Author Archives: Frank Bonner

Astrofest 2016 Saturday Morning

Saturday morning started with a talk by Mark McCaugheran on some of ESA’s recent major projects.  He started by talking about Gaia which was launched in 2013 to map and provide distances to stars in our own Galaxy. Gaia will not … Continue reading

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Astrofest 2016 Friday Morning

Astrofest is a two day astronomy conference run by Astronomy Now and held in the Kensington Conference Centre in London each February. This year’s Astrofest started with a talk by Dr Megan Argo on what happens when galaxies collide. Megan … Continue reading

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Starmus Festival Final Session

The final session of Starmus 2014 involved talks from Alexi Leonov and Stephen Hawking. Alexi Leonov, a soviet cosmonaut and the first man to walk in space, spoke about the soviet space program and why, eventually, they did not land … Continue reading

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Starmus Festival Session 3

The third session of the Starmus Festival started with a talk by Charlie Duke a NASA astronaut on the subject of “The Dark Side of the Moon.” He started by pointing out that Apollo always landed in the early morning … Continue reading

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Starmus Festival Session 2

Day two of the Starmus festival got underway with a talk by Dr Brian May on the history of stereoscopy in astronomy. He started by outlining the start of stereoscopy in the middle of the 19th century and pointed particularly … Continue reading

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Starmus Festival Session 1

The second Starmus Festival got underway today at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Tenerife. The first Starmus event, in 2011, attracted 60 people. This years festival has attracted over 750 people to hear talks by the likes of Stephen Hawking, … Continue reading

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Astrofest 2014 – Session 4

The final session of this year’s Astrofest started with a talk from Rob McNaught on Great Comets of the last 50 years. Rob works at the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia and has discovered 82 comets and over 50 supernovae … Continue reading

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