Live from Jodrell Bank

The transmissions have been broadcast, the crowds satiated and the science explained. Last weekend saw the closing of this summer’s series of Live from Jodrell Bank concerts. Throughout the series we have seen the likes of headline acts Australian Pink Floyd, New Order, Sigur Ros and the Hallé Orchestra. As well as a spectacular science arena!

"The marshmallows are cheating!" - Says it all really; as a part of the volcano display we explained how crystal size can affect how lava flows, using very tasty treats... and a few overly investigative wasps...

“The marshmallows are cheating!” – Says it all really; as a part of the volcano display we explained how crystal size can affect how lava flows, using very tasty treats… and a few overly investigative wasps…

A new addition to the experiments we run- the explosive eruption of a volcano, the first of many new additions to our displays with a more earth based focus!

A new addition to the experiments we run- the explosive eruption of a volcano, the first of many new additions to our displays with a more earth based focus!

Our repertoire has expanded significantly since our last outreach event; we have kept a lot of what we used to do but have included more earth based experiments like our volcano experiment as well as being able to design your very own Rover Mission! (Be sure to check out our next post to find out the winning combination from the Jodrell Bank events!)

People had the chance to hold a real piece of Mars at our hand specimens display, as well as learning all about Widmanstatten Patterns in the iron meteorites.

People had the chance to hold a real piece of Mars at our hand specimens display, as well as learning all about Widmanstatten Patterns in the iron meteorites.

Our thin section display was as popular as ever, with plenty of interesting questions to keep us on our toes. We had a range of altered chondrites as well as a howardite and diogenite.

Our thin section display was as popular as ever, with plenty of interesting questions to keep us on our toes. We had a range of altered chondrites as well as a howardite and diogenite.

We would like to thank all the people who came together to make these events possible. We all had a great time and look forward to more great events like this next year! Finally, I’m going to leave you with a collection of photos we took of the event, enjoy! (Apologies for the picture layout, they won’t stay in the right places!)

The flour strikes back! Our regular impact crater experiment came into its own over the two weekends, with an investigative focus on crater size we had people of all ages and walks of life helping us with our very own citizen science project! Check back soon to see the outcome of this experiment and how all of your contributions came together to form a collaborative conclusion!

The flour strikes back! Our regular impact crater experiment came into its own over the two weekends, with an investigative focus on crater size we had people of all ages and walks of life helping us with our very own citizen science project! Check back soon to see the outcome of this experiment and how all of your contributions came together to form a collaborative conclusion!

Our resident Moon experts were on hand to explain the evolution and features observed on the Moon, a wealth of planetary science information parked in orbit right above our heads!

Our resident Moon experts were on hand to explain the evolution and features observed on the Moon, a wealth of planetary science information parked in orbit right above our heads!

Setting up for a busy day at Jodrell Bank - The newly refurbished STFC meteorite samples aside our own collection showing stages through a planet's evolution and differentiation. We had a full range from stony meteorites to a fully acid etched iron meteorite. (Check out how we acid etch meteorites in our previous article here)

Setting up for a busy day at Jodrell Bank – The newly refurbished STFC meteorite samples aside our own collection showing stages through a planet’s evolution and differentiation. We had a full range from stony meteorites to a fully acid etched iron meteorite. (Check out how we acid etch meteorites in our previous article here)

One of our new additions to the day, a design your own rover competition; the reception of this new feature was overwhelming, with far more entries than we anticipated (It's taking us a long time to read through them all!). Stay tuned to find out the winning combination of the Jodrell Bank mission: Mission to Isis.

One of our new additions to the day, a design your own rover competition; the reception of this new feature was overwhelming, with far more entries than we anticipated (It’s taking us a long time to read through them all!). Stay tuned to find out the winning combination of the Jodrell Bank mission: Mission to Isis.

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About Mark Nottingham

Mark is a PhD student in the Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry group at UoM. Primarily working on the RIMSKI and RELAX noble gas instruments.
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