Jun 13th: Missions to Mars and plumes from Enceladus

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Podcaster: Chris North and Edward Gomez

Title: Pythagorean Astronomy: Missions to Mars and plumes from Enceladus

Organization: Cardiff University and Las Cumbres Observatory

Link:  http://pythagastro.uk Twitter: @cardiffphysx, @chrisenorth,@zemogle

Description: This month has seen missions large and small launch towards Mars, and new results from the Gaia satellite. Meanwhile, astronomers have beein using machine learning to address a number of problems – we discuss a couple of examples which have been published recently. Finally, there have been exciting new signs of plumes from Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons – something that future missions might be able to explore in more detail.

An extended edition of an original broadcast on 31st May 2018 as part of Pythagoras’ Trousers on Radio Cardiff.

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Bio: Dr Chris North is an astronomy researcher and science communicator based at Cardiff University. As well as being the Ogden Science Lecturer in the School of Physics and Astronomy, he holds an STFC Public Engagement Fellowship entitled “The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy”. While his background is cosmology and infrared astronomy, he currently focus more on gravitational waves. His emphasis on communication is workshops for schools, as well as online interactive resources. He is also a co-author of several books.

Dr Edward Gomez has been fascinated by astronomy since childhood. When he realised that he could use maths and computers to do fun things with astronomy, he knew he was hooked for life. He never grew out of it and now he is lucky enough to be a professional astrophysicist. As part of his role with LCO he tries to find novel ways to engage the public in astronomy. This has taken the form of creating citizen science projects like Agent Exoplanet, interactive educational web apps like Star in a Box, and online community events like Show Me Stars.

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