This is the subject of the presentation at our first meeting of the new programme. Rod Hine, our speaker, will be sharing with us some of the discoveries made by astronomers which did not come about simply as the results of the research that were anticipated. Some of these lucky breaks have resulted in contributions to scientific knowledge, whose importance has been immense.
Rod offers his talk on Tuesday 10th September 7pm at Lochvale House, Georgetown, at our regular place of meeting.
The rest of the programme planned so far:
Tuesday 8th October – Professor Lyndsey Fletcher, Astrophysicist, University of Glasgow offers more insights into the cosmos.
Tuesday 12th November – Dr Alan Walker, University of Edinburgh, “From Maxwell to Higgs and Beyond” Dr Walker has worked with Professor Higgs and assisted him personally in the arrangements for his receipt of the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the Higgs Boson
Tuesday 10th December – Astronomy Club Quiz. Quizmaster sought!
Tuesday 14th January – Dr David Rendall (our treasurer!), offers insights from his own scientific discipline, marine biology, to speculate on the possibility of life under the ice in the ocean of Europa.
Tuesday 11th February – Jim Connechen, a member of the Moffat Astronomy Club, sketches out for us how Moffat became a dark sky town.
Tuesday 10th March TBA
April Date and Programme incorporating Yuri’s Night TBA.
Finally, Fiona from the Museum has been in contact asking that a number of our members support an event on Monday 11th November which has been arranged to coincide with the transit of Mercury on that day. As we have quite a few retirees in the club (present writer included!), I indicated we would be able to lend support to this….
Please do invite any people you know who might be interested to come along. It would be a good thing if we can increase our numbers this year.