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Naked Scientists episode

Sun, 18th Apr 2010

The National Astronomy Meeting

Cats eye Nebula (c) NASA hubble Heritage Team

In this special Naked Scientists Show, we bring you the highlights from the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting.  We discover the top priorities for the next generation of space exploration, find out what the echoes of the big bang can tell us about the birth of the universe and explore gravitational waves - ripples in the very fabric of space and time.  Plus, the importance of understanding the Sun, predicting the weather in space and the biochemical options for alien life.

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In this edition of Naked Scientists

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  • 01:08 - The Royal Astronomical Society

    Professor Andy Fabian, President of the Royal Astronomical Society, explains who the RAS are, the important role of astronomy and what people get from the National Astronomy Meeting...

  • 07:48 - Astronomy at Glasgow University

    Professor John Brown explains why 2010 is an important year for astronomy at Glasgow University, and gives a brief insight into it's rich history...

  • 11:51 - Cosmic Vision from the European Space Agency

    Cosmic Vision is ESA's way of setting out the future of space missions. Mark McCaughrean explains more...

  • 21:51 - Probing the Origins of the Universe with CMBR

    Astronomers and Cosmologists seek to understand the origins of the universe – but as this was billions of years ago, we’re left with very few clues as to what actually happened. One of the big clues is the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation, as Cambridge University’s Profess...

  • 26:56 - Observing Gravitational Waves

    In 1916, Albert Einstein predicted that Gravitational Waves, these are ripples in the very fabric of space and time, must exist. We now know that they do, but we still can’t observe them directly. Professor B. S. Sathyaprakash (who prefers to be called Sathya), from Cardiff Un...

  • 32:51 - The Science of the Sun

    Solar physics is a big priority - but what's so important about our closest star? Dr Lucie Green, from UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory, explains more...

  • 38:09 - Forecasting Space Weather

    Jim wild describes how we can forecast the weather in space and plan for any extreme events that may be coming up...

  • 45:03 - The Wide Angle Search for Planets

    Professor Andrew Collier Cameron discusses some surprising discoveries from the Wide Angle Search for Planets (WASP)...



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