Radio Astronomy was born in 1933 with Karl Jansky’s realisation that the mysterious noise he was detecting came from the direction of the centre of the Milky Way. The early development of the science was both hindered and helped by the events surrounding WW2, but the end of the war saw the UK and Australia seizing the initiative, rather than the USA. The subsequent story includes both the unchanging rivalry in scientific endeavour and the evolving role of women in a previously male-dominated world.
Paul Hyde has always had an interest in astronomy but his teenage years were devoted to radio, obtaining his amateur radio license when he was sixteen.He then spent ten years working on the BBC’s tv and radio transmitters before moving on to satellite networks and the introduction of digital television. With time to spare it seemed logical to combine his original interests and he joined the Radio Astronomy Group of the British Astronomical Association in 2005 and was the group’s coordinator from 2010 to 2016. His interests are in exploring what can be achieved in typical domestic environments and what the radio part of the electromagnetic spectrum can tell us about the workings of the universe.
The talk will take place at Mycenae House and last for approximately 1hr. This will be followed by a discussion of how to get involved in radio astronomy, highlighting some simple projects that the society’s Radio Astronomy Special Interest Group have been running over the past couple of years.
THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO MEMBERS OF THE FLAMSTEED ASTRONOMY SOCIETY ONLY.
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