South West Astronomy Fair


Jo Richardson
Jo Richardson
"Jo Richardson owns and runs Space Detectives which is based in the South West and delivers high quality Space Education in schools, community groups and at public events. She is also one of the 10 ESERO-UK (European Space Educational Office) Space Ambassadors and works on high profile space education projects such as Mission X and the Tim Peake Primary Project. A fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Jo lives with her Astrophotographer husband, Pete at their home observatory in Bleadon"
 
Steve Owen
Crawick Multiverse

 Steve Owens, Executive Director of the Crawick Multiverse, astronomer, science communicator, and author of Stargazing for Dummies. He also write the monthly “Universe for Beginners” articles in Astronomy Now magazine.

he ran the planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre 2005-2008 and 2015-2017, and was the UK Manager for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 in the UK for two years, during which time He helped establish the UK’s first International Dark Sky Park in Galloway, Scotland, and sat on the Dark Sky Discovery steering group. He have since then helped five other sites in the UK become International Dark Sky Places.

He was presented with the Federation of Astronomical Societies 2010 award for Outstanding Achievement in Astronomy, and the Campaign for Dark Skies 2010 award for Efforts in Dark Sky Preservation. He was also short-listed for the UK Space Conference’s 2010 Arthur Clarke award. He was a 2011 Winston Churchill Travelling Fellow.


Professor Alan Fitzsimmons
Alan Fitzsimmons
Interstellar Objects in our Solar system 

Abstract: 
On 19 October 2017 an Interstellar Object was discovered passing through our Solar system, the first alien visitor ever seen. With little warning, astronomers had only a few days to study it before it became too faint for detailed investigation, even when using the world’s largest telescopes. Our studies have revealed a body that matched some of our expectations, but that differed significantly in other aspects.  We have gained considerable insight into our visitor, now named ‘Oumuamua, but many questions remain. In this talk I will explain why we expected to see something like ‘Oumuamua at some point, what we have discovered about the first object to visit us from another star, and what we might expect to find in the future. 
Dave Eagle
Dave Eagle

Celebrate Tim Peake's Principia Mission.
Between December 2015 and June 2016, Tim Peake and his two crew-mates flew to the International Space Station for their Principia Mission. 
This informative and fun presentation, incorporating multi-media as well as audience participation, overviews what Tim achieved during his 6-month stay.