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Above and Beyond

Above and Beyond... brings the universe to you, 90 seconds at a time.

Eddie Whisler, Director of the Bryan Gooding Planetarium at Jacksonville's Museum of Science & History brings you above and beyond Jacksonville's night sky to share the wonders of the universe.

Produced by Jacksonville University‘s The Science Of… in collaboration with Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and Historyand WJCT Public Media.

Aired on WJCT News 89.9 during Science Friday.

Recorded at Jacksonville University
Eddie Whisler: Story & Voice
Greg Minton: Audio Engineer
Tony Steve: Music
Andy Ouellette: Producer & Editor
David Smith: Logo Design
Bryan Gros: Space Images
Brett Jacobs: Named "Above and Beyond"
Janel Palomo: General Assistant 2019/2020

Latest Episodes
  • Experience Cassini's Grand Finale, ending its 13-year Saturn mission on September 15, 2017. After 13 years, it plunged into Saturn, sampling its atmosphere until the end. An epic journey's conclusion. 🚀🪐
  • Meet the cosmic speedsters - hypervelocity stars! Born from gravitational assists, they race at mind-boggling speeds, leaving luminous trails in the night sky. 🚀🌌
  • Spot the James Webb Space Telescope's signature - diffraction spikes like James Webb's John Hancock. Its unique design sets it apart in astrophotography! 🔭✨
  • Discover the captivating "Blue Moon"—rarely blue due to volcanic ash. This month, it's the humdrum version: a second full moon in a calendar month. 🌕🔵
  • Stars wobble due to planets' subtle pull, helping astronomers detect exoplanets. The quest for distant worlds continues! 🌌🔭
  • Tonight, marvel at the vastness of space between stars. If you shrunk the Sun to a quarter how far do you think the distance to Alpha Centauri would become? 🌌🚀
  • Spot M13 Globular Cluster in Hercules constellation tonight. Binoculars reveal colorful stars bound by gravity to the Milky Way, swirling like cosmic bees. 🌌🔭
  • Explore the enigmatic world of double stars and optical illusions in the night sky. Unravel the difference between visually close stars and binary star systems. 🌠
  • Discover "The Drunken Photon" on Above and Beyond. Witness photons' mesmerizing journey from the sun's core to space in 10,000 to 200,000 years! 🌞🍻
  • Join Above and Beyond to explore S4716, the fastest star near our galaxy's supermassive black hole, reaching mind-blowing speeds! 🚀