Our 2020/21 season of public lectures was held remotely using Zoom.
The centre piece of each meeting was a lecture by an invited guest. Monthly meetings also included a briefing on what to look for in the sky that month and club announcements.
Mon 14th Sept 2020 “Observing and photographing the Moon”─ Frances McCarthy & Danielle Wilcox, Blackrock Castle Observatory Outreach Team.
Mon 12th Oct 2020 “Mars, a Cosmic Stepping Stone” ─ Kevin Nolan, Author of Mars, A Cosmic Stepping Stone: Uncovering Humanity’s Cosmic Context (2009).
Mon 26th Oct 2020 – Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Visiting Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford will give a talk on “Pulsars, magnetars and fast radio bursts” Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86442149554
Mon 9th Nov 2020 – “Galileo to Laudato Si: Why Astronomy Needs Faith” – Bro Guy Consolmagno, Director Vatican Observatory
Mon 7th Dec 2020 –“New Strategies in the Search for E.T.” by Dr Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at SETI Institute
Mon 11th Jan 2021 – British cosmologist, astrophysicist, and Astronomer Royal Martin Rees on “Our Future in Space”
Mon 8th Feb 2021 – Professor Emma Bunce will give a talk by Zoom on the “The Voyager Mission to the Solar System and Beyond”. Current President of the Royal Astronomical Society, Head of University of Leicester’s Physics and Astronomy School.
Mon 8th Mar 2020 – “Vera C. Rubin Observatory: The Universe in Action – Coming Soon” – Amanda Bauer, Rubin Observatory head of outreach
Mon 12th April 2021 – Prof David Malone, Maynooth University, “How to tell the time”
Mon 10th May 2021 – “William Lassell 1799 – 1880, Telescopes, Planets and Drinking Beer” – Gerard Gilligan, Society for History of Astronomy
Mon 21st June 20201 – electronics engineer Cillian O’Driscoll on “How satellites revolutionised how we navigate – and tell the time”