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January 2008

January 2008

Happy New Year and welcome to the first show of 2008. This time we find out all about highly magnetised neutron stars - magnetars. We find out how observations with X-ray telescopes are allowing us to measure star quakes and probe the insides of magnetars. As it is the start of a new year we describe a selection of our favourite astronomical images from 2007 and tell you what to expect in the coming months. As always we also get the latest news from Megan and Ian tells us what we can see in the night sky.

The jet from the black hole in 3C321 striking the edge of another galaxy. Credit: NASA/CXC/STScI/NSF/VLA/CfA/D.Evans et al/STFC/JBO/MERLIN
The jet from the black hole in 3C321 striking the edge of another galaxy. Credit: NASA/CXC/STScI/NSF/VLA/CfA/D.Evans et al/STFC/JBO/MERLIN

Initial image of hole on the side of Arsia Mons, Mars seen by the HiRISE instrument on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. CREDIT: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Initial image of hole on the side of Arsia Mons, Mars seen by the HiRISE instrument on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. CREDIT: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Later image of hole on the side of Arsia Mons showing the side of the pit illuminated. CREDIT: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Later image of hole on the side of Arsia Mons showing the side of the pit illuminated. CREDIT: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Ultraviolet mosaic from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer showing the tail left by the star Mira CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Ultraviolet mosaic from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer showing the tail left by the star Mira CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech

A three dimensional map of dark matter in the universe CREDIT: NASA, ESA and R. Massey (California Institute of Technology)
A three dimensional map of dark matter in the universe CREDIT: NASA, ESA and R. Massey (California Institute of Technology)

Hubble's view of the Carina Nebula CREDIT: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Hubble's view of the Carina Nebula CREDIT: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Comet McNaught seen from Paranal CREDIT: ESO
Comet McNaught seen from Paranal CREDIT: ESO

Saturn's rings seen from above with Saturn removed. CREDIT: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Saturn's rings seen from above with Saturn removed. CREDIT: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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The news - January 2008

Favourite images of 2007

The night sky for January 2008

Show Credits

News:Megan Argo
Interview:Dr Anna Watts and Nick Rattenbury
Interview:David Ault, Stuart Lowe, Tim O'Brien and Nick Rattenbury
Night sky this month:Ian Morison
Presenters:David Ault, Stuart Lowe, Tim O'Brien and Nick Rattenbury
Editors:Stuart Lowe and David Jones
Intro/outro script:Dave Ault
Intro/outro voices:Mark Kilfoil as the Voice Over, David Maciver as Nick; M Sieiro Garcia as Lou; Fedrick Rhoads as Terry; Zach Bradley as The Kid; Eric Busby as The Pizza Guy; Sally Wiget, Steve Anderson, Alasdair Stuart, M Sieiro Garcia, Eleiece Krawiec, David Maciver and Fedrick Rhoads as the Crowd
Website:Stuart Lowe
Cover art:Composite image of 3C321 Credit: NASA/CXC/STScI/NSF/VLA/CfA/D.Evans et al/STFC/JBO/MERLIN

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