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May
Beacons in the Night: Mapping the Universe with Variable Stars
William Herschel Society and BRLSI
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Fri May 10, 2019
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £2 members and students, £5 visitors
This is Dr Victoria Scowcroft's lecture originally to be given on 1st February, but cancelled because of the snow on that day, and now rescheduled. For centuries, variable stars have been crucial in the study of stellar populations. Astronomers have conducted rigorous observations over many decades in order to understand the physics behind their varying brightnesses. These unique objects come in many flavours, some changing regularly and predictably, with others changing erratically, sometimes lying dormant for years at a time. The changes that occur in a variable star occur on human timescales, making them one of the few astronomical objects whose evolution we can observe in real time.   However, these variables are not just fascinating probes of stellar evolution; they are also powerful distance indicators, enabling us to measure distances to objects within our Galaxy and beyond. Over the past 100 years, variable stars have made essential contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the Universe, and continue to be at the forefront of modern astrophysics to this day.
June
50th anniversary celebration of the Apollo Moon landings
Wells & Mendip Astronomers
Wells & Mendip Museum, 8 Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE (side arch entrance)
Sat Jun 22, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 16:00 Exhibition and activities, 19:30 Talk by Nick Howes
Price: Daytime Exhibition and activities - Free, Evening Talk - small charge for non-members
50th Anniversary celebration of the Apollo Moon landings. 10:00 - 16:00: Free exhibition and children's activities around the themes of the Apollo missions and the Moon, with a free showing at 14:00 of The Last Man on the Moon in the Museum's lecture theatre. At 19:30 a talk about the Apollo missions by Nick Howes, Apollo fan, collector, amateur astronomer and space advocate - small charge for non-members
July
50 years since the first Moon Landing
Somerset Levels Stargazers
Othery Village Hall Fore Street Othery TA7 0QU
Sat Jul 20, 2019
Time: 10am-5pm
Price: free community event
Follow the Apollo 11 mission from start to finish a combination of exciting demonstrations, videos, models, and talks all leading to that moment when the Eagle landed at Tranquility base.

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