MPAS meeting March 2022

Society monthly meeting recorded on 20220316 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 lecture hosted by the Sydney Institute for Astronomy, by Prof. Sandra Faber, Astrophysicist and Observational Astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Lick Observatory, on the topic of “Can Humans Thrive on Planet Earth over Cosmic Time?”. This lecture is provided by special permission, courtesy of Dr. Sam Vaughan of the University of Sydney who chaired this talk.

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

Other educational videos were shown by Peter Skilton as follows:

“How the James Webb Telescope Orbits Nothing”, presented by Astronomer and Teacher, Christian Ready, of the Launchpad Astronomy YouTube channel.

“Colds and Flu in Space”, presented by European Space Agency Astronaut, Luca Parmitano.

“How to Measure the Speed of Light with Marshmallows”, by Prof. Neil Johnson, Physicist, George Washington University, courtesy of the Royal Institution, London.

“Making a Chocolate Telescope”, by Amaury Guicon, French Chef Artist, of the DIY Everything YouTube channel.

A musical closure followed, showing a video of the COVID-19 Lockdown Impact on Atmospheric Pollutants, courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre. Audio is of Waiting for Results by Adam John Salkeld and Neil Pollard.