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The Meridian

The Meridian

By Lund Observatory

Have you ever wondered what astronomers do?

In this podcast, the astronomy PhD students Nic and Rebecca chat to guests about their research and invite you along as they take a closer look at some of their favourite astronomical objects.

The meridian is produced by Lund Observatory, Lund University, Sweden.
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The Meridian S02E02 - Galactic archeology & ash on the mountain

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The Meridian S02E07 - Ancient solar storms & observing reflections
The Meridian S02E07 - Ancient solar storms & observing reflections
The second season of the Lund Observatory astronomy podcast has arrived,  giving you an insight into the life and work of our astronomers! In this last episode of the second season Nic and Rebecca get a visitor from the Department of Geology.  One does not always use telescopes to study the stars.  Chiara Paleari has been using ice cores to study our own star, the Sun, and has discovered evidence of an ancient solar particle storm. In this second season of the Meridian we are also bringing you some field reporting from the Nordic Optical Telescope on La Palma, where a team of astronomers are trying to catch an ultra-hot Jupiter-sized exoplanet. The Meridian is produced by Lund Observatory.  For more information, and  pictures, please visit our website: www.astro.lu.se/TheMeridian Note that in this podcast series there is a significant risk we may mention astrophysics, planetary science, astronomy research, PhD   studies, telescopes, both space based and ground based observatories, telescope development, space missions, astronauts, Earth science, particle physics, stars, planets, moons, galaxies, nebulae, stellar clusters, cosmology, astrometry, ESA, NASA, ISS, astronomers,  instrumentation, data  reduction, spectroscopy, photometry, exoplanets  (from exo-Earths to ultra-hot Jupiters), simulations and modelling, solar science and solar  storms, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets,  stellar evolution, supernovae and many more space related topics.
35:54
April 15, 2022
The Meridian S02E06 - Nuclear fusion, fission & a chat with a telescope operator
The Meridian S02E06 - Nuclear fusion, fission & a chat with a telescope operator
The second season of the Lund Observatory astronomy podcast has arrived,  giving you an insight into the life and work of our astronomers! Joining us on the Meridian today we have Colin Carlile, the former  director of the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL).  He came to Sweden to  (successfully) head up the Swedish bid to locate the European Spallation  Source here in Lund, and after formally retiring he decided to do a  master degree in astronomy here at Lund Observatory. In this second season of the Meridian we are also bringing you some  field reporting from the Nordic Optical Telescope on La Palma, where a  team of Lund Observatory astronomers have been trying to catch an  ultra-hot Jupiter-sized exoplanet.    In this instalment clouds are making it impossible to observe, so Nic  invites the support astronomer, Sara Vitali, to share her experiences of  how it is to work on the mountain-top. The Meridian is produced by Lund Observatory.  For more information, and  pictures, please visit our website: www.astro.lu.se/TheMeridian Note that in this podcast series there is a significant risk we may  mention astrophysics, planetary science, astronomy research, PhD   studies, telescopes, both space based and ground based observatories,   telescope development, space missions, astronauts, Earth science,   particle physics, stars, planets, moons, galaxies, nebulae, stellar   clusters, cosmology, astrometry, ESA, NASA, ISS, astronomers,  instrumentation, data  reduction, spectroscopy, photometry, exoplanets  (from exo-Earths to  ultra-hot Jupiters), simulations and modelling,  solar science and solar  storms, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets,  stellar evolution, supernovae  and many more space related topics.
