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'Big Questions Answered' - The Observatory Science Centre - Herstmonceux

'Big Questions Answered' - The Observatory Science Centre - Herstmonceux

By The Observatory Science Centre - Herstmonceux
Welcome to our latest chats called 'Big Questions Answered'. Listen to how some of the Observatory team respond to frequently asked questions, not just by children!

Who are we?
There's always more to a place than bricks, tea and space... The Observatory Science Centre is home of the former Royal Observatory in Herstmonceux, East Sussex. Anyone whose been involved has a unique story to tell. Perhaps the environment of cathedral size copper domes containing historic telescopes or the sea breeze across the Pevensey marshes creates the distinctive atmosphere.

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Big Questions Answered with Niamh & Collin
In this unscripted episode we listen to Niamh and Collin of The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux respond to questions that are frequently asked by children and adults alike. 
13:08
September 15, 2021
Big Questions Answered with Sandra and Jarvis
In this unscripted episode we listen to Dr Sandra Voss, Science Director, together with Jarvis Brand, Astronomer of The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux respond to questions that are frequently asked by children and adults alike. From the possibility of humans living on the planet Mars to the question "what would happen if stars collided?".  What would be your question?
26:28
September 15, 2021
'Big Questions Answered' - The Observatory Science Centre - Herstmonceux
Welcome to our latest chats called 'Big Questions Answered'. Listen to how some of the Observatory team respond to frequently asked questions, not just by children! Who are we? There's always more to a place than bricks, tea and space... The Observatory Science Centre is home of the former Royal Observatory in Herstmonceux, East Sussex. Anyone whose been involved has a unique story to tell. Perhaps the environment of cathedral size copper domes containing historic telescopes or the sea breeze across the Pevensey marshes creates the distinctive atmosphere.
00:36
September 15, 2021
The Hunter and His Dogs - Constellations
In this episode we listen to Dr Sandra Voss, the Science Director at The Observatory Science Centre, speak about the constellations Orion and his hunting dogs Canis Major and Canis Minor. The Orion constellation is extremely recognisable throughout the winter months in the Northern hemisphere. Whilst Orion is not a circumpolar constellation, Orion is worthy of taking time to view on a clear night as it shows a fine example of stellar creation within his mythical belt.
12:07
July 09, 2021
Signs of the Zodiac
In this episode we listen to Dr Sandra Voss, the Science Director at The Observatory Science Centre, speak about the signs of the Zodiac in constellations. We are all familiar with the Zodiac sign / symbol of the month of our birthday but did you know the myths behind them? Did you know that there are actually 13 Zodiac signs? 
15:37
July 09, 2021
A Lesson in Humility - Constellations
In this episode we listen to Dr Sandra Voss, the Science Director at The Observatory Science Centre, speak about the complicated relationships of the constellations Cassiopeia, Cepheus and Andromeda. As we view the night sky in the Northern hemisphere, these constellations contain excellent pointer stars enabling navigation of large areas. As myths go… this is a grim tale of vanity and revenge. Enjoy!
17:27
July 09, 2021
The Bears Constellations
In this episode we listen to Dr Sandra Voss, the Science Director at The Observatory Science Centre, speaking about the circumpolar star constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. Perhaps the best know star pattern observed in the night sky in the Northern hemisphere is the Plough, also known as the Big Dipper, which is just part of the constellation Ursa Major. Discover why these constellations are the ‘bears’ and the incredible myth to which they are attributed.
16:23
July 09, 2021
Stories in the Stars from The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux - Herstmonceux Stars NOT Animals
Welcome to the second series of podcasts 'Stories in the Stars' from The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux. Why do we continue to have a fascination with the stars? The days of relying on the stars for navigation has long since been surpassed by technology so is it partly the mythical stories so vividly brought to life by the imaginary creatures and heroes.  Listen to Dr Sandra Voss explain how to find some of our favourite constellations as seen from the Northern hemisphere.  Enjoy listening! Stories, wonders and facts from The Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux in Sussex. There's always more to a place than bricks, tea and space...  The Observatory Science Centre is the former Royal Observatory in East Sussex, anyone involved always seems to have a unique story to tell. Perhaps it's the environment of cathedral size copper domes containing historic telescopes or the sea breeze across the Pevensey marshes - there's definitely a uniqueness.
01:10
July 09, 2021
Paul Skipper - The Observatory Science Centre - Herstmonceux
In this episode we meet Paul Skipper, the 'maintenance man' at The Observatory Science Centre. Paul is rarely noticed by the public but plays a vital role in looking after the site, no small undertaking when part of a team responsible for ongoing maintenance of a Grade II* listed site. Despite his non public engagement role, (except when robed in red as Santa), Paul is always happy to share a moment, tell a yarn or lend a hand. With the benefit of many years of working, Paul is never happier than perfecting the balance of enjoying a meet up with mates, pottering in his garden or putting his feet up in front of the TV. 
11:25
April 08, 2021
Jarvis Brand - The Observatory Science Centre - Herstmonceux
In this episode we meet Jarvis Brand, The Observatory Science Centres very own astronomer and planetarium presenter. We listen to how a lifelong interest in astronomy began at a young age and combined with teaching skills lead to the prestigious role of astronomy engagement. Whilst explaining difficult science principles, Jarvis finds ways to demonstrate all manner of cosmic happenings with a unique and often humorous style.
11:07
April 07, 2021
Verity Stannard - The Observatory Science Centre - Herstmonceux
In this episode we meet Verity Standard whose role sees her presenting science both onsite at The Observatory Science Centre as well as in schools as part of the outreach team.  From climbing, guiding at a local windmill to astrophotography Verity is always busy and happy to share knowledge with others. She is very much looking forward to everyone being able to get back to social engagement both at work and play.
11:00
April 06, 2021
Alison Avann - The Observatory Science Centre - Herstmonceux
In this episode we meet Alison Avann, office manager at The Observatory Science Centre. Alison loves cake! With the serious working roll involving figures and spreadsheets we hear how Alison finds time to still enjoy the fun-side of the Centre. She speaks of the impact over the last year of not being able to meet up to enjoy group interests such as choir and acting has had but with a positive nature - is looking forward...
10:40
April 05, 2021
Laura Green - The Observatory Science Centre - Herstmonceux
In this episode we get to meet Laura Green and hear how humble beginnings led to a long association and employment at The Observatory Science Centre. She relates how science and astronomy were not her significant chosen subjects but became important to her role which balanced well with other life interests. 
11:36
April 04, 2021
Jeremy Harrison - The Observatory Science Centre - Herstmonceux
In this episode we meet Jeremy Harrison, shop manager at The Observatory Science Centre. Jeremy regales us with the story of how as a child he cheekily found his way into the Isaac Newton telescope dome only to be confronted by an astronomer. To join the Observatory team in semi-retirement has proved enjoyable and soo much more than simply a job. 
10:15
April 03, 2021
Dr Sandra Voss - The Observatory Science Centre - Herstmonceux
In this episode we get to meet Dr Sandra Voss, Science Director at The Observatory Science Centre. We discover how she first engaged with the role following travelling adventures. She speaks of a fascination with astronomy instilled as a child that continues and endures. We also hear of her other interests, the importance of the great outdoors and the tranquility of her garden!
13:09
April 02, 2021
Jo Harris - The Observatory Science Centre - Herstmonceux
In this episode we meet Jo Harris, Operations / Education Director at The Observatory Science Centre. Jo shares how thrilling it has been to listen to the birdsong during lockdown and encourages us all to take a moment and simply re-connect with nature.
12:57
April 01, 2021