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 :22nd 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 22 (details below)
This will be the first of our video-conference Monthly Public Lectures, in conjunction with Prof. Ben Stappers, commencing at 19.30. (Waiting Room opens at 19.00). All attendances will be recorded and annexed to the MAS lecture attendances register that was founded in 1892. It is imperative that you enter valid and non-offensive usernames. (NOT Nicknames or Pseudonyms) We have a duty of safeguarding and young learners. It is expected that attendees may activate their video but keep their sound muted. You do not need to activate your video if you so wish. The ZOOM link to attend is: https://zoom.us/j/94571137711
Click/tap the link above and this will take you to the waiting room. You may need the following information:
Meeting ID: 945 7113 7711 Passcode: 567132
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"
“The first humans landed on the Moon over 50 years ago. The Apollo astronauts did more than just walk on the Moon, they brought 382 kg of Moon rocks back to Earth for scientific study, which proved to be fundamental to our understanding of the Moon. Apollo samples aren’t the only extra-terrestrial samples we have here on Earth. Join Dr Sarah Crowther to hear 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 over the next few years.”
Lecture will be conducted by video link - start at 19.30 Thursday November 19thYou need to Register, using your name and e-mail address, any time up to the start of the Meeting, at:
You will then be sent the joining information to the e-mail address specified when Registering
You should be able to join the Waiting Room from 19.00
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