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Chris Lintott to speak in Manchester September 25, 2013

Posted by Marie in Astronomy, Chris Lintott, Sky at Night, West Didsbury Astronomical Society.
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Here’s an invitation from West Didsbury Astronomical Society to attend a talk by Sky at Night presenter Chris Lintott on 11th November.

Most details are below, so if you would like to attend, please email chrislintott.ticket@wdas2.com to reserve a ticket, as space is limited.



The Dalton Lecture May 16, 2012

Posted by Marie in Manchester Lit & Phil, Martin Rees, Ouroboros, West Didsbury Astronomical Society.
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Life in the Cosmos: From Big Bang to Biosphere, given by Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal

I was delighted to discover that Lord Rees was giving this lecture for the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, and so I attended with friends from West Didsbury Astronomical Society.  Actually, we had to cancel our own event, scheduled for the same evening, so that we could attend!

Lord Rees zipped us painlessly through key points in the history of astronomy, shared his views on manned space flight, the possibilities of alien life, and our responsibility to our planet.

Kevin and Diane from West Didsbury Astronomical Society shared their thoughts shortly after coming out of the lecture.

The picture Kevin mentioned is explained by Martin Rees in the video at the top of this post: it’s called an Ouroboros


NAM2012 April 2, 2012

Posted by Marie in Astronomy, Bright Club Manchester, NAM2012, Recycled Electrons, Royal Astronomical Society, tweetup, West Didsbury Astronomical Society.
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The National Astronomy Meeting of the UK’s Royal Astronomical Society, in partnership with Germany’s Astronomische Gesellschaft just took place on my doorstep at the University of Manchester from 27th – 30th March 2012.

As the top research astronomers of both societies descended on the city, there were also several public events which took place over the week, and I showed my face at some of them!

Me showing my face at one of the NAM2012 events.

On Monday evening, together with friends from the West Didsbury Astronomical Society, I went to a public lecture by Professor Simon White, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Germany, with the title All from Nothing : The Structuring of Our Universe.  He explained how everything in our entire world may very well have come from nothing.  Absolutely nothing at all.  But it’s all here now.

Totally fascinating stuff.

Tuesday evening saw an astronomically-themed Bright Club which included short science talks, music and comedy – the self-styled “thinking person’s variety club”.  I really enjoyed the evening – those who had been brave enough to take to the stage were great, (props to @evanocathain, @SaturnSheila, @RainDogJones, @LuzGuzRam, @dr_paul_woods for that)  And it was lovely to meet up with people I hadn’t seen for quite a while, along with others whom I bump into more regularly.  If you see a Bright Club event near you, I’d recommend you give it a whirl – it was great fun!

Wednesday saw a tweetup for The Listener of the Recycled Electrons podcast, and as I am an incarnation of The Listener, it would have been rude not to attend. Alcohol was consumed and spilt (mostly over me, but not by me I should add) during a highly entertaining evening. The picture above was taken at the event and features The Listener and hosts.

(In the picture: @fizzpup and friend, me, @lisa_tibbs, @jen_gupta, @KarenLMasters, @freckleface12, @RadioVicky, @maguirenumber6, @Christinaananaa and in the centre, hosts @orbitingfrog and @chrislintott)

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