June 2013 Meeting – “Observatories Around The World”

Our speaker this month is James Silvester who will talking about “Observatories Around The World”.

The great astronomical observatories used to be based near cities – London, Chicago, Paris, Berlin – but the rise of light pollution and the quest for clearer skies meant that, during the 20th century, large research telescopes moved to more remote parts of the planet. Mountain tops and deserts, are now the go-to destinations for astronomical research.

James Silvester studied astrophysics at the University of Hertfordshire, and moved to Canada to pursue a PhD at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. James has visited many observatories and universities around the world researching areas such as stellar spectropolarimetry and stellar magnetism, and is the former observatory manager of the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory.

James will be taking us on a personal tour of many of the great observatories located in various parts of the world.

The public meeting takes place at the Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End on Wednesday 19th June. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. For further information, see the Events page.


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