Space and the Universe
|Group leader:||Colin Brown|
|Meeting Venue:||Members' homes|
|Time:||4th Tuesday of the month at 2:30pm|
New members are welcome. If you would like to know more about our solar system and the wider universe, are interested in the technology of spaceflight, or are intrigued by the occasional space stories that appear in the news, come along to one of our meetings and see whether you would like to join us. Don't be afraid of appearing ignorant. In the face of such a huge and rapidly evolving subject we all feel ignorant, but we're there to learn.
Next meeting: See "dates for your diary" below.
About the Gaia space telescope which is well on the way to fulfilling its task of measurimg the position, distance, velocity, brightness and colour of over a billion stars. The huge database of information it produces is already being mined by astronomers to make new discoveries and will continue to be a source of information for further research for many years to come.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Tue Nov 19th||Free Royal Astronomical Association public lecture Moon, meteorites and more By Dr Sarah Crowther (Manchester University). Apollo samples aren’t the only extra-terrestrial samples we have here on Earth. Dr Crowther will talk about the different types of extra-terrestrial materials we have on Earth, how they got here, and what we can learn from them. And look forward to new samples due to be returned to Earth in the next couple of years.|
The lecture will be given twice: in the Geographical Society lecture theatre at 1:00 pm and in the RAS lecture theatre at 6:00 pm. Places must be reserved in advance via the RAS website.
|Tue Nov 26th||Chorleywood U3A Space & the Universe meeting at 2:30. We will watch a recorded lecture in NASA JPL's Von Karman series, entitled Small Worlds, Big Science, given last August. This pulls together results from space missions to comets, asteroids, and dwarf planets to draw conclusions about the composition and origins of these bodies, and what they can teach us about the wider solar system. As usual, this will be preceded by a summary of some recent space and astronomy news stories.|
|Fri Nov 29th||South West Herts Astronomical Society monthly meeting, at 8:00 pm in the Masonic School, during which Martin Lewis, astrophotographer of the year will talk about his award-winning images. Non-members can attend by arrangment with the SWHAS membership secretary.|
|Tue Dec 17th||Free Royal Astronomical Society free public lecture: Small stellar systems, big astrophysical questions, given by Anna Lisa Varri (Edinburgh University). The lecture will be given twice, in the Geographical Society lecture theatre at 13:00 and in the RAS lecture theatre at 18:00. Both venues are in Burlington House, Piccadilly, and you will need to reserve your place via the RAS website.|
The Gaia Space Telescope