Dr David Mannion Lectures - H.B.A.A.S Venue 2019  


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23/12/2018 5:24 pm  

David has kindly offered to give a talk at our venue.

I have included a list of lectures, with dates, that he emailed over to me.

He has asked for dates within these ranges: A weekday between 24th June to 26th July or 12th August to 15 December 2019.

The dates we have available are:

Friday 28/06/19, Friday 05/07/19, Friday 12/07/19 and Friday 19/07/19.

Please can members, or anyone who wishes to attend, email me the date and subject most suited for you so that I can organise the event. Thank you.


List of Lectures                                      Thursday 22nd November, 2018                                           

  1. 101 Questions on Astronomy

Some of the most popular questions asked by people during my cruise talks are answered like how did the Universe begin and how will it end? What are Black Holes and what would happen if you fell in? Can we believe in Climate Change and are humans responsible? How did life begin and are we alone in the Universe? What was the star of Bethlehem? Could we build a spaceship to reach the stars?

  1. A Journey through our Universe

Travelling through space and time we start from the Sun out through the Solar System stopping off at the 8 planets, the large asteroids past the Kuiper Belt objects, the comets, and on to the nearest star. We then move quickly through our Galaxy passed supernovae, giant molecular clouds to the realm of galaxies beyond. Finally we go to the furthest galaxies, quasars and gamma ray bursters!

  1. Cosmology Revealed

How did our Universe begin and what evidence is there for the Big Bang Theory? Can we predict how the Universe will evolve and eventually die?

  1. Earth to Earth, Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

We see that we are born on the beautiful planet called Earth. How was the Earth formed and what will eventually become of us, the Earth and our Sun?

  1. ET are you out there?

We have always wondered whether there is life on other planets and if there is life can we expect to communicate one day with intelligent life? Have aliens been to our Earth? What form of communication might work with extra-terrestrials?

  1. The first 61 years of Space Travel

A look at how mankind has raced into space and from the earliest Sputnik satellite launched in October 1957 how have we visited the planets, asteroids, comets in our Solar System and have sent 5 interplanetary craft our past Pluto to the stars!

  1. How will the World End?

What are the scenarios for the eventual fate of life on Earth and to the planet Earth itself. We can look at the past extinctions of life including the destruction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago through the collision with a 1 km asteroid. 

  1. 4 Centuries of Telescopic Astronomy

It is now over 400 years since Galileo made his ground breaking discoveries using his telescope to observe the heavens above. He discovered: sunspots, phases of Venus, the Moons of Jupiter and the myriad of stars in the Milky Way. We will look at how telescopic astronomy has shown us an immense Universe and what might be the discoveries of new astronomies in the 21st Century?

  1. Heavens above November 2017

Simply what the night sky will be like during the month we are on the Viking Star with the naked eye, binoculars and small telescope.

  1. The Future of Space Travel

What is the future of space travel after the tremendous Apollo missions, the Mars Rovers, the exploration of our Solar System by interplanetary robots? Will we ever have bases on the Moon and Mars by the end of the 21st Century?

  1. Exoplanets

Astronomers have discovered since 1992 over 3892 exoplanets. What are they? How are they discovered? Are there any planets like the Earth orbiting a star like our Sun? If so, will we find life on exoplanets? How many exoplanets are there in our Galaxy or even in the Universe?

  1. Astronomical Numbers

Astronomically large numbers from the numbers of seconds since the Big Bang to the time it takes light to cross an Atom, from how many electrons are in the Universe to the mass of the Universe. There are more stars in our Universe than grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth! How do we measure such enormous distances, times and masses!?

  1. The search for Dark Matter and Dark Energy

The Universe we “see” is about 4% of the total matter we now know makes up our Universe!

What on Earth is Dark matter (24%) or even more strange Dark Energy which makes up 72% of our

Universe and is causing the galaxies to accelerate away from each other? We will explore the know

Science behind these two unknown quantities!

  1. The Juno Mission to Jupiter

The NASA Probe to Jupiter (JUNO)  launched in Aug 2011 will arrive at Jupiter on 4 July 2016. What is the mission  hoping to find? Will it unlock the secrets of how our Solar System was formed 4.6 billion years ago? What of Jupiter’s strange atmosphere and what is its core made of? The spacecraft will orbit the giant planet 33 times skimming within 3000 miles of its turbulent atmosphere!

All Talks are between 45 to 50 minutes long allowing 10 to 15 mins of questions.

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