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2 mins read 03 Jan 2020

The Skyentists 30 - Solar Circumnavigation 2020

The Skyentists 30 - Solar Circumnavigation 2020

The Skyentists featuring Ángel and Kirsten sitting in front of a computer recording the podcast

Introduction

Happy New Year! In this episode, our Skyentists, astronomers Kirsten Banks and Ángel López-Sánchez, provide a summary of the main celestial events during 2020... including some infamous "Supermoons", lunar and solar eclipses, planets ephemeris, and meteor showers.

For "Space News" Kirsten updates about the very first interstellar comet 2I/Borisov and Ángel discuss the first results of the GALACTICNUCLEUS survey that studies the building-up of the Milky Way obtaining deep infrared images of the central regions of our Galaxy using the Very Large Telescope.

We have feedback (yeah!) and we also do some recommendations of astronomy webpages to follow: the Astrophiz podcast (astrophiz.com) by Brendan O'Brien (@Astrophiz) and SpaceAustralia.com (spaceaustralia.com) founded by our friend astrophysicist Rami Mandow (@CosmicRami).

For "What's Up!" we recommend to have a look to the beautiful barred spiral galaxy NGC 1300 in Eridanus.

The Skyentists

Kirsten Banks is a proud Wiradjuri woman, astrophysicist and science communicator. She’s always had her eyes on the skies and loves to share her passion for space and astronomy. Kirsten jumps at almost every opportunity to share the wonders of the Universe with a wide range of people, from speaking to students at schools to sharing her love for space on national television programs such as ABC’s Q&A. In the years to come, Kirsten looks forward to completing a Ph.D. and becoming Dr. Kirsten Banks. 

Dr. Ángel López-Sánchez is an astronomer and science communicator at the Australian Astronomical Optics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Macquarie University. He studies how the gas is converted into stars in nearby galaxies and how this affects galaxy evolution. He also provides support for visiting astronomers to the Anglo-Australian Telescope. He is a globally-recognised science communicator, with visibility in Spanish and Australian printed, broadcast, and social media (one of the Top-100 most-followed astrophysicists on Twitter). His stunning astronomy timelapse videos have received 1/4 million views on YouTube and have been used by ABC (Australia), BBC (UK), TVE (Spain) and in Science Museums worldwide. He is very active in social media, his Twitter feed is @El_Lobo_Rayado.

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