Breckland Astronomical Society

25th Anniversary Celebration

Breckland Astronomical Society celebrate their 25th Anniversary in conjunction with the Teacher Scientist Network. Peer through solar and astronomical telescopes and see simulations of the night sky, astro-images, equipment and artefacts.

Friday 26 October
2pm–6pm
Venue: John Innes Centre
Cost: Free, drop-in; 
Age: 10+

Plus lectures from: Dr Helen Mason OBE, on solar physics at 2.30pm; David Bryant on meteorite collecting at 4pm; Dr Dan Self at 5.15pm on the sky; Prof Gerry Gilmore on the Milky Way at 6pm and Prof Carolin Crawford on cosmology at 7.45pm.

Venue: John Innes Centre Conference Centre
Talks: £2; free to TSN-school groups by arrangement

Lectures

2.30pm Dr Helen Mason OBE – The Sun, Our Star

The Sun credit NASA
The Sun – credit NASA

This talk is about what the Sun really is. Dr Mason is a Leadership Fellow of the Science and Technology Facilities Council based at the University of Cambridge and was awarded her honours for Service to Higher Education and Women in SET. She has been involved in many solar space projects over a long career. Cost £2 per person. Free to TSN schools by arrangement, contact phil.smith@nbi.ac.uk and Breckland AS members – contact chairman@brecklandastro.org.uk

Dr Mason will also be running Sun Space Art children’s activities in the foyer during the afternoon.

 

4pm David Bryant – Meteorites and Their Origins

Meteorites
Meteorites – credit Spacerocks UK

David founded the business Space Rocks UK which collects new and a wide variety of meteorites from around the world. David is very knowledgeable and experienced and we have allowed plenty of time for Questions and Answers. Cost £2 per person. Free to TSN schools by arrangement, contact phil.smith@nbi.ac.uk and Breckland AS members – contact chairman@brecklandastro.org.uk

David will be displaying and selling meteorites in the foyer during the afternoon.

 

5.15pm Dr Dan Self – The Sky

The sky
The sky – credit Stellarium/Archant

The Chairman of Breckland Astronomical Society, Dr Dan Self will give a short lecture on what can be seen in the sky. Free entry.

 

 

 

 

 

6pm Professor Gerry Gilmore FRS – GAIA, Mapping the Milky Way

GAIA mapping the stars. Credit ESA
GAIA mapping the stars. Credit ESA

This talk is aimed at anyone interested in finding out more about the stars in our Milky Way Galaxy. Gerry has spent his career working on stellar evolution and galactic stellar populations based at the University of Cambridge. The GAIA space probe has returned data about a billion stars with a new leap in precision which should lead to a wave of new possible discoveries. Cost £2 per person. Free to TSN schools by arrangement, contact phil.smith@nbi.ac.uk and Breckland AS members – contact chairman@brecklandastro.org.uk

 

7.45pm Professor Carolin Crawford – Dark Energy and the Ever Expanding Universe

The universe
The universe – credit Hubble Space Telescope

This talk is aimed at amateur astronomers and technically minded public, but is open to all. Professor Crawford has given an accomplished series of Gresham Lectures. Her lecture was very popular at last year’s Norwich Science Festival so please book early. We will reserve a limited number of seats for on the door tickets. Cost £2 per person. Free to TSN schools by arrangement, contact phil.smith@nbi.ac.uk and Breckland AS members – contact chairman@brecklandastro.org.uk

 

 

Tickets go off-sale 12 hours prior to the event. Tickets may be available on the door. All attendees of talks need a ticket. Under 12s must be accompanied.