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February 2022

The Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer By Dr Adam Masters – Online

February 7 @ 7:15 pm

The European Space Agency’s first independent flagship mission to the outer Solar System will be the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer. “JUICE” is almost ready for launch, and will spend ~7 years travelling to the largest planet in the Solar System. After arriving, the spacecraft will perform multiple orbits around Jupiter before becoming the first to orbit the planet's largest moon, Ganymede. I will introduce the mission and the science that drives it, with particular focus on the possibility of deep…

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March 2022

Atmospheric Phenomena By Dr Carolin Crawford – Online

March 14 @ 7:15 pm

Astronomers are often also keen observers of atmospheric phenomena - probably stemming from an ingrained habit of keeping a weather eye on the sky in case it's going to be clear that evening! Such phenomena are illustrations of physics – and particularly optics – in action. The incoming sunlight, moonlight and starlight fall on the Earth, and the myriad of different ways it interacts with the air molecules, particles, water droplets, ice crystals and dust in our atmosphere cause it…

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