"WMPG:Radio Astronomy" radio program


  "Live from the Orion-Cygnus Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy..."

A weekly half-hour radio program devoted to the night sky and Universe.

Broadcast every Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. on WMPG 90.9 FM

(To listen to past shows, scroll below.)

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Bernie Reim 
Author of the "What's Up" column published by the Portland Press Herald and the Biddeford Journal Tribune.  Bernie also teaches the astronomy lab courses at the University of Southern Maine.  Each episode of "Radio Astronomy" begins with Bernie's report of "What's Up in the Night Sky!"

Edward Gleason
Manager of the Southworth Planetarium and writer of the "Daily Astronomer" blog.


Nat Anderson-Lippert
Nat runs the board and therefore makes the show possible.  He is also has become a contributor to the program, which infuses it with even more cheer.

Seth Lockman
Our show's founder has returned after a long absence during which time he distinguished himself in Trojan War, but then experienced lots of aimless wandering en route to Ithaca.     We're happy to have you back, Mr. Lockman!

 Clio the muse  A Brief History of "Radio Astronomy"


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Super clusters

Friday, July 7, 2017   1:00 p.m.

Our merry band meanders far afield today as we find our place in space.   We magnificent humans are, as Ray Bradbury described us, decimal points of intelligence. We proud points are scattered about the membrane of a miniscule planet in orbit around a dwarf star that, itself, is a meager mote within the Milky Way, a grand galaxy which is reduced to negligiblity on the cosmological scale.    Today, Giordano, we soar to the infinite and that which others saw from afar, we leave far behind us. 



Knights of the Round Table

"Round Table of the Nights" 
Friday, June 30, 2017     1:00 p.m.

While we might be austere astronomy types most of the month, during the "Round Table of the Nights," we're a merry throng of fools.   Join us for this cheerful cosmic chin wag as we wax and wane esoteric about the latest developments in astronomy.   What did we learn about this strange Universe in the month of June?    Which astronomical events are we eagerly anticipating? Listen to the show that will make you want to dance under the light of the ember tinted moon.  Listener discretion advised.  (Actually, there's nothing risque or offensive about the show, but that magic phrase always doubles the audience.)

Charles Messier

 A Messier Matter

Friday, June 23, 2017     1:00 p.m.
Two hundred years ago esteemed French astronomer Charles Messier moved on.    We commemorated the bicentennial of his death with a show devoted entirely to the catalog of celestial objects he meticulously compiled.    We discussed some of the most prominent Messier objects and the history of the catalog, itself.  Dr. Russell Pinizzotto was our special guest.

Messier Gallery


Great American Eclipse

Friday, June 16, 2017   at 1:00 p.m.
The quirky quadrumvirate -Artur, Bernie, Edward and Seth- devoted almost the entire half hour to the "Great American Eclipse," the total solar eclipse that will happen on August 21, 2017!    While Portlanders and those within its periphery will only see a partial solar eclipse, Americans within the totality path will see the whole solar eclipse spectacle!   


"A Sky Watcher's Guide"
Friday, June 9, 2017   1:00 p.m.
So, you venture outside on a summer night to admire the treasure trove of celestial sights adorning the firmament.  Forty seconds later, when you run back into the house soaking wet and chilled to the bone, you remember you're living in New England, so to hell with that.    You call your spoiled friend in Arizona as he's enjoying his100th consecutive star party night and you ask him to hold out his phone so you can vicariously enjoy the sky watching experience.    During this episode, we tried to enhance that experience with a Sky Watcher's Guide: a way to truly appreciate the wonders of the Universe transpiring above the pervasive and unbreakable cloud cover.

Galactic Black Hole

"Black Hole Snapshot"
Friday, June 2, 2017    1:00 p.m.

Our favorite radio astronomer Jon Wallace joined us for a discussion about the Event Horizon Telescope and the plans to use it to capture the very first image of the area surrounding a black hole.   We'll also delved into topics such as LIGO (The Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory), and neutrino telescopes also designed to search for black holes.