“Our Future in Space” Martin Rees – Mon 11 Jan 2021, 8pm

British cosmologist and astrophysicist Martin Rees sees space as the realm of robotic exploration, not human colonisation.  A handful of privately funded thrill seeking adventurers will probably settle on Mars but the idea of mass emigration there, proposed by some as the solution to Earth’s problems, he views is a dangerous delusion.   

Baron Rees of Ludlow was President of the Royal Society 2005–10 and has been the UK’s Astronomer Royal since 1995.

Cork Astronomy Club is immensely honoured that Martin Rees has agreed to give our January lockdown lecture.  He is currently writing a book on “When we don’t need astronauts”, and looks forward to the day, perhaps 10 years from now, when the European Southern Observatory’s ELT telescope will get spectra of some exoplanets that would indicate the presence of a biosphere (chlorophyll, oxygen, etc). 

This lecture will be held via Zoom, and is open to all. There will also be a sky report on what’s worth viewing in the sky during the coming month, plus club announcements.

The Zoom link will be posted here nearer the date. Start time 8 pm, and we aim to finish at 9.15. There will be an opportunity to stay and chat for a few minutes after the end of the formal meeting if you want to.

Not familiar with Zoom? If you contact us in good time, we may be able to help. Email us or ring Peter on 089-2004553

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“The Voyager Mission to the Solar System and Beyond”, Prof Emma Bunce – Mon 8 Feb 2021, 8pm

Launched in 1977 the twin Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft are exploring where nothing from Earth has flown before. Each is three times farther away from the Earth and Sun than Pluto is, and travelling at 10 miles a second. In 2012, Voyager 1 made the historic entry into interstellar space, the region between stars.  Incredibly, these spacecraft are still communicating with NASA and sending usable data. 

A TV programme that featured Voyager 2’s flyby of Neptune when she was a child, inspired Emma Bunce to study the solar system and she has followed the progress of these spacecraft ever since. She will outline what they have told us about the universe, and how, equipped with 1970’s technology, they have accomplished this.   

Prof Emma Bunce in the Physics and Astronomy department at the University of Leicester. She was instrumental in the success of the Jupiter Juno Projects.
Credit: Andrew Fox for the Telegraph

Prof Bunce is current President of the Royal Astronomical Society, and head of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester.

This lecture will be held via Zoom, and is open to all. There will also be a sky report on what’s worth viewing in the sky during the coming month, plus club announcements.

The Zoom link will be posted here nearer the date. Start time 8 pm, and we aim to finish at 9.15. There will be an opportunity to stay and chat for a few minutes after the end of the formal meeting if you want to.

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“New Strategies in the Search for E.T.” – Dr Seth Shostak – Mon 7 Dec 2020, 8pm

Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute Seth Shostak will join us by Zoom from California to discuss the failure so far to detect extra-terrestrial intelligence by searching the sky for artificial radio signals, and new initiatives being developed or under consideration.   Seth spends much energy on outreach activities, publishing numerous popular articles on science, giving talks to lay audiences, and hosting the SETI Institute’s weekly science radio show, “Big Picture Science.”  

Dr Seth Shostak

This lecture will be held via Zoom, and is open to all. There will also be a sky report on what’s worth viewing in the sky during the coming month, plus club announcements.

The Zoom link will be posted here nearer the date. Start time 8 pm, and we aim to finish at 9.15. There will be an opportunity to stay and chat for a few minutes after the end of the formal meeting if you want to.

Not familiar with Zoom? If you contact us in good time, we may be able to help. Email us or ring Peter on 089-2004553

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