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Special General Meeting and BAA Meeting

Venue: THE INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS, 37 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9BU (click to see map)
Date:
Wednesday, 2020, March 25 - 17:00 to 20:00

PLEASE NOTE THIS MEETING WILL BE IN OUR NEW MEETINGS VENUE IN THE INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS, 37 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9BU

Doors open at 17:00 with refreshments outside the lecture theatre.

The meeting will start at 17:30 in the lecture theatre and will be finished by 20:00.

Programme:

17:30  BAA President - Welcome and SGM and OM, notices etc

17:50 Grant Privett – ‘Monitoring Variable Nebulae’

Grant Privett, a London born amateur astronomer, spent much of his youth observing from a location that had 25 street lights within a 100m radius – so he learnt early the patience that is an essential component of observing. Later, moving to Shropshire, he finally got to see the Milky-Way clearly and took up imaging during the mid-90s writing software for a homebrew CCD system and seeing how far you can push a 10” scope and Polaris mount under decent skies – mag 21.4 and Z=5 in case you wondered.

Along the way he studied astrophysics, but unexpectedly went from there to, variously, work on the interactions of nitrocellulose with nitroglycerine, model reactor cores, galaxy profiling, reconnaissance imaging and, most recently, the surveillance of space. Somewhere along the way he contributed to a paper on oncology and so is convinced that planned careers happen to other people. Currently, he works for DSTL at Porton Down and, really, really, hopes they won’t move site again…

18:40  Dr Andreu Font Ribera – ‘Studying the expansion of the Universe across time’

19:30   Sky Notes - Richard McKim

20:00   Close

Organiser:  Mrs Hazel Collett

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