In this bumper show we have a series of interviews conducted by work experience students at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics. Dr Paul Woods tells us about dust in space, Jon Pearson tells us about general relativity, Mark Purver tells us about pulsars, Jen Gupta tells us about galaxies and Adam Avison tells us about massive star formation. We also get an update on the Planck mission and Dave Jones answers some astronomical questions
Mark managed to grab Jan Tauber, the ESA Planck Project Scientist, during a recent Planck meeting in Manchester to give us an update on the Planck mission. Planck was launched in May 2009 and has been taking data since August 2009. In July 2010 the first full sky map was released.
Mohammad Abbas interviewed Dr Paul Woods about dust in space.
Tanya Datta interviewed Mark Purver about pulsars. We learn about what pulsars are, how they are formed, when they were discovered and how they can be used to learn more about the universe.
Dominic Visser interviewed Jon Pearson about theoretical cosmology. They discuss general relativity, dark matter and dark energy, the possibility of time travel and more.
Iestyn Jones interviewed Jen Gupta about galaxies. We find out what a galaxy is, about the different types of galaxies that we see, that the closest galaxy to us is actually within our galaxy and about a future collision with another spiral galaxy.
Rosie Farthing interviewed Adam Avison about massive star formation.
Ask an Astronomer
Emily Sellman puts her astronomical questions to Dave Jones.
- How far away is the edge of space?
- Why are little green men green?
- How do we know that there isn't a lot of planets, we just can't see them because they don't emit anything?
- What happens when a black hole meets another black hole?
- What holds the Sun up, if the Sun holds the Earth up?
- How do we know that the Earth's core is iron?
|Interview:||Dr Jan Tauber and Mark Purver|
|Interview:||Dr Paul Woods and Mohammad Abbas|
|Interview:||Mark Purver and Tanya Datta|
|Interview:||Jon Pearson and Dominic Visser|
|Interview:||Jen Gupta and Iestyn Jones|
|Interview:||Adam Avison and Rosie Farthing|
|Ask An Astronomer:||Dave Jones and Emily Sellman|
|Presenters:||Jen Gupta and Libby Jones|
|Editors:||Adam Avison, Jen Gupta, Mark Purver and Chris Tibbs|
|Segment voice:||Nadya Kunawicz|
|Cover art:||Part of the Planck full-sky image Credit: ESA/LFI & HFI Consortia|