Scotland’s Astronomer Royal, Prof. John C. Brown of the University of Glasgow, will share a platform with Scots writer Rab Wilson, part of a collaboration between astronomy and poetry that has resulted in the publication of a new book. He will also be visiting Orkney’s remotest island, North Ronaldsay, to support the community’s efforts for international recognition of their very dark skies.
Opportunities for night sky photography will be highlighted by Highlands amateur astronomer Eric Walker who will show images taken from his home in Conon Bridge and tell the story of the various Moon landings.
Prof. Arjun Berera of the University of Edinburgh will describe how life may already be carried through space. Streams of dust bombard the Earth from space every day, he says, and so violently that they are capable of dislodging tiny living creatures like bacteria and other organic material floating in the atmosphere and sending them hurtling through space.