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March
The WHS Annual Lecture: The Great Quasar Debate 1963 - 1984
William Herschel Society
BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Fri Mar 2, 2018
Time: 7.30 pm
Price: Members & students £2, others £4
Professor Mike G Edmunds will show how radical scientific developments are established as new observational evidence accumulates. The Cambridge University radio astronomy group published their third major catalogue of radio sources in 1959. By 1963 attempts at identifying visible objects associated with the radio sources showed up two objects – 3C 273 and 3C 48 - which looked star-like, but whose properties were very hard to understand. Were these very distant and extraordinarily luminous objects? Or were they comparatively nearby, but moving at relativistic velocities? Either choice led to major problems.
March
Exploring Space from the Somerset Levels
Somerset Levels Stargazers
Othery Village Hall Fore Street Othery TA7 0QU
Fri Mar 16, 2018 - Sat Mar 17, 2018
Time: Fri 16th 3pm-11pm/ saturday 17th 11am-11pm
Price: free community event
A two day astronomy event including on the Friday at 3 pm after schools space activity's followed at 7.15 pm by the film Interstellar 12A. On the Saturday from 11 am a day of talks,demonstrations,films,displays and children's space detective workshops with Jo Richardson fras followed at 7.15 pm with a talk by Bob Mizon mbe fras (uk coordinator of the Commission for dark skies) called Time and The Stars. N.B.Children must be accompanied by an adult.
April
Caroline Herschel and the Nearly All Male World of Eighteenth Century Science
William Herschel Society
BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Thu Apr 5, 2018
Time: 7.30 pm
Price: Members & students £2, others £4
An evening talk by Dr Emily Winterburn, academic, author and former Curator of Astronomy at Royal Observatory Greenwich. Based on her book, she will consider Caroline Herschel and her various tactics for encouraging support for her work. Between 1788 and 1797 Caroline discovered comets, became the first woman to be published in the journal of the Royal Society and assisted her brother in his research. Women had tried to get their work heard before, indeed all over Europe there were women quietly working in science, more often than not silently, and unacknowledged for their male relatives, Caroline however was the first to get her voice truly heard. In this talk I will focus on the beginning of her story, her very first, tentative steps into the world of scientific publication. Would she judge it well? Or fall to ridicule or condensation as so many of her predecessors had done?

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