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Wednesday June 24th at 8:00pm on Zoom Mary McIntyre My Favourite Astronomy Photographs
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Our next virtual meeting has been arranged by our Astrophotography section HAGAS and we are delighted to have Mary McIntyre give us a talk on "My Favourite Astronomy Photographs" We have been fortunate to have Mary visit us earlier this year and we found her talk inspirational. This is your chance to meet one of the most talented people in this fascinating field of astronomy. I was born and raised in Lancashire and I have loved astronomy since I was a child. I inherited a fascination of the Moon from my Mum, who was a child of the Apollo era and has always been interested in astronomy herself. I had my head in the astronomy sections of our encyclopaedia set before I could even properly read the text! I was really captivated by a Ladybird book about the constellations and their mythology, and to this day I think of the images in that book when I look at the night sky. I got my first telescope for my 11th birthday (the best birthday ever!) and despite not having a clue about how to use it properly, I did successfully view the Moon through it and managed to do a solar projection using instructions from a book. In the absence of an astronomy mentor, I didn’t really progress beyond the basics for many years. My passion for the subject was re- ignited when I became disabled and had to give up work for a number of years. During 2010/2011, my Mum and I had the opportunity to study for the Astronomy GCSE and this is where my astrophotography journey began, with a Helios refractor, Canon Powershot compact camera and a pair of elastic bands! My interest was well and truly piqued after studying the GCSE and I then went on to study the Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science via the Open University. I am now a keen astrophotographer and a move to the dark skies of rural Oxfordshire to live with my husband and fellow astronomer, Mark, has helped to fuel this passion. I’m lucky enough to have had my images appear in astronomy magazines, astronomy books, local and national newspapers, and on various tv shows. I don’t have a particular specialist area of astrophotography; basically if it’s in the sky I like to photograph it! If I am in too much pain to take my camera outside, I work with remote access telescopes. I also love astronomy sketching because it makes me feel better “connected” with the object I’m observing; if I’m committing it to paper I have to study it extremely closely first. I have found sketching has helped to really improve my astronomy knowledge.
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We are sure that many of you will find this virtual meeting of interest: “The Far Side of the Moon: Is it Just Aliens?” 17th June 2020 @ 19:30 Dear FAS Member Societies I hope you will find the following of interest and pass it on to your Society members. //////////// Meeting Details Go Space Watch presents a free Public Online Astronomy Lecture on Wednesday 17 June at 7:30 pm BST. The Lecture is “The Far Side of the Moon: Is it Just Aliens?” and will be presented by Dr Julian Onions from the University of Nottingham. About the Lecture: The Moon is a shy body, it only ever shows one side of itself to the Earth. Before the space age, we had no idea what was on the far side of the Moon. This has led to a number of conspiracy theories that it is a haven for aliens. In this talk, we’ll chart the progress of how we got to see what was on the far side of the Moon, and what we found there. Tin foil hats are optional! About the Speaker: Julian works with computer simulations of large fractions of the universe to understand trends in galaxy formation and evolution. Investigating the tools that help us form and analyse such simulations such as halo finders, tree builders and semi-analytic models. He also does a number of outreach activities, giving talks to astronomy societies and other interested groups such as rotary and U3A, as well as working with schools and scouts/guide groups. He also helps with the teaching of undergraduates in some of the astronomy courses. Register for free through Eventbrite at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-public-online-astronomy-lecture-registration-105940583136 More details about Go Space Watch and CAPCOM Magazine can be found at www.gospacewatch.co.uk Michael Bryce FAS Newsletter Editor
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Membership details: £20 per year* Non-members £3.50 first 3 meetings then annual membership subscription due pro rata for remaining meetings. Free to under 18s and full time students. Proof of status may be required. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Wednesday June 24th at 8:00pm on Zoom Mary McIntyre My Favourite Astronomy Photographs
Next Meeting
Our next virtual meeting has been arranged by our Astrophotography section HAGAS and we are delighted to have Mary McIntyre give us a talk on "My Favourite Astronomy Photographs" We have been fortunate to have Mary visit us earlier this year and we found her talk inspirational. This is your chance to meet one of the most talented people in this fascinating field of astronomy. I was born and raised in Lancashire and I have loved astronomy since I was a child. I inherited a fascination of the Moon from my Mum, who was a child of the Apollo era and has always been interested in astronomy herself. I had my head in the astronomy sections of our encyclopaedia set before I could even properly read the text! I was really captivated by a Ladybird book about the constellations and their mythology, and to this day I think of the images in that book when I look at the night sky. I got my first telescope for my 11th birthday (the best birthday ever!) and despite not having a clue about how to use it properly, I did successfully view the Moon through it and managed to do a solar projection using instructions from a book. In the absence of an astronomy mentor, I didn’t really progress beyond the basics for many years. My passion for the subject was re-ignited when I became disabled and had to give up work for a number of years. During 2010/2011, my Mum and I had the opportunity to study for the Astronomy GCSE and this is where my astrophotography journey began, with a Helios refractor, Canon Powershot compact camera and a pair of elastic bands! My interest was well and truly piqued after studying the GCSE and I then went on to study the Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science via the Open University. I am now a keen astrophotographer and a move to the dark skies of rural Oxfordshire to live with my husband and fellow astronomer, Mark, has helped to fuel this passion. I’m lucky enough to have had my images appear in astronomy magazines, astronomy books, local and national newspapers, and on various tv shows. I don’t have a particular specialist area of astrophotography; basically if it’s in the sky I like to photograph it! If I am in too much pain to take my camera outside, I work with remote access telescopes. I also love astronomy sketching because it makes me feel better “connected” with the object I’m observing; if I’m committing it to paper I have to study it extremely closely first. I have found sketching has helped to really improve my astronomy knowledge.
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