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Find out more about our night sky, from new planets to far-off galaxies and the vastness of the Universe. A series of short talks and presentations for the general public from leading astronomy researchers at the Oxford University Physics department - http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Rushing Robots and Tons of Glass: Building the WEAVE Spectrograph Ellen Schallig gives a short talk on building the WEAVE spectograph. Ellen Schallig 21 Feb 2018
2 Quasars: Are They As Cool As They Sound? In this flash talk, Josie Peters presents on the topic of quasars. Josie Peters 21 Feb 2018
3 The Big Bang and a Multiverse Darsh Kodwani gives a short talk on The Big bang and a multiverse. Darsh Kodwani 21 Feb 2018
4 I'm Spinning Around: Watching Galaxies Rotate (Or Not) Mark Graham gives a short talk on the rotation of galaxies. Mark Graham 21 Feb 2018
5 It's a Star's Life In this short talk, Rebecca Esselstein gives an overview of a typical star's lifespan. Rebecca Esselstein 21 Feb 2018
6 Galactic Archaeology: Mining Stellar Fossils in the Milky Way Halo Payel Das gives a short talk on mining stellar fossils in the Milky Way halo. Payel Das 21 Feb 2018
7 Weighing Black Holes Oxford astrophysicist Martin Bureau gives a talk on black holes. Martin Bureau 21 Feb 2018
8 Taking Real Photos of Planets Outside the Solar System Jean-Loup Baudino gives a short talk on planets outside the solar system. Jean-Loup Baudino 21 Feb 2018
9 Merging Galaxies: Making the Biggest Mess! Nathan Adams presents a short talk on merging galaxies. Natham Adams 21 Feb 2018
10 Redder is better! Exploring the universe with the successor to Hubble Rebecca Bowler, University of Oxford give a talk about the successor to the Hubble telescope - The James Webb Space Telescope - which will detect infrared radiation. Rebecca Bowler 28 Mar 2017
11 Creative Commons On the trail of the most energetic particles in the universe Rafael Alves Batista, University of Oxford, gives a talk about cosmic rays. Rafael Alves Batista 28 Mar 2017
12 Advanced LIGO: The Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy Dr Philipp Podsiadlowski, University of Oxford gives a talk about gravitational waves in light of the recent detections by the LIGO detector. Philipp Podsiadlowski 28 Mar 2017
13 Things that go bump in the night: Exploding stars and black holes Professor Rob Fender, University of Oxford talks through some observations of black holes. Rob Fender 28 Mar 2017
14 The Seven Wonders of Galaxy Zoo Becky Smethurst shows how citizen science and the Galaxy Zoo project is helping researchers tackle difficult scientific questions. Becky Smethurst 13 Mar 2015
15 Astronomy at the Highest Energies Possible Researcher Stephen Rayner talks on how astronomers study the highest energies possible to detect particle accelerators in space. Stephen Rayner 13 Mar 2015
16 Spectromania! James Gilbert, a researcher in astrophysics gives an exciting talk on how astronomy uses Spectroscopy - the study of the interaction between matter and radiated energy. James Gilbert 13 Mar 2015
17 How to see the world in a grain of sand Peter Hatfield gives an astronomy talk entitled 'How to see the world in a grain of sand and the entire Universe in a super computer'. Peter Hatfield 13 Mar 2015
18 The Beagle expedition to Mars The Beagle 2 probe had not been seen or heard from since December 2003 and had been presumed lost. Researcher Chris Linttot gives an overview and shows newly found images of the probe on the surface of Mars. Chris Lintott 13 Mar 2015
19 The Philae / Rosetta Mission - Update Researcher Colin Wilson gives an update on the Rosetta mission with the latest news on the Philae comet lander Colin Wilson 13 Mar 2015
20 From you to the largest structure in the Universe Robert Simpson, an astronomy researcher from Oxford takes us on a tour of the Universe, explaining the incredible distances and relative dimensions of space. Robert Simpson 19 Dec 2014
21 Gloomy Worlds: Why are planets cloudy? Jo Barstow explains the complex science behind the clouds that surround the planets. Jo Barstow 19 Dec 2014
22 The Philae / Rosetta Comet Mission On 12 November 2014, the Philae probe achieved the first-ever soft landing on a comet nucleus. Colin Wilson, a researcher from Oxford, gives an update on the landing and explains the history and science behind this incredible mission. Colin Wilson 19 Dec 2014
23 The SKA Matt Jarvis discusses square kilometer array, commonly known as SKA, in this short Stargazing talk. Matt Jarvis 04 Feb 2014
24 Is our galaxy special? Chris Lintott looks at the distinctive features of our galaxy and whether it is really special. Chris Lintott 31 Jan 2014
25 Galaxy Zoo Becky Smethurst from the Zooniverse team outlines the Galaxy Zoo project that allows members of the public to classify new galaxies. http://www.galaxyzoo.org/ Becky Smethurst 31 Jan 2014
26 Zooniverse: Live Grant Miller and Becky Smethurst give a live demonstration of the Zooniverse tool and explain how it works. Becky Smethurst, Grant Miller 30 Jan 2014
27 Atmospheres in the solar system ... and beyond! What is it like on the planets in our solar system? How hot are they? Is there any water? Jo Barstow explains this and more in her talk. Jo Barstow 30 Jan 2014
