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October 2017

Earth’s Aurora and Magnetosphere by Dr Robert Fear

October 16 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Dr Robert Fear The Earth’s aurora or northern (and southern) lights are one of the most beautiful manifestations of the Sun’s influence on the Earth. They arise as a result of the interaction between the solar wind, the magnetosphere (the region of space surrounding Earth), and the upper atmosphere. Our understanding of both the aurora and magnetosphere has transformed from humble beginnings in the early 20th century to the modern day, yet many questions remain and they are both active…

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Romney Observing Evening: 21 or 22 October 2017

October 21 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Free

Martin and Jane have very kindly offered to run a viewing session from their observatory on Saturday 21st October (with a weather back-up date of Sunday 22nd October). For the benefit of newer members, Martin’s observatory (a shed, but not as most of us know sheds) is very well equipped including a permanently mounted 14-inch SCT and a smaller refractor with CCD camera. Martin himself is a very knowledgeable observer, who can not only show people round the lollipops of…

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Flamsteed Pub Evening

October 23 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road
Blackheath, SE3 8SU United Kingdom
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British Oak, Blackheath October 23rd, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU.  All are welcome.

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November 2017

The Far Future of the Sun, Earth and Life in the Solar System by Professor Ian Crawford

November 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Professor Ian Crawford Professor Ian Crawford is Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology at Birkbeck College, University of London. Since 2003, Ian shifted the balance of his research activities away from observational astronomy and into planetary science, focussing especially on the Moon. Ian was co-investigator on the D-CIXS instrument (Demonstration of a Compact Imaging X-Ray Spectrometer), which orbited the Moon on ESA’s SMART1 spacecraft between 2004 and 2006, and chaired the Science Team for the Chandrayaan-1 X-Ray spectrometer (C1XS), on…

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Romney Observing Evening: 18 or 19 November 2017

November 18 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Free

Martin and Jane have very kindly offered to run a viewing session from their observatory on Saturday 18th November (with a weather back-up date of Sunday 19th November). For the benefit of newer members, Martin’s observatory (a shed, but not as most of us know sheds) is very well equipped including a permanently mounted 14-inch SCT and a smaller refractor with CCD camera. Martin himself is a very knowledgeable observer, who can not only show people round the lollipops of…

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Flamsteed Pub Evening

November 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road
Blackheath, SE3 8SU United Kingdom
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British Oak, Blackheath November 27th, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU.  All are welcome.

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December 2017

Searching for the Most Distant Quasars by Dr Daniel Mortlock

December 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Dr Daniel Mortlock Quasars - really the thermal glow from ultra-hot gas falling into a super-massive black hole at the centres of an otherwise ordinary galaxy - are amongst the brightest astronomical objects known, and so can be seen to great distances of billions of light years. The finite speed of light means that the most distant currently known quasars are also seen as they were when the Universe was about 5% of its current age (i.e., less than a…

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Romney Observing Evening: 15 or 17 December 2017

December 15 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Free

Martin and Jane have very kindly offered to run a viewing session from their observatory on Friday 15th December (with a weather back-up date of Sunday 17th December). For the benefit of newer members, Martin’s observatory (a shed, but not as most of us know sheds) is very well equipped including a permanently mounted 14-inch SCT and a smaller refractor with CCD camera. Martin himself is a very knowledgeable observer, who can not only show people round the lollipops of…

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Flamsteed Pub Evening

December 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road
Blackheath, SE3 8SU United Kingdom
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British Oak, Blackheath December 18th, Monday 8.00pm Flamsteed Pub Evening at the British Oak, 109 Old Dover Road, Blackheath SE3 8SU.  All are welcome.

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January 2018

Smashing Physics by Professor Jon Butterworth

January 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Professor Jon Butterworth Jon Butterworth is a physics professor at University College London. He is a member of the UCL High Energy Physics group and works on the Atlas experiment at Cern's Large Hadron Collider. His research investigates what nature is like at the smallest distances and the highest energies - the fundamental physical laws. This tells us about the physics which was most important in the first few moments after the big bang.

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