Astrophotography and Videography

Friday, May 12th, 2017

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On Friday 12th May, Mick Nicholls from the Mexborough and Swinton AS fascinated us with a brilliant talk about his experiences imaging the sun and various astronomical objects. He talked about his journey from his early days imaging on some kit that by today’s standards seem almost antique through to the equipment he uses today. […]

The Future of the Milky Way

Friday, April 7th, 2017

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On Friday 7th April we were treated to a highly entertaining talk on one potential future of the universe by James Mullaney from Sheffield University. The model James took us through showed very little change in the next few hundred million years. In about a billion years’ time the Sun will be too hot for […]

Mapping the Milky Way

Friday, February 17th, 2017

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On Friday 17th February we received an excellent talk from Professor Rob Jeffries from Keele University all about the latest ESA space telescope, Gaia. Gaia is a twin-telescope that will map, catalogue, size and age many stars. The baseline number of stars it will map is 1 billion all of a magnitude of 20 or greater […]

The Death of a Star: Observing Supernovae with Neutrinos

Friday, January 27th, 2017

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On Friday 27th January we were treated to a talk by Jost Migenda of Sheffield University, a PHD student of Dr Matthew Malek pictured above. His talk entitled The Death of a Star: Observing Supernovae with Neutrinos was both interesting and amusing. He explained Neutrinos are ghost-like particles that can literally “go through walls”. He […]

Darkness visible: The Hunt for the Missing Matter

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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On the 2nd of December we were once again treated to a talk by Dr Matthew Malek. Although we had previously had a talk on Dark Matter it was interesting to get Dr Malek’s take on things.  He did not disappoint.  His talk was full of humour and his presentation clear and precise. He told […]

How to Build a Universe

Friday, October 7th, 2016

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A fascinating talk explaining how the universe was created was given by Dr Stuart Muldrew of Leicester University at the observatory on the 7th October. Our secretary, Marilyn has written the summary below of this excellent talk. Dr Muldrew gave us an informative talk on his work modelling the universe.  He told us observations of […]

Gravitational Waves Talk by Ed Daw

Friday, August 5th, 2016

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Friday the 5th of August saw Ed Daw of Sheffield University give us a talk on the FIRST DIRECT DETECTIONS OF GRAVITATIONAL WAVES BY LIGO. (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) He has been working on the project for 19 years and told us of the difficulties of building the detector. Even getting it straight on the […]

Galaxies – One Gigayear at a Time

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

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On the 8th July saw a return visit by Julian Onions of Nottingham University giving us a talk on Galaxies – One Gigayear at a time. This talk was very well received and provoked many questions. He explained what galaxies are, how they are classified, how they are formed, what we understand about their lives, […]