Wednesday 22nd June 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX
With Astronomer Steve Tonkin
As we go about our daily lives, it is easy to forget we are passengers on a small planet travelling at nearly 70,000 miles per hour around a solar system that orbits the Milky Way at equally breathtaking speeds. We often hear from apologists that our universe is ‘fine tuned for life’, but the reality is that most of our unbelievably vast universe is extremely hostile, with terrifying phenomena that could wipe out humanity in the blink of an eye if they ever come close enough. From gamma-ray bursts to asteroid impacts, and from supernovae to galactic collisions, it seems certain that the universe is out to get us! Steve Tonkin’s light-hearted but scientifically robust review of potentially cataclysmic events will help us understand many fundamental cosmological processes and their potential effects on us.
Steve is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and has taught astronomy to adults and children for over 30 years.
He has written books and articles on practical astronomy, and has a monthly column in the BBC’s Sky at Night magazine. He is also a STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) ambassador with a special brief for astronomy.
“Join us for an entertaining review of the cosmic catastrophes that could threaten our existence here on earth”
Free entry (donations appreciated). Everyone welcome!
(The Green House Hotel can also be accessed via its rear entrance in Gervis Road. The hotel has a small onsite car park, and roadside parking is also available in Gervis Road).
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