on Friday 10 December, three planets — Venus, Jupiter and Saturn, will line up in the southwestern sky, along with the Moon.

Skygazers wishing to view this celestial alignment should head out soon after sunset, before Venus dips below the horizon.

Looking to the southwest…

Exploring oceans of Earth with world-renowned oceanographer and marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle

Sylivia Earle Tells us About National Geographic Ocean | A Global Odyssey

This week on Astronomy News with The Cosmic Companion, we are delighted to be joined by one of the world’s most renowned oceanographers, Dr. Sylvia Earle. She’s here to talk to us about her new book, National Geographic Ocean | A Global Odyssey.

We’re going to get an in-depth look…

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