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February 2018

Jeff Lashley – Starting out in back scatter radio meteor observing

19th Feb 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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March 2018

Paul Pope Lecture: Dr Rene Breton – The secret life of pulsars and black holes

5th Mar 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St Peter’s School, Compton Park, Compton Road West
Wolverhampton, WV3 9DU United Kingdom
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This year marks the 50th anniversary since the discovery of pulsars by Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Anthony Hewish in 1967. Rene will look back at the highlights of the last five decades of research about these incredible cosmic lighthouses whose history is closely interconnected with Jodrell Bank. Initially suspected to be alien signals, pulsars are in fact compact dead stars which later revealed to display exotic distortions of spacetime predicted by Einstein's relativity, and to host the first planet discovered…

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Martyn Filsak – Weather: Above and beyond

19th Mar 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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April 2018

Dr Mike Leggett – Astronomy in the medieval world

9th Apr 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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May 2018

Dr Guy Davies – Asteroseismology

14th May 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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June 2018

Dr Ann Bonell – Lady astronomers

11th Jun 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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September 2018

Bob Marriot – Silver on glass revolution

10th Sep 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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Doug Bickley – Faulkes telescope project

24th Sep 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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October 2018

AGM

8th Oct 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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Dr Phil Sutton – The Cassini mission

22nd Oct 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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November 2018

Dr Julian Onions – Cold dark matter

5th Nov 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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David Eagle – A whistle stop tour of the universe hitch hiking on a ray of light

19th Nov 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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December 2018

Graeme Hall – Mercury: A Closer Look

3rd Dec 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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January 2019

Mike Frost – Drawing the line

7 Jan at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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Time to Talk

21 Jan at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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This evening is a chance for members to pass on their wealth of knowledge to others through informal sessions and demos, including: Demo of using guided mounts Image processing demonstration for astrophotographers (with a live demo using some moon footage taken by Richard) Lunar observing (if the weather is good) Trevor Clifton giving a live demo of his 3 element Yagi radio telescope to pick up radio scatter from meteors Please feel free to bring along your own equipment, especially…

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February 2019

Dr Leon Hicks – Sample return missions, including Hayabusa 2 and Osiris Rex

4 Feb at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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Dr Leon Hicks' research focusses primarily on meteorites and samples returned by space missions, identifying, analysing, and classifying them. Studying meteorites is important in understanding the origins and evolution of the Solar System.

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Dr Andrew Gascoyne – Sunspots, Sunquakes and Solar Storms: An Introduction to Solar Physics

18 Feb at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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Solar physics is the branch of astrophysics that specialises in the study of the Sun. It deals with detailed measurements that are possible only for our closest star. It intersects with many disciplines of pure physics, astrophysics, and computer science, including fluid dynamics, plasma physics including magnetohydrodynamics, seismology, particle physics, atomic physics, nuclear physics, stellar evolution, space physics, spectroscopy, radiative transfer, applied optics, signal processing, computer vision, computational physics, stellar physics and solar astronomy. Dr Andrew Gascoyne is a lecturer in the…

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March 2019

Paul Pope lecture: Jay Tate – The Science of Armageddon

4 Mar at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St Peter’s School, Compton Park, Compton Road West
Wolverhampton, WV3 9DU United Kingdom
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Jay Tate, director of the Spaceguard Centre The most significant natural danger to life on Earth comes from asteroids and comets. The Spaceguard Centre is a working observatory, and the main source of information about Near Earth Objects in the UK. Jay Tate is one of the country's leading experts and will explain the structure of the solar system, why we have a problem and how we can solve it. This lecture isĀ FREE for the public. There is no need…

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Damian Hardwick – The mystery of stone circles

18 Mar at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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April 2019

Trevor Clifton – Radio astronomy on a budget

1 Apr at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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