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Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Robert Massey: The Moon

— Smoke and Mirrors
A talk on how the moon is represented in science and art
time:19:30
price: entry is free

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Bristol Skeptics in the Pub presents a talk by Robert Massey

Humans have been fascinated with our nearest heavenly body, the Earth’s Moon, since prehistoric times. 2019 marked 50 years since we set foot on the Moon during the Apollo space missions.

Join astronomer Dr Robert Massey for an illustrated talk about how our obsession with the Moon has manifested itself in the sciences and visual arts, from earliest ritualistic drawings and objects, Romantic symbolism and silent movies, to scientific observation, photography, and space race propaganda.

DOORS: 19:00
START: 19:30

Admission is FREE but during the interval we asks for donations. This is to cover speaker expenses and marketing costs such as social media fees and flyers. If you cannot afford to make a donation please do not. If you can, £3-£5 would be greatly appreciated.

Venue: Smoke and Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street
Two for one pizzas available from the bar!
10% off all drinks!

Dr Robert Massey is Deputy Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society, where he spends his days making the case for astronomy to the wider world. Before joining the RAS, his career took him from PhD research in Manchester on the Orion nebula to teaching, local politics, and then a stint as Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. With the art historian Dr Alexandra Loske, he published Moon: Art, Science, Culture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.

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What is Skeptics in the Pub?

In 1999, Dr Scott Campbell founded Skeptics in the Pub. The group was created for those interested in science, history, psychology, philosophy, investigative journalism and how to examine extraordinary claims of all types. Initially only in London, there now be over 100 SitP groups around the world.

The Bristol meeting is presented by the Bristol Skeptics Society, formed in 2009. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the Smoke & Mirrors bar on Denmark Street.

A speaker is invited each month to present a topic of interest, which is followed by a discussion in a relaxed and friendly pub atmosphere. Previous speakers in Bristol include Simon Singh, David Colquhon, David Nutt and Susan Blackmore.

There are no tickets, just show up!

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