28 Creative Commons Spin Doctors: Creating a planet's atmosphere in the lab Roland Young discusses his work on studying and recreating the atmospheres of different planets in our solar system. Roland Young 30 Jan 2014
29 Ancient Astronomies - 7000 years in the Kennett Valley Charles Barclay gives a brief overview of the history of Astronomies and some of the fascinating insights that can be gained from these Ancient practices. Charles Barclay 29 Jan 2014
30 Colonisation of Mars - the Great Debate Will there be humans living on Mars in the next 50 years? Is this a good thing, or something that should be completely avoided? Chris Lintott and Colin Wilson debate the pros and cons of this interesting topic. Chris Lintott, Colin Wilson 29 Jan 2014
31 Dark Matter - Are we still in the dark? Kathryn Boast gives a talk about dark matter: what it is, what we know about it, and what the limitations of our knowledge are. Kathryn Boast 28 Jan 2014
32 Inflation - The "BANG" in Big Bang Luke Jew talks about inflation, the process that scientists believe happened at the very start of our universe and is responsible for all the large scale structures that we see around us. Luke Jew 28 Jan 2014
33 Creative Commons Earth-like Planets (and where to find them) Ever wondered if another planet like our own exists in the vast expanse of space around us? Ruth Angus explains her exciting research into Extra Solar Planets (Exo-Planets) and why research in this area is important. Ruth Angus 28 Jan 2014
34 Exoplanets Exoplanets- a talk by Grant Miller. Grant Miller 12 Dec 2013
35 Are we special in the Universe? Peter Hatfield asks if we are special in the Universe. Peter Hatfield 12 Dec 2013
36 Black Holes A talk about Black Holes by Dr Brooke Simmons. Brooke Simmons 12 Dec 2013
37 Astrophotography Mel Gigg, Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group, showcases some of his astrophotography. Mel Gigg 05 Dec 2013
38 Cosmology - What We Don't Know Chris Lintott talks about the unknown in the study of cosmology. Chris Lintott 05 Dec 2013
39 Galaxy Zoo Galaxy Zoo is a Citizen Science project, part of the Zooniverse, which asks the public to classify the morphology of galaxies using images taken by Hubble and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Rebecca Smethurst 05 Dec 2013
40 Creative Commons Extra-solar planets: from science-fiction to reality Since the discovery of the first extra-solar planet in the '90s, our perspective of the Universe has changed. Over the last two decades a whole host of exotic planet systems have been found, including analogues of famous science-fiction-worlds. Ruth Angus 04 Jun 2013
41 Creative Commons Uncovering Black Holes and Hunting for Planets Dr Brooke Simmons talks about Black Holes and planet hunting. Brooke Simmons 16 Apr 2013
42 The Chelyabinsk Meteor In this talk Dr Ken Amor talks about the Chelyabinsk meteor, which entered Earths atmosphere over Russia on the 15th of February 2013. Ken Amor 16 Apr 2013
43 Stepping into the unknown: the search for new planets Astrophysicist Dr Suzanne Aigrain talks about the search for extra-solar planets. Suzanne Aigrain 16 Apr 2013
44 A History of the Universe in 12 Minutes From big bang to the present day, Chris Lintott summarises the history of the Universe in 12 minutes. Chris Lintott 16 Apr 2013
45 LOFAR and the SKA - The Universe in radio waves In this talk Dr Matt Jarvis talks about radio astronomy. Matt Jarvis 16 Apr 2013
46 Killer asteroids In this talk Jocelyn Bell Burnell talks about large asteroid impacts. Jocelyn Bell Burnell 16 Apr 2013
47 Pluto - no more a planet In this talk Jocelyn Bell Burnell talks about the reclassification of Pluto to a Dwarf planet and the history of its discovery. Jocelyn Bell Burnell 16 Apr 2013
48 Astro Photography Mel Gigg of the Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group showcases some fantastic amateur astro-photography. Mel Gigg 16 Apr 2013
49 Creative Commons Galaxies as a Plate of Fruit Professor Roger Davies explains how we can learn about the different shapes of galaxies using a plate of fruit and a telescope. Roger Davies 05 Feb 2013
50 Observing with the Naked Eye Charles Barclay offers advice on how to get the most out of stargazing with the naked eye and the astronomical activities to look out for in the coming months. Charles Barclay 04 Feb 2013
51 Stargazing Open Day 2013 In January 2013 over 1,000 people visited the Astronomy Open Day to meet scientists, hear the latest on research at Oxford and find out more about the stars. This video shows the range of hands-on activities that took place throughout the day. Leigh Fletcher, Chris Lintott 31 Jan 2013
52 Large Meteorite Impacts on Earth Ken Amor looks at the science of large meteorite impacts on Earth. Ken Amor 30 Jan 2013
53 Creative Commons Cosmology Jo Dunkley reviews the latest research in Cosmology. Jo Dunkley 30 Jan 2013
54 Creative Commons Robotic Planetary Exploration Leigh Fletcher shows how we can use robots to discover more about the planets. Leigh Fletcher 30 Jan 2013
55 Creative Commons Planets, Planets Everywhere! Dr Chris Lintott, University of Oxford, gives an overview of the discoveries made about the many billions of exo-planets - the planets that surround stars. Chris Lintott 17 Jan 2013