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RAS PN 08/52: Space and astronomy digest: November 2008

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 April 2010 15:10
Published on Thursday, 30 October 2008 00:00
The November digest of space and astronomy events, from the RAS. This month sees the latest shuttle launch to the International Space Station and a RAS public lecture on the Large Hadron Collider.

ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESS INFORMATION NOTE
Date: 30th October 2008
For Immediate Release
Ref.: PN 08/52

Issued by:
Dr Robert Massey
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RAS SPACE AND ASTRONOMY DIGEST: NOVEMBER 2008

This release contains a summary of some astronomical and space events that will be taking place during November. It has been written to assist the media in planning and researching future stories related to space science and astronomy, particularly those with UK involvement. It is not intended to be fully comprehensive. Dates and times may be subject to change.

11TH NOVEMBER: RAS LUNCHTIME LECTURE: THE BIG BANG MACHINE: THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER AT CERN: ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, BURLINGTON HOUSE, LONDON

In the latest public lecture at the RAS, due to take place at 1 pm on 11th November, University of Oxford particle physicist Dr Alan Barr will set out how the LHC will attempt to answer some of the biggest questions about our Universe. The LHC could shed some light on Dark Matter, help us understand the nature of mass and why we live in a cosmos without much antimatter.


13TH – 14TH NOVEMBER: RAS SPECIALIST DISCUSSION MEETING: BERNARD PAGEL’S UNIVERSE: GALAXIES AND THE ELEMENTS: GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, BURLINGTON HOUSE, LONDON

In a special two day meeting to celebrate the life and work of the late Professor Bernard Pagel (astrophysicist and 1990 recipient of the RAS Gold Medal), astronomers will gather at the Geological Society in London to discuss the abundance of elements in the Universe. The scientists will consider the composition of elements and chemical evolution of the cosmos, from the time just after the Big Bang to the present day.

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


Bernard Pagel’s Universe: meeting home page
http://astronomy.sussex.ac.uk/~rcs/pagel.html

14TH NOVEMBER: RAS SPECIALIST DISCUSSION MEETING: ASTRONOMY WITH SMALL SATELLITES, ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, BURLINGTON HOUSE, LONDON

Small satellites have now evolved to a level of complexity that allows them to perform a wide variety of useful scientific missions. On 14th November space scientists will gather at the Royal Astronomical Society to discuss the latest results from existing projects - studying everything from gamma ray bursts to the oscillations of stars.

In the second half of the meeting, the scientists will look at proposals for the future – from a Beagle 2 type mission to the Moon to the continued search for planets around other stars.

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


Astronomy with small satellites: meeting home page
http://www.le.ac.uk/physics/smallsats/Astronomy_with_Small_Satellites.html

15TH NOVEMBER (LONDON TIME): LAUNCH OF SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR, KENNEDY SPACE CENTER

The launch of the latest mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is targeted for 0055 GMT on the 15th November (1955 EST on 14th November in the US). As part of the ongoing effort to complete the construction of the ISS, the space shuttle Endeavour will carry a crew of seven astronauts on a 15-day mission to the Station. They will deliver a reusable logistics module that will hold supplies and equipment including additional crew quarters. Astronaut Sandra Magnus will then remain on the ISS, replacing Gregory Chamitoff who will return to Earth with the shuttle crew.

FURTHER INFORMATION


CONTACT
Katherine Trinidad
NASA Headquarters
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NOVEMBER’S NIGHT SKY

Information on stars, planets and other celestial phenomena visible in the November night sky is available from the British Astronomical Association (BAA).



NOTES FOR EDITORS

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.