Dr (L) Mike Leggatt FRAS FBIS - Pluto and the outer solar system

Wednesday 18th November at Woodrow High House Sports Hall.

This Lecture details the discovery of Pluto and Charon.

Dr Mike Leggett discusses Pluto: planet or dwarf planet?

He will cover -Neptunian Objects. Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt. Kuiper Belt Objects. Plutinos. Cubewanos plus the New Horizons mission to Pluto, Charon and the Kuiper Belt. Oort Cloud. Comets. The boundary of the Solar System. Pioneer &Voyager's Interstellar Mission.

A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, Dr Mike Leggett is also a member of the British Astronomical Association, the Planetary Society and the Society for the History of Astronomy (SHA). As a participant in the SHA Survey of the Astronomical History of the UK, he is currently the coordinator for Buckinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland.

As a founder member of the South Lincolnshire Astronomical and Geophysical Society in 1976, he began to present astronomy talks for his local society. Since that time he has presented lectures for the British Interplanetary Society, at University of Aberdeen evening classes, for the Society for the History of Astronomy and to astronomical societies and other groups throughout the UK. He is currently Publicity Officer for the Milton Keynes Astronomical Society, for whom he has also served as Chairman and Secretary. He is also a Council Member and Publicity Officer for the Society for the History of Astronomy (SHA) and county co-ordinator for Buckinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Rutland in the SHA survey of astronomical history of the UK.

A Graduate in Chemistry and Pharmacology from the University of Nottingham, Dr Leggett also holds a PhD in Chemistry. A Chartered Chemist and a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, he is a member of the Astrophysical Chemistry Group. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Technical Authorship and Communication and is Member of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators.