Do you love the night sky? Would you like to know more about what you see? At Brighton Astro we are captivated by stars, bewitched by the moon and fascinated by space.
Brighton Astro is a group of cosmic enthusiasts who meet regularly to discuss the universe, exchange knowledge and to gaze at the stars. We are not scientists or scholars, we are ordinary people curious about the wonders of space.
Brighton Astro is FREE and open to everybody, from beginners to experts. Why not come along next month and learn about space?
Our next talk is on Tuesday 29th August 2017
Tuesday 29th August 2017
Arrive from 7pm for a 7:30pm start
68 Middle Street, Brighton, BN1 1AL
Dr Stephen Wilkins, Sussex University
An introduction to Relativity
Einstein's special and general theories of relativity are physical theories regarding the relationship between space and time in addition to being the current description of gravity in modern physics. Since their development in the early 20th century they been subject to intense scrutiny and empirical validation, with the most recent example being the discovery of gravitational waves. Relativity has also drawn significant attention outside the physical sciences because of some of the seemingly counter-intuitive implications such as time dilation and length contraction, concepts which have become science fiction staples. In this talk I’ll attempt to provide an accessible introduction to relativity and its implications. Time permitting, I’ll also provide a brief update on the James Webb Space Telescope, the upcoming (due for launch late 2018) successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.
Once a month we meet to hear talks from amateur and professional astronomers, and members of our group.
Our talks are aimed at beginners with an interest in learning more about astronomy, while assuming little prior knowledge.
After the talk, we often pop down to the seafront with a telescope if it’s clear, or perhaps head to the pub over the road for a drink.
(Please note that these dates are provisional and may change)
We have an email group so that we can organise future gatherings, and also so that we can arrange stargazing sessions on clear nights. Let us know if you would like to be added to the list.