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July 2017 Lecture


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The next lecture will be on Tuesday 4th July 2017 starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be David Swaby of the Lincoln Astronomical Society. His talk is 'Building the Lincoln Observatory'.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Dunkirk Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


June 2017 Lecture


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The next lecture will be on Tuesday 6th June 2017 starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Mary McIntyre of the UK Women in Astronomy Network. Her talk is 'Creating Stunning Star Trails'.

In this talk Mary shows how the use of telescopes, cameras, software together with some hints and tips, enables you to get the best results. It includes a live demo of the various software applications that allows Mary to create such wonderful images of start trails.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Dunkirk Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


May 2017 Lecture

Dave Cook of Norwich Astronomical Society

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 2nd May 2017 starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Dave Cook of the Norwich Astronomical Society. His talk is 'The Scale of the Universe'.

In this talk Dave gives an insight to the size and scale of the universe and the things in it. Starting with common frames of reference, he shows objects in relation to these more familiar objects and builds up a picture of our universe that way.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


April 2017 Lecture


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The next lecture will be on Tuesday 4th April 2017 starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Paul Cotton of the East Lincs Astronomy Club. His talk is 'Finding Colour in the Night Sky'.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


March 2017 Lecture


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The next lecture will be on Tuesday 7th March 2017 starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Peter Rea of Cleethorpes and District Astronomical Society and American Space Programme Enthusiast. His talk is 'Where never Lark or even Eagle flew'- The Space Shuttle Story pt2.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


February 2017 Lecture

Michael Czajkowski

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 7th February starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Michael Czajkowski of the Open University and Lincoln Astronomical Society. His talk is titled 'Pluto; Gatekeeper to the Kuiper Belt, Hades of the Solar System'.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


January 2017 Lecture

Paul Money

The next lecture is on 10th January starting at 7.30pm

The speaker will be local favourite Paul Money who will be presenting 'Triumphs of Voyager pt 1: Journey to Jupiter, Splendour of Saturn'. It is the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager in 2017.

Paul says: There's another reason for me doing the talk as well especially to LAS. It was John Hazelwood who actually cajoled me into giving my first talk to Boston Astronomers and it was about Voyager at Saturn so I will also be doing it as a tribute to his memory'.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


December 2016 Lecture

Julian Onions

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 6th December starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Phil Norton of the Lincoln astronomical Society. His talk is titled 'Radio Astronomy for Amateurs'.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


November 2016 Lecture

Julian Onions

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 1st November starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Julian Onions of the University of Nottingham. His talk is titled 'Galaxies- One Gigayear at a time'.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


September 2016 Lecture

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 6th September starting at 7.30pm.

The talk is by Dr Ann Bonnell, President of Leicester Astronomical Society.

She will be giving this years Peter Hammerton Memorial Lecture on 'Henry Norris Russell' an American astronomer who, along with Ejnar Hertzsprung, developed the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

Ann is always a very popular speaker and I'm sure this one will be no exception, so come along and enjoy one of our best returning speakers. As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


August 2016 Lecture

Gary Poyner of Lincoln Astronomical Society

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 2nd August 2016 starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Gary Poyner who is coming over from Birmingham to talk to us about 'Historical Novae'. From ancient records to modern day,Gary’s talk looks at Novae through the centuries - from early Chinese records, through the middle ages and Renaissance where religious views held sway, to a more detailed look at some landmark discoveries of the 19th/20th centuries.

Gary has been observing variable stars for forty years and is an acknowledged expert in the field, having been head of the variable star section of the BAA.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


July 2016 Lecture


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The next lecture will be on Tuesday 5th July 2016 starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Mike Frost of Rugby Astronomical Society. His talk is 'Isaac Newton and the Surrey Pumas- An offbeat history of gravity'.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


June 2016 Lecture

Prof Martin Barstow at Lincoln Astronomical Society June 2016

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 7th June starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Prof. Martin Barstow of Leicester University. He is Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science and President of the Royal Astronomical Society. He is also Pro Vice Chancellor, Head of the College Science and Engineering. His talk is on 'White Dwarf Stars and Interstellar Space'.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


