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Becky Smethurst

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Astrophysicist

From a young age I’ve always been interested in space. I wanted a telescope for my birthday when my friends all wanted bikes. So when it came to choosing my University degree, it was a no brainer for me. I went to Durham University and did my Masters in Physics and Astronomy and then my PhD at Oxford in Astrophysics. After finishing my PhD I was a research fellow at the University of Nottingham and am now back in Oxford, at Christ Church, where I’ve been doing research into the interaction and co-evolution of galaxies with their central supermassive black holes. I also make videos about astronomy, space news and unsolved science mysteries on my YouTube channel Dr Becky.

Wednesday 22nd May 2019, 09.00am

How big a deal is that picture of a black hole?

By now you have probably seen that picture of the BLACK HOLE! But we have some questions….in this episode of the Big Questions podcast we are asking: how big a deal is that picture of a black hole?

To find out we visited the Department of Physics, University of Oxford, and met with astrophysicist, Dr Becky Smethurst...

how big a deal is that picture of a black hole?
Friday 11th Jan 2019, 11.30am

What happens in the field?

Field work. It sounds like a lot of fun! Scientists get to travel the world visiting exotic locations seeing and experiencing incredible things. But in reality they can find themselves outside the comforts of their lab with some interesting things happening to them!

This podcast episode is a little different as we hear from three scientists who took to the stage as part of the Ideas...

What happens in the field?