Zoom Presentation: The Sky: Why It Matters and How We Might Lose It
Program Presenter: Andy Lawrence, an author and the Regius Professor of Astronomy at Edinburgh University
It’s tempting to think of Astronomy as beautiful but useless. It is indeed beautiful – the sky and its mysteries enchant, intrigue and inspire us – but it is far from useless. Study of the sky has played a key role in human culture, economy, technology and science. For good or ill, it is part of the modern industrial-technological-military complex. But today our view of the sky, and our potential to study the universe, is being horribly damaged – by light pollution, by annexation of the sky by streaking satellites, and by rapidly worsening space debris. Prof. Lawrence will try to explain what is going on, and what we can do about it.
Andy Lawrence is the Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. He is an expert on Quasars and Active Galactic Nuclei, and has also spent many years working on Survey Astronomy – mapping the Universe at every wavelength from far-infrared to X-rays. He is author of the book, “Losing the Sky.”
Hamptons Observatory extends its appreciation to Prof. Lawrence for generously taking the time to share his expertise and to SoFo for its kind collaboration on this program.
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