May 2016 Lecture


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The next lecture will be on Tuesday 3rd May 2016 starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be John Dunthorne of Cleethorpes and District Astronomical Society. His talk is '30 years after Challenger- Is there a future for reusable spacecraft and rockets?'.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


April 2016 Lecture

Julian Onions

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 5th April starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Julian Onions of the University of Nottingham. His talk is titled 'From here to infinity- Looking further with telescopes'.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


March 2016 Lecture


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The next lecture will be on Tuesday 1st March 2016 starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Peter Rea of Cleethorpes and District Astronomical Society and American Space Programme Enthusiast.

His talk is 'Where never Lark or even Eagle flew'- The Space Shuttle Story pt1.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


February 2016 Lecture

Michael Czajkowski

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 2nd February starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Michael Czajkowski of the Open University and Lincoln Astronomical Society. His talk is titled 'The Rosetta Mission' - Or how to land a spacecraft on a Comet.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


January 2016 Lecture

Paul Money

The next lecture is on 12th January starting at 7.30pm

The speaker will be local favourite Paul Money who will be presenting the latest information from one of the currently active space probes 'Into the darkness but shining a light- New Horizons Pluto Mission'.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


December 2015 Lecture

Guy Grantham of Lincoln Astronomical Society

The next lecture is on 1st December starting at 7.30pm

The speaker will be Guy Grantham of Lincoln Astronomical Society who will be helping us understand 'Our Journey through space toward Leo'.

Guy has written a paper for us. 'You heard it first at LAS 01 Dec 2015' click here

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


November 2015 Lecture

Dr David Whitehouse

The next lecture is on 3rd November starting at 7-30pm.

The speaker will be Dr David Whitehouse and his talk is 'Dinosaurs on the Moon - Astronomy in the media'. Dr Whitehouse had to cancel the lecture last year due to a friends funeral that afternoon.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


October 2015 AGM

 

There is no Lecture in October but we do have the Annual General Meeting where the new committee is elected for the coming year. The AGM will be on Tuesday 6th October starting at 7.30pm as usual.

Members should try to make this important meeting so please come along and help choose the next committee.

As always parking will be difficult but remember, you can park in St Mathias Church car park on Burton Road roundabout if street parking is not available.


September 2015 Lecture

Professor Andrew Norton FRAS

The next lecture is on Tuesday 1st September starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Dr Andrew Norton FRAS of the Open University. His talk is 'GAIA: Mapping the Galaxy'. A multimedia-rich lecture about the recently launched ESA mission GAIA which will map a billion stars in the Galaxy over the next five years.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


August 2015 Lecture

Michael Czajkowski

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 4th August starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Michael Czajkowski of the Open University and Lincoln Astronomical Society. His talk is 'Water in the Solar System'.

Michael says “Liquid water is important for life and is a scarce commodity in the Solar System though ice is very common. The talk will look at the distribution of water and ice and try and explain why we find it where we do. It will then concentrate on the origin of earth’s water and will briefly include information on the workings of Rosetta”.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


July 2015 Lecture

Mike Faulkes of Bedford Astro Society

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 7th July starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Mike Foulkes of the of Hartfordshire Astro Society. His talk is 'Herschels Planet'.
We always look forward to Mike's lectures and i'm sure this will be very popular so come early to ensure a parking space.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


June 2015 Lecture

Julian Onions of Nottingham University

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 2nd June starting at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Julian Onionsof the University of Nottingham. His talk is 'Dark Matter', a topic we are all keen to know more about. So come along and enjoy this talk.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


April 2015 Lecture

David Eagle Amature Astronomer

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 7th April starting at 7.30pm. The speaker will be David Eagle of Northants Amature Astronomers. His talk is ' In the footsteps of Piazzy Smyth'

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


March 2015 Lecture

Rod Hine of Bradford Astronomical Society gives lecture at Lincoln Astronomical Society

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 3rd March starting at 7.30pm. The speaker will be an old favourite of the society, Rod Hine MA of Bradford Astro Society. His talk is 'Let there be light'. Well lets hope we don't have a power cut that night because it's bound to be an interesting lecture.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


February 2015 Lecture

Prof Martin Barstow at Lincoln Astronomical Society February 2015

Unfortunately Prof Barstow couldn't make it due to a previous meeting finishing late. However, Phil Norton pulled a lecture out of the hat on Astro Imaging at the last minute, it was pretty good to.

