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Losing my mind on TV about Black Hole image

Alan Duffy

This is the heart of darkness.

The gravity of the blackhole is so great it casts a ‘shadow’ 2.5 times larger than itself (as defined by its event horizon) against the glowing material swirling into its maw.

That darkness is the size of the solar system but even so 6.5 billion Sun’s worth of mass crushes up pretty small when you’re a black hole.

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Vale Hawking

Alan Duffy

It's hard to put into words how significant Prof Stephen Hawking was for me on a personal level. His book "A Brief History of Time" was a defining moment as a young teenager to realise that you could have a career to explore the Universe; to spend a life studying the nature of expanding universes, blackholes and dark matter. More important than even his science he also showed the value of communicating that science. 

His death hit me hard and it was a crazy day speaking on radio, TV and print to explain just why he was such an incredible and unique figure. I've shared a few of these TV interviews below. The first TV interview I ever gave was about him, and I was honoured that I could also speak at the end.

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Return to the Moon

Alan Duffy

One of the coolest parts of my job is that I can take film-crews around the world and showcase the incredible science and technology that is out there, but seeing the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre just tops everything. My huge thanks to ABC Catalyst for letting me reveal the change space race that means the return to the moon is a competition between startups not superpowers. This is a topic I raved about in the Sydney Morning Herald, and there was also a really nice review of the TV episode in The Australian. You can watch the episode online on ABC iView.

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MelbHenge grows

Alan Duffy

The grassroots effort to map out the best place to view MelbHenge as the Sun sets between a mile long corridor of Melbourne's skyscrapers continues to grow. This headline photo courtesy of LookAboutPhotography is just one incredible example of that.I'm always amazed at how many people get out and share their photos of this epic event... but we still don't know where best to view it! So we asked Melbournians to take a photo, share the location and use #MelbHenge so Swinburne University of Technology astronomers could update our map of the city to make this event bigger and better each year. Last time was featured on the BBC world news, let's see what we can do in the years ahead.

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Feeding black holes - ABC Breakfast News TV

Alan Duffy

An amazing discovery by the ALMA telescope of giant clouds of cold gas falling towards a supermassive black hole, seen as shadows against the bright glow from this feeding black hole. In addition I discussed the worsening global light pollution phenomenon and a surprise chain galaxy found by citizen scientists from Russia using the Australian Radio Galaxy Zoo!

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Hidden stars and baby Earths - ABC Breakfast News TV

Alan Duffy

A fun chat on ABC Breakfast News TV about 500,000 never-before seen stars found by the Hubble Space Telescope in the centre of our galaxy, incredible observations of a 10 million year old star with planets forming (one at the same distance from it as the Earth is from the Sun!) and an inflatable space room for the International Space Station launching this weekend!

I gave a full write up of it in theconversation too..! 

 

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Where the Moon came from - ABC Breakfast News TV

Alan Duffy

The reanalysis of Apollo era moon rocks show they are identical to those of Earth supporting the theory that an early Earth was slammed in a head-on collision by a Mars-sized world we call Theia. The fragments from this would one day become the Moon!

I also mentioned a newly discovered super-cold ‘space pancake’ and the boomerang gas cloud.

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Exploding stars & crashing rockets - ABC News Breakfast TV

Alan Duffy

I got a little carried away with the ridiculous scale of the latest explosion in space, outshine the entire Milky Way twenty times over. We have no idea how to produce this level of explosion. Then there was brief chat about SpaceX and its unfortunate crash on a sea barge then a final rant about the wonders of Pluto!

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Government innovation and Geminids - ABC Breakfast News TV

Alan Duffy

It was a busy day preparing for the Government’s new innovation policy, I chatted about what I hope to see and also what I thought would happen. Then I was able to sneak in some tips on viewing the Geminids meteor shower next week as well as some astonishing new images from the recent New Horizons flyby of Pluto.

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Spooky interview on death stars and dead comets on Halloween - ABC Breakfast News TV

Alan Duffy

A spooky interview as an object (fittingly a 'dead' comet) will flyby Earth on Halloween just further than the Moon's is from us. I spoke about the furthest galaxies from us that Hubble has found (using a high-tech martini glass) and a dead star that is tearing apart the planets in its solar system that will likely happen to use in five billion years time.

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