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

July 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Willingdon Memorial Hall
Church St
Eastbourne BN20 9HT

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.