The Diurnals

 

Contributed by Pat Larkin

The DIURNALS is a friendly group which meets during the daytime on the third Tuesday of the month February - December

Objectives

To provide an opportunity for meetings during the DAYTIME.

To disseminate knowledge on various facets of astronomy and related fields, together with Space Exploration, in an informal environment.

To foster enjoyment of the subject matter with kindred spirits, and to encourage newer members who may show an interest in a particular area.

There are no pre-requisites and you don't have to be a mathematics or physics genius! Just come with a desire to learn.  Most months, we have a guest speaker, and talks given cover a wide range of astronomical fields and space exploration. Occasionally, a film is shown followed by discussion if desired.   Two or three times a year, we will have an excursion to another facility, e.g., Swinburne University, Melbourne Planetarium or a Science facility.                                       

           

NEXT MEETING:      TUESDAY  16 TH JUNE

TIME:                         10.30 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.

TOPIC:                   "YOU ARE A CITIZEN: HOW ABOUT DOING SOME CITIZEN ASTRONOMY?"

PRESENTER:          STEVE FLEMING  -  LATROBE UNIVERSITY  and  ASV

Astronomy possibly more than any other science, has many areas in which the amateur can contribute to scientific knowledge.

 

Steve who is a Sessional Lecturer with First Year Astronomy students at Latrobe University has presented to Diurnals on several occasions.

  His presentations have included:    2008    "FATE OF THE UNIVERSE"

                                                              2009    "IT'S WRITTEN IN THE STARS - Astronomy versus Astrology, or Telescopes v. Horoscopes"

                                                              2011    "SCALE MODELS"

                                                              2013   "E.T.  PHONE HOME"

                                                              2014   "COSMIC RULERS"

                                                              2016   "I HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT!"

                                                              2018   "AURORA BOREALIS - SVALBARD"

 

MEETING :   WILL BE CONDUCTED BY ' ZOOM' CONFERENCING.    Please register for inclusion in the meeting and link will be forwarded.

  Hope many members can 'zoom' in on the 16th June and be inspired by what we can do as amateur astronomers.                                                  

In the meantime, please all keep safe and well during this difficult time and hope you enjoy the meeting by 'ZOOM'. 

                                           For enquiries:  Phone Pat Larkin on 0400 457 342 or      email:   diurnals@asv.org.au