For many years I have given both formal courses in astronomy and meteorology (in association with a local college) – although this ceased some time ago – and also less formal talks to a wide range of societies and groups.
I have spoken on astronomical topics to astronomical societies in all parts of the United Kingdom (and even abroad) as well as various local non-astronomical groups. Although my principal field of interest here is the study of variable stars, I also speak on far more general topics. (Some are listed below.)
In recent years there has been an increasing demand for talks on various aspects of the weather, and here the range of organisations has been extremely wide, from local townswomens’ guilds and womens’ institutes, via special-interest societies – such as local sections of the Parkinson’s Society – to sailing and flying clubs.
A talk on Weather Photography: Past and Present
Inverness College, University of the Highlands and Islands,
1 Inverness Campus, IV2 5NA
Wednesday, 2016 May 11, 19:00
(see details here)
Recent (2015) talks
As the final event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Chichester Harbour Conservancy,
a special event was arranged for
Friends of Chichester Harbour
The Stables, Eames Farm,
Thorney Island PO10 8DE
Saturday, 2015 February 21, 19:30
Two presentations were given: Astronomy (a general introduction to the subject)
and a more specific talk on Eclipses (with particular reference to the solar eclipse on 2015 Mar.20).
This was a highly successful evening, because the sky was completely clear, allowing
participants to see a large number of astronomical objects.
Jupiter and its satellites, and Comet Lovejoy were generally considered to be the most interesting.
2015 May 06, 20:00
Astronomy & Meteorology
Talks on astonomical topics have included those shown here.
Looking Up A light-hearted introduction to astronomy for beginners
Astronomy & Meteorology A look at the way in which the two sciences have developed in parallel
Variable Stars A general introduction to the field
Peculiar and Interesting Stars A look at some of the strange objects among both binary and variable stars
Novae and Supernovae A short introduction to these two classes of variables
Cataclysmic Variables Novae, Dwarf Novae, Symbiotic Stars and Supernovae
Novae A detailed look at these fascinating objects
Supernovae A discussion of these violent exploding stars and their significance
Stellar Evolution Including stellar remnants: white dwarfs, neutron stars, pulsars, magnetars~
and black holes
The Role of the Amateur How amateurs have played (and still play) an important part in astronomy
Eclipses Solar and lunar eclipses
Talks have covered a very wide range. Some titles are given here.
Watching the Weather An introduction to weather and forecasting
Keep a Weather Eye Open Some aspects of weather for sailors
Reading the Sky Phenomena visible in the sky
Atmospheric Optics A discussion of the extraordinarily wide range of phenomena that may
be seen (split into three separate parts)
Looking Down and Looking Up Weather systems seen from the ground and from satellite
No It Isn’t & No It Doesn’t A discussion of some weather myths and misunderstandings
Surviving Extreme Weather Surviving hurricanes, tornadoes, and similar disasters
Planetary Weather Weather on Earth and other planets
Eclipse Weather The weather that accompanies solar eclipses
Courses (generally 10 weeks each) have included:
Astronomy – An Introduction An introductory course for beginners, general and
From Here to Infinity A more extensive course, covering the origins of the universe,
the formation of stars and other objects, and some of the
Watching the Weather An introductory course, aimed at enabling students to recognize
cloud types and other phenomena, and gain a greater understanding
of weather forecasts and their interpretation.
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Latest revision: 2016 Apr.20, 17:10 UT