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Strange Universe 5/31/20

May 31, 2020

This coming Wednesday, details gets skimpier, but the moon starts brightening explosively, doubling its brilliance in just two nights until we reach next Friday’s full phase. The nights are now warm, and the air scintillates with magic. If you own any old telescope, now is the time to check out the Moon.,_Artist%27s_Concept.jpg

Bob Berman is joined by Valerie Rapson of The Dudley Observatory for this astronomy edition of the show. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Strange Universe 2/2/20

Feb 2, 2020
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Palindromes are everywhere and everyone enjoys them.   These oddities are found in time, on the calendar and even in our universe.

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On the first Vox Pop show of 2020, we welcome back Bob Berman to answer your astronomy questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Strange Universe 11/24/19

Nov 24, 2019

In a single second light could travel around the world almost 9 times at a speed of 186,282 miles per second. Satellite’s transmitting time beeps to your car’s GPS receiver and in a similar way that was how light was discovered.,_Artist%27s_Concept.jpg

Vox Pop favorite Bob Berman is joined by Valerie Rapson of The Dudley Observatory for this astronomy edition of the show. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Strange Universe 10/20/19

Oct 20, 2019
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According to surveys, over a quarter of the U.S. population thinks we are now being visited by aliens from outer space. There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the argument, but if an extraterrestrial visit does occur, it would probably be very different from our expectations. 

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Vox Pop veteran Bob Berman is joined by Valerie Rapson of The Dudley Observatory for this astronomy edition of the show. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Strange Universe 9/22/19

Sep 22, 2019

People are acquiring strange new astronomy notions. Take the super moon, a newly coined term for when the moon comes closer than average. When that caught on a few years ago and the major media ran headlines, "Don't miss tonight's super moon!" confusion arose, because such a moon looks just like every other full moon.

The majority of celestial space is inactive and will remain forever unruffled. But when cosmic violence does unfold, it changes the very fabric of the universe, with mega-explosions and ripple effects that reach the near limits of human comprehension. In his new book “Earth-Shattering,” astronomy writer Bob Berman investigates these instances of violence both mammoth and microscopic.

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 8/18/19

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
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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
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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. 

We welcome renowned astronomer Bob Berman back to Vox Pop to field all of your astronomy-related questions. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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