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 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.
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