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January 30th 2013 Meeting   Speakers Andrew and Adrienne Glendinning " The Total Eclipse of the Sun on 14th November 2012"

February 27th 2013 Meeting Speaker David Smith " Cosmic Rays" Venue Mills Centre Bishopswood Road Highgate 

March 27th 2013 Meeting  Speaker TBC - Dr. Kristen Lippincott " The Transmission of Astronomical knowledge before the development of the Printing Press"

April 24th 2013 Meeting  Speaker Roger O'Brien "Comets"

May 29th 2013 Meeting  Speaker Dr. Chris Arridge  "Magnetospheres throughout the Universe"

June 26th 2013 Meeting Speaker Giles Davison " Ladies' roles in the Scientific Revolution in the 17th Century: astronomical features in Stuart embroidery in Fenton House, Hampstead and other sources"

September 25th 2013 Speaker Michael Cull " The Life and Times of Sir Patrick Moore"

October 30th 2013 Speaker Dr. Aurelien Benoit-Levy " Probing the content of the Universe through Space and Time with Planck "

November 27th 2013 Speaker Roger O'Brien " LADEE Moon Mission and Comet ISON 2013"

December 13th -  Christmas Dinner Dance - CANCELLED

January 29th 2014  - Speaker Professor Carl Murray "The View from Saturn: Images from the Cassini Spacecraft"

February 21st 2014 Trip to Bayfordbury Observatory

February 26th 2014 Speaker Giles Davison "The Tiepolo fresco in Wuerzburg with emphasis on the Transits of Mercury 1631 - 1743 & 6th May 1753, the date for the Tiepolo fresco"

March 26th 2014 Speaker Mark Jacobs "Pursuing Astronomy using old and new technology"

April 30th 2014  Speaker Paul Cass "Siding Spring Observatory - a brief history"

May 28th 2014 Speaker Roger O'Brien "The Gaia Mission"

June 25th 2014 Speaker Dr. Patricia Fara " Newton and Newtonianism"

There is only one thing that everybody knows about Isaac Newton: that he watched an apple fall from a tree – or at least, he said that he did. As if he were a secular saint, his apple has become an iconic attribute, a symbol both of scientific breakthrough and of individual genius.           By making gravity follow a simple mathematical relationship – the inverse square law – Newton emphasised that natural phenomena can, at least in principle, be explained quantitatively, a fundamental shift in approach that was crucial for the foundation of modern science. His importance may seem obvious now, but during the eighteenth century, his supporters had to persuade the world not only that he was right, but also that scientific knowledge was valuable. Newton’s reputation has continually altered over the centuries, reflecting shifts in how science and its practitioners are perceived – and today’s Newtonianism is very different from the God-driven cosmos that he envisaged. 

September 24th 2014 Speaker Dr. Rebekah Higgitt " " Not to be found by clockwork alone" :the essential role of astronomy in the quest for longitude "

October 29th 2014 Speaker . Dr. Aurelien Benoit Levy "Dark Energy Survey"

November 26th 2014 Speaker Dr. Simon Bennett  "Setting up the ultimate private observatory"   PLEASE NOTE ...THIS MEETING HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL WEDNESDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2014

January 28th 2015 "2015 - A Space Odyssey" Speaker Mark Jacobs

February 25th 2015 "Inspiration or Hallucination? - The effects of Zero Gravity and g forces on Astronaut Sensory perception and States of Mind"       Speaker Jazz Rasool

March 25th 2015 "Impact of Impacts" Speaker Professor Steve Miller

April  29th 2015 " 10 years of Cassini" Speaker David Smith

May 27th 2015 "Rosetta mission update " Speaker Roger O'Brien

June 24th 2015 "Astrophotography" Speaker Michael Eleftheriades

September 30th 2015 "Supernovae" Speaker Dr.Steve Fossey

October 28th 2015 "New Horizons - from launch to flyby and the latest from Pluto" speaker Roger O'Brien

