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June 2019

The Secret Rulers of the World – the Apollo Moon Landings, Conspiracy Theories and Critical Thinking Skills in a “Post-truth” World by Professor Anu Ojha

June 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Professor Anu Ojha OBE

In our technologically-driven society, the number of people who believe that the Moon landings took place in the Nevada Desert and that the 9-11 attacks either never happened or were controlled demolitions, is ever increasing, even though many of these views have little acceptance within the academic community. Why is this the case? Are scientists part of the global conspiracy or are things not quite as they appear? Who cares what people choose to believe? What are the ramifications for…

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September 2019

A Planet Not Our Own: The Strange Worlds of Exoplanets by Dr Elizabeth Tasker and Flamsteed AGM

September 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Dr Elizabeth Tasker

We thought we understood the planets of our Solar System until we discovered new worlds beyond our own Sun. Planets the size of Jupiter with orbits completed in Earth days, planets with two suns in the sky and others with seas of tar or endless oceans. How did these worlds form, how did we find them and could any of these discoveries be at all like our own Earth? Elizabeth Tasker is an astrophysicist and science communicator at Japan’s space…

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October 2019

Catching Gravitational Waves and Light from Colliding Stars by Professor Ofer Lahav

October 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Prof Ofer Lahav

Einstein’s gravitational waves and light produced by the same event – a pair of neutron stars – were detected for the first time in August 2017, an extraordinary moment in the history of physics. The lecture will explain what gravitational waves are, and how they were discovered by the LIGO collaboration, initially for systems of binary black holes. We will then describe how optical flashes were detected in the case of the binary neutron star merger by the Dark Energy…

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November 2019

Gaia – Mapping the Milky Way from Space, by Prof. Gerry Gilmore

November 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Astrometry from space has unique advantages over ground-based observations: it offers all-sky coverage, while the relatively stable and temperature- and gravity-invariant operating environment delivers precision, accuracy and sample volume several orders of magnitude greater than ground-based results. Even more importantly, absolute astrometry is possible. The European Space Agency Cornerstone mission Gaia is delivering that promise. Gaia provides 5-D phase space measurements – 3 spatial coordinates and two space motions in the plane of the sky, for a representative sample of…

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December 2019

Special anniversary talks: The life and work of John Flamsteed – and the founding of the Flamsteed Astronomy Society

December 9, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Dr Louise Devoy, Dr Rebekah Higgitt and Emma-Louise Hill This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Flamsteed Astronomy Society and the 300th year since the death of John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal. Our special anniversary lecture will begin with a talk by some of the founders of the Society who will give us their very entertaining take on how it all started. For our main lecture, we have no fewer than three guest speakers who will talk about…

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January 2020

Dragonfly: Exploring Saturn’s Moon Titan by Rotorcraft by Dr Elizabeth Turtle and Dr Ralph Lorenz

January 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Dragonfly

Dr Elizabeth Turtle Dr Ralph Lorenz PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS LECTURE WILL BE TAKING PLACE ON A WEDNESDAY EVENING. Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is a world with a dense atmosphere, abundant complex organic material on its icy surface, and a liquid-water ocean in its interior. The joint NASA-ESA Cassini-Huygens mission revealed Titan to be surprisingly Earth-like, with active geological processes and opportunities for organic material to have mixed with liquid water on its surface in the past. These attributes make…

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February 2020

Finding Life in the Universe by Dr Sarah Rugheimer

February 10 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Dr Sarah Rugheimer This planet we call home is teeming with life from the very depths of the ocean where no light penetrates, to small brine layers between ice crystals and near-boiling iridescent waters of Yellowstone. As we discover the vast diversity of extremophile life on Earth, our minds can only begin to imagine the possibilities for life to exist on other planets in the Universe. In this talk, Dr Sarah Rugheimer will present how we are going to characterize…

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March 2020

The Physics of Supernovae by Prof Ian Howarth

March 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Maritime Museum, SE10 9NF
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF United Kingdom
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Professor Ian Howarth This talk will be a gentle introduction to the physics of 'core collapse' supernovae (think pictures, not equations!). Working from a largely historical perspective, Professor Ian Howarth will outline how we know that these are the end-points of the evolution of the most massive stars, and their role in generating most of the heavy elements that exist in the nearby universe. Biography Having concluded that choosing an interesting subject was more important to him than a ‘marketable’…

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April 2020

Chasing Interstellar Visitors by Dr Colin Snodgrass – ONLINE

April 6 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Dr Colin Snodgrass In 2017 a strange object was discovered by near-Earth asteroid surveys, with the appearance of a small asteroid, but an orbit that showed it to have come from another star. Dr Snodgrass will describe what we learned about this object, called ‘Oumuamua, and what we are now learning about the second interstellar object, comet Borisov, which was discovered in September last year and is currently being observed with large telescopes as it departs from the Sun. In…

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May 2020

Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet – A talk by Dallas Campbell – ONLINE

May 11 @ 7:15 pm
Dallas Campbell

Dallas Campbell Fifty years ago, 'we chose to go to the moon'. Project Apollo was the culmination of some 400,000 people working to meet John F Kennedy’s impossible deadline, with technology that didn’t yet exist, to explore a place that we knew nothing about. It has become one of human history’s defining moments. Join TV science presenter and author Dallas Campbell for a grand tour of the science and history of human space flight. From forgotten stories of the early…

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