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Astronomy Cast takes a fact-based journey through the cosmos as it offers listeners weekly discussions on astronomical topics ranging from planets to cosmology. Hosted by Fraser Cain (Universe Today) and Dr. Pamela L. Gay (SIUE), this show brings the questions of an avid astronomy lover direct to an astronomer. Together Fraser and Pamela explore what is known and being discovered about the universe around us.

We are often asked how we create our shows. A full description can be found here.


Fraser and Pamela love doing interviews and appearing as guests on other podcasts. If you want to interview them on your podcast, drop us an email at Here are some podcasts they’ve appeared in.


Visit our Flickr page for images of the AstronomyCast Team in action.

Meet the Cast

Fraser Cain

Fraser Cain

Fraser Cain is the publisher of Universe Today, one of the most popular space and astronomy websites on the internet, with more than 3 million monthly readers. Fraser has been working in the software/Internet industry for the last 12 years, and was a partner in two software companies that are now traded publicly. He studied engineering at the University of British Columbia, and has a degree in computer science. Universe Today can be found at

Dr. Pamela L. Gay

Dr. Pamela L. Gay

A lifetime stargazer, Dr. Pamela L. Gay has followed her obsession to a profession. Today Pamela is an assistant research professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she runs the CosmoQuest citizen science project and teaches classes in physics and computer science. Teaching by day, she works on astronomy data by night, teaming up with amateur astronomers and citizen scientists to work to better understand our universe. In between, she finds time to mentor students working on research projects designed to help understand how to best engage people in science online. Pamela maintains a blog at

Nancy Atkinson

Nancy Atkinson

Nancy Atkinson is a writer and journalist who focuses mainly on space exploration and astronomy. She writes the show notes for Astronomy Cast and is the senior editor and writer for Universe Today. She’s also had articles published in Wired,, Space Times Magazine and several newspapers. When she’s not writing, Nancy shares the excitement and recent discoveries of space exploration as a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Preston Gibson

media producer

Preston Gibson is in charge of Post-Production for both AstronomyCast (since 2008) and 365 Days of Astronomy. He is an MFA student at Savannah College of Art and Design, studying Motion Media Design. Preston has a background in Video Production and Post-Production, as well as Web and Print Design. He spends far too much of his time playing guitar.

Joe Rhea

development officer

Joe Rhea has a background in nonprofit services and visual arts. He has a BA in Communication from the University of Louisville and enjoys recording and interpreting observations of natural phenomena via photography based digital renderings. Though heavily cratered with bright wispy markings, he is not to be confused with the moon of Saturn of the same name.

Kortney Hogan

project manager

Kortney Hogan is a medical science graduate from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville who is currently getting her Masters degree in business administration at the same institution. She is specializing her studies in project management and hopes to continue managing science related projects for the rest of her career. She has enjoyed learning and conducting biological research and is learning more and more about astronomy as she continues to work in the field.

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Artists whose work has been made available to appear in Astronomy Cast:

Astrophotography by R. Jay GaBany
Astronomical Illustrations and Space Art, by Fahad Sulehria
David A. Hardy’s AstroArt

A good catalogue of online space art can be found here.

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