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Manchester Astronomical Society
Established 1903
 
 

 Public Lectures :

Our public lectures are held in the John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street,  Manchester, in Room C0.14 (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.

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 Lectures and AGM for 2019 - 2020 :

17th October 2019 - Prof. Bill Chaplin - University of Birmingham - "The NASA TESS Mission"

Bill Chaplin  Professor Bill Chaplin - The NASA TESS Mission: Opening an all-sky window on exoplanets and stars

[TESS = Transiting Exoplanet Satellite Survey]

Professor Chaplin leads the programme of the NASA Kepler Mission devoted to the asteroseismic investigation of solar-type stars, managing and coordinating the work of 170 international scientists. He is co-author on over 150 research papers in scientific journals in the fields of solar and stellar physics.

Lava Planet

Lecture Theatre C0.14, John Dalton Building, Chester Street, M1 5GD. 19h30 Thursday October 17

Members.... don't forget that Subscriptions were due on 1st October !
Pay tonight if you have not already done so

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21st November 2019 - Prof. Chris Lintott - University of Oxford - "The Crowd and the Cosmos: Adventures in the Zooniverse"

Chris Lintott  Prof. Chris Lintott -  The Crowd and the Cosmos: Adventures in the Zooniverse  Zooniverse

Zooniverse

The world of science has been transformed. Where once astronomers sat at the controls of giant telescopes in remote locations, praying for clear skies, now they have no need to budge from their desks, as data arrives in their inbox. And what they receive is overwhelming; projects now being built provide more data in a few nights than in the whole of humanity's history of observing the Universe. It's not just astronomy either - dealing with this deluge of data is the major challenge for scientists at CERN, and for biologists who use automated cameras to spy on animals in their natural habitats. Artificial intelligence is one part of the solution - but will it spell the end of human involvement in scientific discovery?

Chris will be available for signing of his new book: "The Crowd and the Cosmos"

Lecture Theatre C0.14, John Dalton Building, Chester Street, M1 5GD. 19h30 Thursday November 21

Due to the anticipated attendance, this is a "Ticket Only" event.
Details of how to obtain your FREE ticket will be published here closer to the date.

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19th December 2019 - Presidential Lecture held in the Godlee Observatory (MEMBERS ONLY due to limited capacity) - TBA - Graham Hodson

TBA

Members Only tonight, please - NO Visitors

The talk will be followed by the MAS Members' Christmas Buffet
16th January 2020 - TBA

Lecture Theatre C0.14, John Dalton Building, Chester Street, M1 5GD. 19h30 Thursday January 16

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20th February 2020 - Dr Megan Argo - UCLAN - "When Galaxies Collide"

Dr Megan Argo - University of Central Lancashire - "When Galaxies Collide"

Collide

Lecture Theatre C0.14, John Dalton Building, Chester Street, M1 5GD. 19h30 Thursday February 20

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19th March 2020 - Kopal Memorial Lecture - Prof. Ben Stappers - Jodrell Bank - "Fast Radio Bursts"

Professor Ben Stappers - University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank

Fast Radio Bursts - Extragalactic Radio Emission of Unknown Origin

FRB

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 Theatre C0.14, John Dalton Building, Chester Street, M1 5GD. 19h30 Thursday March 19

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16th April 2020 - Annual General Meeting - MEMBERS ONLY TONIGHT
Annual General Meeting -

MEMBERS ONLY TONIGHT

The Annual General meeting will be held in the Godlee Observatory, commencing at 19.45 hours

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 2nd April. The list will be closed at the meeting that evening

May to September - No Scheduled Public Lectures during Summer

May to September - No Scheduled Public Lectures during Summer

The 2019 - 2020 Public Lecture season opens on 17th October 2019

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