Podcaster: Chris North and Edward Gomez
Organization: Cardiff University and Las Cumbres Observatory
Description: Earlier this month it was announced that an entrepreneur would like to launch an “artificial star” into orbit, adding to the mass of space junk. Chris North and Edward Gomez give their views on the matter, and how missions such as RemoveDEBRIS might help. Further afield, there’s more water on Mars – or in this case beneath its surface – and ice near the poles of the Moon. While these seem like perennial stories, are these any different? And what’s so impressive about discovering aluminum in space?
On 12 August NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe, a mission to explore the Sun’s corona, or atmosphere. Professor Lucie Green, from MSSL, explains how the mission will explore how the Solar System’s central engine drives the solar wind, and puts it in context with our broader understanding of the Sun’s effect on its surroundings.
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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