MPAS Meeting September 2021

Society monthly meeting recorded on 20210915 while COVID-19 restrictions prevented an in-person gathering to be held at The Briars Mount Martha observatory.

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

A lecture then followed about “The Physics of Black Holes” by Prof. Chris Impey, Observational Cosmologist from the University of Arizona, courtesy of the Royal Institution, London.

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

Other educational videos were shown by Peter Skilton as follows:
“What are the 0th, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Laws of Thermodynamics?”, presented by Prof. Valeska Ting from Bristol University, courtesy of the Royal Institution.

“The Closest Black Hole to Earth” by Anton Petrov, Teacher and Science Communicator of the WhatDaMath YouTube channel.

“The Galactic Centre”, presented by Athena Brensberger, Astronomer and international fashion model, of the AstroAthens YouTube channel.

“Star Dance Around a Supermassive Black Hole” by the European Southern Observatory.

A musical closure followed, showing the European Southern Observatory’s VLT telescope observations over decades as we dive into the centre of our Milky Way Galaxy to the Black Hole SGR A*. Video is “Tracking Stars Orbiting the Milky Way’s Central Black Hole”, courtesy of ESO S.Gillessen and R.Genzel and “Zooming into Sagittarius A*”, courtesy of ESO, Gravity Consortium, L.Calcada and N.Risinger. Audio is of All Paths Possible by William Werwath.