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The Exec 2014-2015
Monday, 25 August 2014

The Exec 2014-2015

Meet the 2014-2015 Exec

 
 
Welcome to AstroSoc!
Monday, 25 August 2014

If you are a fresher starting at Durham this year then hopefully we will see you at our first observing evening of Michaelmas term: Freshers' Obs on Sat 11th Oct, 7:30pm. Please feel free to come along, whether you’re a frequent star-gazer or you've never tried astronomy before; our Obs Officers will be on hand to show you around the night sky through a selection of the society's telescopes. Normally we meet every Saturday at 8pm outside the Physics Department, and anyone is welcome to come along throughout the year.

If you happen to be more of an armchair astronomer, look out for the society’s series of fortnightly talks, featuring guest speakers from the physics department. As well as this we are hosting the annual Thomas Wright Trophy Quiz this year, where we battle local astronomy societies with our universal knowledge. If that wasn’t enough, we are also arranging two external speakers for the year ahead.

To those of you who are returning to Durham, I hope you had a great summer and I look forward to seeing you all again.

Happy Observing,

Nicolle

President 2014/15

 
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Written by Nicolle Finch   
Monday, 25 August 2014 18:50

If you are a fresher starting at Durham this year then hopefully we will see you at our first observing evening of Michaelmas term: Freshers' Obs on Sat 11th Oct, 7:30pm. Please feel free to come along, whether you’re a frequent star-gazer or you've never tried astronomy before; our Obs Officers will be on hand to show you around the night sky through a selection of the society's telescopes. Normally we meet every Saturday at 8pm outside the Physics Department, and anyone is welcome to come along throughout the year.

If you happen to be more of an armchair astronomer, look out for the society’s series of fortnightly talks, featuring guest speakers from the physics department. As well as this we are hosting the annual Thomas Wright Trophy Quiz this year, where we battle local astronomy societies with our universal knowledge. If that wasn’t enough, we are also arranging two external speakers for the year ahead.

To those of you who are returning to Durham, I hope you had a great summer and I look forward to seeing you all again.

Happy Observing,

Nicolle

President 2014/15

 
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Written by James Rockliff   
Monday, 25 August 2014 11:46

The Exec 2014-2015

Meet the 2014-2015 Exec

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 11:51
 
AstroSoc Evening Lecture by Dr. Chris Lintott: Is the Milky Way Special? PDF Print Email
Written by Michael Wilby   
Monday, 27 January 2014 12:30

Talk Poster

I am pleased to announce that the society will shortly be hosting an extra special evening lecture, to be given by none other than Dr. Chris Lintott, guest speaker from the University of Oxford and presenter of the BBC’s Sky at Night programme!

 

Time: 7-8pm, Tuesday 4th February 2014

Location: Physics Department, Durham University (PH8)

Speaker: Dr. Chris Lintott, University of Oxford

Subject: Is the Milky Way special?

 

Abstract: As we’ve come to understand the galaxies which surround us, so our perspectives on our own home system, the Milky Way, have shifted. Using recent results from surveys of our cosmic neighbourhood, this talk asks whether there’s anything unusual about our home.

 

About the Speaker: Dr. Chris Lintott is presently a researcher and the Citizen Science Project Lead in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on galaxy evolution, specifically regarding the astrochemistry of star formation. He is also the primary presenter of the BBC series The Sky at Night, having previously acted as a co-presenter alongside Patrick Moore until Moore's death in 2012. His work as cofounder of the ‘Zooniverse’ citizen science initiative has allowed the public to directly contribute to a wide range of research projects both inside and outside of astronomy, from identifying potential exoplanets to classifying animals on the Serengeti.

 

The event is free and all are welcome; if you are interested in attending please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , simply to provide an indication of numbers.

 

Mike Wilby

President 2013/14

Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 12:30
 
Halloween Party PDF Print Email
Written by Social Secs   
Saturday, 26 October 2013 23:15

Upcoming Social!

The annual AstroSoc Halloween party will be on Wednesday the 30th of October, starting at 7.30pm in the Kingsgate bar in the DSU. This is a perfect opportunity to get to know everyone in the society a bit better, unwind and have some fun; we kick off with a spooky astronomy quiz followed by plenty of other Halloween games and snacks.

The fancy dress theme is Halloween/Sci-fi with an Astronomical twist; don't worry if you don't have anything suitable however as there will be backup costumes available on the night (which may or may not involve face painting!). We will be in the DSU until 10pm so if you can't make the start please feel free to join us throughout the evening.

Don't worry if you haven't managed to make it to any of our previous events, everyone is welcome; we hope to see you there!

Charlotte and Jasmine
Social Secretaries

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 October 2013 23:18
 
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