Astronomy Through the AstroFest Years
The years that have elapsed since the first AstroFest took place in 1992 have embraced a golden era for astronomy and space science. Highlights include the discovery of a plethora of planets revolving around other stars, the detection of the seeds of galaxy formation in the cosmic microwave background, and the remarkable, and unexpected, discovery that the Universe is currently expanding at an accelerating rate, driven by a mysterious commodity called dark energy. Closer to home, a succession of unmanned spacecraft have revolutionised our knowledge and understanding, of the Sun and the planets, moons and minor bodies that comprise our Solar System. This talk will attempt to identify and summarise what have been the most significant advances and discoveries of the AstroFest years.
About IaIn nicolson
Iain Nicolson is a writer and lecturer on astronomy and space science. He has written more than twenty books, the most recent of which, Introducing Astronomy – A Guide to the Universe, was published in September 2014. A consultant to Astronomy Now, he has been associated with the magazine since its foundation in 1987 and co-chaired AstroFest from 1996 to 2014. Between 1968 and 2003, he was a frequent contributor to BBC Television’s The Sky at Night. Formerly Principal Lecturer in Astronomy at the University of Hertfordshire, in 2011 he was awarded a Fellowship of the University for his contributions to the public understanding of astronomy.