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Professor John C. Brown

10th Astronomer Royal for Scotland

Science & Magic of Light, the Universe and Everything

SATURDAY MARCH 28th 2015 - Edinburgh




A warp speed tour of our amazing universe with world leading scientists and magicians.

A day of FREE talks demos and discussion by eminent scientists and magicians for the general public (all ages) -  to celebrate 2015 as International Year of Light.

Also: Space rock display (Jamie Shepherd)

Sunspot viewing on arrival and during breaks


Unticketed, but space limited. Come early to avoid disappointment

Parallel planetarium shows through the day – see
(£3/ under 16 £2)

LOCATION: Edinburgh University (EUSA) Debating Hall

Bristo Square. EH8 9AJ (map)

DATE & TIME: Saturday 28th March 2015, 9.30-17.00

[Talks start 10 am but early arrivals get a chance of some sunspot observing and meteorite viewing]




TALK PROGRAMME (DRAFT) [Programme for printing]

10.00 Welcome & Introduction to Cosmic Science & Magic
Prof. John C. Brown FRSE FInstP (U. Glasgow & Astronomer Royal for Scotland)
- ably assisted by “The Professor” (Ewan Callison Scottish Conjurers Association)

10.40 Setting Sail for Orbit : Physics, Technology & Mission Applications of Light-Sail Spacecraft
Prof. Colin R. McInnes MBE FRSE FInstP  FRAeS  FREng (U. Glasgow, James Watt Chair) R. McInnes

11.20 Break

11.40 Faster than the Speed of Light?  An Astronomer's Guide to Interstellar Travel
Prof. Martin. A. Hendry MBE FRSE FinstP (U. Glasgow, Head School of Physics and Astronomy)

12.20 Lunch

14.05  Demos of : - Anti-gravity & Exo-Planet Alien Spectrometry
“The Professor” (Euan Callison Scottish Conjurers Accociation)

14.20 Our Colourful and Luminous Universe
Prof. Chris J.Lintott (U. Oxford, Citizen Science, BBC Sky at Night)

15.10 Break

15.30 Illuminating the Impossible
Kevin McMahon MSc – Physicist, Associate Inner Magic Circle, Artistic Director Edinburgh International Magic Festival

16.20 – 17.00 General Panel Discussion + Q&A Session

[Programme for printing]



The advertised Ceilidh (and stargazing) in the evening have been CANCELLED



ORGANISERS:  J.C. Brown, C. Gleed, L.S. McCalman.
SPONSORS: IoP (Scotland); RSE (Cormack Bequest); Scottish Astronomers Group
POSTERS – D.B. McCalman


SUN & STARGAZING - Edinburgh Astronomical Society

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