- DURATION 3 x 60 mins
FRONTIERS OF ASTRONOMY - How astronomy helps us understand the world around us
1) Asteroids – A waste of Space? (27th September)
On one hand there is indisputable evidence that the Earth has been bombarded from space by asteroids and comets over the past billions of years, and it hasn’t stopped yet! But on the other hand, as we are running out of resources on our planet, it is now believed that asteroids may contain extremely valuable materials for the future. Plus we will look at how they may play a key role in mankind expanding off our planet to explore elsewhere in the Solar System.
2) Astronomical insights into the Pyramids and Stonehenge (4th October)
The talk will discuss the view of the sky seen by ancient people. It will look at how the appearance of the night sky has evolved over the millennia, and how ancient people over the past 5000 years may have made use of the constellations for both engineering and religious purposes. We will look at what tools modern astronomy gives us that allows us to predict accurately the star patterns and accurately to time events seen in the distant past.
3) The Search for Life in the Universe (11th October)
The talk will look at the way we have been searching for life, from nearby planets to distant star systems. In particular, we will look at SETI (Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence). This will be followed by an up-to-date view of what astronomers are doing & what exciting results are emerging from their work. We will be talking about the rovers on Mars, probes to the distant planets and the discovery of thousands of planets around other star systems.
- Duration: 3 x 60 mins
- Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
Meet the Host, Malcolm
Malcolm Coe is an Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at the University of Southampton, UK. For over 4 decades he transmitted his enthusiasm for astronomy to hundreds of students, winning awards for his creative teaching style. In parallel he conducted research into star birth and star death, publishing over 200 papers in leading international journals. In 2017 he had an asteroid named after himself.
He feels great excitement for modern astronomy and the insights it offers into the world around us. To that end he has given popular lectures on cruise ships for over a decade, countless lectures to adult groups (U3A, astronomy societies, Probus, Soroptimist etc), plus many talks to school children. He was a Trustee and is now an Honorary Life member of the leading science museum south of London, the Winchester Science Centre.
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