MPAS Meeting April 2021

Society monthly meeting held both online and at The Briars Mount Martha observatory on 20210421, and held according to prevailing COVID-19 venue restrictions in place.

Meeting introduction and rundown of past month and upcoming events was given by the President, Dr. Peter Skilton.

A live Zoom talk early in the evening then followed by Mike Cleeland of Bunurong Coast Education in Inverloch, on the topic of “The Geology of the Mornington Peninsula”. The rest of the meeting was subsequently conducted in front of an audience at The Briars on 20210421.

Vice President, Mark Stephens, then presented “Sky for the Month”.

After the tea break, other educational videos were shown by Peter Skilton as follows:

“Ingenuity on Mars”, presented by Dr. Derek Muller of the Veritasium YouTube channel.

“What is the Origin of the Moon?”, presented by Prof. Ralf Jaumann of the European Space Agency.

“Layers of the Earth”, presented by IRIS Earthquake Science, National Science Foundation (USA).

“Cave Astrobiology”, presented by Dr. Penelope Boston of the European Space Agency.

“The Laws of Space” presented by Thea Flem Dethlefsen of the European Space Agency.

A musical closure then followed with a video of the Earth’s Plate Tectonic Evolution from Today back to 1 Billion Years ago, by A. Merdith et al, Journal of Earth Science Review 2021 03 vol 214. The background audio is the licence-free “A New Beginning” by www.bensound.com.