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August 2012 Extra: Sir Bernard Lovell, 1913-2012

August 2012 Extra

We begin this episode with a look back at the life of Sir Bernard Lovell, founder of Jodrell Bank, who sadly died on the 6th of August at the age of 98. The University of Manchester's book of condolence for Sir Bernard Lovell can be found here . We also talk to Prof. Alan Hood about the solar atmosphere, Dr. Jacqueline Hodge about observing submillimetre galaxies with the VLA, and Prof. Ray Norris about Evolutionary Map of the Universe (EMU) project. This month's Jodbite features Jo Bowler, who tells us about the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), and Dr Mark Purver answers your astronomical questions in Ask an Astronomer.

Obituary: Sir Bernard Lovell

We reflect on the life, work and legacy of Sir Bernard Lovell, from his radar research to the development of the Jodrell Bank Observatory and the radio telescope that bears his name.

JodBite with Jo Bowler

Science communication is not an easy job and being the junction between scientist and the general public is always tricky! In this month's Jodbite, we meet Jo Bowler, the Interim Outreach Officer for the Square Kilometre Array. She tells us about her job and gives us an insight into a few of the many science projects involving SKA.

Interview with Prof. Alan Hood

Professor Alan Hood talks to us about the solar atmosphere, what constitutes it, what drives it, and how mobile phone apps are being used to study it. He also tells us about the origin of extreme space weather events such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections, current efforts to understand space weather, and whether it has the potential to disrupt life here on Earth.

Interview with Dr. Jacqueline Hodge

Dr. Hodge from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg (Germany) talks to us about GN20, one of the earliest, most peculiar submillimetre galaxies ever observed (as it was 12 billion years ago). Unlike other submillimetre galaxies, which are thought to be formed during major mergers, GN20 shows indications of being formed from cold gas accretion - i.e. the gravitational agglomeration of matter.

Interview with Prof. Ray Norris

Prof. Ray Norris of CSIRO (the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) talked to us about the EMU (Evolutionary Map of the Universe) project. EMU is a future radio sky survey project that will use the ASKAP (Australian SKA Pathfinder) telescope, which was also discussed. Prof. Norris went on to describe the various scientific applications of EMU, such as its use in the classification of galaxies (e.g. active galaxies, star-forming galaxies and all those in between) and in constraining cosmological theories. He also talked about the use of EMU for WTF (Widefield ouTlier Finder) which will aim to identify objects of unknown type. Radio Zoo was also mentioned as a future project which, in collaboration with the Galaxy Zoo Project, will perform similar work at radio frequencies.

Ask an Astronomer

Dr Mark Purver answers your astronomical questions:

Odds and Ends

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Kennedy Space Center has opened their doors to Google Street View. The project makes use of 6,000 photographs, taken over the space of a week by five Street View personnel, allowing access to areas usually only seen by employees and astronauts.

NASA is launching several initiatives to modernise its image and increase its appeal to young people. For example, they recently released Angry Birds Space, designed to encourage users to consider anti-gravity trajectories while they eliminate egg-stealing pigs! NASA is also responsible for the first DJ spin from space: astronaut Joe Acaba is hosting a radio show, entitled 'The Joe Show: New Rock From Space' from the International Space Station. The show is broadcast on NASA's radio station, Third Rock Radio , which is available on the NASA home page.

NASA's Curiosity rover has successfully landed on the surface of Mars, using a novel 'sky crane' landing system. Thanks to NASA's Mars Science Laboratory you can recreate this historic moment with a free Xbox Kinect game called Mars Rover Landing. Curiosity is now receiving software updates in preparation for its mission to study the Martian climate and geology.

Show Credits

Obituary of Sir Bernard Lovell:Megan Argo
JodBite:Jo Bowler and Liz Guzman
Interview:Prof. Alan Hood and Christina Smith
Interview:Dr. Jacqueline Hodge and Melanie Gendre
Interview:Prof. Ray Norris and Christina Smith
Ask An Astronomer:Dr Mark Purver
Presenters:Liz Guzman, Libby Jones, Cat McGuire
Editors:Dan Thornton, Liz Guzman, Cat McGuire, Mark Purver, Christina Smith
Producer:Cat McGuire
Segment Voice:Cormac Purcell
Segment Voice:Cormac Purcell
Cover art:Sir Bernard Lovell. CREDIT: Jodrell Bank, The University of Manchester

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