The 2020-2021 season is a bit different due to the ongoing Covid-19 issues & being able to keep socially distant.
The University Lecture theatres are not accessible, so we are planning Zoom talks for our members.
Joining details of each meeting will be sent out prior to each talk.
Below are our current guest speakers.
Subject to change
|3 Sep 2020||A Zoom talk:- Crowd and the Cosmos||Prof. Chris Lintott|
|1 Oct 2020||A Zoom talk: Recent findings of a possible neutron star in Supernova 1987A.||Dr Mikako Matsuura|
|5 Nov 2020||A Zoom talk: Radio Astronomy for Amateurs|
It often surprises amateur astronomers that it is possible to observe at radio wavelengths without needing a huge Jodrell Bank sized dish.
|3 Dec 2020||A Zoom talk: Remote Observing||Pete Williamson|
|7 Jan 2021||A Zoom talk: Exoplanets||Prof. Neil Bowles
|4 Feb 2021||A Zoom talk: Supernova Neutrinos|
A core-collapse supernova - the explosive death of a massive star - is one of the most spectacular events in astronomy. Supernova 1987A was visible to the naked eye, despite being 160000 light years away in the Magellanic Cloud; the supernova of 1034, which created the Crab Nebula, was visible in daylight for 23 days and at night for nearly two years. Yet these spectacular light shows involve only 1% of the energy released by the exploding star: the remaining 99% is emitted in the form of neutrinos. This was verified in 1987 by the detection of about 20 neutrinos from SN 1987A, but if a core-collapse supernova were to occur in our own Galaxy, our modern - much larger - neutrino detectors would see thousands of neutrinos.
|Dr Susan Cartwright
|4 Mar 2021||A Zoom talk: The History of the Telescope||Dr David Arditti
|3 Jun 2021||A Zoom talk: Outflow from Super-Massive and Wolf-Rayet stars||Prof. Raman Prinja
|Aug 2021||Note: There is no meeting in August|
Click here to see the profiles of past and forthcoming speakers.