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December 2021

The next blink of a cosmic eye: Astronomy in the next 200 years, By Dr Megan Argo – Location/online : to be confirmed

December 6 @ 7:15 pm

In 2020 the Royal Astronomical Society celebrated its 200th anniversary.  From the first meeting, when fourteen gentlemen sat down to dinner at the Freemason’s Tavern in London in January 1820, the Society has grown to a diverse membership of more than 4000 geophysicists and astronomers, both amateur and professional.  Astronomy has come a long way in that time, and our understanding of the Universe has changed fundamentally.  What didn’t we know 200 years ago?  Where is astronomy going next?  Join…

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January 2022

Towards nearby Earth analogues: A golden age of exoplanet exploration By Professor Suzanne Aigrain – Online/Location to be confirmed

January 10, 2022 @ 7:15 pm
Prof Suzanne Aigrain

In Barely 30 years the study of exoplanets has gone from science fiction to a major discipline, and the science driver for the next generation of observatories both on the ground and in space. In her talk Professor Suzanne Aigrain will take stock of some of the main discoveries since she last spoke to the Society 8 years ago. And discuss the prospects for and challenges detecting planets capable of supporting life around nearby stars, in particular with the PLATO…

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February 2022

The Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer By Dr Adam Masters – Online\Location to be confirmed

February 7, 2022 @ 7:15 pm

The European Space Agency’s first independent flagship mission to the outer Solar System will be the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer. “JUICE” is almost ready for launch, and will spend ~7 years travelling to the largest planet in the Solar System. After arriving, the spacecraft will perform multiple orbits around Jupiter before becoming the first to orbit the planet's largest moon, Ganymede. I will introduce the mission and the science that drives it, with particular focus on the possibility of deep…

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