Proving Einstein Right. Tuesday, 14 August at 7.30 pm at the Frossard Centre, Candie Gardens. Lecture by Professor Ian Morison of Jodrell Bank Observatory. Click here for a poster. Please note that there will be no meeting at the Observatory.
A very gentle introduction to Einstein’s theories and how, for over a century, astronomers, including those at Jodrell Bank, have been testing them to the limit. The recent direct detection of gravitational waves has further shown, that so far, nothing has hinted that they might not be true – even though we know that, at the heart of a Black Hole, his theories must break down.
Professor Morison is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Astronomy, the oldest chair of astronomy in the world, dating from 1597 and once held by Christopher Wren . He has been president of the Society for Popular Astronomy and is a founder member and now patron of the Macclesfield Astronomical society. He lectures widely on astronomy and has written several books about Observing, Astrophotography and Cosmology, as well as many articles for Astronomy magazines. He also writes a Night Sky guide (search 'Night Sky Jodrell') and an astronomy digest (www.ianmorison.com).
Why Earth developed into the crucible of life, and Venus into a hostile wasteland. Wednesday, 14 November at 7.30 pm at the Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts (venue to be confirmed). Lecture by Dr Sami Mikhail, University of St Andrews. Organised by the Channel Island Group of Professional Engineers. Click here for further details of the Group’s lecture programme.
On Thursday, 19 July we enjoyed a lecture entitled The Sun and Climate Change by Dr Robin Catchpole of the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge.
The Observatory is currently open to the public each Thursday evening from 8.30 pm until 30 August. Park at La Houguette School and follow the signs. There will also be an Open Evening on 01 November from 6.00 pm. Click here for a pdf file poster listing these events. Feel free to post it wherever you wish, such as places of employment, etc.
At the Open Evening of Thursday, 16 August we will be welcoming special guest astronomer, Robin Scagell, who will be giving talks and advice. Click here for more details.
An Open Day was held on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 May from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, to observe the Sun using safe equipment, including the Observatory’s special heliostat. There were also be talks and PowerPoint presentations.
The Astronomy Section welcomes a limited number of group visits, by prior arrangement. See our introduction page for details.
WEA STAR GAZING COURSE
This popular six-week introduction to astronomy started on Thursday 08 February. This is the 17th consecutive year of the course, which has always been fully subscribed.
This new course, led by Jean Dean, started at the Observatory on 05 May. It is a practical course running on Saturdays for five weeks.
The following is a list of topics previously discussed (in reverse chronological order).
17 April Discussion about astrophotography workshop
10 April General discussion
03 April Astronaut Mike Massimo. Royal Institution interview.
27 March Newtonian cosmology (led by Peter Langford)
20 March The Saros (led by David Le Conte)
13 March Observing (Ceres)
06 March Next generation space vehicles (led by Frank Dowding)
27 February No meeting because of snow
20 February Astronavigation (led by Jason Hill)
13 February Annual Business Meeting
06 February Launch of SpaceX Falcon Heavy
30 January General discussion
23 January The Concept of Mass. Royal Institution lecture by Jim Baggott
16 January General discussion
09 January The Bethlehem Star (led by David Le Conte)
02 January No meeting
26 December No meeting
19 December No meeting
12 December The Planets. Royal Institution Christmas Lecture No.6, 1977, by Carl Sagan
05 December Christmas dinner at La Grande Mare Hotel. No meeting.
28 November The Planets. Royal Institution Christmas Lecture No.5, 1977, by Carl Sagan
21 November The Planets. Royal Institution Christmas Lecture No.4, 1977, by Carl Sagan
14 November Some old astronomy books (led by David Le Conte)
07 November The Planets. Royal Institution Christmas Lecture No.3, 1977, by Carl Sagan
31 October Administrative discussion
24 October Molecules with sunglasses – third form of carbon (led by Colin Spicer)
17 October The Planets. Royal Institution Christmas Lecture No.2, 1977, by Carl Sagan
10 October The Planets. Royal Institution Christmas Lecture No.1, 1977, by Carl Sagan
03 October Reorganisation of La Société (led by Colin Spicer)
26 September The Great American Eclipse (David Le Conte, Elaine Mahy, Jason Monaghan, Tim Langlois)
19 September Astronomy Section website (led by Tom Harvey)
12 September A Journey to the centre of the Sun – Lucie Green at the Royal Institution answers questions (Colin Spicer)
05 September A Journey to the centre of the Sun – Lucie Green at the Royal Institution (Colin Spicer)
29 August General discussion
22 August A Journey to the centre of the Sun – Lucie Green at the Royal Institution (Colin Spicer)
15 August General discussion.
08 August Summer skies (led by Geoff Falla)
01 August Cassini and Huygens at Saturn (led by Frank Dowding)
25 July Power cut!
18 July Space tracking in the Apollo era (David Le Conte)
11 July Video: Sean Caroll & Jennifer Oulette: Black hole firewalls, part 2
04 July General discussion
27 June Video: Sean Caroll & Jennifer Oulette: Black hole firewalls, part 1
20 June Discussion and observing
13 June Discussion and observing
06 June Orbital Elements (led by David Le Conte)
30 May Discussion and observing
23 May Newton’s Laws of Motion and Classical Mechanics (led by Colin Spicer and Jason Hill)
16 May YouTube Richard Feynman lecture
09 May Liberation Day – Meeting but no discussion
02 May Observing
25 April Globular Clusters (led by Frank Dowding)
18 April Observing
11 April Observing
04 April Visit of His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor Vice-Admiral Sir Ian Corder and Lady Corder
28 March Mini-Messier Marathon
21 March Observing with the new equipment: Go To Mount, All-Sky Camera, and Planetary Camera
14 March NASA ScienceCasts (see www.youtube.com/user/ScienceAtNASA)
07 March International Space Station update (led by Frank Dowding))
28 February James Clerk Maxwell - 2 (led by Colin Spicer)
21 February James Clerk Maxwell - 1 (led by Colin Spicer)
14 February Observing and imaging (beautiful clear night)
07 February Introduction to image processing (led by Jean Dean)
31 January Annual Business Meeting (start)
24 January Astronomical highlights 2017 (led by David Le Conte)
17 January Packing of newsletter
10 January Open discussion
03 January No meeting
27 December No meeting
20 December No meeting
13 December General discussion
06 December Christmas dinner at Moore’s hotel
29 November The Twin Paradox
22 November The Oort Cloud
15 November The Foucault Pendulum
08 November 8.30 pm DSLR Astrophotography
01 November ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter
25 October Ancient astronomers
18 October 8.30 pm. Telescope training
11 October H-R diagram
04 October Fred Hoyle
27 September Tides
20 September Neptune
13 September Stars and objects of the autumn sky
06 September Astronomy apps
30 August Planispheres
23 August Collimation
16 August Astrophotography
09 August Barbecue and Perseid meteor count
02 August Tycho Brahe
26 July X-ray Astronomy
19 July Kuiper Belt
12 July Highlights of the STARMUS Festival in Tenerife
05 July Summer sky
stars and objects
28 June Dark matter and dark energy
21 June The celestial sphere
14 June Mars
07 June Saturn and its moons
31 May Radio Astronomy
24 May Edmond
17 May Virgo & Bootes
10 May Transit of Mercury results
03 May Sundials
26 April Filters used for telescopes and cameras
19 April Leo
– a prominent constellation in the sky at this time
12 April Exoplanets
05 April Transits of Mercury
29 March The Soyuz rocket
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