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Gresham College:
Pulsars, Microwave Ovens and the Radio Sky

21st February 2024 · 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Doors open: 6:30pm

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Gresham College: Pulsars, Microwave Ovens and the Radio Sky

There have been two major revolutions in how we look at the sky – the shift beyond the optical to other wavelengths, particularly the radio, and the increasing attention paid to how objects change over time.

We start with the discovery of pulsars by Jocelyn Bell Burnell, explore how a microwave oven bamboozled astronomers, and discuss the latest research on Fast Radio Bursts, mysterious events detected in galaxies billions of light-years away.

Professor Chris Lintott is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford, and a Research Fellow at New College.

Having been educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge and University College London, his research now ranges from understanding how galaxies form and evolve, to using machine learning to find the most unusual things in the Universe, to predicting the properties of visiting interstellar asteroids. He is Principal Investigator of the Zooniverse citizen science platform, which provides opportunities for more than two million online volunteers to contribute to scientific research, and which was the topic of his first book, The Crowd and the Cosmos.

Professor Lintott is best known as presenter of the BBC’s long-running Sky at Night program, and as an accomplished lecturer. Away from work, he cooks, suffers through being a fan of Torquay United and Somerset cricket, and spends time with a rescued lurcher, Mr Max, with whom he presents the Dog Stars podcast.

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