Astrophiz 78: High Altitude UV Astronomy ~ Ryan Ridden


78 copyToday we are speaking with Ryan Ridden who is a PhD student at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University in Canberra. His research investigates cataclysmic events by launching UV telescopes attached to helium balloons high above the atmosphere! 


For observers and astrophotographers, in ‘What’s Up Doc’, Dr Ian ‘Astroblog’ Musgrave tells us what to look for in the morning, evening & night skies, and in ‘Ian’s Tangent’ he tells us about a cool Citizen Science experiment by Terry Lovejoy to use parallax to measure the distance from earth observers to the moon with remarkable accuracy using basic equipment and a little trigonometry. 

In the News:
1. Name That Moon! 12 Jovian moons were discovered in 2018, and the public have been invited to name five of them. Suggestions can be submitted until April 15, 2019, by sending a tweet to @JupiterLunacy, with written or video recorded reasons for the name chosen. Include the tag #NameJupitersMoons.

2. SKA News: The formation of the intergovernmental organisation for the SKA Observatory (SKAO) was signed off this week –  The next step will be for the signatories – from Australia, China, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa and the United Kingdom – to ratify the treaty in their home legislatures.

3. Announcement time! @jdelhaize and @DanielCunnama are launching a podcast called The Cosmic Savannah! It’s about awesome astronomy happening in Africa. Subscribe now on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow them and @cosmicsavannah

Listener Requests:
Now if you would like us to interview someone from your favourite radio or optical telescope , or you’d like us to delve a little deeper into your current fascinating topic or cosmic phenomena, get in touch and we’ll do our best to get it covered in a future episode.

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