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  1. Chris Lintott joins us tonight in around two hours - hope to see you all there
  2. This Sunday we have the absolute pleasure of being joined by Chris Lintott! We are very excited about this and Chris wants to give a talk a bit different to the norm which should be a great fit for us: 'The short long history of citizen science in astronomy'. I think you will agree, there is no one more qualified to talk about citizen science and astronomy Chris is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford, where he is also a research fellow at New College, working on topics from galaxy evolution, transient detection and machine learning. As Principal Investigator of the Zooniverse, he leads a team who run the world’s most successful citizen science projects, allowing more than a million people to discover planets, transcribe ancient papyri or explore the Serengeti. A passionate advocate of the public understanding of science, he is best known as co-presenter of the BBC’s long running Sky at Night program. His book, ‘The Crowd and the Cosmos’, is now available from Oxford University Press. ‘Citizen Science’, through projects like Galaxy Zoo and Planet Hunters which ask volunteers to sort through data, is more popular and productive than ever before. But amateur astronomers have been making contributions to science for centuries. In this talk, which will include stories of a p**ed-off Welshman, a stoical Prussian and at least one story about penguins, Galaxy Zoo founder Chris Lintott (BBC Sky at Night) will talk about the historical foundations of citizen science, what can be done now - and what opportunities will exist in the future. Meeting details below: Topic: EP14 - Sunday, 9th August 2020 7:30pm BST - The Short Long History of Citizen Science in Astronomy by Chris Lintott Time: Aug 9, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/93821926723?pwd=V0hBTytNaWRncFliM0k4VCtYRE1mUT09 Meeting ID: 938 2192 6723 Passcode: 825115
  3. Your old account is still there and active, perhaps you forgot the password? If so, just use the password reset link on the login page - there is no technical reason your old account won’t work.
  4. Just in time for the beta release of APP with the new comet features: https://www.astropixelprocessor.com/
  5. Trying something different this week We are going to be hosting an astro Q&A session with many of the SGL mod and admin team on the panel ready to (try!) and answer any astronomy questions you may have. Expect tangents, potentially demos and some head scratching If you have a question or subject matter you would like us to touch on you can let us know in advance or ask us during the meeting live. We don't know how this will work out, it's a bit of an experiment so please bear with us and let's see how it goes. Meeting details below: Topic: EP13 - Sunday, 2nd August 2020 7:30pm BST - Astro Q&A hosted by SGL Mods & Admins Time: Aug 2, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/96473920435?pwd=V0lqNGVBc2FhNDVPRnRvUFk2a2NSdz09 Meeting ID: 964 7392 0435 Passcode: 960225
  6. This Sunday at 7:30 we are joined by Mabula Haverkamp the lead developer and founder of Astro Pixel Processor (APP) https://www.astropixelprocessor.com/. APP was launched in 2017 and is in continuous development, it provides a complete deep sky image processing application with a number of new and innovative features. APP is being developed primarily by Mabula who has a doctorandus and Master of Science degree in Astrophysics from the University of Utrecht, 2004. Mabula uses current scientific insights to develop APP besides developing and creating new innovative features and algorithms like it’s unique debayer algorithm Adaptive Airy Disc, Local Normalisation Correction and fully automatic N-View mosaics. Mabula is going to give us an overview of APP, how it works and what it can do plus a live demo and will also give us a sneak peak at upcoming features due to be introduced soon. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A at the end. Meeting details below: Topic: EP12 - Sunday, 26th July 2020 7:30pm BST - Introduction to Astro Pixel Processor by Mabula Haverkamp Time: Jul 26, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/96005272477?pwd=dEExcFFGYTUvUkxwOE8zNU5CRGNUUT09 Meeting ID: 960 0527 2477 Passcode: 341269
  7. There is an adapter for exactly this: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adapters/astro-essentials-adapter-for-sky-watcher-focal-reducers.html
  8. This Sunday at 7:30 we are joined by Gary Poyner of http://www.variablestars.co.uk/ giving us his talk 'An Introduction to Variable Star Observing'. Gary is one of the most prolific variable star observers on the planet, clocking up more than 300,000 visual observations! Astounding especially when you consider he observers from the heart of Birmingham. Gary has been observing variable stars for over 40 years! During that time he has been Director of the BAA Variable Star Section, Editor of 'The Astronomer' magazine Variable Star pages, BAAVSS CV & Eruptive Stars Secretary, VSS Circulars editor and Web Master and Chairman of the Heart of England AS. His main interests are Cataclysmic and Eruptive Variables, which he observes at every opportunity with his 51cm and 22cm reflectors from his observatory in North Birmingham. He also uses AAVSOnet remote telescopes in New Mexico and Arizona for CCD observations of Variables. Over the past few years he have mentored a number of observers in the UK and abroad in the art of variable star observing, and gives talks to Societies around the country. Mentoring and talking to clubs about different aspects of Variable Stars is clearly a passion. Gary will give us a brief account of the science behind a selection of Variable Stars, explain how to observe them and discuss the reasons why we observe them. He will also touch on how and why they vary. This should be an extremely informative talk from somebody who is an expert in the area of variable stars. Meeting details below: Topic: EP11 - Sunday, 19th July 2020 7:30pm BST - An Introduction to Variable Star Observing by Gary Poyner Time: Jul 19, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/98776512803?pwd=U1ExNXJlTkJDL0dmcXQwbnNseGF3dz09 Meeting ID: 987 7651 2803 Password: 543320
  9. Zoom details for this: Topic: EP10 - Wednesday, 15th July 2020 7:30pm BST - Sequence Generator Pro by Darren Jehan Time: Jul 14, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/91955140516?pwd=WkIxdFJQSGc0WlZNUllLZC9kL2s0UT09 Meeting ID: 919 5514 0516 Password: 402055
  10. If anybody missed this and would like to watch the video, please PM me and I will send you a private link. This will be removed in one week. Colin makes his living giving these talks so it's not something we can make available publicly / indefinitely.
