Thursday 18th May - Lecture

Venus: Heavenly Body or a Vision of Hell
Dr Simon Cuthbert, Lecturer in Earth Science, University of the West of Scotland. 

Venus, the familiar bright jewel of the morning and evening skies and our nearest planetary neighbour should be the most Earth-like of the other terrestrial planets, but how much like our own world is it in reality? This presentation explores the current state of knowledge and will, indeed, reveal many familiar features. However, there is much about Venus that is very strange and decidedly hostile. Venus's brilliant white veil hides a bizarre, scorched volcanic landscape and its dense, roasting atmosphere makes exploration much more difficult than on other planets, so mysteries abound: What happened to all the water? Why are there metal-coated mountain-tops? Was Venus ever really Earth-like, and could  humans ever visit Venus, or even live there?

Biography: I am a lecturer in Earth Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland.  My research interests have tended to focus on deep­level processes in the Earth's crust and, more recently, on mineral resources, but I've had a long­standing fascination with lunar and planetary geology ever since my undergraduate days when I wrote my degree dissertation on the origins of the lunar Highlands.  Nowadays I'm Secretary of the Glasgow Geological Society, a member of the Scottish Geodiversity Forum and occasionally teach evening classes in geosciences at Glasgow University. There are few things I enjoy more than evangelising about geology!

Note that due to refurbishment work in the normal location, this lecture will be held in Lecture Theatre 325 in the John Anderson building, entrance here   The lecture will start at the normal time of 7.30pm and will be followed by the Society Annual General Meeting for members only.

Public lectures for the 2016-17 session

The ASG's free public lectures for the 2016-17 session are as follows, the dates and titles are shown below.  They are normally held in Room 6.41 Royal College, Strathclyde University unless otherwise advised.  Access is via the Montrose Street entrance, take the lift to Level 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 lectures start at 7:30pm and are preceded from 6:45pm by either a presentation on the month's skywatching highlights or by a social event giving you the opportunity to meet other members.

The complete lecture programme for the 2016-17 session is as follows:

Thursday 15th September 2016 New Views of the Sun's Hot Corona
The Eric Tomney Lecture
Dr Iain G Hannah, Astronomy and Astrophysics Group, SUPA School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow
Thursday 20th October 2016 The Gaia Space Telescope: mapping the Milky Way in six dimensions
Dr Nick Rowell, Researcher and developer in the Wide Field Astronomy Unit, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
Thursday 17th November 2016 What has Space Ever Done for Us?
Mr Matjaz Vidmar, Postgraduate research student. Institute for the study of Science, Technology & Innovation. University of Edinburgh
Thursday 15th December 2016 Opening a New Window on Einstein’s Universe
Prof Martin Hendry MBE Head of School, Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology, Chair, Institute of Physics, Scotland
Thursday 19th January 2017 An Introduction to Pulsars - Throwing some light on Gravity and Relativity
The Tannahill Lecture
Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Visiting Professor, Astrophysics, University of Oxford
This lecture will be held in Lecture Theatre 325 in the John Anderson building here
Thursday 16th February 2017 Members' Night Talks
Thursday 16th March 2017 Asteroids and Space Debris, Threat or Opportunity?  Major Results from the Stardust Network
Prof Max Vasile, Prof of Space Systems Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Strathclyde University
Thursday 20th April 2017 Space Weather and the Polar Regions: Gateways to Geospace
The Leon Davies Lecture
Dr Andrew Kavanagh, Middle Atmosphere Vertical Coupling Analyst, British Antarctic Survey.  This lecture will be held in Lecture Theatre 325 in the John Anderson building here
Thursday 18th May 2017 Venus: Heavenly Body or a Vision of Hell
Dr Simon Cuthbert, Lecturer in Earth Science, University of the West of Scotland.  This lecture will be held in Lecture Theatre 325 in the John Anderson building here
  This lecture will be followed by the Society Annual General Meeting