Sunday, 4 October 2015

Open Observatory - Thursday 8th October 8pm

This week is World Space Week and to mark the occasion we will be holding our first Open Observatory Event!

We are very pleased to welcome Dr Helen Walker who will be giving a talk on infrared astronomy and some of the latest developments on Mars. Dr Walker is an astronomer, working in the Satellite Operations Group at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. She has around thirty years experience of working with astronomical satellites, both as researcher and planning specialist. For five years she helped ESA plan science observations on the Mars Express satellite and now works with the four Cluster satellites. She is Test Team Leader for the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) which will fly on the James Webb Space Telescope. Her research interests focus on planets, and the material around stars which might form planets.

The meeting is open to all students, staff and members of the public, please email or contact Miss Flood to book your places. Children under the age of 16 who are not Space Studio students must be accompanied by an adult. Space Studio students will need to collect a permission slip from Miss Flood.

Refreshments will be available from 7.45pm with the meeting starting at 8pm. After the talk there will be an opportunity to view the night sky in the observatory if the weather is clear.