Public events

The talk went very well with 98 people attending. we would like to thank everyone for their interest and thank Ian for his very interesting and entertaining talk.

Sunday June 3rd starting at 6 p.m.

Professor Ian Morison of Manchester University will be giving a public talk starting at 6 p.m. at the Senieta de Espai in Moraira. The title of his talk is

‘It’s about time’ 

Professor Morison will discuss how the passage of time has been measured over the centuries – sundials, water clocks, pendulum clocks and atomic clocks, how its precise measurement was important to navigation. The requirement and problems associated with synchronising time across countries and now across the world,  how Einstein’s theories show how clocks are affected by gravity and relative speed and how this has to be taken into account for GPS to work.  Finally, it discusses how we now know when time began – at the origin of our universe some 13.8 billion years ago.

Professor Morison is a  lecturer at Manchester University, and held the Gresham College chair in Astronomy for 4 years. He was also president of the Society for Popular Astronomy and has given many lectures and talks on Astronomy. He is also one of the founders of the Macclesfield Astronomical society. He has written several books about Observing, Astrophotography and Cosmology as well as many articles for Astronomy magazines.