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September 2010 Extra: Homecoming

September 2010 Extra

In the show this time, we have an interview with Dr Dan Evans about black holes and jets and put your astronomical questions to Dr Tim O'Brien. As always we round up your feedback and bring you a selection of odds and ends from the astronomy world.


Dr Dan Evans is an astrophysicist at MIT's Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and also holds a research affiliation with Harvard University, at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. In this interview he talks about his main research interests of X-ray and multiwavelength observations of phenomena related to supermassive black holes in Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN). He can also be found on the History Channel's 'The Universe' TV series.

Ask an Astronomer

Libby Jones puts your astronomical questions to Dr Tim O'Brien:

Odds and Ends

We are having a Jodcast meetup (JodPub) on Saturday 25 September 2010. The Jodcast team will be in Kro 2 in Manchester from 4.30pm and we would love to meet you all.

Dave has returned safe and sound from his travels around North America. If you want to know what he's been doing for the last few months, you can read his Astrotour2010 blog and see his photos.

The story of Hanny's Voorwerp has been made into a comic! It is available to buy or you can read it online for free.

The winners of the 2010 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition have been announced. An exhibition of the winning entries will be at the Royal Greenwich Observatory until February 2011.

"How not to be afraid of the dark" a performance combining astronomy and poetry will be at Thinktank in Birmingham on September 23rd and the Greenwich Observatory on November 29th.

The LOFAR-UK team have made a video tour of the site in Chilbolton.

Show Credits

Interview:Dr Dan Evans and David Ault
Ask An Astronomer:Dr Tim O'Brien and Libby Jones
Presenters:David Ault and Jen Gupta
Editors:Jen Gupta, David Ault and Tim O'Brien
Segment voice:Lizette Ramirez
Website:Stuart Lowe and Jen Gupta
Cover art:A composite image of NGC 1068, one of the nearest and brightest galaxies containing a rapidly growing supermassive black hole. X-ray data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory are shown in red, optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope in green and radio data from the Very Large Array in blue. Credit: NASA/CXC/MIT/C.Canizares/D.Evans et al/STScI/NSF/NRAO/VLA

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