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Astronomical Society to welcome award winning speaker

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West Yorkshire Astronomical Society will be welcoming Paul Money as a guest speaker at its next meeting on Tuesday.

Paul is an astronomer based in Horncastle and is well known for his extensive talks and is the reviews editor of the BBC Sky at Night magazine.

He broadcasts occasionally on BBC Radio Lincolnshire and Lincoln City Radio.

Paul’s talk will be about The Viking Mission to Mars Part I. (Part II will be told on October 2)

Besides taking photographs and collecting other science data on the Martian surface, the two landers conducted three biology experiments designed to look for possible signs of life. These experiments discovered unexpected and enigmatic chemical activity in the Martian soil, but provided no clear evidence for the presence of living microorganisms in soil near the landing sites.

Paul’s talk will guide visitors through the mission adding detail to the mission objectives.

The evening will be held on Tuesday April 17 at 7.30pm at WYAS, The Rosse Observatory, Carleton Road, Pontefract.

Members £4. Non-Members £5. Accompanied children under 16 are free.

All monies raised enable the society to continue as a community charity providing astronomical education to the wider general public.