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Last Updated on Sunday, 02 May 2010 15:11
Published on Friday, 25 February 2005 00:00

 

MEETING AT SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES LECTURE THEATRE 23 SAVILE ROW, LONDON W1

"Applied historical astronomy" will be the subject of a one-day discussion meeting in London on Friday October 9th as part of the Royal Astronomical Society's regular monthly programme. Media representatives are cordially invited to attend as observers.

This is probably the first-ever UK meeting devoted specifically to Applied Historical Astronomy - the use of early astronomical records (especially from the pre-telescopic period) in the investigation of problems in modern astronomy and geophysics. In recent years this subject has developed into an important scientific discipline.

Despite the low precision of many early observations, the very long time-spans they cover mean that they can have several advantages over more recent data. One example is the study of very rare events, such as supernova explosions in our own Galaxy. Another is long-term trends that simply cannot be picked up over the relatively short period for which accurate modern observations are available, such as variations in the Earth's rate of rotation.

At this meeting, a team of specialists will discuss the sources of early data - notably from Babylon, China, the Arab world and Europe - and the scientific applications of this material.

An outline of the programme, and contact details for speakers is given below. For further information on individual contributions, please contact the speakers concerned or the meeting organizers.

 


APPLIED HISTORICAL ASTRONOMY

Discussion meeting at the

 

SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES LECTURE THEATRE 23 SAVILE ROW, LONDON W1
FRIDAY 9th OCTOBER 1998

Organisers:

Professor F. Richard Stephenson (University of Durham) Tel: 0191-374-2153 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Dr Lesley V. Morrison (Royal Greenwich Observatory) Tel: 01223-374771 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

10.00 a.m. Coffee available in the Lecture Theatre foyer

PROGRAMME 10.30 - 13.00 (CHAIRMAN Dr L.V. Morrison)

 

10.30 Dr Christopher B. F. Walker, WAA, British Museum, London, WC1 Tel. 0171-323-8382; (no e-mail). "Babylonian astronomical archive of the British Museum"

 

10.55 Dr Louay J. Fatoohi, Department of Physics, University of Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE. Tel. 0191-374-2167; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "Arab astronomical records"

 

11.20 Prof. F. Richard Stephenson, Department of Physics, University of Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE. Tel. 0191-374-2153; e- mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "Historical Chinese observations"

 

11.45 Dr Leslie V. Morrison, Royal Greenwich Observatory, Cambridge, CB3 0EZ. Tel. 01223-374771; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "Earth's rotation from historical eclipses"

 

12.10 Prof Tao Kiang, 48, Riddlesford, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Eire. Tel. 00353-1-286-5864: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "Ancient Chinese observations of Comet Halley".

 

12.35 Dr Stephen F. Gull, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, CB3 0HE. Tel. 01223 337367; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "Historical supernovae"

PROGRAMME 13.50 - 15.30 (CHAIRMAN Prof. F.R. Stephenson)

 

13.50 Prof. Suzanne Debarbat, Observatoire de Paris, 75014 Paris, France. Tel. 0033-1-40512209; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "Paris Observatory archive: applications, past and present".

 

14.15 Dr David J. Asher, Armagh Observatory, Armagh, BT61 9DG. Tel. 01861-522928; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "Historical variability of the interplanetary complex".

 

14.40 Dr David W. Hughes, Department of Physics, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S3 7RH. Tel. 0114-222-4288; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "Historical cometary discoveries and the possible variability of the influx of comets".

 

15.05 Dr Derek H. P. Jones, Royal Greenwich Observatory, Cambridge, CB3 0EZ. Tel. 01223-374781; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "Scientific value of the Carte du Ciel".

 



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