56:18
April 08, 2022
The Meridian S02E05 - New insights into Venus' past & an erupting volcano  
The Meridian S02E05 - New insights into Venus' past & an erupting volcano  
The second season of the Lund Observatory astronomy podcast has arrived, giving you an insight into the life and work of our astronomers! Michael Way works at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies where he is modeling planetary atmospheres, with a special interest for Venus and its history.  He was visiting Lund Observatory to give a talk at the Källén Seminars for Young Astronomers, and we invited him onto the podcast to ask him if there is any chance that Venus has ever been habitable (spoiler: the answer is 'yes'). In this second season of the Meridian we are also bringing you some field reporting from the Nordic Optical Telescope on La Palma, where a team of astronomers are trying to catch an ultra-hot Jupiter-sized exoplanet.   The Meridian is produced by Lund Observatory.  For more information, and pictures, please visit our website: www.astro.lu.se/TheMeridian Note that in this podcast series there is a significant risk we may mention astrophysics, planetary science, astronomy research, PhD  studies, telescopes, both space based and ground based observatories,  telescope development, space missions, astronauts, Earth science,  particle physics, stars, planets, moons, galaxies, nebulae, stellar  clusters, cosmology, astrometry, ESA, NASA, ISS, astronauts, astronomers, instrumentation, data  reduction, spectroscopy, photometry, exoplanets (from exo-Earths to  ultra-hot Jupiters), simulations and modeling, solar science and solar  storms, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, stellar evolution, supernovae  and many more space related topics.
54:02
April 01, 2022
The Meridian S02E04 - The European Southern Observatory & an earthquake on the mountain
The Meridian S02E04 - The European Southern Observatory & an earthquake on the mountain
The  second season of the Lund Observatory astronomy podcast has arrived, giving you an insight into the life and work of our astronomers! The European Southern Observatory, or ESO, is celebrating 60 years of scientific achievements in the southern hemisphere.  Sweden is one of the founding members of ESO, and several astronomers from Lund have been actively involved over the years. In the fourth episode of the second season our podcast hosts, Nic Borsato and Rebecca Forsberg, invite professor emeritus Dainis Dravins to the microphone to tell us about both the Swedish and his own connection to the European Southern Observatory.  In this second season of the Meridian we are also bringing you some field reporting from the Nordic Optical Telescope on La Palma, where a team of astronomers are trying to catch an ultra-hot Jupiter-sized exoplanet. The Meridian is produced by Lund Observatory.  For more information,  and  pictures, please visit our website: www.astro.lu.se/TheMeridian Note that in this podcast series there is a significant risk we may mention astrophysics, planetary science, astronomy research, PhD studies, telescopes, both space based and ground based observatories, telescope development, space missions, astronauts, Earth science, particle physics, stars, planets, moons, galaxies, nebulae, stellar clusters, cosmology, astrometry, astronomers, instrumentation, data reduction, spectroscopy, photometry, exoplanets (from exo-Earths to ultra-hot Jupiters), simulations and modeling, solar science and solar storms, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, stellar evolution, supernovae and many more space related topics.
42:15
March 25, 2022
The Meridian S02E03 - Instrumentation & an Aussie encounter
The Meridian S02E03 - Instrumentation & an Aussie encounter
The second season of the Lund Observatory astronomy podcast has arrived, giving you an insight into the life and work of our astronomers!  In this third episode of the second season Nic and Rebeca chat about equality in science before inviting Nikolai Piskunov to the microphone.  Nikolai is a professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University.  He was visiting Lund Observatory to give a talk here high-resolution transit spectroscopy and graciously agreed to make an appearance on the podcast. This season we are also bringing you some field reporting from the Nordic Optical Telescope on La Palma, where a team of astronomers are trying to catch an ultra-hot Jupiter-sized exoplanet. As the team were waiting for night to fall on the mountain Nic encountered Belinda Nicholson, who is a postdoctoral research assistant working at the University of Oxfords Astrophysics Department, where she studies both exoplanets and stellar astrophysics. The Meridian is produced by Lund Observatory.  For more information, and  pictures, please visit our website: www.astro.lu.se/TheMeridian Note that in this podcast series there is a significant risk we may mention astrophysics, planetary science, astronomy research, PhD studies, telescopes, both space based and ground based observatories, telescope development, space missions, astronauts, Earth science, particle physics, stars, planets, moons, galaxies, nebulae, stellar clusters, cosmology, astrometry, astronomers, instrumentation, data reduction, spectroscopy, photometry, exoplanets (from exo-Earths to ultra-hot Jupiters), simulations and modeling, solar science and solar storms, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, stellar evolution, supernovae and many more space related topics.