November 25th 2015 "Arrows of time, causation and entropy" Speaker Dr.Luke Fenton - Glynn 

January 27th 2016 " The Solar System  - A walking tour" . Speaker Mark Jacobs

February 24th 2016 "Einstein's (Mathematical) Legacy Past and Present"  speaker Dr.Shabnam Beheshti, QMUL

March 30th 2016 " The James Webb Space Telescope and the UK's participation in it" speaker Dr Helen Walker, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

April 27th 2016  "Gravitational Waves" speaker David Smith

May 25th 2016 - " Viking Mars Missions Education and Preservation Project" speaker Rachel Tillman, curator of the Viking Mars Missions Education and Preservation Project. Rachel is based in Portland , Oregon and we plan to link up using Skype.

June 29th 2016 " Sunspots , starspots and the search for exoplanets" speaker Dr. Mark Gallaway, Bayfordbury Observatory 

September 28th 2016 "The red planet" Speaker Dr. Carolin Crawford, Institute of Astronomy

October 26th 2016" Is polarisation the key to life" Speaker Professor James Hough, University of Herts

November 30th 2016  " A life in Astrophysics, HEP and Art" speaker Andy Charalambous,  UCL

January 25th 2017 "The Juno Mission" Speaker Roger O'Brien,Open University

February 22nd 2017 " Thirteen Journeys though Space and Time - Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution" Colin Stuart FRAS

March 29th 2017 "Stargazing" Speaker Tom Kerss , Royal Observatory Greenwich

May 3rd  2017 "Was complex life a freak accident?" Dr Nick Lane UCL

May 31st 2017 "The Supernova origin of life" Rupert Holms

June 28th 2017 "Introduction to Astronomy" Dee Amos FRAS

September 27th 2017 "Origins. Think Universe! " Speaker Dr. Francisco Diego , UCL

October 25th 2017 " 40 years of Voyager" Speaker Roger O'Brien

November 29th 2017 " Apollo Artefacts" Speaker Mark Yates

January 31st 2018 " The Cassini Mission to Saturn" Professor Carl Murray

February 28th 2018 " Stellar remnants" Roger O'Brien

March 28th 2018 " Chasing the Sun - Voyages to Totality" Mike Davies

April 25th 2018 " Juno Mission" Professor Emma Bunce  Leicester University

May 30th 2018"Interstellar Flight" Kelvin F. Long , Institute for interstellar Studies (I4IS)

June  27th 2018" Mapping the evolution of galaxies across cosmic time   Speaker Guido Roberts - Borsani 

In this talk I will address and review two such issues: the first will be a description of the Epoch of Reionization, a period of the early Universe (~300,000 years after the Big Bang) in which the first galaxies formed and (re)ionised the neutral Hydrogen that surrounded them, giving way to the observable Universe that we see today. I will describe how these galaxies are found, what their main characteristics are, and how they likely influenced their surroundings.
The second half of my talk will take place ~13.5 billion years later to focus on a description of the local Universe and the long standing problem of how galaxies transit from "alive and star-forming" to “red and dead”. The emphasis will be on massive jets of outflowing gas as a potential instigator, which observations have found to be ubiquitous at every epoch of galaxy evolution - such jets of gas are driven out of a galaxy by intense levels of star formation and may be able to remove the “fuel” (ie., Hydrogen gas) necessary for star-formation, thereby quenching the host galaxy.
Finally, I will provide a brief description of the next generation telescopes that will help push back the frontier of what we can currently observe, and how they are likely to impact galaxy evolution studies as a whole.

September 26th 2018 " Omaouma- the interstellar astromet" Speaker Roger O'Brien

October 31st 2018 " Star -core Zeus in depth " Rupert Holms. The following introduction , below in red, is by kind permission of Rupert Holms

iThe Sun’s former companion star was a large magnetic star of about ten solar-masses. Four-point-six billion years ago, it exploded in an ultra-violent supernova explosion. Although this local supernova explosion disrupted our former close-binary star-system, star-core-zeus remained in orbit. We are still located in the centre of its great blast bubble, which is now many thousands of light-years across.

