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

 

Feb
3
Sat
2018
Society Lecture: Astronomy through the EAS years – Iain Nicolson @ Willingdon Memorial Hall
Feb 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Title: Astronomy through the EAS years – Iain Nicolson

Synopsis

The decades that have elapsed since the formation of the Eastbourne Astronomical Society in 1960 have embraced a golden era for astronomy and space science. Technical advances in ground-based and space-borne telescopes and instrumentation have opened new windows on the Universe across virtually the whole of the electromagnetic spectrum from radio to gamma rays and, most recently, have led to the detection of gravitational waves.

Highlights include: the discovery of objects as diverse as quasars, pulsars, black holes, and gamma-ray bursters, the detection of exoplanets, and major advances in our understanding of the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies. The expansion rate and age of the Universe has been measured with seemingly remarkable precision, and observations have indicated that the Universe is currently expanding at an accelerating rate, driven by a mysterious commodity called dark energy. Closer to home, humans have travelled to the Moon and established space stations in near-Earth orbit, while unmanned spacecraft have revolutionized our knowledge and understanding of the Sun, and the planets, moons and minor bodies that comprise our Solar System.

This talk will attempt to identify and summarise what, arguably, have been the most significant advances and discoveries of the EAS years.

 

Biographical details

Iain Nicholson

Iain Nicolson is a writer and lecturer on astronomy and space science. A consultant to the magazine Astronomy Now, he has been associated with the magazine since its foundation in 1987; from 1996 to 2013, he was chair or co-chair of the annual European AstroFest conference, organized by Astronomy Now. Between 1968 and 2003, was a frequent contributor to BBC Television’s “The Sky at Night”.

Author or co-author of more than twenty books, he has also contributed chapters and entries to a wide variety of books and encyclopaedias, and has written hundreds of articles. His most recent book, Introducing Astronomy – A Guide to the Universe was published by Dunedin Academic Press (Edinburgh, UK) in 2014.

A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a Member of the International Astronomical Union, he is a past President of the Society for Popular Astronomy. Until 1995,he was Principal Lecturer in Astronomy at the University of Hertfordshire, and in 2011 he was awarded a Fellowship of the University for his contributions to the public understanding of astronomy.

 

Mar
3
Sat
2018
Society Lecture: The History and Future of X-Ray Astronomy – Prof. Andrew Norton @ Willingdon Memorial Hall
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Title: The History and Future of X-Ray Astronomy – Prof. Andrew Norton

Synopsis

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Biographical details

Prof. Andrew Norton

Professor of Astrophysics Education, School of Physical Sciences, The Open University

 

Apr
7
Sat
2018
Society Lecture: Famous German Amateur Astronomers Past and Present @ Willingdon Memorial Hall
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Title: Famous German Amateur Astronomers Past and Present – Andreas Philipp (Director of the Schurwaldsternwarte, Aichwald, and the Sternwarte Hohenkarpfen, Hausen ob Verena, Germany)

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May
5
Sat
2018
Society Lecture: The Great Quasar Debate 1963-1986 – Prof. Mike Edmunds @ Willingdon Memorial Hall
May 5 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Title: The Great Quasar Debate 1963-1986 – 

Synopsis

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Biographical details

Prof. Mike Edmunds

Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics and former Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University

 

Jun
2
Sat
2018
Society Lecture: The End of the Dark Ages: The First Galaxies – Dr Stephen M. Wilkins @ Willingdon Memorial Hall
Jun 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Title: The End of the Dark Ages: The First Galaxies – Dr Stephen M. Wilkins

Synopsis

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Biographical details

Dr Stephen M. Wilkins (Senior Lecturer in Astronomy, Astronomy Centre, University of Sussex)

 

 

Jul
7
Sat
2018
Society Lecture: The Structure and Development of Solar Active Regions – Professor Lucie Green @ Willingdon Memorial Hall
Jul 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Title: The Structure and Development of Solar Active Regions – Professor Lucie Green

Synopsis

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Biographical details

Professor Lucie Green (Royal Society University Research Fellow at Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, co-presenter of the BBC’s Sky At Night programme & co-host of AstroFest)

 

 

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

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Biographical details

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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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Biographical details

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