Chester Astronomical Society is one of the world's oldest scientific societies going back at least to 1892. It hosts public lectures by amateurs and professionals alike and arranges visits to sites of technical interest.
After a last minute change of plan, last Wednesday saw society member Richard Sargent give an interesting talk on 3D astronomy. He had lots of 3D pictures which we had to view using 3D glasses. We must have looked a sight!
Some of the pictures I had difficulty focussing (possibly because I wear normal glasses as well), but some were superb. It felt at times that we were standing on the surface of the moon or Mars.
Dr Sandy Donnachie (University of Manchester) gave an excellent lecture on the Large Hadron Collider, covering such matters as the theories being investigated (not least the Higgs Boson), the construction of the LHC, and the results so far. Everything was very clear, even is the subject was, to quote one listener, 'mind-boggling'.
On a separate theme, Dr Donnachie finished by discussing the results from Cern that suggest neutrinos are moving faster than light.
The first meeting after the summer break was given by Chester AS member Dr. Jeremy Shears. He gave a biographical talk on the life of little known Belgian amateur astronomer Felix de Roy which included much hard science on variable stars, something de Roy researched enthusiastically.
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M56 Junction 15. Head for Chester. M53 becomes A55.At junction of A51 leave A55 up slip road and follow signs for Whitchurch A41. Pick up A41 Whitchurch at the cross roads with traffic lights (filter left).
At the next set of
traffic lights stay on A41 South following signs for Waverton. After
the about 2 miles pass a petrol station on the left, and after
about 300 metres turn left into Moor Lane.
on at the next cross roads along Common Lane (passing Waverton
Primary School on your left) continue for about ¾ mile, then just
before St. Peter's Church turn left. The
Burley Hall is the new building on the left. There is a car
park next to the hall.
From the South:
Whitchurch to Chester. About 1¼ miles after the old 'Power
Mowers site (RHS) and before the Black Dog pub, turn
right into Quarry Lane for Hargrave & Huxley. At the 'T'
junction turn right (Village Road). 300 yards on and just before
St. Peter's Church turn left.
The Burley Hall is the
new building on the left. There is a car park next to the hall.