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The Meridian

A brand new Lund Observatory Podcast where we chat to guests about anything and everything.

This first season contains a total of six episodes.  They were released on Fridays in September and October of 2021 and you can find them on all major podcast platforms.  The second season of the Meridian is currently under production and will be released in the spring of 2022.

The Second Season

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 will give us a sneak peak at what is been planned for season two of the podcast.

This episode was first released on 21/12/2021.

Nic, Johan, Alvaro, Anna, Madeleine, Daniel and Rebecca at the microphone.  Photo.

The First Season

October is coming to an end as we release this sixth and last episode of the first season (not to worry, we are already planning a second season).  This time Nic and Rebecca have invited Paul McMillan to the mic and chat with him about our galaxy, the Milky Way, and his involvement in ESA's Gaia satellite . Thereafter they take a closer look at the Pleiades.

This episode was first released on 29/10/2021.

Nic and Rebecca at the microphone. Photo.

It is Future Week at Lund University as we release our fifth podcast episode.  This week Nic and Rebecca have invited Joanna Lewis to the mic and chat with her about the European Spallation Source, which is under construction here in Lund . Thereafter they take a closer look at SN1572.

This episode was first released on 22/10/2021

Nic and Jo stand by microphone recording a podcast. Photo.

In this fourth episode of the podcast Nic and Rebecca invited Laura Hrastar to the mic and chatted with her about life and work at Max IV - which is 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.

This episode was first released on 15/10/2021

Rebecca interviewing Laura on the Podcast.  Photo.

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.

This episode was first released on 08/10/2021 - as we celebrate World Space Week.

Rebecca Forsberg interviews Jens Hoeijmakers. Photo.

In this second episode of the podcast Nic and Rebecca invite Josefin Martell to the mic and chat to her about Impact Craters.  Thereafter they take a closer look at one of their favourite astronomical objects: Dimidium.  This episode was first released on 01/10/2021 -  not only is it Culture Night but also IAUs 100 hours of astronomy.

Nic and Rebecca setting up for recording.  Photo.

In this first episode of the podcast Nic and Rebecca 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: Le Verrier's planet. This episode was first released on 24/09/2021 - which is Astronomy Day and Night here in Sweden

From the recording of the podcast. Nic and Michiel. Photo.

Frida Palmer in front of telescope
Frida Palmér standing by the meridian circle (taken ca 1929)

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