Fwd: [Infofassocs] Invitation: Gresham Astronomy lectures in 2022 (for your members: free, online)

From: "Chris Holt chris.holt@PROTECTED [Abingdon Astronomical Society Mailing List]" <aasmail@PROTECTED>
Subject: Fwd: [Infofassocs] Invitation: Gresham Astronomy lectures in 2022 (for your members: free, online)
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Date: December 30th 2021

These free online lectures from Gresham College may be of interest.

Chris H

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Subject: [Infofassocs] Invitation: Gresham Astronomy lectures in 2022 (for your members: free, online)
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2021 11:49:23 -0000

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Lucia Graves from Gresham Colledge has sent us the following




Dear Local Astronomy Society,


I was hoping to invite your members to our free Astronomy lectures in 2022 by Professor Katherine Blundell and Professor Roberto Trotta. 


You can register for any of these lectures by clicking the link. 

I have listed the lectures below by month in case you share information with your members in this way.



Structures in the Universe by Professor Katherine Blundell

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 6:00 PM   gres.hm/structures-universe                                 

Museum of London/ Online Or watch later         

How did the cosmos transition into space characterised by galaxies in a plethora of different shapes of great beauty? This lecture will consider what happens when groups of galaxies interact with one another and what happens when these galaxies collide and merge.

The Broken Cosmic Distance Ladder by Professor Roberto Trotta

Monday, January 31, 2022 1:00 PM gres.hm/cosmic-distance                   

Barnard’s Inn Hall/ Online Or watch later

Measuring distances to astronomical objects outside our Galaxy is a surprisingly hard challenge: it wasn't until 1929 that Edwin Hubble obtained proof that Andromeda is indeed a galaxy in its own right. Today, astronomers extend distance measurements in the cosmos to the edge of the visible Universe, building up a 'cosmic distance ladder' made of several rungs. This talk will explore a major conundrum of contemporary astronomy: as observations have become more precise, the distance ladder appears today to be broken.      


Magnetic Universe by Professor Katherine Blundell

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 6:00 PM gres.hm/magnetic-universe       

Museum of London / Online Or watch later

Magnetic fields have mysterious effects that can be dramatically counterintuitive, and they are ubiquitous throughout the Universe and can have influence on large scales. This lecture will explore how some of the exotic and energetic phenomena in the Universe can only be explained in terms of these magnetic fields that pervade space.


Planetary Universe by Professor Katherine Blundell

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 6:00 PM     gres.hm/planetary-universe      

Museum of London / Online Or watch later        

How can new worlds be discovered, and how many exo-planets might be out there? What does today’s technology in astronomical observatories now enable, and what is it that holds us back from finding what is actually out there? What hinders us from pushing forwards the frontiers of space science?


The Future of Life on Earth by Professor Roberto Trotta    

Monday, May 9, 2022 1:00 PM   gres.hm/future-life       

Barnard’s Inn Hall/ Online Or watch later

Although life is probably widespread in the universe, our pale blue dot, Earth, is the only known place harbouring intelligent life. Even if we manage to stave off extinction by climate change, avoid a nuclear apocalypse and the dangers of runaway AI, biological life on our planet will eventually come to an end in about 5 billion years’ time. What are the astrophysical dangers to life on Earth, and the prospects for life’s survival into the distant future?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   JUNE                                                                                     

Life in the Universe by Professor Katherine Blundell      

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 6:00 PM gres.hm/life-universe             

Museum of London / Online Or watch later        

How can life form in the Universe, and what are the necessary ingredients for habitability so that planets can sustain life? Can we expect life elsewhere in the solar system, or on exo-planets? This lecture offers a broader perspective from astrobiology, astrochemistry, and astrophysics on the habitability or otherwise of other planets beyond Planet Earth. 


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