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"Abgespaced – Space from A to Z"

Children’s Podcast of the Planetarium Berlin Foundation

How heavy is the moon? Where does a black hole end? How fast does a satellite fly?? Can the sun explode and what does Saturn sound like?? These and many other questions are answered by children’s reporters in the podcast "Abgespaced – Space from A to Z".

In each episode, the podcast team around host Kristin Linde and studiodrei travels in alphabetical order from one letter to the next and together illuminates all topics from A for astronaut*in to Z for dwarf planet. There are many curious children’s reporters who collect the most exciting answers about the universe.

A new episode is published every 14 days on Tuesdays – wherever podcasts are available and on the YouTube channel of the Planetarium Berlin Foundation!

The children’s podcast is produced by the Planetarium Berlin Foundation and studiodrei (Anna Bilger, Vanessa Loewel, Julia Riedhammer).

Media voices

Daily Mirror (26.11.2021)
"There are pedagogy professionals at work."
"(…) very cool."

B.Z. (24.11.2021)
"The new children’s podcast from the Planetarium Berlin Foundation is galactically good: "Abgespaced – Space from A to Z" answers the most exciting questions about the universe. "

94.3 rs2 (25.11.2021)
"Stiftung Planetarium Berlin" has made a really nice children’s podcast."

tip Berlin Magazine (09.12.2021)
"At Abgespaced the topics are in any case very well penetrated: The know-how around universe and space travel, so one would like to believe afterwards almost, does not seem to be a rocket science. "

radio one (06.12.2021)
"As is so often the case, what’s good for children isn’t necessarily bad for adults. So we can all take a listen to the podcast "Abgespaced – Space from A to Z". "

You have questions, would like to be part of our podcast as a child reporter or tell us a space joke?? Then send us an e-mail to [email protected]

We are looking forward to your message!

Idea and concept: Tim Florian Horn, studiodrei (Anna Bilger, Vanessa Loewel, Julia Riedhammer) Director: Tim Florian Horn, Stefan Gotthold Project management and moderation: Kristin Linde Editing: studiodrei (Anna Bilger, Vanessa Loewel, Julia Riedhammer), Kristin Linde Mixing: Schallultras (Christoph Schrag, Hendrik Schroder) Production: studiodrei (Anna Bilger, Vanessa Loewel, Julia Riedhammer) Music and sound design: Tapani Gradmann

The children’s reporters Milo and Nayla with presenter Kristin Linde in front of the giant telescope of the Archenhold Observatory © SPB / Photo: J. Paschen

Season 1 – All episodes

A for astronaut, B for blue planet, C for Cassini

In the first episode of "Abgespaced" we talk about A like Astronaut via B like blue planet to C like Cassini. How does an astronaut prepare for a flight into space?? Astronaut Suzanna Randall is our guest and reveals what matters in astronaut training. In addition, the podcast team takes a look at the Earth and learns at the Earth Observation Center why the blue planet is a flying clinical thermometer. And last but not least, we take a detour to the gas planet Saturn and the kids learn what rice pudding has to do with Saturn’s rings.

The children’s reporters Nayla and Milo, moderator Kristin Linde and the studiodrei podcast team will be on board.

D like darkness, E like exoplanet, F like eclipse

In the second episode of "Abgespaced – Space from A to Z" we will accompany you from D to Z Darkness about E like Exoplanet to F like Eclipse.

Why is it so important that it gets really dark at night?? In the brightly lit Berlin city center, we meet the entomologist Dr. Sibylle Schroer and she shows us what influence the brightness has on the animals, but also on the stars above us.
From the stars we go straight to the planets. We talk to a real planetary scientist who is looking for a second earth in the dark universe.

It also gets dark again with a look through a pinhole camera. We show you with simple tricks how you can observe a solar eclipse with it. You can download the instructions for making the pinhole camera here.

Our children’s reporters Jonas, Lysander, Nayla and Milo, moderator Kristin Linde and the studiodrei podcast team will be there.

G as in galaxy, H as in Hubble, I as in ISS

In the third episode of "Abgespaced – Space from A to Z" we travel with you from the letter G like galaxy over H like Hubble to I like ISS.

We clarify for you what Galaxies why they collide and why our future Milky Way could soon resemble a candy bar in name. All this tells us Dr. Monika Staesche, director of the Planetarium at the Insulaner and the Wilhelm Foerster Observatory.

But not only from earth galaxies can be found in the sky. Beyond our Earth’s atmosphere, there are space telescopes that can see even further out – and so we end up at H for Hubble. We talk to Dr. Kai Noeske from ESA and learn how we can look far into the past with telescopes like Hubble.

From the past into the future. Finally, for the letter I, we land on the ISS and learn at the Columbus Control Center in Oberpfaffenhofen which experiments in space will help us in the future on Earth.

Watch out: This time there are two tickets to our planetariums and observatories to be won. Watch out for the quiz question at I for ISS and send us your correct answers to: [email protected] – Closing date for entries is 01.03.2022.

You want to see the ISS in the sky? Check beforehand at: http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings

Our children’s reporters Sophie, Milo, Lenni, Jakob, Leni, host Kristin Linde and the studiodrei podcast team are all on board.

