George's Random Astronomical Object is a podcast that takes a different look at astronomy. Every astronomical object has its own story and teaches us something new about the Universe, but very often, the objects are described in very general terms. This podcast explores individual astronomical objects ranging from nearby stars to distant clusters of galaxies with the goal of undertanding the science behind the objects more intimately.
Every episode, I run a random number generator to select random coordinates in the sky in terms of right ascension and declination. I search for an astronomical object near those coordinates using the SIMBAD Astronomical Database and then spend a few minutes talking about the object found there and what makes it scientifically important.
See the episodes list for the list of podcast episodes that I have produced. Each astronomical object is discussed on its own webpage, which includes the object coordinates and an image displayed using the Aladin image viewer. Credits and detailed copyright information are listed on the acknowledgments page, and a feedback form and mailing address are listed on the contact page.
The individual episodes can be downloaded from the episodes page. Subscriptions are available from the following locations:
Additionally, people can subscribe directly to the RSS feed.