Public Lectures :
Our FREE Public Lectures are normally held in the 'John Dalton Building', Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester, in Room C0.14 (located on the ground floor). If using SatNav, please use M1 5GE (Chester Street) to find the car park, or M1 5QS (Zouk Restaurant, Chester Street) to find the main entrance of the John Dalton Building which is almost opposite Zouk, further along Chester Street. DO NOT USE M15 6BH - this will NOT take you to the John Dalton Building. The lectures are FREE to attend and all are welcome. Lectures start at 19.30 and finish by 21.00. Click HERE for more location information.
Please note that the information given on this page is provided on a "best information available" basis and advertised talks/speakers may be subject to change at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.
COVID-19 regulations have affected our lecture programme ....
For the time being, ALL our lectures will be conducted using video-conferencing courtesy of MMU
Lectures and AGM for 2020 - 2021 :15th October 2020 - Kopal Memorial Lecture - Prof. Ben Stappers - University of Manchester - Jodrell Bank - "Fast Radio Bursts"
Professor Ben Stappers - University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank
Fast Radio Bursts - Extragalactic Radio Emission of Unknown Origin
In 2007 Astronomers discovered a very bright burst of radio emission which lasted just a few milliseconds and originated far outside of our own galaxy. There are now more than 50 of these Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) known and the race is on to find even more using both new and existing telescopes around the world. In this lecture, Jodrell Bank’s Professor Ben Stappers will discuss the history of FRBs, our current understanding of the mysterious emissions, and explore the future of FRB research including possibilities for the MeerKAT and Square Kilometre Array Telescopes.
Professor Ben Stappers works at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester. His research interests include radio pulsars, neutron stars and fast radio bursts. He is also involved in the design and build of next generation radio telescopes like LOFAR, MeerKAT and the Square Kilometre Array.
Lecture will be conducted by video-conference link - start at 19h30 Thursday October 15 (details will be given later)
Members.... don't forget that Subscriptions were due on 1st October !
19th November 2020 - Dr Sarah Crowther, University of Manchester - "Moon, Meteorites, and More"
Dr Sarah Crowther, University of Manchester - "Moon, Meteorites, and More"
Lecture will be conducted by video-conference link - start at 19h30 Thursday November 19th (details will be given later)
17th December 2020 - Professor Emma Bunce, University of Leicester, BepiColombo - Mercury Bound
Professor Emma Bunce, University of Leicester, BepiColombo - Mercury Bound
BepiColombo is Europe's first mission to Mercury. Launched on 20 October 2018, it is on a seven year journey to the smallest and least explored terrestrial planet in our Solar System. When it arrives at Mercury in late 2025, it will endure temperatures in excess of 350 °C and gather data during its one-year nominal mission, with a possible one-year extension. The mission comprises two spacecraft: the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (Mio). BepiColombo is a joint mission between ESA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), executed under ESA leadership.
Lecture will be conducted by video-conference link - start at 19h30 Thursday December 17th (details will be given later)
21st January 2021 - Presidential Lecture (MEMBERS ONLY due to limited ZOOM capacity) - TBA
Presidential Lecture (MEMBERS ONLY due to limited ZOOM capacity) - TBA
Lecture Theatre C0.14, John Dalton Building, Chester Street, M1 5GD. 19h30 Thursday January 21
18th February 2021 - Dr Megan Argo - UCLAN - The Next Blink of a Cosmic Eye: Astronomy in the next 200 years
Dr Megan Argo - UCLAN - The Next Blink of a Cosmic Eye: Astronomy in the next 200 years
Lecture will be conducted by video-conference link - start at 19h30 Thursday February 18th (details will be given later)
18th March 2021 - Dr Mark Norris - UCLAN - “New Approaches to Measure the Assembly History of Galaxies”
Dr Mark Norris - UCLAN - “New Approaches to Measure the Assembly History of Galaxies”
Lecture will be conducted by video-conference link - start at 19h30 Thursday March 18th (details will be given later)
15th April 2021 - Annual General MeetingAnnual General Meeting
The Annual General meeting may be held in the Sackville Building, commencing at 19.45 hours, OR via ZOOM Video link if CoVID-19 restrictions are still in force
If you wish to be considered for a Council or other position, ensure that your name is on the list in the Godlee and is proposed and seconded by 1st April. The list will be closed at the meeting that eveningMay to September - No Scheduled Public Lectures during Summer
May to September - No Scheduled Public Lectures during Summer
The 2020 - 2021 Public Lecture season is due to open on 15th October 2020, Coronavirus permitting