Belfast Skeptics in the Pub – Colin Johnston: Armagh Planetarium

Happy January! We hope you enjoyed your Winter/ Festivus/ Christmas/ other break. We took a pretty big break too; all has been quiet here since our last event, Dr. Lesley Storey talking about myths relating to cancer and some myths in popular psychology. We aren’t going to hold an event in January, mostly because of exams for the students among us. However, we have been planning some great speakers for the coming months. February is going to be a great month; not only do we have the excellent QED convention in Manchester (Some of us will be there, so read more about it here!) but we are also happy to announce that our next speaker will be from the Armagh Planetarium. Colin Johnston, Science communicator with the planetarium, will be speaking to us about the history of people seeing odd things in the sky, while also drawing on some of the UFO reports or queries he has handled. Colin first studying physics at QUB then worked in the aerospace industry for many years. However, in 2006 he changed career and became a full-time science educator. Colin also edits the Plantarium’s Astronotes blog, advises on the science content for the Planetarium’s Digital Theatre shows, responds to astronomical queries from the public, presents public talks and teach courses at QUB. You can see more of Colin’s work on the Planetarium’s website as well as a few videos on the YouTube channel.

It’s also International Darwin Day on February the 12th, so I imagine we’ll do something Darwin-related during the event too.

The Eventbrite page is here, so register there please! The Facebook event page can be found here.

Date: Thursday 10th February

Time: 7:30pm

Location: The Club Room (up the stairs and around to the left) in The Parlour, 2-4 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast, BT9 6AY [map – although the front looks considerably different now!].

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