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February 2012 Extra: Turtle

February 2012 Extra

In the show this time, Dr Danielle Fenech tells us about starburst galaxies and we talk to Dr Ant Holloway about his role at Jodrell Bank in the JodBite. As always, your questions are answered by Dr Tim O'Brien and we round up some odds and ends from the world of astronomy.

JodBite with Dr Ant Holloway

In our second ever Jodbite we talked to Dr Ant Holloway about his role here at Jodrell Bank. Ant is in charge of I.T., and in this interview he tells us about his physics background, his day-to-day work and his involvement in e-MERLIN. Ant is also a keen amateur photographer so check out his website for some awe-inspiring images.

Interview with Dr Danielle Fenech

In this interview, Melanie talks to Dr Danielle Fenech from UCL about her research studying the nearby galaxy M82 and star formation histories in starburst galaxies. By observing these galaxies at radio wavelengths, it is possible to detect and monitor supernovae and supernova remnants and determine where and when the galaxy formed its stars.

Ask an Astronomer

Dr Tim O'Brien answers your astronomical questions:

Odds and Ends

This year's UK-Germany National Astronomy Meeting is being held at Manchester University in March, and there are some free evening lectures for the public. There are also some free tickets for the plenery lectures during the conference for teachers and members of local astronomical societies. More information about the lectures, including how to book tickets, is here.

Astronomers at the Carnegie Institution of Washington announced the discovery of two moons of Jupiter at the end of January. Observations at the Las Campanas Observatory last September revealed the one-kilometre-wide moons, which are part of a "retrograde swarm" orbiting the planet in the opposite direction to the much closer and brighter Galilean moons. These small moons take 1.5 - 2 years to orbit and outnumber the prograde moons.

A meteorite infused wine called Meteorito has been developed by astronomy and wine enthusiast Ian Hutcheon who is originally from Norwich, but now runs both a vineyard and an astronomy centre in Chile. The wine was created by ageing a Cabernet Sauvignon for a year in a barrel containing a 4.5 billion year old meteorite. The wine is currently only available from Mr. Hutcheon's observatory, the Centro Astronomico Tagua Tagua.

Show Credits

JodBite:Dr Ant Holloway and Mel Irfan
Interview:Dr Danielle Fenech and Melanie Gendre
Ask An Astronomer:Dr Tim O'Brien and Christina Smith
Presenters:Cat McGuire, Mark Purver and Christina Smith
Editors:Dan Thornton, Tim O'Brien and Christina Smith
Producer:Christina Smith
Segment Voice:Kerry Hebden
Website:Christina Smith and Stuart Lowe
Cover art:Starburst galaxy M82 CREDIT: NASA, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team.

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