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July 2010 Extra: School's out for summer

July 2010 Extra

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

Planck Update

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.

Show Credits

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
Website:Stuart Lowe
Cover art:Part of the Planck full-sky image Credit: ESA/LFI & HFI Consortia

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