43:39
March 18, 2022
The Meridian S02E02 - Galactic archeology & ash on the mountain
The Meridian S02E02 - Galactic archeology & ash on the mountain
The second season of the Lund Observatory astronomy podcast has arrived, giving you an insight into the life and work of our astronomers!  In the second episode of the second season Nic and Rebeca invite Diane Feuillet to the microphone.  Diane is a researcher here at Lund Observatory working on galactic archaeology using stellar abundances, ages and kinematics.  This season we are also bringing you some field reporting from the  Nordic Optical Telescope on La Palma, where a team of astronomers are  trying to catch an ultra-hot Jupiter-sized exoplanet. The Meridian is produced by Lund Observatory.   For more information, and pictures, please visit our website: www.astro.lu.se/TheMeridian Note that in this podcast series there is a significant risk we may mention astrophysics, planetary science, astronomy research, PhD studies, telescopes, both space based and ground based observatories, telescope development, space missions, astronauts, Earth science, particle physics, stars, planets, moons, galaxies, nebulae, stellar clusters, cosmology, astrometry, astronomers, instrumentation, data reduction, spectroscopy, photometry, exoplanets (from exo-Earths to ultra-hot Jupiters), simulations and modeling, solar science and solar storms, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, stellar evolution, supernovae and many more space related topics.
45:31
March 11, 2022
The Meridian S2E01 - The James Webb Space Telescope & an unexpected boat ride
The Meridian S2E01 - The James Webb Space Telescope & an unexpected boat ride
The second season of the Lund Observatory astronomy podcast has arrived, giving you an insight into the life and work of our astronomers! In this first episode Nic and Rebecca invite Ori Fox to the podcast to discuss the newly launched JWST.  Ori is an instrument scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STSI) working on the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) which is one of four instruments on the James Webb Space Telescope. This season we are also bringing you some field reporting from the Nordic Optical Telescope on La Palma, where a team of astronomers are trying to catch an ultra-hot Jupiter-sized exoplanet.   The Meridian is produced by Lund Observatory.  For more information, and pictures, please visit our website: www.astro.lu.se/TheMeridian Note that in this podcast series there is a significant risk we may mention astrophysics, planetary science, astronomy research, PhD studies, telescopes, both space based and ground based observatories, telescope development, space missions, astronauts, Earth science, particle physics, stars, planets, moons, galaxies, nebulae, stellar clusters, cosmology, astrometry, astronomers, instrumentation, data reduction, spectroscopy, photometry, exoplanets (from exo-Earths to ultra-hot Jupiters), simulations and modeling, solar science and solar storms, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, stellar evolution, supernovae and many more space related topics.
47:18
March 04, 2022
The Meridian S2E0 - The Winter Solstice special episode
The Meridian S2E0 - The Winter Solstice special episode
Have you ever wondered what astronomers get up to? In this very special solstice episode of The Meridian Nic and Rebecca look back at some of the highlights of 2021. With the days  growing ever longer here in the Northern Hemisphere they have rallied a troupe of PhD students to compete in the 2021 Astronomy Games!  Nic is joined by Alvaro and Johan on his team and Rebecca has convinced Daniel and Madeleine to join her team. The Games were recorded in front of a live studio audience. After determining a winner Nic and Rebecca give us a sneak peak at what is been planned for season two of the podcast. The Meridian is produced by Lund Observatory.  For more information, and pictures, please visit our website: www.astro.lu.se/TheMeridian Note that in this podcast series there is a significant risk we may mention astrophysics, planetary science, astronomy research, PhD studies, telescopes, both space based and ground based observatories, telescope development, space missions, astronauts, Earth science, particle physics, stars, planets, moons, galaxies, nebulae, stellar clusters, cosmology, astrometry, astronomers, instrumentation, data reduction, spectroscopy, photometry, exoplanets (from exo-Earths to ultra-hot Jupiters), simulations and modeling, solar science and solar storms, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, stellar evolution, supernovae and many more space related topics.
