EPISODE 5: Investigating space

In the fifth episode of our series, Jennifer Baker talks to Professor Dr Jason Hessels, Chief Astronomer at the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) at the University of Amsterdam. He is working on Dragonite, an EU-funded project searching for new astrophysical phenomena in the huge and largely unexplored expanse of deep space. Find out more about the universe and his passion for astrophysics in this episode. 

Professor Dr Jason Hessels was born in Calgary and prior to becoming a professor at the University of Amsterdam completed his PhD in astrophysics studying radio pulsars at McGill University in Montreal. He is primarily interested in extreme astrophysical phenomena associated with neutron stars and black holes. He uses networks of large and geographically distributed radio telescopes to probe the physics of gravity, matter and electromagnetic fields. 

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