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April
Short Talks by PAS Members
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Apr 7, 2017
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Price: Free for members. £2 for visitors
Astronomy in the Caribbean, by Chris Cooke Sir William Herschel, Court Astronomer, by Sheila Evans Meteors and Meteorites, by Mike Shearer
April
The Life and Times of Mary Somerville
William Herschel Society
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Mon Apr 10, 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £4 for visitors, £2 for members and students
Joint lecture of the BRLSI History & Culture / Science / WHS groups. Mary Somerville was an entirely self-taught writer on mathematics and the physical sciences, who explained the most complex ideas to her nineteenth-century contemporaries. Claire Brock will explore the ways in which Somerville negotiated the scientific world, from youthful attempts to study at night by candle-light to popular success across Europe. She was a great friend of the Herschel family.
June
Astrophotography Evening
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Jun 9, 2017
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Price: Free for members. £2 for visitors
Mark Bowles, Steve Cooke and other PAS members will be showing their astroimages and telling us how they were taken.
June
Astrophotography Evening
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Jun 9, 2017
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Price: Free for members. £2 for visitors
Mark Bowles, Steve Cooke and other PAS members will be showing their astroimages and telling us how they were taken.
July
The Pleiades and Other Open Clusters, by Phil James
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Jul 14, 2017
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Price: Free for members. £2 for visitors
Summer Quiz and Raffle; PAS AGM
September
From Far to Near: Imaging the History of the Universe
William Herschel Society
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Fri Sep 1, 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £4 for visitors, £2 for members and students
Robert Fosbury is an astronomer working for the European Space Agency (ESA) as part of ESA's collaboration with NASA on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) project at ST-ECF. In this talk, he will describe some of the tools and procedures we use to obtain the images of these extremely faint and distant objects with cameras on both space- and ground-based telescopes. These have revolutionised our view of the evolution of the universe from the time of the Big Bang nearly fourteen billion years ago. He will conclude with a short summary of how we are using the same telescopes to prepare for the search for life on earth-like planets orbiting other stars in our own galaxy, the Milky Way.
October
‘Skylark’ Britain's First Space Rocket
William Herschel Society
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Thu Oct 5, 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £4 for visitors, £2 for members and students
Joint WHS/BIS lecture: Robin H Brand is the speaker. These days, few have heard of the Skylark sounding rocket. Yet, in November 1957, it was the first British rocket to reach space, and became the basis of Britain’s earliest space programme. Hundreds were fired, launching into space thousands of scientific instruments. Many of these carried out pioneering astronomical observations in the X-ray and UV spectrum, regions previously unavailable to British scientists. This talk tells the story of that space rocket, from its origins in the 1950s, until its last launch in 2005.

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