MPAS Meeting August 2021

Society monthly meeting recorded on 20210818 while COVID-19 restrictions prevented an in-person gathering to be held at The Briars Mount Martha observatory.

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

An introduction about the Apollo 15 mission, celebrating its 50th anniversary was shown, based on a video from the Vintage Space YouTube channel of Amy Shira Teitel, together with background audio of Cloud Shadows by APM Productions.

A Zoom talk for National Science Week then followed by long-standing member, Trevor Hand, on the topic of “Shooting Stars As Part Of The Natural Environment”.

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

Other educational videos were shown by Peter Skilton as follows:

“Meteorites”, presented by Prof. Laurence Garvie, Arizona State University.

“Meteorites and Us (including about Campo Del Cielo)” by the European Space Agency.

“Meteor Dust”, presented by Cody Reeder of the Cody’s Lab YouTube channel.

“The Antarctic Search for Meteorites” by the European Space Agency.

A musical closure followed, showing relative Gravitational Pull with a Ball Dropped from 1 kilometre high on each of the key Solar System bodies, courtesy of Dr. James O’Donoghue, Planetary Astronomer, JAXA (Japanese Space Agency). Audio is of Creativeminds by bensound.com, used with permission.