58:01
December 21, 2021
The Meridian S1E6 - Gaia and some Milky Way dynamics
The Meridian S1E6 - Gaia and some Milky Way dynamics
Have you ever wondered what astronomers get up to? In this last episode of the first season Nic and Rebecca invite Paul McMillan to the mic to discuss our galaxy, the Milky Way, and hear all about his involvement in ESA'a Gaia satellite mission.  Thereafter they take a closer look at the Pleiades with a little help from Katrin Ros, editor of the magazine 'Populär Astronomy'. The Meridian is produced by Lund Observatory.  For more information, and pictures, please visit our website: www.astro.lu.se/TheMeridian Note that in this podcast series there is a significant risk we may mention astrophysics, planetary science, astronomy research, PhD studies, telescopes, both space based and ground based observatories, telescope development, space missions, astronauts, Earth science, particle physics, stars, planets, moons, galaxies, nebulae, stellar clusters, cosmology, astrometry, astronomers, instrumentation, data reduction, spectroscopy, photometry, exoplanets (from exo-Earths to ultra-hot Jupiters), simulations and modeling, solar science and solar storms, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, stellar evolution, supernovae and many more space related topics.
39:01
October 29, 2021
The Meridian S1E5 - Neutrons at ESS during Future Week
The Meridian S1E5 - Neutrons at ESS during Future Week
Have you ever wondered what astronomers get up to? Nic and Rebecca celebrate Future Week here at the university by inviting Joanna Lewis to the mic, who tells them all about the European Spallation Source, ESS, which is currently under construction here in Lund.  Thereafter they take a closer look at SN1572 with a little help from Katrin Ros, editor of the magazine 'Populär Astronomy'. The Meridian is produced by Lund Observatory.  For more information, and pictures, please visit our website: www.astro.lu.se/TheMeridian Note that in this podcast series there is a significant risk we may mention astrophysics, planetary science, astronomy research, PhD studies, telescopes, both space based and ground based observatories, telescope development, space missions, astronauts, Earth science, particle physics, stars, planets, moons, galaxies, nebulae, stellar clusters, cosmology, astrometry, astronomers, instrumentation, data reduction, spectroscopy, photometry, exoplanets (from exo-Earths to ultra-hot Jupiters), simulations and modeling, solar science and solar storms, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, stellar evolution, supernovae and many more space related topics.
36:52
October 22, 2021
The Meridian S1E4 - Synchrotron radiation at Max IV
The Meridian S1E4 - Synchrotron radiation at Max IV
Have you ever wondered what astronomers get up to? Nic and Rebecca continue their adventures here on the podcast by inviting Laura Hrastar to the mic - who is happy to share stories about life and work at Max IV, a Swedish national laboratory producing brilliant synchrotron radiation for various research projects.  Thereafter they take a closer look at the galaxy listed as the 31st object in the Messier Catalogue - with a little help of Katrin Ros, editor of the magazine 'Populär Astronomy'. The Meridian is produced by Lund Observatory.  For more information, and pictures, please visit our website: www.astro.lu.se/TheMeridian Note that in this podcast series there is a significant risk we may mention astrophysics, planetary science, astronomy research, PhD studies, telescopes, both space based and ground based observatories, telescope development, space missions, astronauts, Earth science, particle physics, stars, planets, moons, galaxies, nebulae, stellar clusters, cosmology, astrometry, astronomers, instrumentation, data reduction, spectroscopy, photometry, exoplanets (from exo-Earths to ultra-hot Jupiters), simulations and modeling, solar science and solar storms, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, stellar evolution, supernovae and many more space related topics.
