I think I made the lot of the sub-mm astronomer, working extremely hard just to identify blobs, sound pretty thankless earlier today. Strangely, I managed to do so without even complaining that the worst thing about using these short-wavelength radio waves is that most of them are absorbed by the Earth’s atmosphere so unless you’re high up, you might as well not bother.
The BLAST collaboration have been flying their satellite underneath a balloon, getting high above most of that pesky atmospheric water. I’ve just come from a talk which detailed their results on a set of galaxies, but Wednesday night offers a chance for you to ride along with the BLAST team. BBC4′s Storyville thread will be featuring an excellent documentary about the project at 10pm GMT.
I was lucky enough to see a preview disk, and it’s brilliant, one of the best scientific documentaries I’ve seen for a long while. Watch it (there’s a list of opportunities here for those of you not in the UK) and feel even more amazed at the lengths sub-mm astronomers are driven to.
Update : Watch the trailer!
Hat tip : Andrew Jaffe for reminding me to post about Blast! the movie.