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Details of the Next Meetings
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20th December 2017 - Geoff Kirby
Did you know that Sir William Herschel - arguably the greatest astronomer before
modern times and discoverer of the planet Uranus – believed that the Sun contained
a cold inner globe upon which alien creatures lived? He considered that this inner
cool world could be glimpsed through the dark parts of sunspots. This idea was supported
by the Astronomer Royal John Flamsteed and many of their contemporaries.
Johannes Kepler believed that Jupiter was inhabited and was covered by vast oceans
upon which huge fleets of ships sailed. For Kepler, Jupiter was famed for seamen
and hemp production.
In 1835 it was reported that Sir John Herschel (Sir William’s son) had used his huge
telescope in Cape Town to observed flying humanoids on the Moon – as shown on the
cover on Geoff’s latest book (left).
The great Sir Edmund Halley, of comet fame, believed that the Earth is hollow and
inhabited by aliens. The Aurora Borealis is the light of their cities, shining out
through a hole at the North Pole.
These and many more strange ideas will be described by Geoff in an hour of light-hearted
exploration of the quirkier side of the universe.
Sir William Herschel
17th January 2018 - Sean Walls
During the summer of 2010 Dr Sean Walls completed a pilot study on radio-tracking
male Emperor Dragonflies (Anax imperator) on Dorset Heathland. This is believed to
be the first Dragonfly radio-tracking project in Europe and the first radio-tracking
study to examine Dragonfly behaviour on a home range scale. Radio tracking gives
unique insights by allowing the operator to locate the dragonflies when they would
otherwise be difficult to sight.