Planet formation and the search for life [Astro et al Ep.9]

How do planets form? What material do the form from? How can we look for life? Will we be able to find something that resembles life? In this episode I talk to Christian Eistrup about simulation on planet formation, Christian is a P.h.D student at Leiden University. We talked about chemistry, accretion discs, what happens if we find Oxygen out there? Are there chemical reactions in planet-forming regions?

Astrochemistry, spectra, molecules in space and life outside our planet [Astro et al Ep.8]

Chemistry is a really important tool for astronomy and it is often forgotten, how to create a lab spectra? How can we find molecules in space? Are there any organic molecules in the galaxy? Is it really possible to make water like the in the Martian movie? What is the difference between Chemistry and Quantum Mechanics? All of that and more in this episode with Kirstin Doney, from the Leiden University.

Galileo was the first Science Communicator ever [Astro et al Ep.7]

How to engage better with the public? Can astronomy be used as a tool for education? In this conversation with Pedro Russo, we talked about the importance of science communication, his story as the coordinator for the International year of astronomy, IYA2009, his work in the Universe Awareness program, science communications as a research field, how to work with celebrities to communicate astronomy, what is the International Astronomical Union, and of course, so much more.

Rosetta and Philae, expect the unexpected [Astro et al Ep.6]

Rosetta mission is coming to an end on September 30th, that is why on this episode we discussed the whole mission, from its beginning to the final end, we also talk about the communication aspect of this mission because it was really important, How did the campaign begin? How did they come up with the cartoons? Why was Rosetta twitting in first person? And of course, as always, so much more.

The accelerating expansion of the universe, dark energy and the Nobel Prize [Astro et al Ep.05]

How we discover the accelerating universe? Who did that? How is life after winning a Nobel Prize? A conversation with the Nobel Prize winner dr. Brian Schmidt, How did he become interested in astronomy? How did the Nobel Prize change his life? Why is the universe speeding up? What is dark energy? And of course, so much more.

The evolution of astronomy in the last 50 years [Astro et al Ep.4]

On this episode, we talked about quasars, long baseline interferometry, radioastronomy, the Hubble Space Telescope, LOFAR telescope in the Netherland, the theory of the Steady State, Challenger disaster, Jan Oort, the Universe Awareness program, and so much more. The guest for today’s episode is Gorge Miley.

Orion Constellation by Carlos Milovic at

Searching for supermassive stars associations in Orion with Gaia [Astro et al Ep.3]

¿What is a supermassive star?¿How many are there in our galaxy?¿can Do they trace the stellar formation process? Conversation with Eleonora Zari who is working on her Ph.D. in Leiden University trying to use the upcoming Gaia data to solve the problem of supermassive star associations in the Orion constellation to understand the history of star formation in the Milky Way galaxy.

Modified Gravity: A new way to explain dark matter and dark energy [Astro et al Ep. 2]

Is Einstein wrong? What is dark energy? What is dark matter? What is Relativity? On today’s episode, I talk with Jackson Said from the University of Malta about his research on Modified Gravity as a way to get rid of the dark “stuff” problem. We talk about gravity, Einstein theory of relativity and so much more.

Building the world’s largest radio telescope [Astro et al Ep. 1]

What is radio astronomy? How big is going to be the next generation radio telescope? What is SKA? This is the first episode of a weekly podcast about the fascinating world of astronomy. On today’s episode, I have a conversation with Phil Diamond, who is the Director General of the Square Kilometre Array, we talk about the science behind this telescope, from the original idea to where they are today. Are we going to prove Einstein wrong? How are we going to be able to see the early universe? All of that and so much more on this fi