Dates for 2022-2023 season
We have some great speakers lined up for this year. Please join us on the second Monday of each month (except for August). Please click on the + sign below for more information.
‘The Size of Space – just how do astronomers estimate distances?’
A talk by William Stewart
‘How We’ll Live on Mars’
A talk by Colin Stuart Astronomy author, writer and speaker. (To be given – rather appropriately, on the 60th anniversary of the first human spaceflight).
‘Atmospheric Optical Phenomena: Rainbows, Halos & Glories’
A talk by Dr. Clive Saunders, Centre for Atmospheric Studies, University of Manchester
‘Apollo: A Moon Odyssey’
Author and presenter Andrew Lound dramatically tells the story of the Apollo project tracing the highs and lows, the sweat and tears of the most ambitious and daring mission in history. This is a fascinating story of human achievement – illustrated with images, scale models and accompanied by sound and music.
‘Messages From Earth’
Sending Messages to be picked up by alien civilisations is called METI (Messaging to Extra-terrestrial Intelligence) and is an activity which has taken place with increasing frequency over the past few decades. Advocates of METI argue that in addition to searching for extra-terrestrial signals we can increase our chances of making contact with aliens by sending messages to stars which have planets on which intelligent life may have evolved. The alien life forms, if they receive our signal from Earth, should recognise it as a message from another civilisation and, in theory at least, be able to extract the information contained in the message.
This will build on the talk about SETI which Steve originally gave to WDAS in July 2020.
The lecture will cover:
- Artefacts which have been sent on spacecraft destined to leave the solar system (e.g. the Pioneer Plaques, Voyager Golden Record)
- Also the messages which have been sent from Earth in hope that an Alien civilization will at some point intercept them. The most famous of these was the Arecibo Message
AGM + ‘The Pluto Story’
The society’s annual general meeting followed by a talk by Professor Ian Robson.
‘Predictions for Astronomy in the next 200 years’
A talk by Dr. Megan Argo BEM
Please note this talk will now be presented via ‘zoom’ videoconference and large screen projection at the school.