The planets were formed from the supernova explosion debris of the obliterated companion star. Vast nickel-iron fragments from the shattered core of this large star attracted other matter and started the rapid accretion of the planets. The rapidity of planet formation has been revealed by the discovery in meteorites and interplanetary dust of the decayed remains of very short-lived radioactive isotopes.

When the hot magnetic star-core was first exposed, it was very hot and radiated UV-light. However, it was enveloped in vast clouds of debris blown-off from the dead companion star, which were rich in carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen. The supernova explosion not only made all the chemical elements and isotopes that formed Earth and the other planets; it was responsible for extra-terrestrial chemistry and molecular biology.  

The radiation from the young star-core, included great jets of circular-polarized UV-light that emerged from its magnetised rotation poles. This energy beam catalyzed polymer chemistry in the cloud of supernova debris. It specifically enhanced the synthesis of left-handed amino-acid polymers and other macromolecules, which became the pre-fabricated starting-material of supernova-life on Earth.

The Sun and star-core Zeus are now the components of our binary star system.  In contrast to the eight planets, star-core Zeus travels in a very-eccentric and steeply-inclined orbit. It flies away from the solar-system in the direction of Sirius, travelling five hundred times the distance of Earth from the Sun. Star-core Zeus then falls back towards the centre of gravity of our binary system and loops around the Sun.  Star-core Zeus and the Sun have been orbiting their common centre of gravity, every four thousand years, since the birth of our solar system.

Star-core Zeus has been perturbing and sculpting our planet since it was formed. During fly-bys, its irresistible gravity has been regularly raising and lowering sea-levels to drown or expose land. On rare occasions star-core Zeus came so close to Earth, it pulled up whole mountain ranges and opened great gashes across our planet, which we now call rift-valleys and ocean-trenches.

On one terrible occasion, the force applied by star-core-zeus was so great, it ripped-off fifty per cent of the crust of the Earth and simultaneously gouged out the ocean basins. Pangaea, the remains of the old planetary surface of Earth, was shattered into huge fragments, which we now call the continents. The cataclysmic event caused The Great Permian Extinction and it marked the end of the Palaeozoic geological era.

The archaic ‘super-continent’ Pangaea was not a continent at all, it was the cracked hemispherical remains of the original surface, half of the Earth’s old crust. We still teach that continental-drift is caused by the slow continuous motion of plate-tectonics: on the contrary the tidal forces of star-core Zeus, periodically lift and drag the continents across the surface of the Earth.

All the main lunar formation models have been refuted by new data that proves water on the Moon and lunar rocks are derived from the crust and upper mantle of the Earth.

I propose that about 250 million years ago, star-core Zeus almost collided with us. As it flew past our planet at only four-hundred-thousand kilometres, it was travelling at very high velocity. Its irresistible gravity ripped the moon out of mother-earth, and it was during this violent caesarean birth, that Pangaea was shattered. The crustal fragments were accelerated into orbit by Zeus and crumpled together like a ball of paper to form the moon. Rocks on the Moon have been radiometrically dated, but the result only records their date of formation on Earth. The Moon has 20x less dust thickness than would be predicted from studies of other solar system objects such as Phobos and Vesta. The surface of the Moon is only 250 million years old.

During recent work by astronomers at Caltech to find Planet 9, the perturber of the Kuiper Belt objects,  the search of the sky has been narrowed to around Orion and Taurus near the Milky Way. I started my search for Zeus between Sirius and Orion near the Milky Way, based on ancient observations recorded in astro-mythology. 

The best candidate object is a 22 micron WISE IR source that corresponds to radio source 3C161."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEwzKDJ6yos&t=531s