20-23 April, University of Hertfordshire - free public lectures

20-23 April, University of Hertfordshire - free public lectures

Postby Graham Southorn » Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:00 pm

The following lectures will take place at the University’s Weston Auditorium, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield, and start at 7:30pm. All lectures are free and bookings can be made at: [url]http://publiclectures.feis.herts.ac.uk/?contentid=1402[/url], where transport and parking information will be provided.


[b]Monday 20 April[/b]
Dr. Giovanna Tinetti, a popular speaker who is a lecturer at University College London and has appeared on a variety of programmes including the Sky at Night, will deliver the first lecture on Monday 20 April. Her lecture entitled Characterising extrasolar worlds today and tomorrow, will describe how we have now discovered more than 300 planets orbiting around other stars than our Sun, where molecules such as water, methane carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide have been detected.

[b]Tuesday 21 April[/b]
The Tuesday lecture entitled Taking the Measure of our Universe will be delivered by Gary Hinshaw, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre. Gary will describe how two NASA satellites that probe the oldest light in the Universe have provided new elements on the Big Bang, the age, shape and content of the Universe, and the origin of galaxies.

[b]Thursday 23 April[/b]
Dr. Michael Foale, an English-born astrophysicist and astronaut who has logged over 274 days in space, will deliver a lecture entitled Astronomy and the Making of an Astronaut on Thursday 23 April. In his lecture, Michael will describe his space-flight activities, which ranged from early work on space shuttle navigation to an eight-hour-long space walk to replace key components of the Hubble Space Telescope, undoubtedly the most important instrument for astronomers around the world.
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Wednesday 22 April[/b]
Michael Hoskin, a previous Head of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University and editor of the Journal for the History of Astronomy will deliver the Wednesday lecture entitled William Herschel and the Construction of the Heavens. Michael will look at astronomy through the eyes of William Herschel, a musician in Bath in 1781 with an amateur’s enthusiasm for astronomy who, by coming across an unusual object that proved to be the planet Uranus, became astronomer to the Court at Windsor Castle.
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RE: 20-23 April, University of Hertfordshire - free public lectures

Postby english_gent » Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:06 pm

Blimey, I live in Hertfordshire and have a friend who goes to the university. Will definetly be attending those.
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