Speakers 2018-19

2018-19 Season Speakers :

Guy Hurst 6th Sept. 2018 Guy Hurst : Comet Observing

The talk covers the history of great comets of the past together with their cause and links to the Oort Cloud and Kuiper Belt. We examine the amazing information gathered from very ancient records and their value as in the case of Comet Halley.

Following this, the main thrust of the presentation is to explain their orbits and features. We discuss vital observing techniques needed to study or even discover (!) the latest comets both visually and by imaging techniques. Famous discoverers such as the late George Alcock and Roy Panther will be mentioned.

Finally the speaker will clarify how to report results to The Astronomer and the British Astronomical Association’s Comet Section.

Guy has been an active observer of the night skies since 1971, specialising in novae and supernovae. From 1975 to this day he has been editor of 'The Astronomer' an international monthly magazine. He is also a former president of the British Astronomical Association from whom he received their top award, the 'Walter Goodacre Medal'.

He set up the UK Nova/Supernova Patrol in 1976 which now has some of the most successful discoverers of these objects in the world.

In 2005 he also received the international award, ‘Services to Astronomy’ from the professional group, the Royal Astronomical Society for promotion of the subject to audiences of all ages. This includes talks to junior schools on various subjects including space to support plans of teachers.

For over 25 years he has also run adult education courses for astronomy in five counties and 19 centres, this in addition to giving talks to various groups including astronomical societies and even NASA in USA.  


Dave Eagle 4th Oct. 2018 Melanie Davies: 'The Sun: Answering some burning questions!'
The very popular Melanie will be back with us in September with a timely talk about our nearest star, the Sun. In the year that sees the Parker Solar Probe launched to perform spectacular Sun science up close and personal, Melanie's talk will provide us with an appreciation of the star the probe has been sent to study.


Chris Baker 1st Nov. 2018 Chris Baker : Photographing the Deep Sky- A Journey through Space and Time

Chris has been an astro-photographer since 2001 as an extension of his lifelong interest in astronomy. He's won awards for his photography and contributed articles to the BBC's The Sky at Night and Astronomy Now magazines.

Chris' talk covers his passion in astronomy, the equipment he uses and the remote imaging set up, show many of the images taken whilst at the same time take you on a journey through space and time, starting with the closest object 400 light years away and ending with a galaxy cluster at 1 billion light years. We hope you will enjoy the talks' images, the fascinating Earth history, empathise with the trials and tribulations of the hobby, and be further stimulated to take even better photos.







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