Convenor: Colin 01661 842284 Meetings: 2nd Friday now at 2pm
This a fairly new group set up to bring together those interested in various aspects of our beautiful blue-green planet that involves near and far space. The group has this year looked at subjects as diverse as the possibility of a permanent Moon base, Life on Mars, Space junk, psychological aspects of space travel and gravity waves. Coming up in the new year will be presentations regarding threats to the planet from space such as solar neutrinos, cosmic rays and near earth asteroids as well as talks on four cosmic record breakers, IKAROS and how to survey a planet.
Should we be worried about what’s circling above our heads and coming at us from space? If we find a threat, can we do anything about it? If we find a possibly habitable planet, how do we survey it? These are just a few of the questions that we address often as a group discussion after a talk when the group members let their knowledge and imagination rip.
Given the huge amount of cash being thrown at space projects by the likes of Bezos, Branson and Musk not to speak of NASA, UK, India, France and China to name but a few, whatever they do it is going to affect us all. There is no doubt from the presentations we have had to date that this is a hugely dynamic area and our members are having great fun trying to keep up and let the rest of us know what they found. Although we have some group members with brains the size of a small planet, the talks are always presented in a fun and graphic way so we can all understand and appreciate the content. As you can imagine this subject lends itself to some pretty spectacular images!
PLEASE NOTE: We currently run ZOOM meetings on our regular time slot and plan to continue with them for the foreseeable future. If you wish to join a meeting please contact the convenor and you will be included on the e-mail list giving joining instructions.
August: Issues associated with the colonisation of another planet
September: Solar Orbiter & Engineering and maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope
October: Discoveries made using the Hubble Space Telescope
November: Origins of life & a selection from computers in space, propulsion systems or New Horizons
December: The past or future space discoveries I want to see
January: To be confirmed
February: Multi messenger astronomy
March: Black holes and the Higgs Field