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September 2021

LDAS Monthly Meeting – “The Rise of a Giant – Extremely Large Telescope”

29 September 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Zoom
Free

Dr Aprajita Verma (Dept Physics, Univ of Oxford) Project Scientist for the UK Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) Programme and International Program Coordinator for the Vera C. Rubin Observatory. Responsible for conducting independent research on galaxies at all redshifts. With a primary mirror of diameter 39m (about 20% larger than Stone Henge's Sarsen Circle), the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) will be the "World's Biggest Eye on the Sky" operating in the visible to infrared (IR) wavelength range.…

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October 2021

LDAS Monthly Meeting – Hawking’s Black Holes and the Edge of Physics

27 October 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Zoom
Free

Tonight's talk will be given by Paul Fellows. In this lecture Paul will look at the first ideas behind "black holes" and then look at how in 1976 the young researcher Steven Hawking came to publish a paper shocked the entire scientific world and began his rise to world fame. This paper was the first time that the three separate pillars of modern physics, Thermodynamics, Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity had been brought together to yield a confident new prediction…

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November 2021

LDAS Monthly Meeting – Time in Einsteins Universe

24 November 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Tonight's talk will be given by Colin Stuart. It can be wasted and killed. Spent and saved. Kept and lost. Time is one of life's most perplexing mysteries. In the century since Einstein turned our ideas about time upside down, we know more about it than we ever have, but big questions remain. Can you go back and kill Hitler? What happens to time inside a black hole? Does time even really exist? Find out our latest thinking in this…

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December 2021

LDAS AGM, and end of year talk by Pete Williamson

8 December 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Zoom
Free

Tonight is our Annual General Meeting, and is for members only. More details to follow. The AGM will commence at 1900 and the talk at 2000. After the AGM we will have our final talk of the year: Herschel to Hawkwind, Music and the Cosmos by Pete Williamson FRAS.. Pete talk mixes history, science and astronomy with music how each influence each other! Pete is a musician and amateur astronomer with a wide range of talks covering a plethora of…

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January 2022

LDAS Monthly Meeting – Mega-Constellations and Space Debris – What future for ground based Astronomy?

January 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Zoom
Free

Prof Don Pollaco Dept of Physics, Univ of Warwick) will give tonight's talk. Here we look at the prospects for ground based astronomy in the new era of satellite mega constellations. The shear number of satellites and launches is expected to exponentially increase over the next few years.  Not only will this impact on our view of the universe but it will also dramatically increase the amount of space debris bringing forward the prospects for a Kessler event. In this…

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February 2022

LDAS Monthly Meeting – The Solar Cycle by Lyn Smith

February 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Zoom
Free

Lyn Smith is the Director of the British Astronomical Association Solar Section and will give a talk entitled "The Solar Cycle".  Lyn will give a brief history of the solar cycle and then look back in more depth at solar cycle 24 and the sunspot groups that featured.  We will then consider the progress of the current solar cycle and speculate as to how that may develop over the coming decade. There will be an astronomy news update from Gordon…

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March 2022

Monthly Meeting – The Moon and Modern Day Observing, Dr Tony Cooke

March 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Zoom
Free

Tony is the Director of the Lunar Section of the BAA.     There will be a break after Tony's talk and then an astronomy news update from Gordon Ewen

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April 2022

Monthly Meeting – The Vera C. Rubin Observatory: The Greatest movie ever made!

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Zoom
Free

Tonight's talk will be given by Dr Verma Aprajita. The Vera C. Rubin Observatory will revolutionise our understanding of the Universe in numerous ways. Its Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST), with an unprecedented combination of areal coverage and sensitivity, will make the first 10-year movie of the sky. Among its science goals, LSST will open new scientific endeavours in the transient Universe, the study of our own galaxy out to some of the first galaxies formed less than…

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May 2022

Baldock Festival

May 14 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
White Lion, 46 High Street
Baldock, SG7 6BJ United Kingdom
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Free

LDAS will be in the rear garden of the White Lion in Baldock where we hope to show you views of the Sun. We will have solar telkescopes on hand and, weather permitting, will be able to show you views of the Sun like those below. The event is from 1200-1600.       Caution: we will be using specially designed solar telescopes which make it safe to look at the Sun. Do not use a telescope you have at…

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Monthly Meeting – Thomas Cooke: Telescope Maker to the Empire

May 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Zoom
Free

Tonight's talk will be given by Martin Lunn and is a rags to riches story about a self-taught man, born into a poor family, who would go on to become one of the greatest telescope makers. He built what was at the time the biggest telescope in the world, made a telescope for Prince Albert and even built steam cars. There will be as break after the talk and then an astronomy news update from Gordon Ewen. The talk is…

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