In 2016 the Chaos society received a grant from the Alumni Foundation to buy a refractor telescope (Skywatcher Evostar 80ED DS-Pro & HEQ5 PRO with GoTo Mount). Previously, students were only able to use high-quality observational equipment for projects. This year we will give Chaos members the opportunity to examine the night sky and the face of the sun throughout their degree! You may have spotted us at the Welcome Fair doing some solar observations and we also organise trips to the @ Bristol planetarium.
If you are interested in using the telescope or have any experience in amateur astronomy let us know!
Caleb Evans (Astronomy Officer 2019/20)
In June 2017, members of the Chaos society attended the annual CAPS (Conference of Astronomy and Physics Students) at UCL. The conference is run by students, for students and aims to give attendees the experience of a ‘real’ science conference. This involved attending careers events, a poster session and talks from both distinguished scientists and student speakers. (And of course - socials!)
Chaos society members who had previously attended CAPS’15 in Manchester and CAPS’16 in Glasgow, spoke about how useful the unique experience had been for them. This year, the University of Bristol Student Union provided financial support for Chaos members to attend. CAPS’17 speakers included Professor Sir John Pendry who described his research on negative refractive substances, and Professor Johnathan Tennyson, who discussed the search for extra-terrestrial un-intelligence. Students attending CAPS’17 also gave talks on their own research, including one student from Bristol (pictured).
The poster session was a chance for students to display research in a relaxed atmosphere and discuss their insights into the world of research. Following a day of UCL lab tours, tours of the NPL (National Physical Laboratory) and talks, the last night of CAPS’17 involved a fantastic boat party on the River Thames (pictured).
The Chaos society hopes to help fund even more places for students to attend CAPS’20, so look out for information on this! For more information on CAPS’17 see below.