Antarctic Astronomy

Forget extreme ironing, astronomy is done in some pretty extreme places. Antarctica has to be one of the most extreme not just because of the cold but because of the difficulty in getting to, and living in, the coldest continent on the planet. The Jodcast IAU special has an interview with Michael Burton (chair of Special Session 7 at the IAU General Assembly) about the difficulties of Antarctic astronomy, some of the observations being made there and plans for future telescopes.

Oh, and it seems that Michael also helps run Australia's own take on Cafe Scientifique named Science in the Pub. From the accounts I've heard, it sounds like a lot of fun.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Wednesday 30th Aug 2006 (18:33 BST) | Permalink
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