We are delighted to welcome Prof. Andy Lawrence, Regius Professor of Astronomy, School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh to give a talk entitled "Making Pictures in the Sky: 200 Years of Astronomical Imaging".

The Royal Observatory Edinburgh, where Prof Lawrence works, is two hundred years old. Over that time, the way they make pictures of the sky, and the understanding of the cosmos that they get from their pictures, has transformed dramatically. Much of the technology and the science was pioneered in Edinburgh. Prof Lawrence will tell the story of how this happened, from Piazzi Smyth's first mountain-top adventures, through to the latest infrared images from the James Webb Space Telescope. As well lots of amazing pictures, Prof Lawrence will bring along examples of hardware and photographic plates for you to look at. If you want to see a glass spectrum of Nova Herculis from 1935, or see yourself live in the infrared, this is your chance!

Bio: Andy Lawrence is the Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh, and an Honorary President of the ASE. His main research these days is on the extreme variability in Active Galactic Nuclei, but he is also a keen advocate for Space Environmentalism.

The lecture will start at 1930 and will be held in Room 6.41 in the Royal College building, University of Strathclyde