9th January 2012 Mr Dennis Ashton – Light Speed Universe

Having fin­ished the year with a bang by going back in time at the Kelham Island Museum, Dennis Ashton took us into the future on a Light Speed jour­ney to the stars! Or was it back in time since the things we see from light years out in the uni­verse happened light years ago! Whichever way you look at it, this morning’s talk was beau­ti­fully illus­trated and excel­lently delivered, and it cap­tiv­ated us all. We boarded the space­ship Light Speed and trav­elled at over 186,000miles per second – that’s over 11million miles a minute and my cal­cu­lator won’t go much fur­ther! We reached the moon in 3mins and the sun shortly after that. By the end of our jour­ney, on the edge of space we were over bil­lions of light years from earth – stun­ning. By our return to earth we had seen the plan­ets, stars and galax­ies and black holes – all inside 45mins! Brilliant! Have a look at his web­site — www.starman.org.uk where there is a host of inform­a­tion. For novice star gazes he recom­men­ded down­load­ing http://www.stellarium.org/ which shows the sky at for each night of the year. I’m off to buy a tele­scope but first I must look on you tube at his monthly show which gives advice on just this topic — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2NqX4L81lU&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL9B512C8D48944207