Why does it seem that every new observation shakes the foundations of astrophysics? From near-earth to the edge of the visible universe, a steady stream of discoveries are receiving a good deal of media coverage. What is the truth behind the hype? Space weather, missions to the solar system, earth-killing asteroids, extra-solar planets, the most distant objects in the universe, theories of everything. All these topics and more will be discussed in a series of weekly lectures and discussions that will explore hot topics and breaking news in astronomy and astrophysics with an eye to the scientific facts behind the media splashes.