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April 2021

Flamsteed Social Meeting – ONLINE

April 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Edmond Halley

Join us in our Zoom social evening in the Flamsteed virtual pub, ‘The Edmond Halley’! (Halley was definitely a more convivial sort of chap than John Flamsteed!) 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 HAS BEEN SENT TO MEMBERS WITH A LINK TO JOIN THIS ONLINE EVENT. THERE IS NO NEED TO PRE-REGISTER BEFOREHAND.

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History of Astronomy – A History of Sunspotting, by Brendan Owens – ONLINE

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Brendan Owens' new book "The Sun"

Once thought of as a pure and unblemished disc of light, the Sun does in fact break out in spots. Observations of these cosmic blemishes opened the gateway to exploring the physics of the Sun and the Sun-Earth system. This talk takes us back in time to explore pre-telescopic sunspot observations and charts the history of their study up to and including the early 1900s. It’s a history replete with mystery, strange notions, risk to life and limb (well, eyesight…

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