Celebrating Astronomy in York
Friday 7 September 2018, 7pm, St Peter's School
You are all welcome to the 1,000th meeting of the York Astronomical Society, which will comprise four special talks in one evening at St Peter’s School. Traversing 15,000-foot lunar mountains, exploring the inner workings of the Society’s powerful radio telescope, and looking back 50 years to the historic flight of the Apollo 8, this event will be invaluable for all amateur astronomers.
Talk 1: Our Moon - The Greatest Show Off Earth by Dave Armeson
We take our Moon for granted, but with a little optical aid and perseverance, a whole world of discovery awaits the interested observer: a surface that hasn’t changed markedly for billions of years; more visible detail than you can see in a lifetime; 15,000ft mountain ranges and giant impact craters - you'd be amazed what you can do with a telescope and a smartphone...
Talk 2: 50 Years since Apollo 8 by Martin Dawson
It’s half a century since the historic flight of Apollo 8. Though it did not land on the moon, this missions ranks alongside the Apollo 11 in its importance. Its Christmas 1968 broadcast is still remembered to this day for giving us our first glimpse of our blue planet from space. This is a story of heroism, espionage, and superlative engineering - enjoy the ride as we relive those heady days of 1968.
Talk 3: The York AS 21cm Radio Telescope by Rupert Powell
This talk is about the building of the 2.4m diameter 21cm emission line radio dish gifted to the York Astronomical Society by the University of Leeds. It covers the basics of hydrogen emission detection and what the telescope will be capable of, as well as some of the lessons we are preparing for new students of Radio Astronomy.
Talk 4: Amateur Astro-photography by Martin Whipp
It is often thought that taking pictures of the night sky is a pastime reserved for those with expensive, professional equipment. But this is not the case. In this talk, Martin will explain how you can use a relatively cheap digital camera (or even a phone!) to capture some wonderful images of our cosmos. You don’t even need a telescope!
Please either print off your ticket or display it to us on your smartphone or tablet on the evening.
Please note that parking on site will be limited, so other forms of transport are encouraged. The nearest public car park is Marygate, a few minutes' walk from the venue. Please contact us on 01904 526 315 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any access requirements.