San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Institute of Physics (IOP) Christmas Lecture 2016
By Dr Darren Baskill
Extreme Astronomy: Observing the Hawaiian Skies
The best places to observe the night sky also have some of the most
extreme conditions on the planet. British astronomers have access to
telescopes at an altitude of 4,200m on the summit of Mauna Kea, on the
Big Island of Hawai'i. This talk is a personal perspective on making
astronomical observations in harsh conditions using the UK infra-red
telescope atop Mauna Kea.
A link to Darren's amazing Flikr album of photos which he took while observing in Hawaii can be found here.
Thur 15th Dec, 6.30pm - 7.30pm, Lecture Theatre C,
Physics and Astronomy/Building 46, Off the Foyer, Room 2005.
Talk is suitable for ages 11 and up
This lecture is funded by the IOP.
For more information on Darren you can read about him below or go to his personal website by clicking here.
The Lecture will take place in Lecture Theatre C, Building 46, Off the Foyer, Room 2005
FREE Mince Pies:
There will be a limited number of festive refreshments available in the Physics and Astronomy Foyer from 6pm.
Photography and Filming at the Lecture:
Please NOTE: Photography and Filming will be taking place throughout the evening. Please inform Sadie, the photographers or one of the other helpers if you do not wish to be photographed and/or filmed.
There is free parking available in the car park at the back of the Physics and Astronomy department, which is Building 46 on the University Map from 5pm.
For a PDF map click there <<<
There is also free spaces on the street from 5pm onwards on Chamberlain Road and nearby streets by The Crown Inn pub.
If you put the Chamberlain Road postcode SO17 1PQ into your Sat Navs this should get you to the car park.
The University postcode is SO17 1BJ but this postcode should not be used to get you to the Physics department specifically it will get you to University Road.
Dr Darren Baskill -SEPnet Outreach Officer & Lecturer at the University of Sussex
Darren on Twitter: @DrDasB Sheffielder. Astrophysicist. Photographer. Nature lover. Lousy piano player. Based in Brighton.
- Astronomer with a PhD in X-ray astronomy
- Lecturer at the University of Sussex
- Manages the Outreach programme at the University of Sussex's Physics & Astronomy dept.
- Freelance astronomer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich
- Photographer, running courses and supplying image and video content
- Member of the Royal Astronomical Society & Institute of Physics.
After many enjoyable years at the University of Leicester, where I did a degree in astro-physics, a PhD in X-ray astronomy, and was then the calibration scientist for the EPIC-MOS camera's on board the XMM-Newton space telescope, I moved to the Royal Observatory Greenwich to take up my "hobby" of public outreach full time.
At the Royal Observatory Greenwich, I was an astronomy educator, presenting and developing planetarium shows using the E&S Digitstar 3 system. I still freelance at the observatory.
Since 2009, I have been the SEPnet Physics outreach officer at the University of Sussex, where I manage the outreach programs of both the Physics & Astronomy, and Maths departments. I also teach undergraduates, both lecture courses and in the labs.
Over the years I've written numerous magazine articles on astronomy, contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and the book "30-second Astronomy" (published in 2013).
I wish you all a Merry Christmas
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