Strange Universe

Sundays, 9:35 a.m.
  • Hosted by Bob Berman

Astronomer Bob Berman sheds light on the mysteries of space and time. Always fascinating and fun, Strange Universe will take you places you never knew existed.

Strange Universe 9/15/19

Sep 15, 2019

Tonight or the next clear night, look straight up at nightfall, around 8 PM.  Only one bright star hovers directly overhead, so you can't miss it. This is Vega.

Strange Universe 9/8/19

Sep 8, 2019

The Harvest Moon is coming up on Friday the 14th and all across the country people think they know what it means.  Some assume it has no observational significance and that "Harvest Moon" is just another archaic name like April's "Grass moon." Others imagine just the opposite, that the Harvest Moon looks special in some way: bigger or redder or higher or - something.

Strange Universe 9/1/19

Sep 1, 2019

Now that it's September, we've all noticed that daylight is shrinking. Meteorologists often recite the number of hours and minutes of sunshine each day and then say "It's a decrease of two minutes from yesterday." Yet tomorrow they might say there's only one minute of decrease, or a three minute decrease. Let's get to the bottom of this. 

Strange Universe 8/25/19

Aug 25, 2019

This week it's the birthday of 127 million people from around the world, making our planet's shared birthdays pretty common. If we take one complete revolution around the sun to constitute a birthday, then our planet has had 4.5 billion birthdays. 

Strange Universe 8/18/19

Aug 18, 2019

The vast majority of meteors strike our atmosphere at between 22 and 37 miles per second, but thankfully our atmosphere slows nearly all meteors. Meteroids weighing more than 10 tons are were things get dangerous because they retain a portion of their original space velocity and could hit the ground at 10,000 miles per hour.

Strange Universe 8/11/19

Aug 11, 2019
NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Perseid meteor shower is ruined by a nearly full moon. The moon has once been long a scapegoat for many other problems too, but recent studies allow us to replace those old myths with new lunar powers.

Strange Universe 8/4/19

Aug 4, 2019

So far this summer, we've had humid days as well as drier ones. What most people don't know is that meteorologists express humidity with the word 'dewpoint.' At night, high humidity gives us a sky without many stars that don't twinkle. 

Strange Universe 7/28/19

Jul 28, 2019
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Right now, this month is when Saturn has come nearest to us and looks its biggest and brightest of the year. The current optimal observing season will last through the autumn.

Strange Universe 7/21/19

Jul 21, 2019

On this week's episode Bob Berman explains why a dark night is important for health, and how gorgeous phenomena only materialize when there is no artifical skyglow, something most of us living in urban environments don't get to experience.

Strange Universe 7/14/19

Jul 14, 2019

On this week's episode of Strange Universe, Bob Berman discusses July's full moon.

Strange Universe 7/7/19

Jul 7, 2019

On this Week's episode Bob Berman discusses the appearance of the first quarter moon.

Strange Universe 6/30/19

Jun 30, 2019

On this week's episode Bob Berman discusses a new theory that is infinite in size and space.

Strange Universe 6/23/19

Jun 23, 2019
U.S. Air Force

This week on Strange Universe Bob Berman discusses the increasing number of satellites in the night sky.

Strange Universe 6/16/19

Jun 16, 2019

This week on Strange Universe Astronomer Bob Berman talks about Mercury's best 2019 appartition. 

Strange Universe 6/9/19

Jun 9, 2019
Kevin Gill | Flickr

This week Bob Berman discusses Galileo's observance of Jupiter's four ever- changing moons. 

Strange Universe 6/2/19

Jun 2, 2019

This week Bob Berman expands on the Earth's Escape Velocity.

Strange Universe 5/26/19

May 26, 2019

This week Bob Berman discusses the color green throughout the universe. 

Strange Universe 5/19/19

May 19, 2019

This week Bob Berman talks about two different half moons, two weeks apart.

Strange Universe 05/12/19

May 12, 2019

This week Bob Berman discusses some astro-misconceptions.

Strange Universe 05/05/19

May 5, 2019

This week Bob Berman discusses quantum mechanics.

Strange Universe 4/28/19

Apr 28, 2019

This week Bob Berman discusses celestial coincidences.

Strange Universe 4/21/19

Apr 21, 2019
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This week Bob Berman tells us what we can see if we stare into the blue sky during the daylight hours.

Strange Universe 4/14/19

Apr 14, 2019
Williams College

This week on Strange Universe, Bob Berman tells us about eclipses, saros' and even an exeligmos.

Strange Universe 4/7/19

Apr 7, 2019
Nigel Howe | Flickr

This week on Strange Universe, Bob Berman discusses a triangle in the sky with two stars and the Crescent Moon.

Strange Universe 3/31/19

Mar 31, 2019
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This week on Strange Universe, Bob Berman discusses the Big Dipper.

Strange Universe 3/24/19

Mar 24, 2019

This week on Strange Universe, Bob Berman discusses the metric and imperial systems of measurement.

Strange Universe 03/17/19

Mar 17, 2019

This week Bob Berman discusses the moon, the sun and the vernal equinox. 

Strange Universe: 03/10/19

Mar 10, 2019
WAMC/Pat Bradley

This week Bob Berman discusses analogies and the things we struggle to understand about the universe.

Strange Universe: 03/03/19

Mar 3, 2019

This week Bob Berman discusses the boundary of space.

Strange Universe: 02/24/19

Feb 24, 2019

This week Bob Berman discusses the movement of the sun.