Merseyside Astronomy Day

Speaker: Megan Argo

Megan Argo Name: Dr Megan Argo
Place: Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, University of Central Lancashire

Dr Megan Argo is an astrophysicist currently based at the University of Central Lancashire. When not teaching on the on-campus and distance learning astronomy degrees, she studies galaxies and black holes with radio telescopes the size of planet Earth. She has worked in the UK, Australia and the Netherlands, been lucky enough to observe with some of the best radio telescopes on the planet, and has given public lectures around the world.

Talk: The next blink of a cosmic eye: predictions for astronomy in the next 200 years

Astronomy: interior of the Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford. Coloured aquatint by J. Bluck, 1813, after F. Mackenzie.
Astronomy 200 years ago...
Coloured aquatint by J. Bluck, 1813, after F. Mackenzie.
Credit: Wellcome Collection
In 2020 the Royal Astronomical Society celebrates its 200th anniversary. From the first meeting, when fourteen gentlemen sat down to dinner at the Freemason's Tavern in London in January 1820, the Society has grown to a diverse membership of more than 4000 geophysicists and astronomers, both amateur and professional. Astronomy has come a long way in that time, and our understanding of the Universe has changed fundamentally. What didn't we know 200 years ago? Where is astronomy going next? Join Megan for a look at some exciting upcoming telescopes and future space missions, and some predictions for what we might discover in the next 200 years...
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