EVENTS & MEETINGS

THURSDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 2021 AT 6:30 PM (CAT) OVER ZOOM

Title: “Astro-Ecology”: using Astrophysics research techniques to help tackle challenges facing the planet

By: Professor Steve Longmore, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

ABSTRACT & BIO HERE Steve Longmore Talk Sept 23 2021 

Abstract:

He will describe how his group are using Astrophysics research techniques to help Ecologists protect the ecosystems, save critically endangered animal species, and stop peat forest fires that are a major contributor to climate change.

Building on technological and software innovations in Astronomy, their “Astro-Ecology” team have developed a drone plus thermal infrared imaging systems and an associated automated detection and identification pipeline that provides a cost-effective and efficient way to automatically detect animals and peat fires. He will describe the current status of the system and their efforts to enable local communities to run routine monitoring and management of animal populations and peat fires over large and inhospitable areas, and thereby tackle global biodiversity loss and climate change.

Astronomy and Astrotourism
for development: the Namibian
Example 

DATE: Thursday August 26, 2021

TIME:  6.30PM- 7.30 PM, Botswana Time

Watch the Presentation BELOW

ABSTRACT
Astronomy for development is making
great strides in Namibia. Forged by a
collaboration between the Universities of
Oxford and Namibia, together we are using
astronomy as a means for capacitybuilding and to benefit Namibia
socioeconomically. Namibia is already recognised as a world
leader in sustainable tourism; astronomy
offers great potential to expand and
diversify the market with minimal
environmental impact. With access to
some of the darkest and driest skies on the
planet – a completely free resource –
astrotourism is a relatively easy way for
tour guides to complement their earnings.
It also presents an opportunity to preserve
the indigenous stories about the stars,
which are already being lost. With H.E.S.S. already in place and the Africa
Millimetre Telescope on the horizon,
astronomy education provides further
opportunities for sustainable
socioeconomic growth. Led by Radboud
University, we are developing a Social
Impact Plan in the hope to inspire future
generations of Namibian scientists and
engineers.

Bio:
Dr Hannah Dalgleish is a researcher and
communicator, working at the intersection between
astronomy and society. An astrophysicist by training,
she now spends her time focused on capacitybuilding projects, and on furthering our
understanding of how astronomy affects the lives of
people around the world.
Hannah is currently working between the University
of Oxford (UK) and the University of Namibia. She is
a postdoctoral researcher in astronomy for
development, and is involved in numerous projects
related to dark sky tourism and light pollution,
astronomy education, science communication, and
more.

Andrew Newsam, Professor of Astronomy Education and Engagement at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Head of the UK National Schools' Observatory (NSO) and its Astronomy education accessible to all student in UK & Globally- on 29th April 2021 at 6:30 pm (CAT).

ASB Presentations are held the last Thursday of every month, over Zoom from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm (unless otherwise stated).  These Presentations are open to all society members and their guests and the public at no cost.

Following these Presentations, the ASB committee meets monthly.

Geraldine & Harold Hester’s Talk 25 March 2021 – an excellent, informative event;  see the Abstract & Bio below…and view and listen to the whole Zoom presentation on this link

Dr. Saran Poshyachinda – the national astronomical research institute of thailand (narit) –  25 february 2021 at 3:30 pm

View the Abstract & Biography of Dr. Suran Poshyachinda’s presentation here. You can view the complete PRESENTATION here.

 

anatomy of black holes live Presentation – 26 November 2020


Dr Moletlanyi Tshipha – Abstract & Biography 

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MARS- Mokolodi Astronomers Reaching for the Stars – 24 july 2020

On the 24th of July, ASB committee members gathered at Mokolodi Nature Reserve to officially open the new astronomical viewing platform (named MARS – Mokolodi Astronomers Reaching for the Stars), a joint project funded by ASB and Mokolodi, and to unveil a commemorative plaque in honour of the Barrow family of Scotland and the Southport Astronomical Society of the U.K. for their donation of a Celestron 127 SLT Maksutov Cassegrain telescope to the Society. The plaque was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hester, and Professor Mike Bode, both members of the ASB

Meteorite Landing in Botswana -24 july 2020

On the 24th of July, at 18:30, at the request of the Astronomical Society of Botswana, Dr. Fulvio Franchi from BUIST, gave a presentation via ZOOM about the tracking of a meteorite that landed in Botswana in 2018, and how they eventually recovered several pieces of it in the CKGR after many expeditions looking for it. The fragments are still being tested. 

NEUTRON STARS LIVE PRESENTATION – 27 AUGUST 2020 

On the 27th of August, from 18:00 until 20:00, Dr. Jacobus Diener from BIUST will be conducted a live presentation via ZOOM, at the request of the Astronomical Society of Botswana, about neutron stars. 

GEOLOGY OF MARS LIVE PRESENTATION – 24 SEPTEMBER 2020 

Another webinar invitation from ASB, this time the presentation will be held  by Prof Motsoptse Modisi , an Associate Professor at the University of Botswana(UB) .Yet another opportunity for everyone to join in, despite your geographical location.
 
Date: Thursday 24th September 2020

Time: 6pm – 7.30pm

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SKA WEBINAR-BUILDING AN OBSERVATORY TO STUDY THE DAWN OF TIME AND THE ORIGINS OF LIFE – 8 OCTOBER 2020

Professor Phil Diamond will describe the plans to expand the telescopes across Australia and southern Africa, including Botswana, to dramatically increase the capabilities of the SKA Observatory.
 
Date: Thursday 8 October 2020

Time: 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Link to PDF: Abstract & Programme

 

 
 
 

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