South Cheshire Astronomical Society - Talk Archive Item

Notice Issued 10/09/2019 21:06
Updated: 17/09/2019 17:16
Post Talk Info Added: 25/09/2019 16:42


Our Sept 2019 Season has begun. A time to consider becoming a member or renewing your membership; that or just pay an entrance subscription as a guest (those under 18 are admitted free of charge but must be accompanied by a responsible subscribed adult).

Come and enjoy monthly talks given by experienced astronomers and leading research scientists, and learn about the latest developments and projects in astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology.

We also hold monthly club meetings at which we view the stars, talk to each other, question, demonstrate, explain and present.

Next Meeting: -

Public Talk

Thursday 19th Sep 2019

7:00pm for 7:30pm start

Please arrive soon after 7pm to book your place and pay entry or membership subscriptions.

Venue: Cheshire College - South & West
previously named South Cheshire College
(location and entry fee details )

Speaker: Dr Brooke Simmons

- Lecturer in Astrophysics
Lancaster University

Talk Title: “Discovering Planets and Galaxies from your sofa”

Image illustrative of talk

Composite Image elements credits & extra Information related to the speaker's work and the talk (follow the links):

Main background from: News | NASA Selects Proposals to Study Galaxies, Stars, Planets (Credit: NASA)

Sofa: Couch Furniture Sofa - Free vector graphic Credit: 1 million+ Stunning Free Images to Use Anywhere - Pixabay

Torso: chair-yoga-clipart-1.jpg Credit: Clip Art Mag

Head: from Lancaster University Physics Dept. Profile of Dr Brooke Simmons


Further Information about the speaker, her work, and the talk gathered by our SCASTRO Secretary/Talks Arranger, Mike Maunder and issued in his meeting reminder email heralding the talk:-

We are delighted to welcome as speaker, Dr Brooke Simmons a lecturer in Physics at Lancaster University. She is also Deputy Project Scientist for Galaxy Zoo and Principal Investigator of the Galaxy Zoo Bar Lengths and The Planetary Response Network.
Dr Brooke Simmons helps design, run, and produce science from citizen science projects, and has done research into the practice of crowd-sourcing and its use in change detection and human-machine classification. Her astrophysical research focuses on galaxy evolution, including the merger-free (sometimes called "secular") growth of galaxies and quenching of star-formation processes, and the co-evolution of supermassive black holes with their host galaxies.

Dr Brooke Simmons's talk will focus on what we can do as amateur astronomers to be involved in citizen science projects as well as the success of such projects at the moment.

Presentation Slides

Dr Simmons has kindly sent us a PDF transcript of the presentation slides she created and used for her talk to us.

To access it click on the following link: Dr Brooke Simmons's Presentation Slides PDF file Transcript for Sept 2019 talk to SCASTRO.

Viewing Options & Tips

Most modern browsers will display PDF files. Alternatively you can download the PDF file and display it in a desktop application PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.

To get the viewer to display as a presentation, look for the means to set all these options:

  • Fit page to window *
  • Set page view with no scrolling *
  • Full page view - generally, for PCs, achieved by tapping the function key F11 (tap it again when you want to return to normal page view)

* The settings marked with an asterisk are already set in the following browsers:
     Internet explorer, Chrome, FireFox; Opera;
   For Microsoft Edge use the menu bar to set these options.

To progress through the slides try using left and right arrow keys; or the PgDn and PgUp keys. You may need to click within the display area 1st, for these keys to become effective. (Internet Explorer 11 provides a navigation menu bar below the display area)

Follow-up Link Recommended by Dr Simmons:

Zooniverse - Active Astronomy Projects