A few weeks ago, we told you that Chandra was going to start introducing video into our blog. We've done some minor dabbling so far, but now we're stepping it up a bit. Today we are posting our first attempt at what we're calling (at the moment) "Meet an Astronomer." The idea is to do a quick interview with a scientist to give a small peek into their world. Let's face it, scientists - and science itself - can seem a little off-putting. This hopefully will make both of those feel a little more accessible and personal.

Our guinea pig, so to speak (did something bad happen to a guinea pig, we wonder, to start that expression? PETA? Anyone?), is Jonathan McDowell. While we were talking with Jonathan, it occurred to us that we should ask the Chandra blog readers what else we should be asking about. So if you have a desire to ask something of Jonathan particularly or an astronomy question in general, just let us know. Who knows? Maybe we'll be able to answer your question next time. Or at least let us know if you know what happened to the guinea pig.



Carnival of Space

-Megan Watzke, CXC

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Please keep this format

I find it so much easier to use the videos. It allows me to listen while working on other tasks. Please keep them coming.
Thanks
mike


Good video. I prefer

Good video. I prefer listening and watching video to reading large blocks of text so I'm all for more videos in the future. I'll get thinking about some useful questions I'd like answered too.


Video

I think that using video in any type of communication is key in today's world. It gives life to what people are writing about. It allows you to get to know the person.


Love the Info

This was an amazing video and you should continue with the interviews. They are very informative and help us a lot in understanding astronomy. James


Wow

It is a well documented video, while useful and interesting, from my point of view. Thanks for posting it !


Great video!

Great video!


WOW

Inspiring video and super astronomer. Thanks


Re:

I agree 100% with your comment. This video is very inspirational & very well put together. Good work guys. -RSF


Nice Video. I prefer

Nice Video. I prefer listening and watching video to reading large blocks of text. Thanks for sharing.


Good video. I prefer

Good video. I prefer listening and watching video to reading large blocks of text so I'm all for more videos in the future. I'll get thinking about some useful questions I'd like answered too.

Oh, and on another note, the guinea pig was often used as a test subject in biological experiments in the 17th century. More recently they have been used as model organisms in experiments, although mice and rats are often used instead nowadays. "Our guinea pig", though, sounds a better term to use than "Our rat"!

Tim


Re: Video Blog: Meet an Astronomer

Nice webcast, a lot of interesting facts regarding chandra, CERN and LHC


Re:

I agree that this was an excellent webcast and was pleasantly surprised by the information about CERN. Keep up the great work!


Jonathan McDowell

Jonathan, Regarding the LHC at CERN do forsee or are you looking for any results from the collider that may influence or affect your work on black holes?
Thanks,
Walter P Dodson


hi it is my first reply on

Hi, it is my first reply on this web and to start with I would like to thank you for the useful information, which I found in this and all previous posts. It really helped me very much. I will definitely add this website to my google reader.


Walter, When they fix LHC

Walter,

When they fix LHC and get it going, I think the results will be very exciting. But they probably won't directly affect my own research, which concentrates on what it's like to be some distance from the black hole. The folks who are looking at the internal structure of black holes, as well as those studying how black holes slowly evaporate due to the "Hawking effect" will be much more directly affected,
as will those who study the first fraction of a second of the Big Bang.

Regards, Jonathan


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