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Astronomy Presentation Free

Friday 24 7.30pmNovember


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Astronomy Presentation Free


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Mapping orbits around black holes and neutron stars - Dr Diego Altamirano

For this talk, I will take a different approach than the usual talk that you are used to.

I will be talking about black holes and neutron stars, but I will be explaining things you do not generally find in popular blogs of magazines: how is it really that we study black holes and neutron stars?

What are the techniques we use? are these out of this world? impossible to understand? If you come to the talk and give me a chance, I'll prove to you that we use techniques that you already use... even if you didn't know you used them in daily life."

Dr. Diego Altamirano did his undergraduate studies in Argentina. In October 2003 he moved to Amsterdam, to do his PhD under the supervision of Prof. M. van der Klis (known as the God Father of time-series analysis of Black Holes and Neutron stars). Diego defended his PhD on April 2008 ( can be downloaded here: ). Diego continued working in Amsterdam with a Postdoctoral Fellowship until September 2013, when he was awarded the Royal Society "University Research Fellowship", the most prestigious fellowship for early career scientists in the UK. Diego started working at the University of Southampton in October 2013, and now he is a Principal Research fellow (equivalent to Associate Professor)

The Vectis Astronomical Society meets on the 4th Friday of every month, except for December. This event is open for non-members to attend. The speakers come from all over the country and give a presentation for around 45 mins. We then stop for a break with tea and biscuits, which gives an opportunity to mingle and chat. The second half of the evening sees a presentation by one of our regular members showing us what to we could see in the sky over the coming month. This always involves some great pictures projected onto the large screen.

Entry to the event is free of charge, although as we run as a charity, donations are always welcome.

Newsletters are available at the entrance for a suggested donation of £2.50

Please see our website for contact and membership details.