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Prof Andy Lawrence, Regius Professor of Astronomy, Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh will give the Society's annual Thomas Tannahill Lecture titled "The Sky: Why it Matters and How We Might Lose It"
Astronomy is fascinating, beautiful, and inspiring. But isn't it basically useless, a pure academic pursuit of no practical value? I will show that this is definitely not the case, explaining how astronomy contributes to science, technology, the economy, and education. However our study of the sky is now under threat - from light pollution and from new mega-constellations of satellites streaking across the night sky. I will explain the problem and what we can do about it.
Bio: Andy Lawrence is the Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. His research covers quasars, observational cosmology, survey astronomy, and the Virtual Observatory. More recently he has become very interested in the idea of space environmentalism. You can read more about him at his website: https://andyxlastro.me
The lecture will start at 1930. Watch the lecture on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvQwUZZHTLAS-5abXFmFTjg/videos
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The Geological Society has made available its 2021 series of planetary geology lectures on-line at the following link:
The ASG's free public lectures for the 2021-22 session are as follows. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic our normal venue at University of Strathclyde is closed and public lectures will instead be held online via Zoom. Access links for the Zoom sessions will be posted below before each lecture. Some lectures can be watched again on the ASG's YouTube channel.
All lectures start at 19:30
The Society has setup a YouTube channel to allow members and the public watch again those recent lectures that we have recorded from Zoom. This collection will grow over time and it is hoped that once we can resume lectures in person at University of Strathclyde we will still be able to record and share lectures on YouTube.