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Space, astronomy and geophysics digest: March 2014

Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 21:11
Published on Friday, 28 February 2014 20:36

The March digest of upcoming space, astronomy and geophysics news events, from the RAS. Highlights this month include National Astronomy Week and the latest Soyuz mission to the International Space Station.

 


1-8 March: National Astronomy Week 2014

National Astronomy Week 2014 (NAW 2014) celebrates Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar system. From the UK the giant planet will reach its highest point in the sky for many years in early March. With two space missions set to explore Jupiter in the next two decades (the NASA JUNO probe that will arrive in 2016 and the ESA JUICE mission that will reach the planet in 2030), the UK astronomical community is celebrating the renewed focus on this world.

Jupiter 2 for press release Feb 16 mediumAn image of Jupiter made by amateur astronomer and NAW Steering Group member David Arditti. He captured this picture on 16 February 2014, using a 36 cm telescope set up in his back garden in north London. Credit: David Arditti / NAW. Click for a full resolution imageAmateur astronomers, universities, observatories, schools and community groups are running 195 events around the UK during NAW 2014, giving the public plenty of opportunities to find out more about Jupiter and the many other objects in the night sky.

Contact

Laurie Marsden
NAW 2014 coordinator
Mob: +44 (0)7977 202 301
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11 March: RAS lunchtime lecture: It’s about time: Geological Society, Burlington House, London

At 1300 GMT on 11 March, Professor Don Kurtz of the University of Central Lancashire will give the latest RAS public lecture, with the title “It’s about time!” In his talk he will discuss time and the calendar, covering a diverse range of topics including Roman Emperors, Zulu wars, Rider Haggard, Thomas Hardy, the English time riots, and how the days of the week got their names.

Contact

Robert Massey
Royal Astronomical Society
Tel: +44 (0)20 7734 3307 x214
Mob: +44 (0)794 124 8035
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14 March: RAS specialist discussion meeting: Supernovae Near and Far: Geological Society, Burlington House, London

Studies of supernovae, the explosions that mark the end of the lives of the most massive stars, have become increasingly prominent over the last decade. These are key to our understanding of many astrophysical processes, and are a vital tool for the science of cosmology. Supernovae produce large quantities of heavy elements and are probably also large dust factories.

On 14 March, astronomers from around the world will gather at the Geological Society for a special meeting that will focus on recent progress in research on supernovae, supernova remnants and supernova surveys, and the future directions of the field.

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

Contact

Robert Massey
(details above)

Supernovae near and far: meeting home page


13-14 March: Geomagnetic Field Modelling and Palaeo/Archaeomagnetic Data; UK-SEDI: The frontiers of deep Earth research: Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, London

On 13 and 14 March, geophysicists will gather at the Royal Astronomical Society for two geophysics meetings; the first on modelling the Earth’s magnetic field and its history; the second on the Structure of the Earth’s Deep Interior (UK-SEDI) looking at the nature of the Earth’s mantle (the region beneath the crust) and core. An international array of speakers and delegates will discuss the latest research in both these topics.

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

Contact

Robert Massey
(details above)

Geomagnetic Field Modelling and Palaeo/Archaeomagnetic Data: meeting home page
UKSEDI 2014: The frontiers of deep-Earth research: meeting home page


25 March: Launch of Soyuz TMA-12M to International Space Station (ISS)

The latest crewed mission to the ISS is set to take place on 25 March, when a Russian Soyuz-FG rocket will carry two cosmonauts and one US astronaut to the orbiting outpost. The crew will consist of Commander Aleksandr Skvortsov and flight engineers Oleg Artemyev and Steven R. Swanson. After reaching the ISS, the crew will join three existing occupants of the Station to make up Expedition 39.

NASA: Expedition 39

 


Night sky in March

Information on stars, planets, comets, meteor showers and other celestial phenomena is available from the British Astronomical Association (BAA), the Society for Popular Astronomy (SPA) and the Jodrell Bank night sky guide.

 


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 3500 members (Fellows), a third based overseas, include scientific researchers in universities, observatories and laboratories as well as historians of astronomy and others.

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