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 3rd February starting at 7.30pm.
The speaker will be Prof. Martin Barstow of Leicester University. He is Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science and President of the Royal Astronomical Society. He is also Pro Vice Chancellor, Head of the College Science and Engineering. His talk on the Hubble Space Telescope will be of great interest to our members and the general public so please make a point of coming along for this one.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


January 2015 Lecture

Paul Money at Lincoln Astronomical Society in January 2015

Many thanks to Paul Money for his excellent slide show of the Images of the Space Shuttle.

The next lecture will be on 13th January starting at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Paul Money, local freelance lecturer, writer and astronomer. His talk is 'Images of the Space Shuttle'.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street.


On Tuesday 2nd December Phil Norton will be talking on 'The Christmas Star'. Our lecturer has had to cancel due to a friends funeral that afternoon. Hopefully the church car park will be free but I haven't been informed of any church activities that night. They don't usually meet there anymore on Tuesday night.

Please note that there will be no access to the society during the Lincoln Christmas Market. Westcliffe Street and the church car park get used for parking- the church charging for its use.Beginners observing will take place on Tuesday 9th December at 7-30pm.

The Imaging Group have a meeting on Thursday 11th December at 7-30pm.

Graham and his visits group have excelled themselves in November with over £250 being donated as a 'Thank You' from the various groups that have visited. This is one of the society's major activities and goes a long way to keeping the subscription rate down.

The society have decided to build a radio meteor set up at Westcliffe Street. This is in remembrance of member Mike Kirk who died a few months ago and left us a legacy. It will include limited internet access to the site.

The society will be opening to the public at the end of January, February and March next year. Helpers will be required including those who only have limited knowledge of the society and the sky.

It is our intention to have a clear out of all usernames and passwords for the members only area on 31st December. If you wish to have access, please Email Phil Norton phil@lincolnastronomy.org with a username and password (a mixture of letters and numbers). You can keep the same ones if you like, but the list needs a thorough sort out.

For this months night sky guide, please follow this link: http://www.telescopehouse.com/acatalog/Telescope-House-Monthly-Sky-Guide.html
Michael Cross is looking for articles for the next Eyepiece magazine. Email these to magazine@lincolnastronomy.org.


December Lecture

Dr David Whitehouse

The next lecture will be on 2nd December. The speaker will be Dr David Whitehouse of Basingstoke Astronomical Society and his talk is 'Dinosaurs on the Moon - Astronomy in the media'.

As always, parking will be difficult in the streets around the observatory but there are places to be found either on Burton Road, Wingrave Street, Westcliffe Street or Caenby Street. Please see Phil's Eyepiece Focus for updates on the use of St Mathias Church Car Park.


November Lecture

 

Many thanks to Mervyn for stepping in at the last minute. His talk on the history of the telescope was very interesting and informative, he should give more talks to the society.

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 4th September starting at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Mervyn Hobden of LAS, in place of Richard Last of Kings Lynn & District Astronomical Society, who has had to pull out at the last minute..

The subjet of Mervyn's talk will be 'The History of the Telescope'.

We are very grateful to Mervyn for stepping in at such a late stage and we look forward to his talk on the telescope

As always parking will be difficult but remember, you can park in St Mathias Church car park on Burton Road roundabout if street parking is not available.


October AGM

 

There is no Lecture in October but we do have the Annual General Meeting where the new committee is elected for the coming year. The AGM will be on Tuesday 7th October starting at 7.30pm as usual.

Members should try to make this important meeting so please come along and help choose the next committee.

As always parking will be difficult but remember, you can park in St Mathias Church car park on Burton Road roundabout if street parking is not available.


