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Astronomy Presentation Free

Friday 22 7.30pmJune


Newchurch Pavilion

Watery Lane
(Opposite Amazon World/Thomson's Garden Centre)

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Astronomy Presentation Free


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Steve Broadbent BSc FRAS - The Colour of Light" and how astronomers use it

The Colour of Light is a talk explaining how astronomers use spectroscopy to find out what elements and chemicals are present in astronomical objects. It covers the electromagnetic spectrum and the instruments used to observe at different wavelengths, types of spectra, and the information that can be obtained from them. Member of the BAA and elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2014. Retired from the University of Portsmouth. Initially a chemist, undertook research into reaction mechanisms. Ran a spectroscopy laboratory and lectured in computational chemistry and programming. Latterly moved into computer systems management.

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 one of our regular members will give a short 20min ‘what’s in the sky this month’ presentation.

We have a suggested donation of £2.50 for Non Members of Vas