36:21
October 15, 2021
The Meridian S1E3 - Exoplanetary atmospheres on World Space Week
The Meridian S1E3 - Exoplanetary atmospheres on World Space Week
Have you ever wondered what astronomers do? It is World Space Week as we invite you to take a moment, relax and listen to the third episode of 'The Meridian'.  In this third episode of the podcast Nic and Rebecca invite Jens Hoeijmakers to the mic and chat to him about ultra-hot Jupiters and their atmospheres.  Thereafter they take a closer look at a comet, which is named after the its two discoverers: Michel Giacobini and Ernst Zinner.   The Meridian is produced by Lund Observatory.  You see pictures and listen to all the episodes on our website: www.astro.lu.se/TheMeridian Note that in this podcast series there is a significant risk we may mention astrophysics, planetary science, astronomy research, PhD studies, telescopes, both space based and ground based observatories, telescope development, space missions, astronauts, Earth science, particle physics, stars, planets, moons, galaxies, nebulae, stellar clusters, cosmology, astrometry, astronomers, instrumentation, data reduction, spectroscopy, photometry, exoplanets (from exo-Earths to ultra-hot Jupiters), simulations and modeling, solar science and solar storms, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, stellar evolution, supernovae and many more space related topics.
41:27
October 08, 2021
The Meridian S1E2 - Impact Craters on Culture Night
The Meridian S1E2 - Impact Craters on Culture Night
Have you ever wondered what astronomers do? The Lund Culture Night is being celebrated during IAUs 100 hours of astronomy, and to celebrate this we release a new episode of our podcast; The Meridian.  In this second episode of the podcast Nic and Rebecca - a couple of curious and energetic astronomy PhD students - invite Josefin Martell to the mic and chat to him about impact craters.  Thereafter they take a closer look at one of their favourite astronomical objects. The Meridian is produced by Lund Observatory.  You can search for more episodes on all major podcast platforms or you can listen to all the episodes via our website: www.astro.lu.se/TheMeridian Note that in this podcast series there is a significant risk we may mention astrophysics, planetary science, astronomy research, PhD studies, telescopes, both space based and ground based observatories, telescope development, space missions, astronauts, Earth science, particle physics, stars, planets, moons, galaxies, nebulae, stellar clusters, cosmology, astrometry, astronomers, instrumentation, data reduction, spectroscopy, photometry, exoplanets (from exo-Earths to ultra-hot Jupiters), simulations and modeling, solar science and solar storms, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, stellar evolution, supernovae and many more space related topics.
42:23
October 01, 2021
The Meridian S1E1 - Planet formation on the Astronomy Day and Night
The Meridian S1E1 - Planet formation on the Astronomy Day and Night
Have you ever wondered what astronomers do? Join us on Astronomy Day and Night as we launch our brand new astronomy podcast; The Meridian.  In this first episode of the podcast Nic and Rebecca - a couple of curious and energetic astronomy PhD students - invite Michiel Lambrechts to the mic and chat to him about planet formation.  Thereafter they take a closer look at one of their favourite astronomical objects. The Meridian is produced by Lund Observatory.  You can find the podcast on Spotify, Apple podcast, Google podcast or you can listen to all the episodes via our website: www.astro.lu.se/TheMeridian Note that in this podcast series there is a significant risk we may mention astrophysics, planetary science, astronomy research, PhD studies, telescopes, both space based and ground based observatories, telescope development, space missions, astronauts, Earth science, particle physics, stars, planets, moons, galaxies, nebulae, stellar clusters, cosmology, astrometry, astronomers, instrumentation, data reduction, spectroscopy, photometry, exoplanets (from exo-earths to ultra-hot jupiters), simulations and modeling, solar science and solar storms, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, stellar evolution, supernovae and many more space related topics.
39:01
September 24, 2021
The Meridian S1E0 - The zeroth episode.
The Meridian S1E0 - The zeroth episode.
In this zeroth episode we introduce you to our brand new astronomy podcast: The Meridian.  Hosting the first season of The Meridian are Rebecca Forsberg and Nicolas Borsato - a couple of astronomy PhD students at Lund Observatory in Sweden, and our producer is Anna S. Arnadottir. This first season contains a total of six episodes (not including this zeroth one) and we will be releasing the episodes on Fridays, starting on the 24. of September 2021.  If you have any comments or questions about the show then feel free to reach out to us via our emails or via the @LundObservatory account on Twitter.  
03:44
August 21, 2021