First up will be Mark Holmes to present the second part of his talk entitled “Venus, from Antiquity, Myth to Hell”, which he started in our November session. Having preciously introduced us to Venus; running from antiquity to modern space probes and even the possibility of life in the Venusian atmosphere, he now moves on to describe how we might begin making observations of this fascinating planet.
That will be followed, after a special tea break, by Colin’s ever-popular Christmas quiz… and you don’t want to miss that!
Our talk will be given by Dr. Helen Jermak from the Astrophysics Research Institute at Liverpool John Moores University. Her topic is ‘Building the world’s largest ground-based robotic telescope’ and she has offered to bring some demonstration items with her!
For those with long memories; Helen was the first guest speaker we had at HLCO (way back in 2014) when she gave a talk on Blazars.
Jamie Gilmore from the University of Manchester will give a talk on “Meteorites and the Early Solar System”
Jamie is Professor of Planetary Science at the University of Manchester. His personal research involves studying the composition of xenon gas trapped in extra-terrestrial material to understand the formation and evolution of the solar system and the bodies within it.
This talk will include an introduction to meteorites and some of the things that have been learned about the solar system by studying them
Dr. Steve Barrett from the University of Liverpool gave two short presentations: Just a Second – What is a second, what can happen in one second, and why do we need leap seconds? Ancient Light – The Universe is vast and ancient. Large telescopes have imaged galaxies that are billions of light-years distant. Is it possible to capture an image of one of these very remote objects without a telescope?