Welcome 365 Days of Astronomy listeners!
Experience the wonders of children learning about the universe from my fourth podcast, “Dark Skies, Bright Kids.” This highlights the work of the outreach club by that name at the UVa Astronomy Department, with a goal to bring astronomy into rural elementary schools.
I have a third podcast up on February 6, 2010, all about the EVLA. This is the Expanded Very Large Array, a ten-fold improvement of one of the most productive telescopes today. Listen to hear more about this exciting telescope upgrade!
From the NRAO Image Archive
If you are visiting from my second podcast, “Seeing the Universe in a Whole New Light,” I’d like to point out that you can learn more about Karl Jansky, the history of radio astronomy, and what radio astronomers do at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Learn and Explore site. For more historical reading, most of the chapter on Karl Jansky from “The Early Years of Radio Astronomy” by W. T. Sullivan can be found at Google Books.
Karl Jansky with his Bruce array. Image courtesy of NRAO/AUI
I hope you also enjoyed my very first podcast on April 2nd of the International Year of Astronomy, where we tell you a little bit about the PAPER project, or the Precision Array to Probe the Epoch of Reionization.
Our official website can be found here. However, you can find some more background info by following the “paper” tag on my blog, which links to stories from our field work with pictures! I also talk a little bit more about the science behind PAPER in my post about radio astronomy from the Moon. However, I don’t tell the story nearly as well as Avi Loeb does in this 2006 article from Scientific American. Want something more detailed? I really began to understand the EoR after reading Furlanetto, Oh, and Briggs 2006.
Questions? Email me.
EoR simulation by Furlanetto, Sokasian, and Hernquist, 2004, MNRAS, 347, 187. Antenna from PAPER, generation 1.
Thanks for listening!
*UPDATE* 23 June 09: I’ve disabled comments on this page because it is getting heavily spammed. So, if you want to say something to me about these podcasts, email me at nicole [at] noisyastronomer [dot] com.