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Astronomy, Pythagorean Astronomy

Pythagorean Astronomy: Icy Moons and Ice Cubes

Posted on 25 July 2018 by Chris North

It was announced this month that Jupiter has got even more moons than previously thought, with its total haul now coming in at 79! We discuss why the new moons are odd. The Very Large Telescope in Chile also made a new discovery – a very young planet forming in the dusty disk of material
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Pythagorean Astronomy: Organics, asteroids and Nobel Prize winners

Posted on 28 June 2018 by Chris North

There were new results about organic compounds from two places in the Solar System this month: the planet Mars and the dwarf planet Ceres. We discuss what organic compounds are, and why their discovery doesn’t mean we’ve found life, but is still an interesting find. Further afield, the ALMA telescope has been finding planets orbiting
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Astronomy, Media, Pythagorean Astronomy

In conversation with a Nobel Prize Winner

Posted on 26 June 2018 by Chris North

This is a bonus edition of Pythagorean Astronomy – the regular June 2018 episode will be published on Thursday 28th June. In May 2018 we welcomed to Cardiff a Nobel Prize winner: Professor Barry Barish, who was one of the scientists who founded the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, As regular listeners will remember, LIGO made the
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Astronomy, Pythagorean Astronomy

Pythagorean Astronomy: Missions to Mars and plumes from Europa

Posted on 31 May 2018 by Chris North

This month has seen missions large and small launch towards Mars, and new results from the Gaia satellite. What gets astronomers so excited about such datasets? Meanwhile, astronomers have been using machine learning to address a number of problems – we discuss a couple of examples which have been published recently, one about exoplanets and
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