J for Justin, K for comet, L for life in space

In the fourth episode of "Abgespaced – Der Weltraum von A bis Z" we meet Justin, the rolling robot, meter-sized, dirty snowballs and slippery green aliens! Our space ABC has arrived at the letters J for Justin, K for comet and L for life in space.

Have you ever talked to a real robot?? We meet Rollin’ Justin, a robot that may one day be dropped off on a distant planet. Adrian Bauer from the German Aerospace Center tells us what he can do and why it’s best not to shake his hand too much. Afterwards, we will take a detour to the Archenhold Observatory and keep an eye out for Comets. Stefan Gotthold from the Stiftung Planetarium Berlin explains what this actually is and the difference between meteorites, asteroids and comets. And pssst: We also touch a real shooting star! In addition, we will investigate the question of whether somewhere out there life in space gives. Children’s reporter Nayla spoke with exoplanet researcher Monika Lendl and tells us what it takes for extraterrestrial life to emerge somewhere out there.

How do you imagine extraterrestrial life? Send us your pictures of aliens to: [email protected] – Closing date: 01.03.2022

By the way: You can also learn more about life in space in our planetariums – come and see the program "We are not alone – in search of life in space".

Our children’s reporters Jonathan, Nayla, host Kristin Linde and the studiodrei podcast team will be with us.

M like moon, N like Neptune, O like Orion

The fifth episode of Abgespaced takes us to the moon. Children’s reporter Laura wants to know more precisely when we humans will travel there again – and if we do, whether we will also be on the Moon could live. How do you build houses on the moon?? She asked planetary geologist Ulrich Kohler from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin all these questions.

We’re also staying in Berlin for the letter N, because this is where the eighth planet in our solar system was discovered 175 years ago: Neptune. Why you need a proper windbreak on this thick blue gas planet, and what solar system records the planet breaks, is revealed to us by Dr. Felix Luhning from the Planetarium Berlin Foundation.

Finally O waits like Orion on us. If you wonder who Orion is and where you can find him, you have a good chance to discover him in the sky, especially now in the winter months. We show you how you can easily find it and its companions in the sky – and we also have something for you to make: our "Constellation telescope" craft instructions.

You can download the handicraft sheet here: https://bit.ly/3nFF9Uz

And here you can see how it works: https://youtu.be/KFbanpDRrDs

Our children’s reporters Laura, Sophie, Lenni, Jakob, Milo, Jonas and presenter Kristin Linde will be joined by interview partners Ulrich Kohler (Institute for Planetary Research, DLR), Dr. Felix Luhning (Foundation Planetarium Berlin) and Dr. Monika Staesche (Foundation Planetarium Berlin).

P like aurora, Q like nonsense in space, R like giant telescope

The 6. Episode of "Abgespaced" leads us to the letters P like aurora borealis, Q like nonsense in space and R for giant telescope.

Our children’s reporters Lysander and Jonas took a look at colorful images of auroras in the Zeiss Planetarium and wondered what Auroras at all. Polar light expert Alexander Kerste was on hand to answer their questions. He tells you how auroras are formed, where they can best be observed and what foxes have to do with auroras.

We continue with Q for nonsense in space: You’ve probably heard of the cheese moon, or? We know by now that the moon is not made of cheese. But the vastness of the universe is haunted by other nonsense facts that need to be solved: Do black holes really devour everything?? Can you hear an explosion in the universe? And are shooting stars really made of stars? We question typical nonsense facts for you and provide you with the right answers to these big questions.

Last but not least, our space ABC in this episode lands at R like giant telescope: Have you ever heard of the "sky cannon? Children’s reporter Benedikt took a closer look at the world’s longest free-moving giant telescope and for that Dr. Felix Luhning of the Planetarium Berlin Foundation met. We tell you what it’s made of, how it works and what you can observe with it. Small spoiler: And loudly is the telescope also still& Hear yourselves!

How you can orientate yourself in the sky with telescopes – but also with your naked eyes – you will learn in our tutorial "Rotating star chart". The star map helps you with the orientation in the starry sky and shows you, at which time you can find constellations and planets at which place in the sky.

  • Craft tutorial "Rotating star map", part 1: https://youtu.be/BnewqLBWPU
  • Craft Tutorial "Revolving Star Chart", Part 2: https://youtu.be/qgxuWaHiLcg
  • Craft sheet: https://bit.ly/2JRebEV

We are joined by our children’s reporters Benedikt, Lysander, Jonas and presenter Kristin Linde, as well as interview partners Alexander Kerste (science journalist and companion of the Hurtigruten polar light voyages) and Dr. Felix Luhning (Foundation Planetarium Berlin).

Idea and concept: Tim Florian Horn, Stefan Gotthold, studiodrei (Anna Bilger, Vanessa Loewel, Julia Riedhammer)
Project management and moderation: Kristin Linde
Editors: studiodrei (Anna Bilger, Vanessa Loewel, Julia Riedhammer), Kristin Linde
Mix: Schallultras (Christoph Schrag, Hendrik Schroder)
Production: studiodrei (Anna Bilger, Vanessa Loewel, Julia Riedhammer)
Music and sound design: Tapani Gradmann

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