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Friday 19th September 2014 - Alex Filipenko video lecture double bill

The speaker scheduled for this Friday, Tom Richards, has apparently had an altercation with a tractor, so his talk will be delayed for a few weeks until he (not the tractor) is fully recovered.  We wish him all the best.

In Tom's place, we will continue the Understanding the Universe series with Alex Filipenko.   As the next two 30-minute talks are on a similar subject, we will have them both together:

Lecture 40 - Life Beyond the Earth - The recent discovery of extra-solar planets rekindles the age-old question of whether there is life beyond Earth.  This lecture examines the possibility of rudimentary life on other planets and moons in the Solar System.

Lecture 41 - The Search for Extraterrestrials - Are there intelligent extraterrestrials elsewhere in our Galaxy?  One way to search is to scan the radio spectrum for evidence of their electronic signals.  The 'Drake Equation' suggests ways to estimate their prevalence.

Following the talk and supper, there will be viewing through the MBO 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 (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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Friday 12th September 2014 - Steve Roberts - Tycho Brahe and his Observatory

Friday 8pm we will have our own Steve Roberts talking about "Tycho Brahe and his Observatory".  8 weeks ago Steve stood at the ruins of Tycho's observatory on the island of Ven, Sweden.  Steve will talk about Tycho's bizarre life and work, with numerous pictures of Ven and the actual site.  Quite a lad, that Tycho - he had a false nose - and as to what he died of...

Following the talk and supper, there will be viewing through the MBO 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 (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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Friday 5th September 2014 - Sky For The Month

No. This can’t be. It’s impossible. Someone is having a lend! I know this is what you’re thinking – everything rises in the east and sets in the west; right? Well, this Friday night at our regular Members’ Night, Perry Vlahos is going to tell you about a planet that’s going to rise IN THE WEST this September. No joke! If you’d like to find out how this is going to occur without breaking the laws of physics, plus all the other wonderful things to see in the sky this month, make sure you don’t miss this fascinating and fully illustrated presentation.

Following the talk and supper, there will be viewing through the MBO 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 (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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Friday 29th August 2014 - Alex Filipenko video lecture - "Extra-Solar Planets Galore"

This Friday will see the next in our continuing series of Understanding the Universe, an Introduction to Astronomy by Alex Filipenko.  This lecture is number 39 entitled "Extra-Solar Planets Galore".  Because extra-solar planets are too dim to be seen directly, they are detected using a variety of ingenious techniques.  Two examples: minute variations in a star's spectrum and tiny changes in its brightness can signal the presence of planets.

Following the talk and supper, there will be viewing through the MBO 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 (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.