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 to members for the 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

 

Jul
7
Sat
2018
Society Lecture: Comets: A Brief History – David Rees (Emeritus Professor of Physics at Utah State University, USA) @ Willingdon Memorial Hall
Jul 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Title: Comets: A Brief History – David Rees (Emeritus Professor of Physics at Utah State University, USA)

Note change of programme.

Synopsis: Comets are highly impressive celestial phenomena that suddenly appear ‘from nowhere’, blaze across the sky and then fade away as unexpectedly as they arrived.

Professor Rees will give us a highly visual presentation on the history of comets, from Babylonian times through to last year!

David Rees is Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics at Utah State University, USA, where he developed a network of contacts including some of the biggest names in astrophysics. He is therefore right up to date with the latest theories and research.

Now based in East Sussex, he designs and builds prototype instruments for NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and other space organizations around the world, including one of the instruments that is part of the BepiColombo playload to Mercury, due to be launched in 2018.

David also conducts cutting-edge research into the Earth’s atmosphere and wind, and particulates such as dust from the Sahara, using a sophisticated LIDAR (LIght Detection And Ranging) remote-sensing system that uses pulses of laser light to determine distances.)

He enjoys playing cricket (for the Kent Seniors team) and regularly observes from his back garden, under some of the darkest skies in the Southeast England.

 

 

Oct
6
Sat
2018
Society Lecture: AGM @ Willingdon Memorial Hall
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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Nov
10
Sat
2018
Society Lecture: Jupiter – Dr John Rogers @ Willingdon Memorial Hall
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Title: Jupiter – Dr John Rogers (Director of the Jupiter Section of the British Astronomical Association)

Synopsis

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Biographical details

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Dec
8
Sat
2018
Christmas Lecture: Galaxy Evolution and Transformation Across the Cosmic Epochs – Prof. Roberto Maiolino @ Willingdon Memorial Hall
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Title: Christmas Lecture: Galaxy Evolution and Transformation Across the Cosmic Epochs – Roberto Maiolino (Professor of Experimental Astrophysics & Director of the Kavil Institute for Cosmology Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge)

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