I have been really delighted at the response to my audio pieces. They seem to have delighted friends and family and visitors to the blog alike. The title for this blog piece was suggested by a friend from Jersey.
So here are two more.
The first piece is on getting things wrong, which is a normal part of science and especially astronomy, where it is impossible to touch the objects of ones's study. It is also about enthusiasm:
The picture shows the vast amounts of material being thrown from the dying star Betelgeuse (alpha Orionis) and was taken by the VLT array. Betelgeuse is the bright red star that makes the top left corner of Orion the Hunter. When it explodes into a supernova sometimes in the next million years, which is very soon in astronomical terms, it will be brighter than the Moon and will shine in our sky all day strongly enough to cast its on shadows. The image comes from the ESA website.
The next audio piece is, then, on vastness:
I hope you enjoy these two clips. There is one more from the BBC set to come. Do add a comment on here if you would like me to prepare further excerpts in this way.