September Lecture

Dr Craig Spence


Many thanks to Craig, I never thought of Space Archaeology before but i'm glad Craig did. Great talk and I hope he comes to give another talk soon.

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 2nd September starting at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Dr Craig Spence of Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln. He will be talking on “The Heritage of Space Exploration"

This will be the Peter Hammerton Memorial Lecture that the society gives each year in memory of the founder of Lincoln Astronomical Society in the mid 1950's

As always parking will be difficult but remember, you can park in St Mathias Church car park on Burton Road roundabout if street parking is not available.


August Lecture


A very interesting and informative talk by Mike Leggett, giving us an insight into his hopes for proof that life once existed on Mars.
The Bibliographies of his talk are available from our website in 'Word' format:
click here for Astro_Biblio
click here for Life on Mars Refs & Biblio

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The next lecture will be on Tuesday 5th August starting at 7.30pm.

The talk is by Dr Mike Leggett, FRAS FBIS, Astronomy and space technology lecturer and writer.

His talk is 'Astrobiology; Life on Mars. Historical survey of views on the existence of Martian life. History of Mars and Earth compared. Viking biology experiments on Mars and results obtained. Could Mars have
previously supported life? Antarctic meteorites and "Martian microfossils". Information from
recent Mars missions. All this covered in this exciting August lecture.

As always parking will be difficult but remember, you can park in St Mathias Church car park on Burton Road roundabout if street parking is not available


July Lecture


Well done to Ann for another informative and interesting lecture and we look forward to seeing her again soon.

The next formal lecture will be on Tuesday 1st July starting at 7.30pm.

The talk is by Dr Ann Bonnell, President of Leicester Astronomical Society.

Her talk is 'Edwin Hubble' based of course on the famous American astronomer who helped give us an understanding of how the universe is expanding, suggested by his dopler redshift observations of distant galaxies.

Ann is always a very popular speaker and I'm sure this one will be no exception, so come along and enjoy one of our best returning speakers. Remember, parking will be difficult but you can park in St Mathias Church car park on Burton Road roundabout if you are unable to park in the street near the observatory.


June Lecture

Tony Morris of Mexborough and Swinton Astro Society

 

Good talk by Tony. Most amature astronomers think you have to buy an expensive CCD camera to do astro photography but Tony showed that you can achieve great results with a DSLR Camera. Well done Tony and please come back again.

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 3rd June starting at 7.30pm
The speaker will be Tony Morris of Mexborough and Swinton Astro Society.

His lecture is 'DSLR Astronomical Photography' which is a hot topic at the moment and i'm sure it will be a popular lecture

As always parking will be difficult but remember, you can park in St Mathias Church car park on Burton Road roundabout if street parking is not available


May Lecture

Stephen Tonkin at Lincoln Astronomical Society

An excellent talk by Stephen Tonkin on Binocular Astronomy. He has very kindly allowed us to make his book 'Binocular Astronomy' available to our members for free, so login to the members area and check it out.

The next lecture will be on Tuesday 6th May starting at 7.30pm
The speaker will be Stephen Tonkin FRAS of Wesses Astro Society.

His lecture is on 'Binocular Astronomy'

Steve produces 'The Binocular Sky' magazine, click here for the link.

parking will be difficult but remember, you can park in St Mathias Church car park on Burton Road roundabout if street parking is not available


April Lecture


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Many thanks to Peter Rea, he always gives a good talk and this one on the activities of Apollo 16 was no exception. This is the third of a triligy of talks by Peter on the Apollo programme which have all be interesting an informative. We look forward to next year and his next series of talks.

The next lecture will be on 1st April starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Peter Rea of Cleethorpes and District Astronomical Society and American Space Programme Enthusiast.

His talk is Apollo 16 - The Highlands at Descartes Cayley.

As ever, there are limited parking spaces around the local streets but you can park in St Mathias Church car park on Burton Road roundabout.


LAS Imaging Group

Mick Hunt will be running a 3 month course on Astro Photography / Imaging at LAS Observatory/Lecture Room

Dates are:

13th March,
27th March,
3rd April,
17th April,
1st May,
15th May
29th May.

