The Supermassive Podcast

Science #70Astronomy #4

This is The Supermassive Podcast from the Royal Astronomical Society. Every month, science journalist Izzie Clarke and astrophysicist Dr Becky Smethurst take you through the universe with the latest research, history from the society’s archives and astronomy you can do from your own home.

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You can send your questions to the team via or follow them on Instagram @SupermassivePod.

The Supermassive Podcast is a Boffin Media Production by Izzie Clarke and Richard Hollingham.

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  • riggity34
    Awesome podcast
    Very interesting and breaks down hard concepts for simple minds. Love this.
  • nerghoul
    Giggling Credulous Shills
    If you want a podcast that discusses space exploration with the storytelling veracity of giggling 3 year old children talking about Santa Claus, you found it. Enjoy the scientism.
  • Jenny Jerry Jerry
    Despise all the banter
    I like the topics but the hosts can’t get over themselves and are clearly uncomfortable…..laughing because they all are looking to Eachother for something super boring I hate everybody
  • JB East Bay
    Greatest podcast in the universe
    Intelligent, fun, funny, energetic: Becky and Izzie are amazing hosts. I love all the science, which they take seriously, and I love even more being part of the great time they seem to have together. This is by far my favorite podcast of all, and there do seem to be more podcasts than stars these days ;)
  • Astrophysics kid
    Hi Dr. Becky
    I don’t know if you guys even read the reviews, but I’m the kid (Luke from Minnesota) who interviewed you for a school project. I just want to let you know that I’m still going to be an astrophysicist when I’m out of high school!
  • Sjp0889
    Super massive awesomeness!!!
    Love it!!
  • inn ar the seventh court
    The best
    This is one of the greatest extant podcasts. Massive.
  • a mixt mover
    Love it
    Love hearing women in science!
  • PoetFarmer
    Huntsville, Alabama
    Love the new bonus shorties! Would also love to see y’all record an episode under the Saturn V at the NASA center if you’re ever on this side of the pond! Thanks for all the knowledge and smiles.
  • MarkChicagoIL
    The latest episode is 14 minutes. Kind of stupid.
  • babyvanjou
    My thoughts :)
    I think this podcast is excellent for anyone who loves or is interested astronomy + space, even though I only listened to one episode I love this podcast already! Love this :) ❤️
  • blaumax777
    Absolutely smashing
    While I listen to a few science (and sci-fi) podcasts, this one is by far my favorite. Super Massive is friendly, trustworthy, and I live for the honest rapport of Izzie, Dr. Becky and Dr. Robert. I’m always excited when a new episode drops because it’s like meeting up with my good friends and basking in the glow of their brilliance. Even people whom they interview seem to open up and enjoy themselves, sharing their enthusiasm along with fascinating information. The only “bad” thing is that I have to wait a whole month for the next one - though “hunger is the best seasoning” I suppose. All in all, 100% recommend to anyone with even a slight interest in our universe.
  • MSUcatz1
    For the podcast algorithm gods
    To future podcast lister. If you read this, and listen, after enjoyed the show you must comment and 5 stars. Give ‘em a reward for the hard work they put into the episode.
  • Bethanabee
    I love this podcast!
    The only thing I don’t like is that the episodes are monthly instead of weekly!
  • moryory
    Excellent Podcast
    Very informative without trying to be a comedy.
  • Shelby's iTunes 1996
    This is a really great podcast and it is amazing to listen to women in science! Love it!
  • CAMarathonRunner
    Too much giggling
    Interesting topics ruined by the hosts’ giggling and goofiness. Even the guests are drawn into their poor behavior. There are ways to convey joy and enthusiasm in a discussion without acting like small children. Not recommended.
  • Mark Reznor
    Ignore the misogynists
    sexist trolls writing reviews on here. They just resent females in science. It’s a great podcast. Super informative, educational and fun.
    Nothing new
    Same old science news
  • 18Steve11
    Don’t bother
    50% woke discussions, 30% Brits bashing US, 10% silliness, 10% actual science
  • Supermassive Fan
    Best Podcast Ever
    Totally obsessed with the format, knowledge sharing and production of these podcasts. Every time I listen in, I walk away with a deeper wonder and awe, not just of our universe, but of the humans who have dedicated their lives to exploration. Please keep up the work, Dr Becky and Izzie Clarke!
  • Davey A USA
    Super Massive Praise
    I simply cannot say enough good things about this podcast, Dr. Becky and Izzie are wonderfully conversational, enthusiastic, smart and adorable at the same time. I love the varied topics, I look forward to new episodes and I appreciate all the top notch guests and contributors. Thank You for increasing my knowledge of the Solar System, Universe, and Space Exploration and making it fun at the same time. Love and respect to all who make this one of the best podcasts available anywhere.
  • postfauvist
    great pod
    this podcast is amazingly accessible and easy to listen to. Dr. Smethurst and Ms. Clark and great together and i love how well rounded they are. it’s also refreshing to hear women in science spaces flexing their skills.
  • Fyodor8
    Super hi
  • ouu si dghjkfvhite
    Can’t listen to it
    Fake laughing is one of the female habits that grates on my nerves as a woman. It is a way for women to give up all their power and act subservient. Too bad. I bet there is some good information here.
  • SurferSquid
    Good, but I wish it was all about the science
    It’s great to see another quality British astronomy podcast. The topics are interesting and thoughtful, and the hosts do a great job presenting in a friendly, knowledgable, and slightly nerdy manner. I do wish the podcast didn’t deal with social issues at times, even when they are relevant. I follow astronomy as an escape from more stressful and contentious subjects, so being reminded of them in what I would like to be my safe zone is somewhat unwelcome.
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