Naked Astronomy AstroFest Special

25 February 2012
Presented by Ben Valsler


 NASA's Kepler mission has discovered a world where two suns set over the horizon instead of just one. The planet is called Kepler-16b.


Is an asteroid impact more likely than winning the lottery? What can Moon rock tell us about the Earth? And how did a biology teacher discover a new astronomical object? In this Naked Astronomy AstroFest special, we'll ask if the Kepler observatory is ushering in a new scientific revolution, meet Hanny van Arkel, who discovered Hanny's Voorwerp on citizen science project Galaxy Zoo and find out why one former MP thinks we should be concerned about being hit by an asteroid...

In this episode

The Northern Lights (aurora borealis)

Understanding the Aurora
with Paal Brekke, Norwegian Space Agency

Johannes Kepler, c. 1610

The New Keplerian Revolution
with Professor Don Kurtz, University of Central Lancashire

 Streaming out from the center of the galaxy M87 like a cosmic searchlight is one of nature's most amazing phenomena, a black-hole-powered jet of electrons and other sub-atomic particles traveling at nearly the speed of light. In this Hubble telescope...

Explaining AstroFest
with Ian Ridpath, Astronomy writer and AstroFest Organiser

Hanny's Voorwerp and IC 2497 taken by Wide Field Camera 3 of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Hanny's Voorwerp & Citizen Science
with Hanny van Arkel, Citizen Scientist

Looking to the Moon to Understand the Earth
with Noah Petro, NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre

Figure 1: The Andromeda Galaxy

What's Happening in Andromeda?
with Andy Newsam, National Schools Observatory

VLT Image of Intriguing Object near Young Brown Dwarf

Better Understanding of Brown Dwarfs
with David Pinfield, University of Hertfordshire

The asteroid Gaspara

Being Prepared for Near Earth Objects
with Lembit Opik, Former MP and NEO Campaigner


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