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March 2021

History of Astronomy – Jeremiah Horrocks and the First Transit of Venus, by Mike Frost – ONLINE

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jeremiah Horrocks

On Sunday 24th November, 1639, Jeremiah Horrocks observed a Transit of the planet Venus across the face of the Sun, from Much Hoole, a village south of Preston, Lancashire, England. Horrocks and his friend William Crabtree, observing from Salford, Lancashire, were the only people to see the first ever observed Transit of Venus. Horrocks had successfully predicted an event that nobody else knew was going to happen. To see the Transit, Horrocks had to overcome the vagaries of Lancastrian weather;…

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April 2021

Celebrating 6002 days of the Spitzer Space Telescope, by Dr Olivia Jones – ONLINE

April 12 @ 7:15 pm
Spitzer Space Telescope

The Spitzer Space Telescope, launched in 2003 and retired in January 2020, was one of NASA's four Great Observatories. It operated at infrared wavelengths and has revolutionised our understanding of the Universe – from our own Solar System and exoplanets, to the most distant galaxies. Spitzer succeeded beyond our wildest expectations. Here, Dr Jones will showcase some of Spitzer’s science highlights and outstanding infrared images taken during its 16-year mission. She will also discuss Spitzer’s successor, the much-awaited James Webb…

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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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May 2021

Imaging Black Holes with the Event Horizon Telescope, by Dr Ziri Younsi – ONLINE

May 10 @ 7:15 pm
Black hole image

Supermassive black holes are believed to reside at the centres of galaxies, powering some of the most violent and energetic events in the known Universe. In spite of overwhelming indirect evidence of their existence, until recently black holes had evaded direct observational confirmation. In April 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration changed how we see black holes forever by presenting the first “image” of these mysterious monsters, showcasing M87’s black hole image. In April 2021, the EHT presented a…

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History of Astronomy – The Northern Lights: A historical perspective, by Tom Kerss – ONLINE

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Northern Lights

Every (pandemic-free) year, hundreds of thousands of people travel to arctic climes with the goal of witnessing the Northern Lights. It is a verified 'must see' natural wonder, which has cemented itself on every major bucket list. Many mysteries remain about the behaviour of auroras, but the major facts about their formation have been established. Yet, none of their magic has been eroded. A playful display of the Northern Lights remains an overwhelmingly wonderful sight, even for seasoned aurora-chasers. It is…

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Stellar Encounters: Planetarium show with ROG astronomers Anna Ross and Greg Brown – ONLINE

May 27 @ 7:00 pm
Stellar Encounters

Join us for Stellar Encounters, a live online planetarium show presented by two astronomers from the Royal Observatory Greenwich - Anna Ross and Greg Brown. Our Sun is just one of the billions of stars that make up our galaxy. But are all those other points of light in our sky the same as our own, perhaps even with systems of planets around them? Explore the space beyond our solar system and learn all about the lives of stars, from…

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June 2021

Understanding God’s Thoughts: Practical Progress Towards a Theory of Everything, by Dr Don Lincoln, in partnership with Havering AS – ONLINE

June 2 @ 7:30 pm
Albert Einstein

We are delighted that we are working with Havering Astronomical Society to present a talk by renowned particle physicist Dr Don Lincoln. Einstein was famously disinterested in details, wanting to only know the big picture; he wanted to know the theory was the underpinnings of all other theories. In a poetic moment, he called this theory of everything “God’s Thoughts”. In this talk, Fermilab scientist Dr Don Lincoln will talk about the quest to find a theory of everything and…

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Beneath the Night, by Stuart Clark – ONLINE

June 7 @ 7:15 pm
Stuart Clark

From Stone Age to space age, people have looked up at the stars and been inspired by their beauty, their patterns, and their majesty. Beneath the Night is a history of humanity, told through our relationship with the night sky. From prehistoric cave art and Ancient Egyptian zodiacs to the modern era of satellites and space exploration, Stuart Clark explores a fascination shared across the world and throughout millennia. It is one that has shaped our scientific understanding; helped us…

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‘Fireside chat’ with ROG astronomers: Mars, the Solar System and stellar formation – ONLINE

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join ROG astronomers in a ‘fireside chat’ online as they discuss topics dear to their heart. Patricia Skelton will talk about her love of the planet Mars and the various missions that have gone there, while Dr Greg Brown will talk about how the solar system came to be as he discusses star and planet formation.  There will, of course, be plenty of opportunity for you to put your questions to them on these or others topics you want to…

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