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

 

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

In this talk I will give an overview of the field of X-ray astronomy. I will describe how X-rays are emitted by astronomical objects, how X-rays interact with matter and how that allows astronomers to detect them using space-borne telescopes. I will discuss the history of X-ray astronomy from the 1960s to the present day and describe the various types of cosmic X-ray sources including how we may study X-ray images, X-ray spectra and X-ray time series from these objects. Finally I will discuss a proposed future satellite mission taking X-ray astronomy into the next decade.

Biographical details

Prof. Andrew Norton

Andrew Norton FRAS FInstP SFHEA, is Professor of Astrophysics Education in the School of Physical Sciences at the Open University, where he has worked since 1992. He is a former vice president of the Royal Astronomical Society.

 

He began his career as a researcher working at Leicester and Southampton Universities in the field of X-ray astronomy, but soon broadened his observational astronomy activities to encompass the radio, infrared and optical wavebands too, and also worked for some time on computational modelling projects in the area of accretion. His research has mostly focussed on stellar astrophysics, starting with compact accreting binary stars, but in the past decade or so he has also worked on exoplanets as part of the SuperWASP project, and this has led him to a broader range of research in the realm of time domain astrophysics in general, where he now works on aspects of stellar variability including eclipsing binaries, stellar rotation and stellar pulsation.

 

In his role as an educator at the Open University, his teaching has involved the whole range of the astronomy (and physics) curriculum, at all levels from introductory to advanced courses. He has taught planetary and exoplanetary science, stellar astrophysics, accretion physics, theoretical and observational cosmology, extragalactic astrophysics, and practical observational astronomy too, both in the field and using robotic optical and radio telescopes. His latest teaching project is writing a case study about the Gaia mission for a Masters course in Space Science.

 

He has always been very involved with public outreach and engagement with research and is a registered Public Engagement Ambassador for the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement and also a registered STEMNET Ambassador. He was co-author of the OU’s “60 second adventures in astronomy” videos funded by STFC and has also written over a dozen online articles for the OU’s OpenLearn website and for the Conversation website, on topics ranging from the science of Dr Who and Star Trek to exoplanets, supernovae, and black holes. In 2011, he had a fully illustrated book for young children published about exoplanet science.

 

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 – 

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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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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)

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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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