Thursday 19th January - The Tannahill Lecture
An Introduction to Pulsars - Throwing some light on Gravity and Relativity
Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Visiting Professor, Astrophysics, University of Oxford. Note that this lecture will be held in Lecture Theatre 325 in the John Anderson building, entrance here
Pulsars (pulsating radio sources) and massive and very dense stars and are therefore useful for checking out some of Einsteins ideas about gravity and relativity. This talk will be a gentle introduction to these topics and will start with an introduction to pulsars themselves.
Biography: Jocelyn Bell Burnell inadvertently discovered pulsars as a graduate student in radio astronomy in Cambridge, opening up a new branch of astrophysics - work recognised by the award of a Nobel Prize to her supervisor. She has subsequently worked in many roles in many branches of astronomy, working part-time while raising a family. She is now a Visiting Professor in Oxford, a Pro-Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin, and (the first female) President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh – Scotland’s Academy. Much in demand as a speaker and broadcaster, in her spare time she gardens, listens to choral music and is active in the Quakers. She has co-edited an anthology of poetry with an astronomical theme – ‘Dark Matter; Poems of Space’.
Public lectures for the 2016-17 session
The ASG's free public lectures for the 2016-17 session are as follows, the dates and titles are shown below. They are held in Room 6.41 Royal College, Strathclyde University. Access is via the Montrose Street entrance, take the lift to Level 3, exit the lift and take the 2nd set of steps on your left, go through the double glass doors. Room 6.41 is on your left approximately half way along the corridor. The lectures start at 7:30pm and are preceded from 6:45pm by either a presentation on the month's skywatching highlights or by a social event giving you the opportunity to meet other members.
The complete lecture programme for the 2016-17 session is as follows:
|Thursday 15th September 2016||New Views of the Sun's Hot Corona
The Eric Tomney Lecture
Dr Iain G Hannah, Astronomy and Astrophysics Group, SUPA School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow
|Thursday 20th October 2016||The Gaia Space Telescope: mapping the Milky Way in six dimensions
Dr Nick Rowell, Researcher and developer in the Wide Field Astronomy Unit, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
|Thursday 17th November 2016||What has Space Ever Done for Us?
Mr Matjaz Vidmar, Postgraduate research student. Institute for the study of Science, Technology & Innovation. University of Edinburgh
|Thursday 15th December 2016||Opening a New Window on Einstein’s Universe
Prof Martin Hendry MBE Head of School, Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology, Chair, Institute of Physics, Scotland
|Thursday 19th January 2017||An Introduction to Pulsars - Throwing some light on Gravity and Relativity
The Tannahill Lecture
Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Visiting Professor, Astrophysics, University of Oxford
This lecture will be held in Lecture Theatre 325 in the John Anderson building here
|Thursday 16th February 2017||Members' Night Talks|
|Thursday 16th March 2017||Asteroids and Space Debris, Threat or Opportunity? Major Results from the Stardust Network
Prof Max Vasile, Prof of Space Systems Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Strathclyde University
|Thursday 20th April 2017||Space Weather and the Polar Regions: Gateways to Geospace
The Leon Davies Lecture
Dr Andrew Kavanagh, Middle Atmosphere Vertical Coupling Analyst, British Antarctic Survey
|Thursday 18th May 2017||Venus: Heavenly Body or a Vision of Hell
Dr Simon Cuthbert, Lecturer in Earth Science, University of the West of Scotland
Unless otherwise advised, lectures are held in Room 6.41 Royal College, Strathclyde University. Access is via the Montrose Street entrance, take the lift to Floor 3, exit the lift and take the 2nd set of steps on your left, go through the double glass doors. Room 6.41 is on your left approximately half way along the corridor.
Tuesday 7th February 2017 - Stars over the Botanics
Our 'Stars Over the Botanics' events are a chance for the public to come and talk to members of the society and get the chance to observe some of the wonders in the night sky. We'll have a number of telescopes available for you to look through, all operated by our astronomers, professional and amateur, so you can be sure there will be something interesting to see. Whether it's the Moon, the Planets, or some deep sky objects, if it's there, we'll find it for you.
On the off chance that the weather is cloudy (or even raining), we have a programme of lectures and talks available, all in the comfort and surroundings of the Botanic Gardens' Kibble Palace. Using planetarium software, we can take you on a tour of the universe, show you the moon in fantastic detail, or show you some of the many phenomena of the sky and sun, such as noctilucent clouds, sun dogs and parhelion.
So no matter whether it's clear or cloudy, it's always a good night. Arrive early to avoid disappointment as the evenings are always well attended, and are limited to the first 40 people to arrive. Gate opens 7:15 pm for a 7:30 pm start. The cost is £4 for adults and £2 for children. A full wet weather programme will be available when observing is not possible.