MPAS meeting August 2022

Society monthly meeting recorded on 20220817 at The Briars Mount Martha Observatory.

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

The main talk was a public lecture by Dr. Jonathan McDowell, Astrophysicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the topic of “Space Junk: A Traffic Crisis in Outer Space”.

Vice President, Mark Stephens, then presented “Sky for the Month”, amidst background sound of rain falling on the auditorium.

Other educational videos were shown by Peter Skilton as follows:

“Where is the Edge of Space?”, presented by Dr. Meghan Gray, Physicist, University of Nottingham, Sixty Symbols YouTube channel, with Brady Haran.

“The Scientific Way to Cut a Cake”, presented by Alex Bellos, Mathematics Communicator, Numberphile YouTube channel, with Brady Haran.

“Equally Sharing a Cake Between 3 or more People”, presented by Dr. Hannah Fry, Prof. Mathematics, University College London, Numberphile YouTube channel, with Brady Haran.

A musical closure followed, showing a video of The Planets to Scale in Size, Tilt and Rotation, courtesy of Dr. James O’Donoghue, JAXA Planetary Scientist. Audio is Spin Me Right Round (cover version by Aeons) from the NoCopyrightRecords YouTube channel.