The National Astronomy Meeting 2011

22 April 2011
Presented by Ben Valsler.

In this special podcast from the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno, we hear how twisted sunspots cause solar flares, how 17th century poetry can put a date on a supernova, and why some pulsars are part-timers. We'll find out how CANDELS and LOFAR can probe the early universe, while DEBRIS looks for dusty disks around stars. Plus, we shed light on your solar science questions!

In this episode

01:00 - Twisted Sunspots Cause Solar Flares

Twisted Sunspots Cause Solar Flares
with Dr Daniel Brown, University of Central Lancashire

05:21 - CANDELS Shed Light on Distant Galaxies

CANDELS Shed Light on Distant Galaxies
with Dr Bruce McLure, Institute for Astronomy, Edinburgh

09:40 - Identifying King Charles' Star

Identifying King Charles' Star
with Martin Lunn MBE and Dr Lila Rakoczy

18:03 - Solar Orbiter and the Solar Wind

Solar Orbiter and the Solar Wind
with Dr Lucie Green, UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory

23:50 - Why does mass cause space-time to bend?

Why does mass cause space-time to bend?

26:08 - Can the CMB be used as an absolute reference frame?

Can the CMB be used as an absolute reference frame?

31:31 - Part-Time Pulsars

Part-Time Pulsars
with Neil Young, Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics

38:04 - The Grand Unified Theory of Planetary Atmospheres

The Grand Unified Theory of Planetary Atmospheres
with Professor Peter Read, Atmospheric, Oceanic & Planetary Physics, Oxford University

45:16 - Looking Out with LOFAR

Looking Out with LOFAR
with Dr Karen Masters, University of Portsmouth

49:52 - Looking for Dusty Disks with DEBRIS

Looking for Dusty Disks with DEBRIS
with Dr Bruce Sibthorpe, UK Astronomy Technology Centre

55:28 - Why do sun spots increase temperatures on Earth?

Why do sun spots increase temperatures on Earth?

57:45 - How does the plasma in the Sun's core produce the particles that make up the solar wind?

How does the plasma in the Sun's core produce the particles that make up the solar wind?

58:19 - How did hydrogen become the major component of our Sun?

How did hydrogen become the major component of our Sun?

59:51 - Does the Sun smell?

Does the Sun smell?

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