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November 2021

The SETI Institute and the search for Life in the Universe by Dr Simon Steel – Location/online: to be confirmed

November 15 @ 7:15 pm

In 1961 radio astronomer Frank Drake jotted down an equation to tackle the question: Are We Alone? This very simple question is as tantalizingly unanswered today as it was sixty years ago, but the research at the SETI Institute, co-founded by Drake in 1984, continues the quest.  This talk will give an insight into the SETI Institute and the current state of SETI research. Simon Steel is Senior Director of Education and Outreach at the SETI Institute, located in Silicon Valley,…

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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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