Starts at 7.30pm till 9.30pm

All Welcome.


Orion Nebula by Mick Hunt of Lincoln Astronomical Society


March Lecture


Dr Peter Rowlands

On behalf of everyone who attended the March Lecture, we extend a sincere 'thank you' to Dr Peter Rowlands for his excellent talk on Dark Energy. What a pleasure it was to have had such an esteemed expert talk to us on this exciting field of Physics.

The next lecture will be on 4th March starting at 7.30pm
The speaker will be Dr Peter Rowlands, Physics Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool.
His talk is entitled, 'Does Dark Energy have a Critical Value?'
You may like to see the talk as published on Youtube http://youtu.be/THtn92uWkIA

This will be one of the most interesting lectures of the year and we are very privileged to have him speak to us on this fascinating subject. He is quite outspoken and always prepared look outside the box to tackle difficult subjects which sometimes invites critical comment, see http://www.archivefreedom.org/freedom/Rowlands.html
You may also enjoy his presentation on the 'Foundations of Physical Law Lecture 1' on Youtube http://youtu.be/W2XdhzCORbo

Obviously this will be a popular meeting so parking will be difficult but remember, you can park in St Mathias Church car park on Burton Road roundabout if street parking is not available.


February Lecture


Paul Money

The next lecture will be on 4th February starting at 7.30pm
The speaker will be Paul Money, amature astronomer, writer and local broadcaster.

Paul will continue his theme on 'Images of the Universe Volume 5'

Remember, you can park in St Mathias Church car park on Burton Road roundabout if street parking is not available.


January Lecture


Michael Czajkowski of Lincoln Astronomical Society

A really enjoyable and informative lecture on the planet Mercury by Michael

The next lecture will be on 14th January starting at 7.30pm
The speaker will be Michael Czajkowski of the Open University and Lincoln Astronomical Society.

Michaels talk is 'Planet Mercury, the Messenger'.

There are limited parking spaces around the streets local to the observatory but you can park in St Mathias Church car park on Burton Road roundabout.


December Lecture


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It was such a pleasure to listen to Barrie's talk on the genius of Horace Dall and we hope Barry will come back soon to talk again.

The next lecture will be on 3rd December starting at 7.30pm
The speaker is Barrie Watts, President of Cleethorpes Astronomical Society.

Barrie's talk is 'The Life and Times of Horace Dall'.
For those who have never heard of Harace Dall, he was born in 1901 and lived in Luton. He became famous as the UK's Number 1 astro photographer, light years ahead of anyone else in the field. He was also a designer of telescopes, including the famous Dall-Kirkham, a Cassegrain be built in 1928.

This will be an interesting talk and will be very popular.Remember, there are limited parking spaces around the streets local to the observatory but you can park in St Mathias Church car park on Burton Road roundabout.


November Lecture


Guy Grantham of Lincoln Astronomical Society


The next lecture will be on 5th November starting at 7.30pm
The speaker is Guy Grantham of Lincoln Astronomical Society who will be helping us understand 'Black Holes'.
Guy's previous lecture on 'Photons' was exceptional and I'm sure this talk will be no exception.

Please remember, there are limited parking spaces around the observatory but you can park in St Mathias Church car park on Burton Road roundabout.


September Lecture


Dave Cook of Norwich Astronomical Society

What a pleasure it was to catch David's talk on the way Greek mythology gave us the names we use for the constellations in the night sky. Lets hope he comes back soon to give us his talk on Orion.

The next lecture is on 3rd September starting at 7.30pm. This will be the Peter Hammerton Memorial Lecture, which is held each year in memory of the founder of the society.

