Monday, 31 March 2014

Sam Rolfe - Our Science Correspondent

Sam Rolfe our science correspondent joined us on Drivetime tonight

 The first direct evidence for the Big Bang.

We have measured the age of the Universe to be 13.8 billion years old, with an uncertainty of 37 million years. However, an announcement last week has provided evidence for part of the theory of how our Universe began, namely the Big Bang. It was theorised that the Universe, which is expanding in all directions, no matter in which direction you look or from what location in the Universe you are, started with a “Big Bang”.

Scientist of the month
Steffen Richter
He is an engineer who has spent nine winters at the South Pole, three of which he was working with BICEP. He has worked with other experiments at the South Pole including IceCube and AMANDA.

Night Sky This Month

Jupiter is still in a great position in the sky to be viewed for most of the night.
Through small binoculars or a small telescope it is possible to see the four moons of Jupiter called Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto, originally discovered by Galileo in the 1600’s as well as some surface features on the disc of Jupiter, including cloud bands and the Great Red Spot.

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