Excitement about ALMA

25 September 2012
Presented by Ben Valsler, Dominic Ford.

How can we see stars as they first come into being? This month, we're looking at ALMA - the Atacama Large Millimetre Array - possibly the most complicated telescope to date, that promises to peer into star forming regions. Plus, we chat to some of the winners of the 2012 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, and find out what it takes to start taking pictures of the heavens.

In this episode

01:09 - The Atacama Large Millimetre Array

The Atacama Large Millimetre Array
with John Richer, Cambridge University

11:28 - Exoplanet Roundup

Exoplanet Roundup

18:45 - Building Better Detectors

Building Better Detectors
with Sarah Thompson, Cambridge University

27:37 - The Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012

The Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012
with Marek Kukula & Olivia Johnson, Royal Observatory; Peter Lawrence, Sky at Night; Chris Warren & Thomas Read, Category winners.

34:00 - News from the RAS

News from the RAS
with Robert Massey, Royal Astronomical Society

42:39 - Can you generate light with a radio antenna?

Can you generate light with a radio antenna?

49:16 - Why do all planets orbit in almost the same plane?

Why do all planets orbit in almost the same plane?

54:44 - Is light blue-shifted by gravity?

Is light blue-shifted by gravity?

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