Blakesley Burkhart

5 Minute Astronomy

Radio Astronomy!
5 Minute Astronomy


Learn about the Universe in five minutes or less with Radio Astronomy! Short weekly podcasts based off of the 89.9FM WORT radio show in Madison, Wi USA


A Universe in a Box

Dec 5, 2014 07:00


 On this episode we hear from Dr. Shy Genel about the Illustris cosmological simulation

The Dragonfly and the Dwarf

Aug 5, 2014 03:59


Arthur tells us about a new telescope called the Dragonfly and how it will help us understand dwarf galaxies.

Pluto! Everyone's favorite dwarf planet!

Jun 25, 2014 05:27


Today we talk about the New Horizons Spacecraft which is on its way to Pluto and its moons.

Jupiter's Red Spot Shrinks!

Jun 4, 2014 04:45



Jun 4, 2014 03:59


The Coldest Brown Dwarf!

May 8, 2014 04:35


Life on Jupiter's Moon Europa?

May 6, 2014 06:33


Icecube Observatory detects extragalactic neutrinos

Apr 5, 2014 05:48


Gravity Waves at the Beginning of Time

Mar 27, 2014 04:56


When a Star Runs Away from Home...

Mar 7, 2014 04:59


Anna William and Arthur Eigenbrot tell us about runaway stars in our MilkyWay Galaxy including visible runaway stars! 

The Oldest Star Known

Feb 27, 2014 04:46


Today we talk about the oldest star ever discovered to date and how it was found! Tune in!

Do Black Holes Exist?

Feb 21, 2014 04:31


Arthur Eigenbrot and Jenna Ryon fill us in on the latest from Stephan Hawking!

Space Mission Gaia: The 1 Billion Star Mapper!

Feb 13, 2014 00


Gaia soon goes online to map precise distances to 1 billion stars in our Galaxy!  

Singing the Astro Blues! Or, Why Study Astronomy?

Feb 8, 2014 04:05


On today's episode, two astronomy undergraduates (Emy Rivera, Univ. Puerto Rico and Joseph Putko, Univ. Middleberry)  tell us why they chose to study astronomy for their majos.  Joseph rounds out the episode by  singing us the Astro Blues!

The BOSS on the Search for Dark Matter

Jan 30, 2014 04:57


Tonight! Arthur Eigenbrot tells us a bit about the BOSS survey and how it will help us solve big problems in extragalactic astronomy.

Space sex and other challenges to interstellar travel

Jan 28, 2014 03:16


Does sending humans to other star systems sounds like science fiction?  It might just become reality with your help!  Listen to this podcast to here how you can submit your ideas to the 100 year starship program ( mission.

China Hops to the Moon with the Jade Rabbit!

Jan 23, 2014 03:45


On this episode I will discuss the latest space mission of China to the moon: The Chang3 lander and Jade Rabbit rover.  One small hop for a rabbit, one giant leap for China!

Virgin Galactic Blast Off!!

Jan 17, 2014 02:21


Learn about how you can go to space as a private citizen. Just make sure you have atleast $200,000 in hand!  We also review past updates to the LHC as they continue to verify the discovery of the Higgs Boston.

On star clusters and forging a career path in astronomy!

Jan 14, 2014 04:17


Natalie Gosnell at UW Madison tells us how she uses the Hubble Space Telescope to study star clusters in our galaxy.  Later in the episode she shares some advice about starting a career in astronomy.

The Higgs (Hugs!) Boson

Jan 2, 2014 05:19


Kenny Rudinger (UW Madison Physics Graduate student) explains what the Higgs Boson is and why it is important for the standard model of particle physics.

The Many Problems of Light Pollution

Jan 2, 2014 02:41


Light Pollution!! Yuck!!  In this short episode learn a bit more about light pollution and what you can do to help prevent it!

Space Weather: The Aurora

Jan 2, 2014 02:57


This episode briefly introduces the concept of space weather and the aurora!  Check it out!

The X-Ray Universe

Dec 13, 2013 06:11


University of Wisconsin Madison Professor Sebastian Heinz explains his team's latest discovery of the youngest x-ray binary system in our Galaxy.

