The speaker scheduled for this Friday, Tom Richards, has apparently had an altercation with a tractor, so his talk will be delayed for a few weeks until he (not the tractor) is fully recovered.  We wish him all the best.

In Tom’s place, we will continue the Understanding the Universe series with Alex Filipenko.   As the next two 30-minute talks are on a similar subject, we will have them both together:

Lecture 40 – Life Beyond the Earth – The recent discovery of extra-solar planets rekindles the age-old question of whether there is life beyond Earth.  This lecture examines the possibility of rudimentary life on other planets and moons in the Solar System.

Lecture 41 – The Search for Extraterrestrials – Are there intelligent extraterrestrials elsewhere in our Galaxy?  One way to search is to scan the radio spectrum for evidence of their electronic signals.  The ‘Drake Equation’ suggests ways to estimate their prevalence.

Following the talk and supper, there will be viewing through the MBO telescopes (weather permitting). If you have a telescope and would like to know how to use it, or alternatively, would like to show it off to us, please bring it along.

Members’ Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM (doors open 7:30PM). Guests are always welcome.

Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.