ASTROSPACE : TALKS & LECTURES

These talks are available to any group within Lincolnshire, the UK and Ireland depending upon distance/travelling conditions etc. Schools, Colleges, & Societies are particularly encouraged to book for an interesting exploration of our Universe in all its splendour. 
If you wish to write/phone me regarding a booking then do so using the following:
AstroSpace
18 College Park,
Horncastle
Lincolnshire
LN9 6RE

Tel. 01507 524037 (10am - 8pm) Monday to Friday (answer phone always on - please leave a message and contact details)

Schools

Schools - take a look at the programme I have for your Astronomy and Space needs.

I have two basic 'sessions' for the Schools that can be done in either a morning or afternoon.
Each 'session' is approximately 1 hour long.
If you wish to have me all day then 2 more sessions can be added to make the day even more interesting.
As a rule I will only cover Lincolnshire for the following prices but if you are further afield then contact me for the extra costs of travelling.

Prices for anywhere in Lincolnshire:
Please note that for the extremes of the County there is an extra £10 for travelling expences.

Mornings are £50
Afternoons are £40
All day sessions are £70 (save £20 on the combined above sessions!)


Session 1: The Earth and the Sun  -This session takes a look at Day and Night, Seasons, the tilt of the Earth, the Phases of the Moon and Lunar and Solar Eclipses and is a practical session using the full size of the classroom (better yet the school hall!).
Session 2: Wonders of our Solar System A tour through the most fascinating places in our Solar System


Astronomical and Non Astro Societies, Clubs, Groups, WI's, Scouts/Guides etc.

In fact - any group that will have me :-)

With the advent of LCD projectors I have now moved into a new phase of giving talks using such equipment and all currently available talks are now Power Point presentations. Thus I am currently revising the list of available talks and 'old slide shows' are no longer available. However the first list contains talks already converted into Power point presentations whilst the second list contains talks that may be pre-booked and I will convert them when needed (please give plenty of time if you intend to book one of these older talks). I will be gradually converting all my talks to power point over the coming years and adding new talks to the list as well.

The cost of the talks is dependant upon the distance travelled and the time spent away from home thus contact me with the details of where you are and I can then give you a quote. As a GUIDE ONLY  I estimate that the average cost for Societies is about 25p per mile with a minimum charge of £35
Note that payment should be cash and that if it is to be a cheque or I have to wait for payment then the cost of the talk is £10 more than normal to cover for the inconvenience.
Distance is no object but if the distance is too great to travel back that same night then accommodation, either in a (reasonable) B&B or with a member of the society, is acceptable IF  I agree to travel the distance.

Talks anywhere in Lincolnshire cost a minimum of £30 (plus £10 travelling expenses if near the edges of the county).

Listed below are my Powerpoint talks available for 2006/2007

Powerpoint talks

General topics


WONDERS OF OUR SOLAR SYSTEM  - A tour of our Solar System. 
WONDERS OF OUR UNIVERSE
- A tour of our Galaxy and what lies beyond....
SUN SEA SAND & STARS- A GUIDE TO COAA
- A walk through guide to the Astronomers holiday centre based in the Algarve - COAA - the Centre for Observational Astronomy in the Algarve. 

Practical topics


Naked eye and Binocular Astronomy - the delights of the night sky that can be viewed with just the eye and a pair of binoculars.
Rambling through the Spring and Summer Sky
Rambling through the Summer/Autumn sky
Rambling through the Autumn/Winter Sky
Rambling through the Winter Sky
 
- a basic seasonal tour of the best objects to observe in the night sky
Observing Orion - a tour through the delights of this great constellation
Touring Taurus * NEW!
- a tour through the delights of this constellation
Simple Astrophotography - what can be captured of the night sky with just basic equipment
The many Guises of Astrophotography Takes a look at the many aspects of modern Astrophotography
THE MESSIER MARATHON - Take a lightning tour of all of Charles Messiers' famous objects and hear how it was accomplished in just one night by the first person in the UK to have successfully completed the Marathon

