Welcome to the Wonders of the Universe

It’s finally here everybody. Today is the day. BBC2, 9pm. Tune in! You won’t regret it.

It’s going to be with us for the next four weeks. 4 episodes of sheer awesomeness. This first episode is entitled ‘Destiny’, and looks at time. What it is, how it works. We’ll go from the Big Bang to the end of the Universe.

Typically I’ll be working when it’s being shown for the next two weeks. So no major spoilers, and please, please do not tweet me saying ‘Haha’. I won’t find it amusing in the slightest!

Eitherway, I hope you all thoroughly enjoy it all, and if you’re new to science, I really do hope it inspires you to learn more. It is a fascinating topic.

The accompanying book is also available. Find it on Amazon here and get £10 off!

Oh and don’t forget it’s the 700th episode of ‘The Sky at Night’ tonight too. BBC1, 2325. It’ll have Brian Cox, John Culshaw, Martin Rees and the other regulars. Not to be missed either!

And once again, that amazing trailer!

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Astrofest Awesomeness

Well I thought I ought to do a blog post about my time at Astrofest 2011 over the last few days. It was a fantastic 2 days, learnt a lot, met some lovely people and generally had a superb time.

I’ll admit, I was a bit nervous and apprehensive about going along. I knew no one except for a few people I ‘knew of’ on Twitter. I’m not usually good when you put me in the situation of this kind of thing with loads of random people.

Nevertheless I found how to get to High Street Kensington on the tube (tube maps confuse me) and on Friday morning at 8am I left to find my way. I then went in search of breakfast and coffee before I went in.

Now, despite checking how to get to the event on Google Maps, Google Street View and the fact that I had my iPhone with me, I still managed to get lost. I even missed the giant sign that said ‘ASTROFEST IS HERE’. Even the swarms of people heading to that big building over there didn’t help me out. I got there in the end though, just in time for Session 1.

The first talk was by Dr Emily Baldwin (@AstroEmz) on the moons of Mars. Continue reading