MPAS Meeting May 2021

Society monthly meeting held at The Briars Mount Martha observatory on 20210519, 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 public domain video courtesy of the Royal Institution channel was shown about “15 Million Degrees: A Journey to the Centre of the Sun”, given in London by Heliophysicist, Prof. Lucie Green of University College London.

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

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

“Michael Collins”, presented by Miles O’Brien of PBS News Hour (2019).

“How to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse”, presented by Miguel Perez Ayucar of the European Space Agency.

“Parker Solar Probe Explained”, presented by Claire Reilly, CNET.

“The Science Behind the Northern Lights”, CBC News Canada (Dec 2019).

“The Aurora Named STEVE”, NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre.

“What Causes the Aurora”. presented by Dr. Maggie Lieu, University of Nottingham and Space Mog YouTube channel.

A musical closure then followed with a very recent NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre video of a Heliophysics Sea Shanty, to the tune of “Soon May the Wellerman Come”. Performers, in appearance order, are Dr. Douglas Rowland, NASA/GSFC; Ashley Green, USRA; Dr. Ian Richardson, UMD; Dr. Jeff Klenzing NASA/GSFC; Susannah Darling, ADNET.