MPAS Meeting May 2023

Society monthly meeting recorded on 20230517 at The Briars Mount Martha Observatory.

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

The main talk was by Trevor Hand, on the topic of “Sailing Into Darkness: The Great Ningaloo Eclipse” after he and his wife, Kathryn, sailed into darkness on April 20th off the coast of Exmouth in Western Australia.

This was followed by Mark Stephens, Vice President, who presented “Sky for the Month”.

Chris Kostokanellis was travelling, so Astro Mo Pho results were postponed to next month.

Then a special coronation cake, baked by Ros Skilton using a secret recipe handed down family lines, was shared with all who attended.

Other educational videos were shown by Peter Skilton as follows:

“The Home Of Time: The Royal Observatory At Greenwich”, by Steve Atkins-Lennell, of London Visited YouTube channel.

“The History Of Every Ejection System Used in Spaceflight”, by Scott Manley, of his self-named YouTube channel.

“What Is An Aurora and How To See One?”, by Dr. Jeanne Young, of the Bureau of Meteorology.

A musical closure followed, showing a video of String Theory called “Bohemian Gravity”, being a parody of the rock song Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. This video is courtesy of the Acapella Science channel, and features Tim Blais, High-Energy Theoretical Physicist and Canadian Science Communicator.