Photograph L-R: Peter Hobson, Karen Hughes, Helen Kibble Wilson, Jayne Paterson, Duncan Millar, Steve McElvanney, Jim Forsyth, Lesley Henderson
Forty years had passed since they graduated when alumna Lesley Henderson arranged for a reunion and visit to JCMB with some of her former class mates. What do they remember from their student days? And what career journey did they take on leaving?
The group share their memories from the late 1970s and early 1981s. In the days when notice boards were the place to get information, and annual parties were held in the Magnet Café…
Some of South America’s most famous symbols are those associated with astronomy. Both Incan and Aztec empires worshipped Sun and Moon deities, and so South America’s history is tied up with the night sky. Today, the lack of light pollution in many South American countries has been so valuable for astronomy that it has drawn the attention of modern day astronomers from around the world.
America is what we think of as being one of the main forces in astrophysics. It was America that won the Space Race, America that formed NASA and planted their flag onto the Moon’s surface. Space flight only accounts for a small slice of American astrophysics, however; before and since, North America has been responsible for much of our astrophysical knowledge, from the astronomers of historic Mexico to Edwin Hubble’s discovery that the Universe is larger than just the Milky Way.