Venus is most similar in size and mass to Earth but its atmospheric conditions are anything but comfortable. Even space probes landing on Venus cannot survive for longer periods and the dense cloud cover hides this planet from view. But space probes orbiting Venus and briefly landing on its surface have managed to penetrate the cloud cover and sample the fascinating environment of this mysterious neighbour.
Japan will have a second attempt at sending their Venus probe Akatsuki from its solar orbit on its way to Venus beginning of December 2015. Dr I Whittaker (University of Leicester) will give us a fascinating overview of what we know about Venus and its atmospheric and surrounding space environment. This talk will be followed by a brief introduction on what is visible in this month's sky.
The event will start at 8 pm with the Dr I Whittaker's overview of Venus in CELS. Refreshments will be offered from 7.45 pm in the CELS foyer. Afterwards, visitors will get a tour of the NTU observatory and the chance to see interesting objects in the Autumn sky with the observatory's telescopes, small telescopes, and binoculars if the weather allows it.
If the weather is not good, a small planetarium session will be offered in the observatory pointing out objects of interest.