Lectures 2


The Society Lectures at Willingdon Memorial Hall are generally presentations by highly regarded professional astronomers and astrophysicists – from across the UK and further afield. The lectures are at a level most people can understand and rarely contain any mathematics! The Library is also on display and is open for borrowing and returning of books. Coffee and biscuits are available for a small fee – proceeds to the society.

Location: Willingdon Memorial Hall, Church Street, Willingdon, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 9HT

 

Mar
11
Sat
2017
Society Lecture: The Hunt for Alien Life: A wider Perspective – Dr. Peter Linde @ Willingdon Memorial Hall
Mar 11 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Title: The Hunt for Alien Life: A wider Perspective

Lecturer: Dr. Peter Linde

Precis:
A revolution has – again – taken place in astronomy. During the past two decades the previously hypothetical exoplanets have become very real. As of now, more than 3000 such objects have been discovered. This prompts a new analysis of the relationship between mankind and the Universe. Are we alone? Is somewhere someone looking at a sky, possibly different from ours, but nevertheless asking the same question?

This talk will discuss a set of fundamental questions:

  • Is our existence the result of a series of improbable events and circumstances?
  • Are there other planets similar to Earth?
  • Are we the only intelligent civilization in the Universe – and if so, why?
  • If not, can we communicate with an extraterrestrial civilization, and do we want to?

Biography: Formerly at the Lund Observatory and University of Malmo, Sweden

http://peterlinde.net/index.php/en/

Apr
8
Sat
2017
Society Lecture: Colours from Earths – Dr. Robert Fosbury @ Willingdon Memorial Hall
Apr 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

 

Title: Colours from Earths – Dr. Robert Fosbury

Lecturer: Dr. Robert Fosbury

Precis: Planets comparable in size to the Earth are beginning to be discovered within the habitable zone around stars beyond the Solar System. How are we going to study such tiny, distant objects? In this talk, I will discuss the use of planetary transits to investigate the nature of their atmospheres. We have been using a local analogue of a transiting planet, namely lunar eclipses, to develop the methods that will be needed to enable the next generation of large ground- and space-based telescopes to attempt this task on real exoplanets. Measuring the ‘colours’ [wavelengths] transmitted by their atmospheres will be key to detecting the presence of life.

Biography: Institue of Advanced Study Fellow at Durham University and Emeritus Astronomer at the European Southern Observatory, Garching by Munchen, Germany

May
6
Sat
2017
Society Lecture: The Art of Astrophotography – Ian Morison @ Willingdon Memorial Hall
May 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

 

Title: The Art of Astrophotography

Lecturer: Ian Morison

Precis: TBA

Biography: Gresham Professor of Astronomy 2007-2011 and formerly Operations Manager at Jodrell Bank

Jun
3
Sat
2017
Society Lecture: TBA @ Willingdon Memorial Hall
Jun 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

 

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Jul
1
Sat
2017
Society Lecture: TBA @ Willingdon Memorial Hall
Jul 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

 

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