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Inverclyde Skywatchers

Welcome to Inverclyde Skywatchers at and

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Professor Martin Hendry currently holds the post of Senior Lecturer in Astronomy, in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Glasgow. He is a member of the Astronomy and Astrophysics research group, led by Prof. John Brown (Astronomer Royal for Scotland). He heads a small research team working in cosmology, which is the branch of astrophysics concerned with the large-scale properties of the Universe as a whole: its origin, evolution and eventual fate.

He took up his present appointment at Glasgow University in October 1998, having previously held research positions at Glasgow (1996-1998) and at Sussex University (1991-1996), following the completion of his PhD, also at Glasgow.

Professor Hendry's presentation is entitled "2020 vision: the past, present & future of optical telescopes" A whistlestop tour of how telescopes have advanced, from Galileo to the James Webb Space Telescope and the EELT.

Professor Martin Hendry  "2020 Vision of Optical Telescopes" Monday 30th April

Martin Brough, Senior Library Assistant, Systems Development, Inverclyde Libraries.

What an amazing three week 3D workshop and lectures we had with Martin. We were treated to 3D demonstrations, software for creating models to print, who invented 3D printing and Augmented Reality.

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Prof. Kenneth Strain

Inverclyde Sky Watchers were delighted to have

Professor Kenneth Strain with us again. 

For those new to the group Ken is deputy director of the Institute for Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow, an External Scientific Member of the Max-Planck Society with a position at the Albert Einstein Institute in Germany, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  Since 1985, Ken has carried out research and development for the technology of gravitational wave detectors and has contributed to the design and construction of the GEO600 detectors (Germany) and Advanced LIGO (USA).  He runs lab experiments in Glasgow and Hannover, Germany, to investigate new techniques in precision measurement and study quantum measurement limits.

Professor Strain's presentation was entitled "Gravitational Wave Astrophysics - What We've Learned So Far" It was a very interesting, informative and engaging talk with many Qs & As following. 

GW170817 Binary Newtron Star Merger. 

A LIGO / Virgo gravitational wave detection with associated electromagnetic events observed by over 70 observatories 130 million light years away! 

Observing both electromagnetic and gravitational waves from the event provides compelling evidence that gravitational waves travel at the same speed as light.

The observation of a kilonova show that neutron star mergers could be responsible for the production of most of the heavy elements, like gold, in the universe. 


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