Star Death, STEREO & South Africa's SKA bid

Star Death, STEREO & South Africa’s SKA bid

What happens when a black hole rips a star to shreds? What can a solar science mission tell us about other stars? And is South Africa prepared for the largest radio telescope ever planned? This month on Naked Astronomy, we explore a unique gamma ray burst, discover the useful extra info in data from STEREO, and discuss the South African bid for the Square Kilometre Array. Plus, news of CoGeNT’s search for Dark Matter, Enceladus’ salty sub-surface sea, and clues on the creation of the solar system gathered from the remains of the Genesis mission.