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May 2017 Extra: For whom the skies burst

May 2017 Extra

In the show this time, Dr Elisabetta Valiante talks to us about talks to us about the Herschel-ATLAS survey, Josh Hayes and James Stringer tell us about multi-band searches for fast radio bursts and your astronomical questions are answered by Iain in Ask an Astronomer.

Jodbite with Josh Hayes and James Stringer

We have had similar questions from a number of listeners: "Why do we not observe or search for Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) with optical telescopes?" To help answer the question we talk to two researchers from JBCA, Josh Hayes and James Stringer. Josh and James are developing a system to observe and record images from the same patch of sky that the Lovell radio telescope is looking at. The concept being, that if an FRB is detected an astronomer can search the optical images for co-incident events. Once developed the LovellCam system can be used in conjunction with any radio telescope in the world - as long as it's dark out!

Interview with Dr Elisabetta Valiante

Dr Elisabetta Valiante from the University of Cardiff speaks to Monique Henson and Tom Scragg about the Herschel ATLAS survey, which is the largest extragalactic sub-millimetre survey. She gives an introduction to the dusty Universe and explains why dust is the key to studying star formation in distant galaxies.

Ask an Astronomer

Iain answers your astronomical questions: Neutron star shapes, planet formation and the Big Bang timeline

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Show Credits

Interview:Josh Hayes and James Stringer with Tom Scragg
Interview:Dr Elisabetta Valiante with Monique Henson and Tom Scragg
Ask An Astronomer:Dr. Iain McDonald and Benjamin Shaw
Presenters:Charlie Walker, Fiona Healy, Jake Morgan and Benjamin Shaw
Editors:George Bendo, Mateusz Malenta, Tom Scragg and Damien Trinh
Website:Benjamin Shaw and Stuart Lowe
Producer:Benjamin Shaw
Cover art:A bright flash of light CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons

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