Speakers 2019-20

2019-20 Season Speakers :

Members Talks

7th November AGM and Members' Evening : Lester Selmes, Rosemary Selmes, Peter Bolwell, Mark Jarvis

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Jan Drozd 5th Dec 2019 : Dr. Jan Drozd : A Pale Blue Dot – Earth from an Alien’s Perspective

Dr Jan Drozd is a retired biological (microbiology and biochemistry) scientist who has worked in academia, industry and government. He was once the recipient of a Royal Society European Research Fellowship. He is a member of Wadhurst Astronomy Society and is interested in many aspects of astronomy. He has written several articles for Popular Astronomy, the magazine of the Society for Popular Astronomy.

In this Decembers' meeting, Jan considers how intelligent and advanced aliens who study exoplanets, in a similar way that we do, might piece together the history of the Earth’s formation, the evolution of life and its impact on the environment on this “pale blue dot” we call home.
Many of us will be familiar with the opening mission statement from the original Star Trek TV series:
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.
We are so used to looking outwards from our planet, that it is interesting to consider how curious and dispassionate aliens, from a more scientifically advanced civilisation than ours, with a similar mission statement to the above, might piece together the history of the Earth’s formation, the evolution of life and its impact on the environment on this “pale blue dot” we call home.


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Steve Cunnington 6th Feb John Fox : Astrophotography using a DSLR and a normal photographic mount

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Steve Cunnington 7th May Danny Thomas :  Modelling the Constellations in 3D

"Modelling the Constellations in 3D” covers a challenge that I set myself to model constellations so that they could be displayed from the sides without changing the scale.
The talk covers the different types of coordinate systems, the data sets and program design.
A large part of the talk is the demo which uses various constellations to tell the story behind the patterns, the interesting features and how they move in time.








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Steve Cunnington 3rd Oct 2019 Dr Stephen Wilkins :  James Webb Telescope and associated science

Talking about the technical background and history of the JWT project. About the technology and about the problems encountered that has led to the delays that we are all aware of.  

Dr Stephen Wilkins also informed us about https://www.brightonwonderfest.com/ and the involvement that we could all provide. 





Ian Whiteley 5th Sept 2019 Ian Whiteley : The Royal Greenwich Observatory at Herstmonceux

Ian has thoroughly researched the RGO’s history, especially its time at Herstmonceux and will be using unique video interviews with RGO staff to illustrate his talk.

Astronomers who worked at the RGO in its Herstmonceux years share their memories of discovering the first stellar mass black hole, job interviews with the Astronomer Royal and earning 'a bob a night' on observation duty (video presentation).









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