South West Astrofair 2020  

The Norman Lockyer Observatory

Astro Fair 2020 guest speakers are 1 hour presentations.
they aim to be very interesting and entertaining and priced at £5 per speaker.

Guest Speakers

This years guest speakers are
Professor Lucie Green, John Parrott FRAS, Melanie Davies FRAS, James Fradgley FRAS

John Parratt 

Mercury 13 - A Secret Programme for US Women Astronauts in the 1960s.

The Mercury 13' was a secret programme run and paid for by Jacque Cochran (herself a pilot), her husband and Dr Lovelace during the early 60's at the beginning of the Mercury space flights to see how women pilots compared to the men. 
John Parratt is interested in astronomical and human space flight history, astro-photography, Formula 1 motor racing, playing guitar, (favourite bands Status Quo,
Queen, Led Zeppelin), Lego, and watching sci-fi films.   


Professor Lucie Green

Her presenting credits include Stargazing LiveSky at NightHorizon: Transit of VenusTimeshift: The History of Extreme Weather and Inside Science. Lucie is also a regular guest on the One Show and is a popular contributor to various radio programmes including Infinite Monkey Cage and Slooh Radio.

Her first popular science book is called 15 Million Degrees: A  Journey to the Centre of the Sun, which discusses the history and current activities in solar physics.

Lucie Green is a Professor of Physics and a Royal Society University Research Fellow based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics. Lucie studies activity in the atmosphere of our nearest star, the Sun, looking in particular at immense magnetic fields in the Sun’s atmosphere which sporadically erupt into the Solar System.

Melanie Davies

 A celebration of Cassini’s epic journey to Saturn.  

The Story starts with the mission launch in 1997, followed by orbit insertion at the end of 2004; it continues through to the Grand Finale in October 2017

The story is told with the help of vibrant graphics and sensational photographs captured by Cassini's onboard cameras.

At 3pm Melanie Is presenting
"Eat the Solar System" this session is great for the children. Please meet outside the Connaught Dome. If raining inside the Jeanne Edyvean Centre.

Melanie Davies studied Geoscience and Physics at the Open University and went on to study Astronomy at the University of Sussex. She has worked for many years as a Space Science Communicator, many of those at the historic observatory at

James Fradgley

Astronomical Causes of Climate Change   

Various astronomical factors which can affect climate change will be discussed, together with humanity’s efforts. These factors include long- and medium-term changes in the output of the Sun, plus geological, orbital & galactic changes directly affecting planet Earth.

 James Fradgley has a BA in Physics and Astronomy & an MSc – he is particularly interested in the  mechanisms rather than observations; in trying to understand how it works, than in seeing it!