The National Astronomy Meeting 2012

02 April 2012
Presented by Ben Valsler


Lovell Telescope, Jodrell Bank Observatory


How do tornadoes form on the Sun? Why does Jupiter enhance our Meteor showers? And how can pulsars be used as a deep space positioning system? This month's Naked Astronomy comes from the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting, held this year at the University of Manchester. We'll hear how Juno hopes to probe beneath the surface of Jupiter, find out how a cloud of carbon gives us clues about star formation in the early universe, and explore how astronomers have helped archaeologists to understand a standing stone over 4000 years old...

In this episode

 The Great Red Spot as seen from Voyager 1 This dramatic view of Jupiter's Great Red Spot and its surroundings was obtained by Voyager 1 on February 25, 1979, when the spacecraft was 5.7 million miles (9.2 million kilometers) from Jupiter. Cloud...

Juno's Trip to Jupiter
with Professor Fran Bagenal, University of Colorado

Orionid meteor striking the sky below Milky Way and to the right of Venus. Zodiacal light is also seen at the image. The trail of the meteor appears slightly curved due to edge distortion in the lens.

Jupiter's Influence on Meteor Showers
with Dr Aswin Sekhar, Armagh University

 A composite image of the Crab Nebula showing the X-ray (blue), and optical (red) images superimposed. The size of the X-ray image is smaller because the higher energy X-ray emitting electrons radiate away their energy more quickly than the lower...

Pulsars as Deep Space GPS
with Professor Werner Becker, Max Planck Institute

A growing black hole, called a quasar, can be seen at the center of a faraway galaxy in this artist's concept.

Carbon in the Early Universe
with Dr Richard McMahon, University of Cambridge & Dr. Bram Venemans, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

The submillimeter James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) primary mirror seen from behind, showing the panels it is made of.

Seeing with SCUBA-II
with Professor James Dunlop, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Gardom Monolith: Image from the team’s photographic survey (Oct 2011), taken looking directly to the west. Note the triangular shape and flat north facing side.

Standing Stones Aligned with the Sun
with Dr Dan Brown, Nottingham Trent University

The tornado was observed with the AIA telescope on board NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory.

Tornadoes on the Sun
with Dr Huw Morgan & Dr Xing Li, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

CINEMA engineering model.

The MAGIC of CINEMA Probes Space Weather
with Professor Tim Horbury, Imperial College London


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