The Juno Spacecraft

Dec 8, 2013 03:33


Jenna Ryon gives listeners the low-down on the Juno Spacecraft and its mission to explore Jupiter.

Diamonds are Jupiter's Best Friend

Nov 30, 2013 04:12


Arthur Eigenbrot explains the physics behind "diamond rain" on Jupiter and Saturn.

Near Earth Objects: Not with a whimper, but with a BANG!

Nov 13, 2013 03:29


Small asteroids might be more of a problem for Earth then previously thought.  On this episode, learn about recent meteor run-ins and new science on why need to promote better detection systems for small near earth objecs.

Go then, there are other worlds than these

Nov 8, 2013 04:28


In this episdoe we discuss the "other worlds" found a tiny patch of sky in the constilation Signus by the Kepler planet hunting spacecraft. Scientists have recently learned that up to one in five of these might harbor the conditions needed for life as we know it!

General relativity: the physics of BIG!

Nov 2, 2013 03:21


UW Madison astronomy student Arthur Eigenbrot explains why and how General Relativity works

A galaxy far far away!

Oct 31, 2013 03:53


On this episode I will discuss the most distant known galaxy to date and just how can we measure such distances in the unverse? Tune in, turn on, and geek out!

Polarization of Light and Astronomy!

Oct 24, 2013 05:22


Astronomers have all kinds of tricks up their sleves to study the universe from light!  On this episode, Prof. Antonio Mario Magalhaes explains polarization of light and space missions constructed at UW Madison to study this phenomina! 

Astronomy Shutdown: Part 2, Deep Impact

Oct 5, 2013 05:27


Astronomy reserch grinds to a hault in the USA.  In this emergancy report, host Blakesley Burkhart discusses the impact of the shutdown on astronomy and government agencies. 

Astronomy Shutdown: Day 1

Oct 5, 2013 03:44


Astronomy PhD students Jenna Ryon and Arthur Eigenbrot talk about the effects of the government shutdown on astronomy on Tuesday, October 2nd 2013.  This segment aired on WORT 89.9 FM in Madison, Wi.

Voyager 1: The Interstellar Mission

Oct 4, 2013 04:30


The Voygaer spacecraft has finally made it into interstellar space! Just what does that mean?  Listen to this episode to learn about where no man has gone before!

Manned Mission to Mars: What is it going to take?

Sep 23, 2013 05:45


In this Radio Astronomy Podcast physics graduate students Garth Whelan and Andrew Seltzman discuss the challenges of human missions to Mars.

Calling all Citizen Scientists!

Sep 4, 2013 03:21


Do you have what it takes to be a Citizen Scientist?  Find out in this episode!

The Kepler Planet Hunt Ends

Sep 4, 2013 03:19


In this episode we discuss all the amazing things the Kepler space mission did and what is the future of planet hunting!

Nova Delphini 2013

Sep 4, 2013 06:31


In this episode learn about the history of Novas with Dr. Jim Lattis of UW Astronomy!

The Amazing Photon! Radio Light and the music of Gamma Rays

Aug 26, 2013 03:53


Learn a little about light in this short clip taken from Radio Astronomy 89.9 FM WORT Madison, Wi

The James Webb Space Telescope

Aug 26, 2013 02:02


In this short clip learn about the James Webb Space Telescope, the sucessor to the Hubble Space Telescope

Pluto: Why not a Planet?

Aug 25, 2013 02:27


Why isn't Pluto a planet?  What is the definition of a planet?  Why is Pluto still super cool anyway!?  We'll answer these questions in this episode of 5 Minute Astronomy.  Clip taken from Radio Astronomy 89.9FM WORT in Madison, Wi.

Saturn Graces our Summer Skies

Aug 25, 2013 04:56


Saturn graces the summar skies of Madison, Wi and the Northern Hemisphere.  Listen in to hear about Saturn, its ring, and its moons which could harbor life!  What does Saturn sound like?  Check it out in this short clip on Saturn!

 Clip from WORT 89.9 FM Radio Astronomy Summer 2013.

Vacation to Mars!

Aug 23, 2013 04:33


On this episode of Radio Astronomy we'll learn about what it might be like to take a vacation on Mars!