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Peta Bosley

Like many others, I'm a child of the Space Age and avidly followed NASA & Russian efforts. I was lucky enough to get replies from NASA and the Russian Embassy when I wrote to ask them for information and, from that moment, I was totally hooked! That led me to study Astrophysics at Queen Mary College, University of London in the early 1970's, although jobs in the field were so rare then that the College started putting "Physics" on the BSc Certificate instead of "Astrophysics" so employers weren't scared off.

Since then, I worked in IT (IBM) for 25 years and, after retiring, have returned to my true love by joining the Hampshire Astronomical Group, where I arrange the monthly Public Lectures (non-members always welcome, see http://hantsastro.org.uk/publictalks/index.php or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/clanfieldobservatory/ for details).

I also take part in public visits to the Clanfield Observatory site, particularly with students from the University of Portsmouth, who attend as part of their degree course and delivered a talk to them (March 2017) on Astrobiology.

I have also had an interest in Palaeontology and Anthropology for over 40 years, which has rather naturally led me into an exploration of Astrobiology.

I engage in public outreach, with three sessions scheduled in the future;

  • Primary school STEM in High Wycombe
  • Meteorite talk to local adult group
  • New Scientist Live exhibition (part of HAG team)

I am involved with the Meteor monitoring at HAG where we have 3 (video) meteor cameras and contribute our data to the UKMON & NEMETODE UK monitoring networks where it is eventually consolidated at the European level. This allows the individual camera records to check for multiple station "hits" for a single meteor so that orbits can be calculated.

I have a particular interest in the geology of meteorites and their formation and, when we deliver external talks on the subject, this is the area that I concentrate on.

Local society membership: Hampshire Astronomical Group (HAG), Sunderland Astronomical Society (SAS)

2018 Apr 14

12:06 UTC

Like many others, I'm a child of the Space Age and avidly followed NASA & Russian efforts. I was lucky enough to get replies from NASA and the Russian Embassy when I wrote to ask them for information and, from that moment, I was totally hooked! That led me to study Astrophysics at Queen Mary College, University of London in the early 1970's, although jobs in the field were so rare then that the College started putting "Physics" on the BSc Certificate instead of "Astrophysics" so employers weren't scared off.

Since then, I worked in IT (IBM) for 25 years and, after retiring, have returned to my true love by joining the Hampshire Astronomical Group, where I arrange the monthly Public Lectures (non-members always welcome, see http://hantsastro.org.uk/publictalks/index.php or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/clanfieldobservatory/ for details).

I also take part in public visits to the Clanfield Observatory site, particularly with students from the University of Portsmouth, who attend as part of their degree course and deliver talks to them on Astrobiology.

I engage in public outreach sessions;

  • Primary school STEM in High Wycombe
  • Meteorite talk to local adult group
  • Outreach talks to a local blind / partially sighted adult group
  • New Scientist Live exhibition (part of HAG team)
  • Stargazing Live on HMS Warrior in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

I am involved with the Meteor monitoring at HAG where we have 3 (video) meteor cameras and contribute our data to the UKMON & NEMETODE UK monitoring networks where it is eventually consolidated at the European level. This allows the individual camera records to check for multiple station "hits" for a single meteor so that orbits can be calculated.

I have a particular interest in the geology of meteorites and their formation and, when we deliver external talks on the subject, this is the area that I concentrate on.

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