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December 2006

December 2006

The last Jodcast of 2006 has arrived with Dave, Nick and Stuart all presenting via the wonders of the Internet. We start, as always, with a round up of the past month in astronomy which can now be downloaded in six languages if you feel like practicing your Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Hindi or Portugeuse! We talk to Cormac Purcell about the microwave equivalent of lasers (masers) that are found in space and discover what they can tell us about the evolution of stars. In Ask an Astronomer, Tim explains why the Moon often appears to be larger when near the horizon and Ian tells us what we can see in December's night sky. As we were feeling festive this month, we suggest some great, free, astronomy software (Stellarium, Google Earth and Celestia) that nobody should be without. We've also replaced our usual sci-fi style intro/outro with a Jodcast pantomime. It's certainly a long way from Kansas...

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The News

Interview with Dr Cormac Purcell (Jodrell Bank Observatory)

Ask an astronomer - Big Moon

The night sky for December

Show Credits

News:Megan Argo
News in Hindi:Sanhita Joshi
Nouvelles en Français:Neil Vaytet
Notícias em Português:Valerio Ribeiro
News in Chinese:Dandan Xu
Interview:Nick Rattenbury talked to Dr Cormac Purcell (Jodrell Bank Observatory)
Ask an Astronomer:Nick Rattenbury asked Tim O'Brien your questions
Night sky this month:Ian Morison
Presenters:David Ault, Nick Rattenbury and Stuart Lowe
Editor:David Ault
Cover Art:A 22GHz image showing maser observations of RT Vir taken over ten weeks (MERLIN)
Website:Stuart Lowe
Intro/Outro Cast:Ian Morison was the Narrator, Nick Rattenbury was the Great and Powerful Pod, Megan Argo was Dorothy, Tim O'Brien was Tim Man, Stuart Lowe was Stuart-crow, David Ault was Cowardly Dave, Mark Bruzee was HAL and Seth Adam Sher was Dave
Intro script:Steve Anderson and David Ault
Cover art:A 22GHz image showing maser observations of RT Vir taken over ten weeks Credit: MERLIN

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