SOLAR SYSTEM TALKS

The Sun by Day and Aurora by Night - A fascinating insight into our nearest Star and one of its most colourful effects on the Earth.
Messenger of the Gods - a basic overview of the inner planet Mercury
Unveiling the Goddess of Love - all about the Planet Venus with the main emphasis on the Magellan mission
The Red Planet - a basic overview of Mars 
Mars - the Next Generation - covers the most recent and ongoing missions to Mars - includes 3D images.
The Mighty planet Jupiter - a basic overview of the largest planet in our Solar System.
Rendezvous with Jupiter  - the Galileo mission to Jupiter
The Outer Giants   - taking a look at the outer planets of Uranus and Neptune
Solar System Moons  - a single talk version of my original 'Planetary satellites' series of talks (see below in the old slide shows section).
The Minor Planets  - a general overview of the Asteroid belt.
Of  Broom stars, Small Moons and Rings  - looking at the relationship between Comets and the smaller members of the solar system (originally pt3 of Planetary satellites series - see below)
Impact! Target Earth! - A review of the possible dangers of an Asteroid or Comet hitting the Earth - not for the Squeamish!
Our Nearest Neighbour - the Moon
-a look at our Moon, the basics such as phases, eclipses, what you can see and a bit about the Apollo missions. This talk is based on my presentation to the Lincs Wildlife Trust Starnight and is part of my WEA Solar System course material.
Cassini - Lord of the Rings
A review of this exciting new mission with ongoing updates to cover new discoveries by Cassini. Includes some great animations!

 

DEEP SKY/SPACE TALKS


OUR GALAXY THE MILKY WAY - An exploration of Stars, Star Clusters, Nebulae, Planetary Nebulae and Globular Clusters that make up our own Galaxy.
GENESIS - the Birth of a Star  - How does a star begin and what ingredients are required are explored in this talk. 
EXODUS- the lives and deaths of Stars - as the title states really! NOTE - in the process of being revamped!
2MASS - A New View of the Universe - This talk explores the 2 Micron All Sky Survey and shows that it is not just the HST that can make stunning discoveries about the Universe.
From Big Bang - to the Fate of the Universe - a review of past and current thinking on Cosmology
The Scale of the Universe
- taking a detailed look at how Astronomers determine distances in the Universe

 
 
THE TRIUMPHS OF VOYAGER -

Pt 1 'JOURNEY TO JUPITER - 
SPLENDOURS OF SATURN '
Pt 2 'WHERE NO PROBE HAS GONE BEFORE....'
This 2 part story follows the Voyager space probes as they explore the giant planets Jupiter & Saturn and then on to Uranus & Neptune.



Original Slide Shows

Original Slide shows no longer available but on request and given time I'll convert them to Powerpoint presentations if needed.

ASPECTS OF OUR SOLAR SYSTEM

THE INNER SOLAR SYSTEM

THE OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM

These 2 talks takes closer look at the inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars & the Moon. Then explores the outer planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and tiny Pluto.
AFTERMATH OF IMPACT
- Looking at the death of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 as it plunged into Jupiter and the Aftermath of Impact.

THE 'PLANETARY SATELLITES' SERIES

  1. 1) THE LARGE MOONS 
  2. 2) RINGS & THINGS 
  3. 3) SMALL MOONS & BROOM STARS
This series takes a look at the various objects orbiting the planets from the Largest to the Smallest and finally to the Irregular and strange moons and their possible origins.
BASIC ASTRONOMY
GUIDED ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY - THE FIRST STEPS
- A look at how you can take longer exposures of the night sky using some basic equipment.

OBSERVING THE CONSTELLATIONS SERIES -

SEEKING SCORPIUS, CHASING CYGNUS, LOCATION LEO! UNVEILING VIRGO, EXPLORING SAGITTARIUS Each of the these are hour long explorations of the most important objects within range of most amateur equipment.

OTHER ASTRONOMY TOPICS

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE HST
- A look at the work of the Hubble Space Telescope and an update of its latest & most important discoveries.
ALL TALKS ARE FULLY ILLUSTRATED & LAST APPROXIMATELY 1 HOUR IN LENGTH BUT CAN BE ADJUSTED TO SUIT INDIVIDUAL REQUIREMENTS (within reason!). 

 These talks cover areas of interest to me, however, if there is a subject that needs to be covered & there appear to be no known (UK) speakers covering it then drop me an E-mail and I will consider it for the future.
 
 
Basic Booking form  or Web Booking Form Download MS Word basic text version of the above Powerpoint talks list

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