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Visit of Dr. Katherine Joy 

The talk on Saturday 22nd October, given by Dr. Katherine Joy about the exploration of the moon, was very successful. We had over 100 people in the audience, so a very good turn out for Katherine.

Katherine was a very knowledgeable speaker with lots of actual experience in analysing material from the moon, from different sources and provided a wealth of information about the kind of information that can be gleaned from this analysis.  She told us a little about what we still don’t know about the moon (which is quite a lot) and the limited areas from which the samples we have were taken. She also gave us a little taste of the expeditions she joined to search for meteorites in Antartica.

Click here to see some of the photographs taken during her stay.

During her talk she promised to send me a list of websites about the moon, that she thought you might find interesting. As some members of the audience were not members of our society, I promised to list the websites here on our webpage. I will leave them up for a couple of months, to give people time to take note. They are :-

Free Moon resources

  • European Space Agency lunar portal – http://lunarexploration.esa.int/#/explore  – great place to learn a bit more about each mission and science of the Moon.
  • Moon 101 lectures online – intro to topics of lunar science           http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar/moon101/ (university level)

–        there are some great resources

at http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar/ to explore as well and also a wide range of free online science

books at http://www.lpi.usra.edu/publications/books.shtml

·   Explore Moon rocks (and other cool geological samples) under the microscope            http://www.virtualmicroscope.org/

Explore the Moon (and other planet) images

•       https://www.ap-i.net/avl/en/start – Virtual Moon Atlas – this is a great piece of software you can download. Ideal for observations of the Moon with a telescope to know what you are looking at (click on the Moon and it tells you the feature name). A great tool for amateur astronomers and easy to use once installed.

•       http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/featured_sites#ApolloLandingSites  – Explore the Apollo landing sites using the LRO mission camera. See the flag and footprints and lander positions and other interesting features.

•       http://www.mapaplanet.org/ – explore the surfaces of the rocky planets from NASA mission data and http://moontrek.jpl.nasa.gov/  – amazing new interface for investigating lots and lots of different types of Moon data. Both are a bit more advanced but contain a lot of great information to explore.

Also for courses the following might be of interest to your group members – some are free and some have fees, but all are distance learning:

·         Moon MOOC from the Open University https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/moons

·         Planet Earth University of Manchester MOOC course https://www.coursera.org/learn/our-earth

·         Birkbeck College Planetary Science Certificate  http://www.bbk.ac.uk/study/2017/undergraduate/programmes/UCHPSAST_C/

Katherine Joy