2 years ago Mary also took over the running of the UK Women in Astronomy Network.
Asking Bob what he would like to be remembered for. On my gravestone or memorial I would like to have ‘Gone to the stars’,” he says. 7th January 2016 Andy Burns entitled ‘Sir John Herschel, 1st Baronet of Slough, the forgotten man of science.’ This is a very big work on the life and works of one the most important influences in 19th century science, Babbage, Faraday, Darwin, Fox Talbot, and the Astronomers, Mathematicians, Botanists, Chemistry, Linguists, Natural Philosopher, Geology, Artist, Musician and so much more.
He was one of the great scientists and oft decorated and feted around the world... He even translated Homers Illiad into the modern English Hexametre (and regarded this as his finest work).
a) Practical aspects of the Dark Energy Survey; b) How clusters of galaxies allow us to study Dark Matter and Dark Energy; c) How galaxy patterns allow us to study Dark Matter and Dark Energy; d) How exploding stars allow us to study Dark Matter and Dark Energy; e) How gravitational bending of light allow us to study Dark Matter and Dark Energy.
Biography 2nd June 2016 Mary Spicer - A Beginner's Guide to Astrophotography Our Speaker is from Oxfordshire she is giving her first installment of Astrophotography for beginners could you please add to our web page.
PLUS a chance to try out a few in the talk so you can "see for your self".
Thursday 3rd March 2016 : Melanie Davies & Mission to Mars: Fiction vs Reality Mars has been the focus of over 50 missions during the last 55 years – some successful, some not so.She went on to study the Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science at the Open University.A move to dark skies in rural Oxfordshire 3 years ago to live with her fellow astronomy nut fiance, Mark, finally lead to them building their own observatory and they do astronomy outreach events from their back garden.Within a generation, we’ll see the first real Martians colonising the Red Planet. And will life there be anything like the scenes depicted in Ridley Scott’s new film, The Martian?This informal talk discusses the early mission attempts and failures; data and images from the first flybys; and the incredible scientific discoveries collected over the last decade from ambitious orbiters, landers and rovers. 4th February 2016 Bob Mizon entitled Seven Moons – seven weird and wonderful moons of the Solar System.A STEM ambassador in the UK, he has appeared on both BBC television and radio and he regularly features as the official astronomer for the BBC in the South West of England.He is also the tour leader for astronomy holidays in Africa and a consultant to the GEO Observatory in Andalucia, Spain.But a move to London and light polluted skies kind of killed the passion a bit, and astronomy took a back seat for a few years.Then that passion was reignited when she had the chance to study for the Astronomy GCSE exam in 2011, and this is when she first started astrophotography as part of her GCSE coursework.But central to this talk will be the very real plans to send humans to Mars. Dagenham-born Mizon is the national coordinator for the British Astronomical Association’s Campaign for Dark Skies, which fights against light pollution.He has also written ‘Light Pollution: Responses and Remedies,’ a book aimed at architects, builders and other professionals to highlight the problems.