  11. Something a bit different this week, on Sunday at 7:30 we are joined by David Bryant of http://www.spacerocksuk.com/ to talk about 'Meteorites: A Twenty-Year Gold Rush!'. David is a very well known figure and you may have met him at talks and shows over the years - a true character with lots of interesting stories of the meteorite trade and industry over the years. David Bryant, BSc, Cert Ed has been described as a renaissance man: wildlife photographer, teacher, lecturer, ex-naval officer, rock guitarist, published artist, author and the UK's only full-time professional meteorite dealer, he has had what could be considered a full life! This is reflected in the breadth of content of these four books, which range from the UFO phenomenon, the Apollo lunar missions, ghosts, religious apparitions to evolution, planetary astronomy and the formation of the Universe! David has been widely published on many topics including natural history, meteoritics, climate change and ornithology. The format of this talk will be a little different, it will be more of a conversation / interview style talk with David talking us through some of the history of meteorite collecting with lots of entertaining stories along the way! So pull up a chair, grab a glass of wine and join us on Sunday for what is sure to be a super talk! Meeting details below: Topic: EP9 - Sunday, 12th July 2020 7:30pm BST - Meteorites: A Twenty-Year Gold Rush! by David Bryant Time: Jul 12, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/98737087930?pwd=WVVzaHpObWtRcmpBRng1NTZmQkhIZz09 Meeting ID: 987 3708 7930 Password: 355999
  12. Continuing a bit of a Solar theme, this Sunday at 7:30 we are joined by Colin Stuart of https://www.colinstuart.net/ giving us his talk 'Rebel Star - The Sun's Greatest Mysteries'. Colin an astronomy speaker and author who has talked to over half a million people about the universe, ranging from schools and the public to conferences and businesses. He has written sixteen books which have sold more than 350,000 copies worldwide and been translated into 21 languages. He has also written over 200 popular science articles for publications including The Guardian, New Scientist, The Wall Street Journal and European Space Agency. In recognition of his efforts to popularise astronomy, the asteroid (15347) Colinstuart is named after him. In 2014 he was awarded runner-up in the European Astronomy Journalism Prize and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He's talked about the wonders of the universe on Sky News, BBC News and Radio 5Live and been quoted in national newspapers including The Daily Telegraph and The Observer. Having seen a couple of Colin's talks now I can't wait for this one - he is a superb speaker and he's talking are extremely informative and entertaining - definitely not one to miss! Rebel Star – The Sun’s Greatest Mysteries GET TO KNOW OUR NEAREST STAR LIKE NEVER BEFORE The Sun is many things: beauty, beacon, battery, belligerent. It’s the biggest thing for light-years around and yet we actually know relatively little about it. That’s changing thanks to an armada of new spacecraft recently lofted into the solar system to scrutinise the Sun in unprecedented detail. In a 45 minute talk packed full of jaw-dropping images and videos, I’ll be your guide on a journey deep into the heart of our nearest star. Meeting details below: Topic: EP8 - Sunday, 5th July 2020 7:30pm BST - Rebel Star – The Sun’s Greatest Mysteries by Colin Stuart Time: Jul 5, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/99985123857?pwd=MU0xeklkdjJsdWEwTkNNUURkbFl6dz09 Meeting ID: 999 8512 3857 Password: 106194
  13. Any gaps in sound are due to copyright requirements on youtube - only a couple of song clips got culled:
  14. Meeting details for later: Topic: EP7 - A Closer Look at the Sun by Gary Palmer Time: Jun 28, 2020 07:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/96520755134?pwd=NHlQNDhJRFc2Ny9MWFUrV2pSVy9RQT09 Meeting ID: 965 2075 5134 Password: 620078
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