Astrophiz 62: Prof Peter Coles ~ ‘Why the universe is extremely overrated’


Astrophiz 62: Prof Peter Coles ‘Why the Universe is Extremely Overrated’~ on Soundcloud & iTunes.

Our feature story for this episode ‘why the universe is extremely overrated’ from the blog at  telescoper DOT wordpress DOT com by Dr Peter Coles, who is a Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics at Cardiff University in Wales and Professor of Theoretical Physics at Maynooth University in Ireland. His research is in the area of cosmology and the large-scale structure of the Universe.

His fabulous blog is named ‘In the Dark’, where he writes under the name Telescoper, covering a range of topics including astronomy, science funding, opera, jazz, rugby and crosswords. Since 1999 it has been considered one of the greatest long-running physics blogs, and we wish him the best for his 20 year anniversary next year. Unfortunately we were not able to find a time for a live interview, but he has kindly given permission to read you this thought-provoking  blog entry of his. I have made a couple of small edits just to making the reading more natural for audio format.

Then Dr Ian “Astroblog’ Musgrave presents his regular segment ‘What’s Up Doc?  where he tells us what’s up in the evening, night and morning skies for the next two weeks. In this episode he tells us about the five planets currently visible to the naked eye, Mars opposition, the eminent total lunar eclipse and his report from an Astrocamp from the Atherton tablelands near Cairns in Queensland, Australia, and how ‘Dobbos’ are awesome. Dr Ian is a University pharmacology and toxicology lecturer, amateur astronomer and astrophotographer. Follow @Astrophiz on Twitter, FB & Insta. Our website is at astrophiz DOT wordpress DOT com Follow @telescoper on Twitter. Then to follow Ian, he’s at @ianfmusgrave on Twitter and just put Astroblogger and Southern Skywatch into your search engine. 
Ian’s authorative blogs come up #1 in searches. Subscribe to our fabulous podcast on iTunes or Soundcloud or via your fav podcatcher

In the news. MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated in South Africa – reveals clearest view yet of centre of the Milky Way<

Overdue Obituary: Beatrice Tinsley, Astronomer Who Saw the fate of the Universe and more than challenged the establishment. NEXT EPISODE: Iconic astrophysicist professor Lisa Harvey-Smith


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