Dates for 2021-2022 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 Sky This Month’ – this will be held online via a ‘Zoom’ virtual video meeting.
(The original talk by Clive Saunders on ‘Atmospheric Optical Phenomena: Rainbows, Halos and Glories’ which was to take place at Cavendish Road Primary School has been cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis).
‘Auroral Emissions Through the Solar System’
A talk by Dr Licia Ray (Lancaster University)
AGM + ‘SETI and the Rare Earth Hypothesis’
The society’s annual general meeting followed by a talk by Steve Hurley.
Steve will give an overview of the work which has been done on SETI (what sort of signals are they looking for); current and future searches plus an outline of the Rare Earth Hypothesis. (This is the hypothesis that Earth-like planets containing complex life forms are rare in the Universe and that only a series of highly improbable events led to the evolution of intelligent life on Earth).
‘The JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) Mission to Jupiter and Ganymede’
A talk by Dr. Chris Arridge, Royal Society Research Fellow and Reader in Planetary Physics, Department of Physics, Lancaster University.
The image below shows Ganymede’s magnetosphere and aurora. To see a film made by Chris of JUICE entering orbit around Ganymede in the 2030s please click here.
‘The Changing Scene of Astronomy’
A talk by Professor Ian Robson
‘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).