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Next Meeting: Wednesday June 12th at 8:00pm Looking for life on Mars and Habitability of Jupiter’s Moons Andrew Coates Live Session T&Cs apply
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We, Oct 11
Richard Goodrich
How the 1910 Return of Halley’s Comet (Almost) Destroyed Civilization
2024-25 Programme (subject to change)
Wed, Sep 11
Roger O’Brien
Distance Scales
Wed, Oct 9
Nigel Ball
Nightscapes or Time-lapse photography
Wed, Nov 13
Robert Connon Smith
So Simple a thing as a Star
Wed, Dec 11
Jess Copeland
UH - TBC
Wed, Jan 8
Martin Lewis
Planetary Imaging at the Edge
Wed, Feb 12
Quentin Stanley
TBC
Wed, Mar 12
Mike Foulkes
Eclipses. Celebrating British Science week.
Wed, Apr 9
Jerry Stone
Is Pluto a Planet - 15 years since New Horizons flyby. Celebrating Yuri’s Night
Wed, May 14
Alan Heavens
AGM followed by Light Bending in the Sky
Wed, June 11
Kevin Fong
Living on the Moon
This meeting will be held at: University of Hertfordshire Lindop Building College Lane Hatfield AL10 9AB (What 3 words: stars.stones.energetic) and simultaneously on Zoom. There is plenty of parking space around the venue which is free after 19:00
Mars is the nearest location where life could have evolved in our solar system beyond the Earth. We will discuss the prospects for life on Mars in the context of potential habitability of outer planet moons and solar system other locations. We will then discuss current and future Mars missions, especially Perseverance which is collecting samples for later return to Earth, and the ESA-NASA Rosalind Franklin mission which will drill up to 2m below the harsh Martian surface for the first time to search for past life on Mars. We will discuss the UK's key industry and academic contributions to this exciting mission, for launch in 2028 and landing in 2030. Andrew Coates is Professor of Physics and Deputy Director (solar system) at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL). He gained a BSc in Physics from UMIST in 1978, and MSc (1979) and D.Phil. (1982) in plasma physics from Oxford University. He has been at UCL-MSSL since 1982, with temporary guest positions at Max Planck Institute for Solar System Physics (Germany), University of Delaware (USA) and the BBC World service (media fellowship). Space mission involvements include the Rosalind Franklin (ExoMars) rover where he leads the PanCam team and is science lead for MSSL's involvement in Enfys, Cassini, where he led the electron spectrometer team (part of the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer), Venus Express, Mars Express and Giotto. Scientific interests include the solar wind interaction with planets and comets, planetary surfaces and space instrumentation; he has authored and co-authored over 570 publications, including over 450 refereed. He was a member of STFC Science Board (2019- 22). He is active in space and science outreach, and was President of the Society for Popular Astronomy, 2021-23.
Note for your diaries: Saturday March 29 - partial solar Eclipse 10:00 - 12:00 Noon - Public Eclipse Watch
Aurora visible in Hertfordshire and Wales 10-12 May 2024 Photos: Steve Heliczer, Richard Sheppard and Owain Powell
AGM 15 May 2024 Draft Minutes and documents
Minutes of AGM Minutes of AGM Finance report for AGM Finance report for AGM Statement of Accounts 2023-24 Statement of Accounts 2023-24 Video Recording of AGM Video Recording of AGM
Next Meeting: Wednesday June 12th at 8:00pm Looking for life on Mars and Habitability of Jupiter’s Moons Andrew Coates Live Session T&Cs apply
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Mars is the nearest location where life could have evolved in our solar system beyond the Earth. We will discuss the prospects for life on Mars in the context of potential habitability of outer planet moons and solar system other locations. We will then discuss current and future Mars missions, especially Perseverance which is collecting samples for later return to Earth, and the ESA-NASA Rosalind Franklin mission which will drill up to 2m below the harsh Martian surface for the first time to search for past life on Mars. We will discuss the UK's key industry and academic contributions to this exciting mission, for launch in 2028 and landing in 2030. Andrew Coates is Professor of Physics and Deputy Director (solar system) at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL). He gained a BSc in Physics from UMIST in 1978, and MSc (1979) and D.Phil. (1982) in plasma physics from Oxford University. He has been at UCL-MSSL since 1982, with temporary guest positions at Max Planck Institute for Solar System Physics (Germany), University of Delaware (USA) and the BBC World service (media fellowship). Space mission involvements include the Rosalind Franklin (ExoMars) rover where he leads the PanCam team and is science lead for MSSL's involvement in Enfys, Cassini, where he led the electron spectrometer team (part of the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer), Venus Express, Mars Express and Giotto. Scientific interests include the solar wind interaction with planets and comets, planetary surfaces and space instrumentation; he has authored and co-authored over 570 publications, including over 450 refereed. He was a member of STFC Science Board (2019-22). He is active in space and science outreach, and was President of the Society for Popular Astronomy, 2021-23.
Aurora Pictures: Steve Heliczer, Richard Sheppard and Owain Powell
Aurora Pictures at bottom of the page
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