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The Sky at Night #665 [20080408|09:21]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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If solar physics excites you, I encourage you to go to the BBC's iPlayer to watch this month's "The Sky at Night."

You may have to strain a bit to interpret Patrick Moore's mumbles, but fortunately he spends most of the programme interviewing highly articulate younger scientists, including Imperial's own bouncy, happy Tim Horbury, who talks about the impending end of the Ulysses mission to study the sun and the solar wind. Ulysses has been going for 17 years, and it's the only spacecraft to have orbited the poles of the sun. As Ulysses dies, STEREO, the two-spacecraft NASA mission, has picked up the torch and is providing some fantastic 3D images of the surface of the sun as well as its interaction with extraplanetary bodies (e.g. comets). STEREO scientists are encouraging amateurs to explore the movies and images from Stereo to look for exoplanets and asteroids.

"The Sky at Night" is 20 minutes in length. The Ulysses/STEREO discussion starts about 8 minutes into the programme.

The STEREO Heliospheric Imager archive.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2008-04-08 10:15 (UTC)
I should watch that - anyone from Glasgow on it?

Edited at 2008-04-08 10:15 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-04-08 10:18 (UTC)
I don't think so, I think it's just Southrons - Cambridge, Imperial and RAL.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2008-04-08 10:21 (UTC)
My supervisor has been on it a couple of times and Patrick didn't approve of her because she's a girl - how shocking! One of the PhD girls went too once, about cosmology stuff.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-04-08 10:26 (UTC)
I hear that PM's political view are absolutely shocking to a lot of the academics who go on the show. Hence, I'm not too surprised to hear that he's sexist.

Thankfully he doesn't get to decide on the gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation of the scientific experts who are on the show. Ha!
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2008-04-08 10:35 (UTC)
Not these days, anyway.

Apparently, the staff treat him like an old eccentric uncle when he says something really outrageous, and just ignore it.
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2008-04-08 16:33 (UTC)
Ooh yay will do!
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2008-04-08 16:34 (UTC)
Scratch that..."this will only play in the UK."
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-04-08 16:47 (UTC)
Uh huh. Let me see what I can do about that. Give me about...13 mins 12 s.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-04-08 17:11 (UTC)
Try this. Tell me if it works.

*wanders off, whistling innocently*
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2008-04-08 18:24 (UTC)
lovely! That should do the trick.



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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2008-04-08 19:54 (UTC)
waah. It's scrambled! HOW DARE THEY DENY ME SCIENCE!
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[User Picture]From: taische
2008-04-09 03:00 (UTC)
Ah, sweet. Thanks! You wouldn't happen to have another ninety-eight hours of this stuff to distract me with over the next five days? :)
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2008-04-08 23:14 (UTC)
Patrick Moore wouldn't be the same without the mumbling. moreover, in case you were not aware*, Patrick Moore plays the xylophone.
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* though i somehow suspect you already are.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-04-09 13:47 (UTC)
I wasn't aware! Now I want a jet-powered xylophone too.
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From: typwrtr
2008-04-09 08:06 (UTC)
Wow, those images from STEREO are fantastic!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-04-09 13:50 (UTC)
They're really great PR, and they contain helpful scientific information too. Double win!
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