2020 events

Sat 11:30-12:00
Starlight Room

S Doradus; a Century of Science Fact and Fiction

Alan Plummer

Linden Observatory

S Doradus is a star that has captured the imagination of astronomers since 1897, and science fiction writers almost immediately thereafter. There is almost as much mystery about this extraordinary star in 2020 than 100 years ago. Amateur observations of S Dor are very much sought after by the wider astronomical community, yet the number of observers worldwide of this 9th mag star can be counted on one hand. The purpose of this presentation is to encourage more observers – particularly visual – to contribute to the understanding of the ‘S Dor’ stars. Writers of both science fact and fiction are a long way from finished with S Doradus and the remarkable and rare class of objects that now bare its name.