Professor Paul Francis and the NSAS Seminar series

By David Stevenson


Hi David,

Hope you are all well. We’ve had a great couple of nights in the past week or so, so hope you are enjoying the night sky at the moment. Tonight, is looking to be the same and hence there are a few of us heading up to Forest Trail Park if you wish to come along feel free. Gate will open about 30 mins before sunset and with the moon not up until after midnight this is a great time to grab the scope and get out there. Last night at the field you could make out the Milky Way (faintly and in places) but still pretty good for being in the suburbs of a major city.

NSAS has a great reputation for helping beginners getting going and the support network we have in place using the MemberJungle App and chat rooms. In the next month, we will also be holding Welcome to New Members, Open Question Nights and Beginners Nights in the Field so please make sure you take advantage of therm. All these are free for members.

Another area where NSAS has continued to provide information to support everyone’s astronomical interest is in the varied and interesting speakers that we have been able to arrange.

NSAS is incredibly proud to present 3 exceptional speakers in the months ahead. All are published research Professors and provide a unique opportunity for NSAS members to hear from some of the best in the field.

Professor Paul Francis joins us in just a week or so (20th June) from the Australian National University and will describe the James Webb Space Telescope and its capabilities, and go through the latest discoveries it is making, from galaxies at the end of the universe all the way down to planets.


Then in August Professor Dean Rickles will help us tackle and understand Quantum Gravity and then in September we will hear from Professor Geraint Lewis who has previously provided us with interesting and unique talks on cosmology.

image-20230611131957-4  Professor Dean Rickles

image-20230611131530-3 Professor Geraint Lewis


Make sure you put aside these dates for a unique opportunity from these Professors and leaders in science. You can register online and create a calendar entry all in the one go here - Events


James Webb Update


This image was uploaded just a few days ago with a far-flung galaxy shown as an Einstein ring perfectly positioned behind a star. Amazingly, scientists are measuring the molecules in this 12-Billion light year away galaxy contains complex organic molecules similar to smog or smoke.

Webb Telescope Detects Universe’s Most Distant Organic Mol… | Flickr

Observing Objects for Jane: (reproduced from our website)

Observable Objects

Clear Skies

David Stevenson




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