Pretty galaxies on the BBC Big Screens

As part of National Science and Engineering Week, 11-20th March 2011 in the UK I was involved in the production of a series of 5 short videos called “From the Earth to the Edge of the Universe” which were made as a collaboration between Creative Technologies and the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth. They are going on the BBC Big Screens, apparently right across the UK and continuing up until the 2012 Olympics.

Bear with me, this isn’t just an advert. The reason for the post is that my segment is all about galaxy morphologies. I talk (briefly) about Galaxy Zoo and show the HST image of Hanny’s Voorwerp. I also describe some of the main morphological features of galaxies, and what I like about them. So I thought you might like to watch it (sorry I can’t figure out how to embed it – the below is just a screen shot).KLMvideo

Karen – From Earth To The Edge Of The Universe from CCi Live on Vimeo.

You can watch all 5 videos here.

Cheers, Karen.

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About karenlmasters

Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Haverford College, USA. Principle Investigator for Galaxy Zoo. Spokesperson for fourth phase of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Enjoys using radio telescopes. Busy having fun with astronomy!

2 responses to “Pretty galaxies on the BBC Big Screens”

  1. galaxy11kb says :

    hey, i was wondering if you have summer camps for children to get to learn about the galaxy. i have a son and he wants to be an astrophysicist and i was just interested. please reply

  2. Karen Masters says :

    @galaxy11kb – probably your best bet it to look up your local university. I know that Portsmouth Uni run classes for kids in the summer – on all sorts of topics, sometimes including astronomy. At Portsmouth that’s called the “UPforit” club:
    Other universities may have similar things.

    Another idea is a science museum – they may run classes for kids. For example Intech, near Winchester does various events (

    Finally the BAA (British Astronomical Association) might have some idea for activies for kids:

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