Thursday 17th September 2015

The ASG's public events will resume on Thursday 17th September 2015 with a lecture by Steve Owens entitled "Reclaiming the Night"

Synopsis: For thousands of years human civilisations have studied and worshipped the night sky. But in the last few generations we have become increasingly cut off from the universe by the spread of man-made light, isolating us from the cultural and natural heritage that makes up half our visual field for half of our lives.  Steve Owens explores those isolated areas around the world that are fighting back against the spread of light pollution, and how we are beginning to reclaim the night.

Bio: https://darkskydiary.wordpress.com/about/   This blog is written by Steve Owens, planetarium manager, freelance science communicator, writer, astronomer, and skeptic, and author of Stargazing for Dummies. I run the planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre , and was the UK Manager for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 in the UK for two years, during which time I helped establish the UK’s first International Dark Sky Park in Galloway, Scotland, and sat on the Dark Sky Discovery steering group. I have since then [helped] five other sites in the UK become International Dark Sky Places.  I was presented with the Federation of Astronomical Societies 2010 award for Outstanding Achievement in Astronomy, and the Campaign for Dark Skies 2010 award for Efforts in Dark Sky Preservation. I was also short-listed for the UK Space Conference’s 2010 Arthur Clarke award.  I was a 2011 Winston Churchill Traveling Fellow.  I am 40, have a first class degree in Physics and Astronomy, have been a professional science communicator for the last ten years, and became a father for the first time in 2009.

Location : Room 6.41 Royal College, Strathclyde University.  Access is via the Montrose Street entrance, take the lift to Floor 3, exit the lift and take the 2nd set of steps on your left, go through the double glass doors.  Room 6.41 is on your left approximately half way along the corridor.

The complete lecture programme for the 2015-16 session is as follows:

Thursday 17th September 2015 Reclaiming the Night
The Eric Tomney Lecture
Mr. Steve Owens (Freelance Science Writer)
Thursday 15th October 2015 In search of the Forty Foot
Mr. Bob Bower (Secretary, The Society for the History of Astronomy) will discuss the William Herschel telescope
Thursday 19th November 2015 CubeSats
Clyde Space Ltd.
Thursday 17th December 2015 New Horizons in the Solar System
Dr. John Davies, UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Royal Observatory Edinburgh will discuss Rosetta / Philae at Comet CG, the Dawn mission and the New Horizons mission
Thursday 21st January 2016 Big Bangs and Black Holes
The Tannahill Lecture
Professor Carole Mundell, Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy and Head of Astrophysics at the University of Bath
Thursday 18th February 2016 Members' Night Talks
Thursday 17th March 2016 Noah, Amazonia and Olympus - Geology on Mars
Dr. Simon Cuthbert, Lecturer in Earth Sciences, University of the West of Scotland
Thursday 21st April 2016 In Search of the Northern Lights
The Leon Davies Lecture
Prof Jim Wild, Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science Group, Lancaster University
Thursday 19th May 2016 TBC
followed by the Society AGM

Unless otherwise advised, lectures are held in Room 6.41 Royal College, Strathclyde University.  Access is via the Montrose Street entrance, take the lift to Floor 3, exit the lift and take the 2nd set of steps on your left, go through the double glass doors.  Room 6.41 is on your left approximately half way along the corridor.