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August 2021

LDAS Monthly Meeting – a PICNIC!

August 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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Free

Yes, a picnic. Assuming we are released from Covid restrictions on 19 July we have decided to have a first social event for a long time, and decided on a a casual occasion where members can get together and discuss whatever takes their fancy. So, if you need some advice on setting up your equipment, or any other help, come along. We will open the observatory to give any new members a chance to have a look around. To keep…

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September 2021

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

September 29 @ 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 – The Solar Cycle

October 27 @ 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 a short break and then an…

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November 2021

LDAS Monthly Meeting – Time in Einsteins Universe

November 24 @ 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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LDAS Monthly Meeting – Time in Einstein’s Universe

November 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Zoom
Free

Colin Stuart will give tonight's talk. 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 journey through…

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January 2022

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

26 January 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
TBC
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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