On Saturday 2nd July I, and several thousand over people headed to Jodrell Bank for a unique event: Jodrell Bank Live. Their tagline “where music meets science” meant we’d be treated to sets from, among others, OK Go, British Sea Power and the amazing Flaming Lips, interspersed with sciency bits featuring their fancy new visitor centre and the giant Lovell Telescope (the dish that I’d happily take home with me if I could). I’ve been meaning to write about this since I got back, but I couldn’t figure out how to convey what happened. Luckily for me though they’ve made a highlights movie:
The part at the end where the crowd chant “science, science, science” came after Dr Tim O’Brien taught everyone about pulsars. It was strangely moving!
I couldn’t resist posting the video that has the honour of being today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. You’ve probably all seen beautiful time-lapse movies showing the rotation of the heavens throughout the night; Niall’s even writen about some particularly lovely examples, filmed at the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. However, the movie below is special. It shows things as they really are – it’s not the sky that rotates, we do:
Really, we’re just floating in space.