SOCIETY LECTURE – Astronomical Oddities.
The history of astronomy is littered with the weird, the odd and that which we know now was simple wrong. From strange telescopes, through nonexistent planets and misunderstood observations. Tonights lecture is a personal review of these and more.
Tony Roberts is currently Chairman at Croydon Astronomical Society since 2016. Joining the Society in the late 1970s he was part of the team that opened the Norman Fisher Observatory in 1979 and was also Chairman 1985/86. He is also Chairman and a founding member of Edenbridge & District Astronomers and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society since 1984.
Enjoying the history of astronomy his observing interest is focused on variable star and comets. Main activity across both groups is public outreach and he is a regular at the Norman Fisher Observatory public events, as well as visiting schools and youth groups to speak about astronomy as a STEM Ambassador.