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October 2020

Solar flares – the most powerful explosions in the Solar System, by Professor Philippa Browning – ONLINE

October 19 @ 7:15 pm
Professor Philippa Browning

Professor Philippa Browning Solar flares are powerful “explosions” in the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona. They are caused by a rapid release of the energy stored in the strong magnetic field of the corona – the magnetic field lines break in a process known as magnetic reconnection. This heats the gas to temperatures of tens of millions of degrees and creates beams of very high-energy charged particles. The particles and electromagnetic radiation from flares can have significant effects on the Earth…

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Flamsteed Social Meeting – ONLINE

October 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Edmond Halley

Join us in our Zoom social evening in the Flamsteed virtual pub, ‘The Edmond Halley’! (Halley always was a more convivial sort of chap than John Flamsteed, to be honest.) To add to the atmosphere of the pub theme, please have a drink in hand during the event. This does not have to be an alcoholic drink! AN EMAIL WILL BE SENT TO MEMBERS NEARER THE DATE WITH A LINK TO JOIN THIS ONLINE EVENT (THERE IS NO NEED TO…

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November 2020

A talk about Mars by Prof John Bridges – ONLINE

November 9 @ 7:15 pm
Mars

Mars Save the date for this exciting talk about Mars by Professor John Bridges, Professor of Planetary Science at the University of Leicester's Space Research Centre! More details will follow shortly. 

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December 2020

The Hubble Space Telescope: from dream to reality, by Prof Christopher Riley – ONLINE

December 7 @ 7:15 pm

Hubble Space Telescope The Hubble Space Telescope is the most famous scientific instrument in history; a triumph of human ingenuity and ambition. Conceived in the 1950s, the dream of an orbiting space observatory was a vision far beyond our capabilities at the dawn of the space age. Only through a collision of emerging technology, the stubborn tenacity of a generation of astronomers and the political will to commit to it, would the telescope be accomplished. Science writer and historian Professor…

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