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National Astronomy Meeting 8-11 April 1997

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 May 2010 20:14
Published on Friday, 25 February 2005 00:00
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southampton, UK



The sixth annual National Astronomy Meeting for the UK, sponsored by the Royal Astronomical Society and PPARC, will be held in Southampton on 8-11 April 1997, commencing at 9.00 a.m. on Tuesday 8th April and finishing at 12.30 p.m. on Friday 11th April. The event is expected to attract about 250 professional astronomers.

Media representatives are cordially invited and press room facilities will be available throughout the meeting, from 8.30 a.m on Tuesday 8th April.



A Press Briefing will take place in the Press Room at 11.00 a.m. on Thursday 10th April when a significant new discovery made in the last few weeks will be announced, and images released. The main speaker will be Dr Mike Irwin of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.


The Press Room will be Room 4121 on Level 4 of the Physics Department. Please report to the Registration Desk on arrival for directions to the press room.

Press Room phone nos: 01703 593173 and 01703 593174.

Press Room FAX no: 01703 593915.

Use these numbers to contact the press officers for the meeting (RAS PRO Jacqueline Mitton and Space Science Advisor Peter Bond) between 8.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. Tuesday 8th April to Thursday 10th April, and from 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. on Friday 11th April. Messages on Monday 7th April, and outside press room hours should be directed to Jacqueline Mitton, c/o County Hotel, phone 01703 359955, fax 01703 583910.

If possible, please advise Jacqueline Mitton if you plan to attend, though advance registration is not essential. There is no registration fee for working media representatives.


The principal invited speakers

Tuesday: Professor Sir Martin Rees, Cambridge University, (Astronomer Royal) on Supermassive black holes and active galaxies Wednesday: Dr Nick White, Goddard Space Flight Center, on Stellar black holes Thursday: Professor Malcolm Longair, Cambridge University, on Cosmology Friday: Dr David Hughes, Sheffield University, on Great Comets

Public talk and exhibition

Renowned astrophotographer David Malin of the Anglo Australian Observatory will give a public talk on 'A Universe of Colour' at 8 p.m. on Tuesday 8th April. A major exhibition of his work will be open to the public daily from 8th April to 2nd May.


Teachers Day

On Tuesday 8th April there will be a full-day programme of talks and hands-on activities for school teachers. For further information contact Joe Kaplonek, phone 01703-228761 or 01703- 270766, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Scientific Sessions

Daily parallel session will cover a wide range of astronomical topics from the Sun and solar system to galaxies and cosmology. A summary of titles and speakers (a 7-page document) is available on request, by fax post or e-mail. Please contact Jacqueline Mitton (phone 01223-564914, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if your require a copy. Details are also on the Meetings WWW pages

Potentially newsworthy contributions noted. Is is expected that press notices on most of these papers will be available at the meeting.



Possible evidence for the Milky Way's cannibalistic tendencies? Cool Carbon stars in the galactic halo by Ed Totten of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.

Elusive brown dwarfs. A low-mass brown dwarf in the Pleiades by Martin Cossburn and colleagues at the University of Leicester.



More insight into starbirth. The Lagoon Nebula - Orion's evil twin? by Nick Tothill and Glenn White of Queen Mary and Westfield College.


Spiral pattern of matter falling onto a white dwarf from its companion star observed for the first time. Spiral structure in the accretion disc of IP Peg by Danny Steeghs of the University of St Andrews.


Dark matter in our Galaxy. The shape of the Milky Way's dark matter halo by Rob Olling and Michael Merrifield of the University of Southampton.



Supernova 1987A in its 10th anniversary year. A review of what has been learned by Peter Meikle of Imperial College, London, and conclusions about the peculiar nature of this untypical supernova's progenitor star, by Phillip Podsialowski of the University of Oxford.


What Earth-bound explosions might tell us about supernovae. Possible terrestrial analogues for supernovae explosions by Geraint Thomas of the University of Aberystwyth.



Gearing up to hunt more effectively for extrasolar planets. The Darwin Space Infrared Interferometer by Alan Penny of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.


The ongoing mysteries of Saturn's rings. The solar system's strangest ring by Carl Murray of Queen Mary and Westfield College, London, and others.


Prospects for a Leonid meteor storm in November of next year. The Leonid Meteor Shower by Iwan Williams of Queen Mary and Westfield College, London.


Further details about the whole meeting, including the scientific programme and location maps, can be found via the World Wide Web at...


These pages also include hot links to the available abstracts of the papers. Hard copies of abstracts will be available at the meeting.


Issued by:
Dr Jacqueline Mitton, RAS Public Relations Officer
Phone: Cambridge ((0)1223) 564914
FAX: Cambridge ((0)1223) 572892
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