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October 2020

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

Exploring Mars and Climbing Mt. Sharp, by Prof John Bridges – ONLINE

November 16 @ 7:15 pm
Professor John Bridges

Professor John Bridges The Curiosity Rover is about to embark on a new phase in its 8 year mission so far. It has reached the lower slopes of Mt. Sharp in Gale Crater where the Sulphate Unit appears.  This is taken to mark the transition from an ancient ‘warm and wet’ climate associated with clay deposits that we have studied, to a more desiccated, cold environment. We hope that studying this transition will help answer one of the great mysteries…

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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

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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