how satellites rule our world

BBC2 showed a really good programme about satellites last night.  This screenshot showing a satellite passing over the Highlands is taken from about 17 minutes into the show.  Click on the picture to visit the BBC’s own page about the documentary.

It was quite eye-opening to see just how much modern society relies on satellite technology.

You can download the entire programme using the link below.

decommissioning Dounreay – Bang Goes the Theory

This week’s episode of Band Goes the Theory was about the Fukushima disaster in Japan.  Part of the programme was filmed at Dounreay, where Dallas investigated the methods being used to decontaminate the site.  You can watch the part about Dounreay by playing this clip.

The whole programme is available for download using the link below (large download).

very large telescope

I found a brilliant timelapse video on the Popular Science site.  It shows the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at work in Chile.

Here are some VLT links to explore

You can get a pdf summary of the VLT from the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the organisation that runs the VLT, by clicking on the download link below.