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John Pitchford – Dr David Morgan’s Project and RETRAM


Dr Morgan and RETRAM are both working on the Recognition and Trajectories of Meteors using alternatives to Graves, Brams and Iper. This talk is an introduction to this topic and takes an historical approach to Radio Astronomy and the use of Passive Radar. You will meet the musical ‘Cats’ and the ‘Terminator’ on the way!

Mark Gibbons – Black Holes


From being theoretical curiosities predicted by mathematics, to objects we now have direct observational evidence of: black holes. They have a surprisingly wide-ranging effect on the structures we see in the Universe. We have some idea about what goes on inside a black hole, and a better idea what goes on around one. This talk examines how we first ... Read more

Mike Frost – Isaac Newton and The Surrey Pumas


An offbeat look at Newton's theory of gravity - featuring hollow Earths, counter-Earths Trojan asteroids, Kirkwood gaps, Lagrangian nodes, the three-body problem, and those mysterious beasts rumoured to haunt Surrey playing fields and Bodmin Moor. Already delivered on two continents!

Paul Pope Lecture: Chris Lintott – The Crowd and the Cosmos


Wolverhampton Astronomical Society is proud to present it’s annual free public talk, the Paul Pope Lecture. This year we are delighted to welcome Chris Lintott, co-presenter of the BBC’s Sky at Night program to talk to us about The Crowd and the Cosmos. Astronomer Chris Lintott explains how you could help astronomers sort through galaxies, explore the ... Read more

Paul Fellows – Children of Another Sun


It is only in the last twenty years that we have been able to prove that the Sun is not unique in having a family of planets. This talk takes up the story of the discovery of planets beyond the solar system and described how we have gone about tracking down planets orbiting other stars ... Read more

Paul Money – Why Are There No Green Stars?


We often look up at the night sky and our first impression is one of white stars until we realise a few are actually coloured. Astro images clearly show coloured stars but one things stands out as being absent: Green stars. In this talk Paul takes a look at how we see colour, why we ... Read more

Dr Steve Barrett – The ABC of Galaxy Evolution


What are the three factors (the ABC) that determine how galaxies form and how they grow? A = Accretion – Galaxies were formed by matter accreting; B = Black Holes – Supermassive black holes are at the centres of galaxies; C = Collisions – Galaxies grow by colliding and merging.

Steve Wootton – The Scale of the Universe


“Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.”Douglas Adams

Prof Ian Morison – Wonders of the Southern Sky

A talk which will look at some of the most interesting objects in the southern skies and how the Small Magellanic Cloud helped solve a fundamental question about the Universe.

Alex Binks – Young Stars in our Backyard


Age is a vital property to get right in astronomy, but it's really tricky! Correctly estimating the age of a star (or a cluster of stars) means we can test our understanding of the sequence of events throughout a star's life. On larger scales this leads to clues about the evolution and ecology of our ... Read more