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Friday, 21 September 2018

Prof Lucie Green: oh dear!

Tonight Prof Lucie Green (the Astronomer!) appeared on the quiz show 'Eggheads' and elected to answer questions on Science. All the way through the round she commented that she was hoping for an Astronomy question: finally she got one. "Which planet has three moons called Miranda, Titania and Oberon?" Her reply was "Saturn!" Oh dear... the answer is, of course, Uranus..

I appeared with Dr Green on 'Stargazing Live' a couple of years ago (when the BBC was having a brief flirtation with Astronomy) and can report that she is a really nice person with a profound knowledge of solar Astronomy, but you can't help but feel sorry for her: but you also have to feel that maybe some scientists have become somewhat over-specialised: a dangerous trend...

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