Wells

Cosmology Group

LeaderEmily
Meeting pattern Monthly at 11.00 am on the 2nd Monday of the month.
Venue Little Theatre, Portway, Wells

Covid-19 update, November 2021:
We have recommenced meeting in person, at the Little Theatre, following U3A risk assessment evaluation. If you want to find out about the measures we are using to keep each other safe, please contact me using the Pidgeon Icon on this page.
We are actively recruiting new members, please email or just come along on the day to see what we get up to! our meetings cover many related topics, including particle physics relevant aspects of astronomy.

Home Page Image

This galaxy NGC7331, similar to our own Milky Way is 50 million light years from us in the constellation of Pegasus.
Image credit ESA/Hubble & NASA/D. Milisavljevic (Purdue University)

Our Purpose, Membership and Waiting List

Cosmology is the science of the origin and development of the universe. When this doesn't give us enough to discuss we will venture into other associated realms of study including astronomy, particle physics and the philosophy of science.

Our meetings are normally structured around a presentation on a cosmology-related topic by one of our members, a tea break and finally watching a video lecture, from a series on a topic of interest, by a professional cosmologist or physicist. Pre-Covid we were studying The Theory of Everything (the quest to explain all reality) by Professor Don Lincoln, and members have access to this series of lectures online. We encourage all our members to contribute, and find that we learn most by researching topics for presentation.
We currently have 12 members, and have room for 6 more.

Recent Topics

  • Measuring the Universe
  • The Ambidextrous Universe
  • Cosmic Microwave Background radiation (CMB)
  • The Hubble Constant
  • One possible fate of the Universe: Roger Penrose’s Conformal cyclic cosmology
  • The Big Bang
  • A brief history of telescopes
  • The nature of time
  • The Milky Way
  • Observation of the Moon
  • Stellar Evolution
  • Radio Interferometry
  • Halton Arp, Astronomer
  • The Juno Mission to Jupiter
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Appreciating Literature Art Appreciation
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Bird Watching Book Group
Book Group 2 Cards for Pleasure
Chemistry - Its Effect on Everyday Life Chess
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Cosmology Group Croquet
Current Affairs Current Affairs 2
Cycling Digital Photography
Easy Rides Cycling Group En Français
Environmental Issues French (intermediate)
Garden Visits Geology
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Jazz, Swing & Crooners Life Sciences
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MOTO (Members On Their Own) Music Appreciation
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