Now you can listen to Radio Astronomy via the itunes store!  Just search for "5 Minute Astronomy"  Enjoy!!
Hey astro babble followers!  I have been busy setting up online streaming of the UW Madison Astronomy radio show, Radio Astronomy!  You can find it right now at: and soon on itunes! 
Interview with a UW Madison Physics graduate student about the Higgs Boson on WORT 89.9 FM
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I stumbled across a very cool website which compiles sounds from several NASA craft that have been to Jupiter  

Listen to a thunderstorm on another planet!

Astronauts on a mission to Mars will need much more than freeze-dried ice cream to sustain them, and researchers at Cornell are working to determine the best way to keep them well nourished during their three-year journeys and four-month stays on the Red Planet.

To do so, they are seeking volunteers to spend four months in a simulated Mars habitat on the barren lava fields of Hawai'i.

The application can be found at:
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An asteroid hurtled past the Earth on Friday in something of a cosmic near-miss, making its closest approach at about 1600 GMT.

The asteroid, estimated to be about 11m (36ft) in diameter, was first detected on Wednesday.

At its closest, the space rock - named 2012 BX34 - passed within about 60,000km of Earth - less than a fifth of the distance to the Moon.
Frenetic star-forming activity in the early Universe is linked to the most massive galaxies in today's cosmos, new research reported at BBC today suggests.

This "starbursting" activity when the Universe was just a few billion years old appears to have been clamped off by the growth of supermassive black holes.

An international team gathered hints of the mysterious "dark matter" in early galaxies to confirm the link.

Click here to read more at BBC !
Monday January 23rd is the first day back for UW Madison students!

This is a good time to remind everyone that astronomy is for everyone, including students at the university, parents, the retired, and public and private workers.  Everyone can get involved in researching and discovering the universe around them.  In the "Awesome Astro Sites" tab above I've listed a few good websites that involve people in actual astronomy research.  Today I came accross another great one:

The website hosts data gathered by Nasa's Kepler space telescope, and asks volunteers to sift the information for anything unusual that might have been missed in a computer search.
Think you won't make a difference or find something?  Think again!  Chris Holmes from Peterborough found a world that is circling a star called SPH10066540.  Chris' story is now featured on hereMaybe you will be the next person to be featured in international news for your discovery!

For decades astronomers have been puzzeled as to why we do not observe more dwarf galaxies.  In fact, this is one of the biggest problems of the current Lambda-Cold-Dark-Matter model of the universe.  

However, one team reports in Nature that the explaination might be that these dwarfs are a new type of galaxy made up of mostly dark matter!

Read more at BBC
Tune in every Tuesday night 6-7 for In Our Back Yard!  There is always an astronomy portion of the show with connection to Madison Astronomy!