The speaker is David Cook of Norwich Astronomical Society and his talk is 'Myths and Legends of the Night Sky'


August Lecture

Paul Money
A full lecture hall was roundly entertained last Tuesday evening, the 6th August, by Paul Money, in his inimitable and enthusiastic style, with his illustrated talk entitled ‘Pictures of Earth.’ An unusual topic for astronomers, as these were pictures captured from elsewhere in the Solar System and were accompanied by the technical and political stories behind the pictures. We learned that the famous ‘blue marble’ Earth, taken by the last Apollo lunar mission had required a detour to obtain a full image without a shadow of the Moon. Other pictures from the moon of a sickle Earth rising over the lunar horizon were supplemented by a short video as the lunar module moved rapidly over the moonscape until the Earth appeared in the distance.  Earth was revealed from the inner planetary obits looking outwards to Earth and the Moon, and of course looking inwards from the surface of our neighbour Mars. The Voyager craft offered a picture of Earth and the moon from the outermost reaches of the solar system, peeking at a very distant Earth through Saturn’s rings whilst the Sun was eclipsed.  Altogether, a fascinating angle on our tiny home planet during half a century of spaceflight and giving us some idea of the struggles and costs of obtaining those pictures that tell more than a thousand words in all languages.

The next lecture is on on Tuesday 6th August starting at 7.30pm.

The talk is by Paul Money, local writer, broadcaster and amature astronomer.

www.astrospace.co.uk/Welcome.htm

His talk is 'Images of Earth'.

Paul is always a popular speaker and parking is never easy but remember you can use St Matthias Church car park, on the Burton Road roundabout.


July Lecture


It's always a pleasure to have Mark come over from Cambridge and give a talk and this was no exception, we all enjoyed it and look forward to seeing him again, hopefully next year.

Mark Hurn of The Library of the Institute of Astronomy Cambridge Observatory, providing books, journals and other resources to support research in astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology.

www.ast.cam.ac.uk/people/Mark.Hurn and personal website www.star-names.freeserve.co.uk

His lecture is entitled "Sir Arthur Eddington: Man, Myth & Magic".

Mark is always a popular speaker so please come early to get a good seat. Parking is always a problem on popular nights at the observatory but we have permission to park at the Orthodox Church on the Burton Road roundabout.



Dave McCracken's
Beginners Astronomy
Course

Dave McCracken of Lincoln Astronomical Society

Many thanks Dave for your informative series for newcomers to astronomy.

Dave McCracken of Lincoln Astronomical Society is running a series of short courses for people who are new to astronomy. It's free to all members and etitled 'Astronomy with a Small Telescope (a starter course for beginners)'.

Course 1 Tue 26th Feb - Equipment
Course 2 Tue 26th March - Solar System
Course 3 Tue 23rd April - Constellations
Course 4 Tue 24th May - Stars
Course 5 Tue 18th June - Fuzzy Objects

Each course will begin at 7.30pm
Come alomg, it's free!


June Lecture


Many thanks to Dr Ann Bonell for the talk on Hypothetical Objects. It was an unusual subject to cover as most of the objects never existed but Ann made it very informative and exciting. We look forward to seeing her again before too long.

The next formal lecture will be on Tuesday 4th June starting at 7.30pm.

The talk is by Dr Ann Bonell, President of Leicester Astronomical Society.

Her lecture is entitled "The Search for Vulcan and other Hypothetical Solar System Objects".

Well I know this will be a popular meeting but remember, parking is always a problem on popular nights at the observatory but we have permission to park at the Orthodox Church on the Burton Road roundabout.



May Lecture

Mike Faulkes at Lincoln Astronomical Society in May 2013

Many thanks to Mike for a very informative talk.

The next formal lecture meeting will be on Tuesday 7th May starting at 7.30pm.

The lecture will be given by Mike Foulkes of Hartfordshire Astro Society.
The lecture is entitled: L.I.S.A. Laser Interferometer Space Antenna


Astrophysics Lecture

9th April

Guy Grantham of Lincoln Astronomical Society

It was a good talk by Guy on this difficult subject for mere mortals to understand. However, Guy did an excellent job of making the subject accessible to all who attended.

Well done Guy, we all look forward to the next instalment.

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Guy Grantham MRSC of Lincoln Astronomical Society will be giving a lecture on Tuesday 9th April at 7.30pm

The talk is entitled: What is a Photon?

This talk is open to everyone so come along to learn about this misunderstood particle.
Is it a particle or a wave? I don't know but I am looking forward to finding out.