11 Things Astronomy has done for You.

Friday, February 19th, 2021

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We were treated to a very interesting and informative talk. Brad listed the 11 ways astronomy has impacted our lives saying he only added number 11 recently as he is always coming across new ways all the time. The list is:   1. WiFi 2. CCD’s 3. Early detection of cancer 4. Rapid detection of […]


Friday, December 11th, 2020

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On the 11th December we held a presentation of images by some of our Astro-photographers. We had 4 presenters Martin Bradley, Peter Davison, Graham Leaver and Sue Silver. Each showed their images and told the audience about them. How they were taken and when and other technical information pertinent to each one. Questions were asked […]


Friday, October 9th, 2020

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On Friday 9th October, we welcomed back Sam Walton to give us an update on the last talk he gave on Space Weather.  This time it was the Van Allan Radiation Belts OR “Gosh space is radioactive!” He explained how the plasma from the sun in the form of mass coronal ejections or solar wind […]


Friday, September 11th, 2020

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Once again a great talk by Julian.  Full of humour and speculation and a description of the difficulties of communication with the far side of the moon. He showed us actual images taken by missions orbiting the moon and of course the Lunar Orbiter which is still mapping the surface. He showed slides of the […]


Friday, February 28th, 2020

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On the 28th February saw the return of Dr Susan Cartwright to update us on Supernovae. She delivered the talk with her usual humour. She explained that in supernovae there is a struggle between pressure and gravity. In the end gravity always wins. There are two types of Supernovae – type 1 and type 2. […]

Northern Lights Throughout The Solar System

Friday, January 31st, 2020

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Friday the 31st saw Dr Gabrielle Provan give us a talk entitled “Northern Lights Throughout The Solar System”. The talk was well received and there were many questions answered to members’ satisfaction. She explained what the Northern Lights were and went on to inform us that it wasn’t until the late 1800s that scientists started […]

UK Space Science Missions: from Inception to Realisation

Friday, December 13th, 2019

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Dr Steven Sembay from Leicester University gave us an insight into what is involved in bringing a space mission from first concept and inception to final realisation.  He talked us through each stage and the staggering truth is that it takes a long time!!!  The proposal itself involves, amongst other things, costings and most importantly, who […]

Gaia – the billion star mapping machine

Friday, November 29th, 2019

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The European Space Agency Gaia satellite was launched in December 2013. The aim of the mission was to map the precise positions and motions of a billion stars and nearer objects in our own Milky Way Galaxy and solar system. In April 2018 Gaia released its intermediate results catalogue, which gave us the first fruits […]

Exploring The Distant Universe With Gamma-Ray Bursts

Friday, January 11th, 2019

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Professor Nial Tanvir started by giving an overview of what we know of the universe with regard to distance and scale.  He explained Hubble’s discovery of red shift and produced charts showing what we “see” in the spectrum and what we can detect in the blue shift to the red shift. He explained that the […]

A Talk About Axions

Friday, October 5th, 2018

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Guest speaker, Professor Ed Daw started by explaining what axions are.  They are neutral particles that are extraordinarily weakly interacting and could constitute dark matter!  He talked us through the experiment being built to detect them.  He said he had “fallen” into searching for axions by his admiration of Dr. Leslie Rosenberg of the University […]