Professor Michael Merrifield, University of Nottingham – 21st Century Telescopes
We are pleased to welcome Professor Michael Merrifield who will be giving a talk on 21st century telescopes this Thursday starting at 6pm.
Astronomical discoveries and the development of technology have always gone hand in hand. Only a few years after its invention, Galileo was using the telescope to revolutionize our view of the Universe. The story is the same in the 21st century, with some truly amazing developments in technology promising massive leaps forward in our understanding of the Universe. This talk will discuss how telescopes and other instrumentation have developed to-date, and what is on the drawing board for the coming decades. It will also describe some of the scientific advances that we hope to make with these instruments, ranging from measuring the accelerating expansion of the Universe to making the first detections of life outside the Solar System. Even in this time of budget cuts and austerity, Prof Merrifield will argue that it is still well worth investing to explore the Universe in which we live.
The meeting is open to members of the public, if you are not currently a member of the society please email the observatory to book your places. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
On arrival follow the signs from main reception to the observatory building, refreshments will be available from 5.45pm with the meeting starting at 6pm. After the talk there will be an observing opportunity if the weather is clear.