At 8pm this Friday we have two different science videos for our regular members night:
Cosmos: A Space Time Oddysey, Ep 6 - The Sisters of the Sun. This episode provides an overview of the composition of stars, and their fate in billions of years. Tyson describes how early man would identify stars via the use of constellations that tied in with various myths and beliefs, such as the Pleiades. Tyson describes the work of Edward Charles Pickering to capture the spectra of multiple stars simultaneously, and the work of the Harvard Computers or "Pickerings Harem", a team of women researchers under Pickering's mentorship, to catalogue the spectra.
A brief supper, followed by two parallel streams of either:
Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 76 - Cosmic Powerhouses of the Distant Past. The high luminosity of quasars puzzled astronomers in the 1960s. How could these peculiar, star-like objects be so bright and yet so far away? Only a few light years across, they are in fact even more powerful than entire galaxies..
Supper, discussions in cabin, observing. Or:
Visual observing through the telescopes (weather permitting).
If you have a telescope and would like to know how to use it, or alternatively, would like to show it off to us, please bring it along.
Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (doors open 7:30PM). Guests are always welcome.
Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.
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