Listen to Ismaili Astrophysicist, Arif Babul, in New BBC Episode “Core: A Journey to the Centre of the Earth”

Arif Babul

Arif Babul

World renowned Ismaili astrophysicist, Dr. Arif Babul of the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, was recently invited to participate for the BBC’s flagship discussion program, The Forum, which brings together three leading figures and thinkers to talk on specific themes. The episode in which Professor Babul participated focused on Core: A Journey to the Centre of the Earth and of Stars, Galaxies and the very Universe itself. Babul provides an excellent discussion about the Core of our Galaxy and the Universe.

A short but an insightful and stimulating segment of the BBC episode was when one of the guests on the program, Anna Frebel of MIT, was asked to present a grand idea in just 6o seconds. She completed her statement on the stroke of time and her idea, with Arif Babul giving his own perspective from his childhood days growing up in Tanzania, was quite intriguing! The starry night photo from Alamut shown below is a glimpse of how the universe would unfold before all of us at night if the proposed idea — that of turning the lights off for a few moments — could be implemented across the world.

The episode was aired on BBC Radio on November 9, 2015, and will be of interest to all readers of this website, and particularly to those pursuing science in schools and universities, as well as professionals engaged in scientific work.

We invite you to listen to the complete BBC episode by clicking on http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p036vvz4 or on any image shown below.

As seen on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day and the National Geographic News a meteor's streak and the arc of the Milky Way hang over the imposing mountain fortress of Alamut in this starry scene. Photo: Babak Tafreshi/Dreamview.net . Copyright. Please click on image to listen to BBC program Core.

As seen on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day and the National Geographic News a meteor’s streak and the arc of our own Milky Way Galaxy hang over the imposing mountain fortress of Alamut in this starry scene. Photo: Babak Tafreshi/Dreamview.net . Copyright. Please click on image to listen to BBC program Core.

The Galactic Core in Infrared. Credit: Hubble: NASA, ESA, & D. Q. Wang (U. Mass, Amherst); Spitzer: NASA, JPL, & S. Stolovy (SSC/Caltech). Please click on image for BBC Episode , Core.

The Galactic Core in Infrared. Credit: Hubble: NASA, ESA, & D. Q. Wang (U. Mass, Amherst); Spitzer: NASA, JPL, & S. Stolovy (SSC/Caltech). Please click on image for BBC Episode , Core.

An annotated version of Babak Tafreshi's

An annotated version of Babak Tafreshi’s “The Starry Night of Alamut.” Copyright.

Date posted: November 10, 2015.
Date updated: November 11, 2015 (added photos of starry night at Alamut).

Please  also read an earlier interview we did with Dr. Babul by clicking Astrophysicist, Arif Babul, in Conversation with Simerg.

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