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April 2006

April 2006

In this month's show we find out about gamma ray bursts with Paul O'Brien, take a tour of the Mt. John Observatory in New Zealand, catch up on NASA's Stardust mission and discover what goes on at the Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE). We pose all your difficult questions to Tim O'Brien and find out what you can see in the night sky during April. As a special treat we also get Ian and Tim's commentary from the 29th March total solar eclipse.

A view of the Mt. John Observatory taken from a paraglider. Image © Fraser Gunn.
A view of the Mt. John Observatory taken from a paraglider. Image © Fraser Gunn.

View from the top of Mount John
View from the top of Mount John







A view down to Lake Tekapo.
A view down to Lake Tekapo.

The main observatory building and Lake Tekapo village.
The main observatory building and Lake Tekapo village.

Telescope used by the MOA collaboration
Telescope used by the MOA collaboration





Board mounted inside dome used to calibrate the CCD camera
Board mounted inside dome used to calibrate the CCD camera

Show Links

Interview with Dr Paul O'Brien

Mt. John Observatory tour

Report from JIVE

Stardust mission update

Night sky for April 2006

Show Credits

News:Megan Argo
Interview:Nick Rattenbury interviewed Dr. Paul O'Brien (Leicester University)
Sound Tour:Stuart Lowe was taken on a sound tour by Alan Gilmore (University of Canterbury, NZ)
Report from JIVE:Lisa Harvey-Smith
Stardust update:Megan Argo and Danielle Fenech
Ask an astronomer:Nick Rattenbury asked Tim O'Brien
Night sky this month:Ian Morison
Presenter:Dave Ault
Editor:Dave Ault
Intro/Outro Cast:HAL - Mark Bruzee, Dr Holloway - Colin Snow, Dave - Seth Adam Sher
Cover art:Mt John Observatory, New Zealand Credit: Stuart Lowe

* If you live in the southern hemisphere you may need to convert south to north and left to right for Ian's descriptions to make sense.

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