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Guide to the Spring Sky (and more!)

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  • DURATION 60 mins
  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.7 out of 5 From 141 reviews

I’ve advocated Mirthy right from day 1... you feel part of this community!

Anna
, reviewed on 04 Jan 2022

Fun, educational & relaxing!

Debbie
, reviewed on 28 Feb 2022

I’m glad I found you. I said this to my wife - without Mirthy, my life would be far less richer than it is now.

Martin
, reviewed on 06 Feb 2022

Event Description

1) Guide to the Spring Sky (23rd March)

Here is a chance to take a tour of the night sky during the spring months, learning how to find the Plough and the North Star. Discover what stars can be seen in the spring sky and their myths and legends. Then discover if there are any planets or meteor showers visible this spring. 

2) Women Astronomers (30th March)

Few people realise just how much women have contributed to astronomy. Astronomy is seen as a male dominated science, yet over the last 4,000 years women have made many of the most important discoveries in astronomy - only for men to take all the credit! This is the women’s story.

3) Swept Under the Carpet: the forgotten story of astronomers Edward Crossley and Joseph Gledhill (6th April)

The West Yorkshire town of Halifax was dominated by textile mills in the 19th century. Crossley Carpets made carpets which were exported around the world. What is less well known is that Edward Crossley and his employed assistant astronomer Joseph Gledhill had an observatory with the largest reflecting telescope in England. The two astronomers made massive contributions to the study of astronomy and after their deaths, Crossley’s two big telescopes, the 36 inch Common reflector and the 9.3 inch Cooke refractor, continued to be used in astronomical research.

4) Astronomy in the Mediterranean (13th April)

Many great civilisations flourished in the ancient Mediterranean. This talk takes us on an astronomical journey to Egypt, Greece, Mesopotamia and the empires of Byzantium and Arabia. We will also visit Europe during the Renaissance. These were very different civilisations, each with their own interpretation of the night sky. Our modern view of the stars and constellations was shaped in this diverse part of the world, and the study of the oldest of all the sciences is still being undertaken in this region today. This is the story of Astronomy in the Mediterranean.

5) Our Neighbour, the Moon (20th April)

Fascinating us since the beginning of time, the Moon was even worshipped as a god in the past, for the protection its night-time light gave to ancient people. At one time, people thought that there were oceans on the moon and that creatures might live there. Today the Moon is a dead world but it is the only place apart from the Earth where people have set foot. Join Martin for a fascinating exploration of the Moon’s history.

6) The Pluto Story (27th April)

Discovered as a planet in 1930 then relegated to a dwarf planet in 2006, Pluto has set astronomers many problems about its size and what kind of planet it really is. It was only in 2015, when the New Horizons space craft flew past Pluto, that we began better to understand this small world at the edge of the solar system. Join Martin to find out all about this small body with a big story.

  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
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Meet the Host, Martin

Martin studied for his degree in astrophysics while working as a guard on British Rail in the 1970s. Before taking early retirement he was Curator of Astronomy at the Yorkshire Museum in York, and in 1998 he was presented with an MBE for services to astronomy and education. Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and also currently sits on the council.

Today, in addition to presenting lectures, Martin writes a monthly feature for local newspaper ‘The Craven Herald’, which covers the Yorkshire Dales. He has his own weekly radio show on a local community radio station, Drystone Radio. Martin was recently filmed for an episode of BBC ‘Antiques Road Trip’ as guest expert on the York based telescope and instrument maker Thomas Cooke, to be shown in 2021.

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