MPAS Meeting February 2024

Society monthly meeting recorded on 20240221 at The Briars Mount Martha Observatory.

Meeting introduction was by the President, Dr. Peter Skilton.

Vice President, Chris Kostokanellis, then presented the AstroMoPho Astronomy Photographic challenge for the month, followed by Life member Greg Walton with the Sky for the Month on behalf of Dr. Guido Tack.

The main video was then shown on the topic of “Uranus: Exploring the Ice-cold Chemistry of the Frozen Frontier”, presented by Dr. Athena Coustenis, Director of the French Centre for Scientific Research, Paris Observatory and Dr. Naomi Rowe-Gurney, Astrochemistry Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre. This broadcast lecture from 4-Apr-2023 is courtesy of the Royal Society of Chemistry and was hosted by Dr. Natalie Starkey.

Peter Skilton then presented the following science videos:

  • “How Far is the Edge of the Universe?”, presented by Dr. Don Lincoln, Particle Physicist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and courtesy of the FermiLab YouTube channel.
  • “How Loud was the Big Bang”, presented by Prof. Phil Moriarty, School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nottingham and courtesy of the Sixty Symbols YouTube channel and video creators Brady Haran & Peter McPartlan.

A musical closure followed, showing the Baby Come Back electron rocket launch on 18-Jul-2023 from New Zealand. This video is courtesy of Rocket Lab. The audio is Rising Storm by Cold Cinema (Slovenia) from the No Copyright Music channel.