The National Astronomy Meeting 2013
This month I've taken to the seaside to bring you a special episode of Naked Astronomy from the National Astronomy Meeting, which was held in St Andrews in the first week of July. I find out about the sparkles that can help us to understand solar flares, plans to let school children loose on a new research-grade telescope, and a technique that could produce the first high-resolution images of quasars.
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David Southwood, President of the RAS, tells me why NAM is so important to him.
Cameras launched on brief flights aboard sounding rockets have seen sparkles in the Sun's atmosphere.
A new survey is monitoring how solar storms trigger unusual electric fields on Earth, to help understand how to protect the National Grid.
David Southwood tells me why astronomy is about much more than understanding the Universe: it also has a tremendous economic impact
Planning is underway to build a successor to the world's largest fully robotic telescope.
The Dark Energy Survey has found 200 candidate supernovae at great distances, providing a test for dark energy.
Can gravitational lenses make distant quasars appear significantly brighter and easier to detect?