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Space and astronomy digest: March 2010

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 12:29
Published on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 12:29

This release summarises some of the astronomy and space science events taking place during March, particularly those with UK involvement. Highlights this month include the annual UK Space Conference and a public lecture on how impacts have shaped the Solar System.

SPACE AND ASTRONOMY DIGEST: MARCH 2010
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESS RELEASE
Ref.: RAS PN 10/10
Date: 26th February 2010
For immediate release

 

Issued by:
Dr Robert Massey
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SPACE AND ASTRONOMY DIGEST: MARCH 2010 (RAS PN 10/10)

 

This release summarises some of the astronomy and space science events taking place during March, particularly those with UK involvement. It is not intended to be fully comprehensive and dates and times may be subject to change.

 

9TH MARCH: RAS LUNCHTIME LECTURE: AN IMPACT CRATERING TOUR OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM

 

The latest Royal Astronomical Society public lecture will take place at 1 p.m. on the 9th of March, in the RAS lecture theatre in Burlington House, London. Dr Emily Baldwin, Website Editor for Astronomy Now magazine, will explain how impacts have shaped the planets and moons of the Solar System, from the giant craters on Mercury (including the latest results from the MESSENGER spacecraft) and the Moon to the temporary scars that appeared on Jupiter in 2009.

 

 

CONTACT
Robert Massey
(details above)

 

12TH MARCH: RAS SPECIALIST DISCUSSION MEETING: WAVES AND TURBULENCE IN SOLAR-TERRESTRIAL PLASMAS

 

Solar-terrestrial physicists will gather at the Royal Astronomical Society on the 12th of March for a special meeting to discuss the waves and turbulence that appear in the plasmas (ionised gases) associated with the Sun, the solar wind, the terrestrial magnetic field and the ionosphere region of the Earth’s atmosphere. The scientists will hear and present the latest results in the field, comparing theory and observation to gain a better collective understanding of the often dramatic interaction between our home planet and our nearest star.

 

Bona fide members of the media who wish to attend this meeting should present their credentials at the reception desk of the RAS for free admission.

 

 

CONTACT
Robert Massey
(details above)

 

12TH MARCH: RAS SPECIALIST DISCUSSION MEETING: STARBURSTS NEAR AND FAR

 

A starburst galaxy is one where stars are forming at an exceptionally high rate. On the 12th of March, astronomers will gather at the Geological Society of London for a special meeting to consider starbursts and their impact on their host galaxies and the material around them. The conference will bring together scientists from the UK and overseas who will present the latest research into these intriguing objects.

 

Bona fide members of the media who wish to attend this meeting should present their credentials at the reception desk of the RAS for free admission.

 

CONTACT
Robert Massey
(details above)

 

24TH-28TH MARCH: UK SPACE CONFERENCE, CHARTERHOUSE SCHOOL, SURREY

 

The 2010 UK Space Conference (UKSC 2010) will take place from the 24th to the 28th of March at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey. The Conference will bring together members of the UK space community including students, young professionals, leading academics, institutions, organisations and commercial ventures. Delegates will take part in events including lectures, panel discussions and a careers fair.

 

Beyond the conventional speakers, debates and discussion sessions, the conference aims to include a wide range of activities, attracting a large population base and inspiring young people to take a greater interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

 

The highlight of the meeting is the Sir Arthur Clarke awards ceremony which recognises exceptional individual and group achievement in the space community, from science and engineering to media and outreach.

 

 

CONTACT
Dave Wright
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MARCH’S NIGHT SKY

 

Information on stars, planets, meteor showers and other celestial phenomena is available from the Sky Notes section of the British Astronomical Association (BAA) website.

 

 

NOTES FOR EDITORS

 

THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

 

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. The RAS organizes scientific meetings, publishes international research and review journals, recognizes outstanding achievements by the award of medals and prizes, maintains an extensive library, supports education through grants and outreach activities and represents UK astronomy nationally and internationally. Its more than 3000 members (Fellows), a third based overseas, include scientific researchers in universities, observatories and laboratories as well as historians of astronomy and others.