Astronomy section meetings
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by Martin Braddock. Since the first exoplanet orbiting a main sequence star was announced in 1995, over 3,300 have been discovered, the most recent being Proxima b in August 2016. With exoplanets seemingly commonplace, the next challenge is to identify those whose physical and chemical characteristics may be candidates to support life. In this talk, Martin will describe some of the methods currently being used together with a glimpse of the late research findings drawn from recent scientific literature.
We start the evening with our AGM, which is typically quite brief, then conclude with a members' meeting. If the weather's helpful we'll do a little practical urban astronomy too, so bring your binoculars and telescopes. Guests are welcome.
See the entry for the 30th January for details of this meeting.
by Dr Nick Hewitt. Unfortunately we have a change to our original programme as Dr Paul Abel cannot attend due to late changes in his teaching schedule. We hope to welcome him at a later date. Dr Nick Hewitt has offered to step in to speak on the historic supernova SN1987a which was discovered on 24 February 1987 and is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
These are our members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. If you've got any astronomical problems bring them along for some help. We'll try to present some themed observing inspiration and if the weather's helpful do a little practical urban astronomy too, so bring your binoculars and telescopes. Guests are very welcome.
by Mike Frost. On March 20th 2015 a total eclipse of the Sun swept across the North Atlantic and was visible from the territory of Svalbard in the High Arctic. We welcome back Mike Frost for the story of his arctic eclipse, a stunning sight in cloudless skies. And polar bears, shadow bands, frostbite, enigma machines, fata morgana, reindeer pizza and pink bottoms.
* Where: [HR = Humfrey Rooms, Out = See details]