AIVC Event – Winchester Cafe Scientifique : Fuzzy Blobs-Nebulae and The Universe

This event is hosted and arranged by William Vine, the Group Organiser for Winchester Cafe Scientifique.

Basingstoke IVC science enthusiasts invite you to this talk on a very interesting subject delivered by Steve Tonkin FRAS. The subject of this evenings talk is “Fuzzy Blobs: what nebulae teach us about the Universe”.

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But it is a lot more work, so please join this event if you would like us to extend the programme into next year. Your participation provides the motivation to continue. Suggestions for future speakers are welcome.

Register here for the talk and to participate in the discussion on Zoom:

A free Zoom account is great if you want to participate. If that is not for you, you can watch on YouTube Live from your normal browser.

Alternatively watch the talk on YouTube here:

It’s not the same as live but closer than we thought.

For millennia people have wondered about the fuzzy patches in the night sky, which became called “nebulas” – clouds – and the advent of the telescope merely increased the number we could see without adding to our knowledge of what they are. The true nature of these enigmatic “fuzzy blobs” has only been known for a century or so, and they reveal a tremendous amount of information about the life and death of stars, the structure of our galaxy, the Milky Way, and the nature of the Universe itself.

Steve Tonkin FRAS has been an amateur astronomer since childhood. He has taught astronomy to adults and children for more than 40 years and has authored many articles and several books on practical aspects of astronomy. He writes equipment reviews and a monthly Binocular Tour for BBC Sky at Night magazine. Steve is the Dark Skies Advisor to the Cranborne Chase AONB International Dark Sky Reserve.

You will need the Zoom client installed on your computer, tablet or phone. Short video on using Zoom here:

Only one ticket needed per screen. If you are sharing with someone, they don’t need a separate ticket.

We will open the meeting from 7pm so people can settle in, chat etc. There will be a break between talk and Q&A when people can chat etc. It’s not the same as live but closer than I thought

A recording will be available after the event on YouTube.

Our Facebook Group provides an opportunity to share ideas and keep in touch. You are encouraged to post interesting science links and to comment or discuss.


December 7


07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

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