UNDERSTANDING NOTHING – The structure of the vacuum

Friday, February 18th, 2022

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UNDERSTANDING NOTHING – The structure of the vacuum PROFESSOR NICK EVANS OF SOUTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY Friday 18th February 2022   Nick gave us a short summary of the historical discovery of empty space.  It was considered nothing therefore did not need a symbol to represent it.  0 did not exist and the Greeks found that mathematics […]

WATER IN THE UNIVERSE

Friday, January 21st, 2022

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WATER IN THE UNIVERSE Professor Jonathan Tennyson of UCL Friday 21st January 2022   Professor Tennyson gave us a very informative and enlightening talk about water in the universe. He told us how water exists on many of the moons of the solar system, including our own! In the high sided craters of the moon […]

MEMBERS IMAGE PERESENTATION

Friday, December 10th, 2021

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MEMBERS IMAGE PERESENTATION   On the 10th December our image presentation took place. This is only the second time we have held this event, but it was very successful and we are making it an annual event. There were members in the lecture room at the observatory and at home over Zoom.   We had […]

THE JUNO MISSION

Friday, November 12th, 2021

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THE JUNO MISSION DR JONATHAN NICHOLS 12th November 2021 The Juno mission was due to end this year, but it was given a five year extension because it was performing so well. Jonathan explained to us what its mission was and showed some stunning images sent back from the craft. He explained it was an […]

COLD, DARK, MATTER: IS IT COLD, IS DARK AND IS IT MATTER?

Friday, October 8th, 2021

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COLD, DARK, MATTER: IS IT COLD, IS DARK AND IS IT MATTER? Dr Julian Onions – Nottingham University – 8th October 2021 In his usual humorous style, Julian went through the maths of why we know something we call “Dark Matter” exists. If it didn’t stars and the like would be flying off into the […]

UNDERSTANDING THE ORIGINS OF LIFE.

Friday, September 10th, 2021

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Understanding the Origins of Life Talk by Professor Nigel Mason of Kent University   10th September 2021   Suffice it to say that Nigel gave us an excellent insight into the subject and involved his audience by asking questions, some of which we were able to answer! He took us through all the elements needed […]

Looking for life on Mars

Friday, July 16th, 2021

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Looking for life on Mars Talk by Professor Andrew Coates of the Mullard space science laboratory Friday 16th June   Professor Coates is one of a team of scientists working on a rover mission entitled “Rosalind Franklin” after the eminent English chemist whose work was central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA. […]

ASTRONOMICAL CAUSES OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Friday, June 18th, 2021

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ASTRONOMICAL CAUSES OF CLIMATE CHANGE BY JAMES FRADGLEY   On Friday the 18th June we were treated to a witty and interesting talk about climate change.  It was not what we were expecting.  James explained all the cycles Earth goes through and what each means to the planet. He also told us of our star’s […]

“The Hitch Hikers Guide to Black Holes”

Friday, April 16th, 2021

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Rene Breton of Jodrell Bank give us a talk called “The Hitch Hikers Guide to Black Holes”. The talk certainly filled in a few “holes” in my knowledge. It was well received and a number of questions were asked which Rene was able to answer to the members’ satisfaction. Well the first thing to say […]

LADIES OF THE NIGHT

Friday, March 19th, 2021

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LADIES OF THE NIGHT BY ANN BONELL   We were treated to a talk on Friday the 19th March by Dr Ann Bonell telling us about the women astronomers throughout history. She started with Hypatia who was a mathematician and scholar who lived in the predominately Greek city of Alexandria in northern Egypt. She was born at some point […]