Duncan Lunan - Events


Astronomers of the Future Club


Astronomers of the Future Club  (AOTF Club) is an Astronomy Club overseen by Astro Cosmic Terran Assocation SCIO (ACTA SCIO is a registered charity numbered SC042560) and is run by a local committee in Troon.


Its main aim will be to bring together people of all ages who are interested in learning about Astronomy and Space through talks/lectures and events.


For full details including time and place please go to:




Duncan on Tour


Duncan Lunan tours the UK and abroad giving talks on Astronomy and Space and his books.  To find out where Duncan is please read his blogs which can be found at:





Duncan Lunan - Illustrated Talks



Duncan Lunan, M.A., Dip. Ed., is the author of “Man and the Stars”, “New Worlds for Old”, “Man and the Planets”, and editor of “Starfield”, plus over 900 articles, inc­luding contributions to 20 other books, and 33 short stories including the collection “With Time Comes Concord”.   “Children from the Sky, a speculative investigation of a mediaeval mys­t­ery – the Green Children of Woolpit” was published by Mutus Liber of Edinburgh in May 2012, “The Stones and the Stars, Building Scotland’s Newest Megalith” was published internationally by Springer at the end of November 2012 and “Incoming Asteroid!  What could we do about it?” will be published by Springer in October 2013.  


Duncan was Assistant Curator of Airdrie Public Observatory, 1987-97 and 2002-2008;  as Manager of the Glasgow Parks Astronomy Project, 1978-79, he designed and built the first astronomically aligned stone circle in Britain for over 3000 years.


Duncan has given hundreds of talks to a wide range of organisations in the UK and USA, including many astronomy and space conferences and societies, Round Tables, Rotary Clubs, Scout groups, branches of the Workers Educational Association, writ­ers’ groups, science fiction conventions, schools and community groups and many more.   He was the only amateur scientist ever to be invited to speak during the nine-year series of IBM Heathrow Conferences.



1.  A Stone Circle for Glasgow.   Planning and building the Sighthill megalith, the first astronomically aligned stone circle in Britain for at least 3000 years, with  solar and lunar observations made there since.   


2.  Archaeoastronomy from the Air - 1982 aerial archaeology flight organised and navigated by DL, mostly over astronomical sites. 


3.  Ancient Astronomy – Europe, China, Australia, Egypt, Central America and the UK.   (Talks 1, 2 and 3 can be combined as required.)


4.  Earth, Sun and Moon.


5.  The Sun and the Planets. 


6.  New Worlds for Old.   The new look of the Solar System - artwork and photos.  


7.  Man and the Planets.   The resources of the Solar System.  


8.  The Politics of Survival.   Using space technology to protect life on Earth.  


9.  Waverider.   The man-carrying vehicle for the British space programme cancelled by Harold Macmillan, saved from oblivion by ASTRA  (The Association in Scotland to Research into Astronautics)  with low-speed flight tests and future applications proposals, now flown by the US Air Force;  new concepts and long-term prospects.  


10.  Flight in Non-terrestrial Atmospheres  (the Hang-Glider’s Guide to the Galaxy).   Aircraft for Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Titan and imaginary earthlike worlds.  


11.  Earth and Sun - the Sun and its effects on Earth.


12.  Probes to the Sun.  


13.  Mercury.


14.  Venus.


15.  Venus:  Life in the Clouds?


16.  Earth – an introduction.


17.  The Earth from Space – long distance views.


18.  The Earth from Orbit.


19.  The UK from Space  (in preparation)..


20.  The Moon – an introduction.


21.  Unmanned Lunar Probes.  All missions to date. 


22.  Manned Lunar Missions.  Project Apollo and the Exploration of the Moon.


23.  Mars – an introduction.


24.  Mars Exploration.  All missions to date.


25.  Manned Mars missions.


26.  Building the Martian Nation – our first 1000 years on Mars  (in preparation).


27.  Mars Terraforming.


28.  The Asteroids.


29.  Keep Watching the Skies!   Protecting the Earth from Impacts.


30.  Tunguska – the 1908 Event in Fact and Fiction.


31.  The Gas Giants – an Introduction.


32.  Jupiter.


33.  Saturn.


34.  Uranus.


35.  Uranus, Neptune and the Kuiper Belt.


36.  Neptune.


37.  Pluto, the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud.


38.  The Search for the Tenth Planet.


39.  Comets and Meteors.


40.  Planetary engineering and terraforming.   The Sahara, the Moon, Venus, Mars,   Jupiter, Saturn, other earthlike worlds, the future Earth.


41.  The Mythology of the Planets  (in preparation).


42.  Exoplanets.


43.  Observatories in Space.


44.  The Deep Sky.   Stars, nebulae and galaxies.


45.  The Milky Way.


46.  Stars and Nebulae.


47.  Stars and Galaxies.


48.  Nebulae and Galaxies.


49.  Compass Points in the Sky.   Finding our way around.


50.  Cosmology.


51.  Northern Constellations.


52.  The Southern Sky.


53.  US Launch Vehicles.


54.  European Launch Vehicles.


55.  The UK in Space.   Skylark, Black Knight, Blue Streak, Waverider, Ariel, Black Arrow and Prospero, HOTOL, Helen Sharman, Michael Foale, Spaceship One, Tim Peake, Cubesats, Skylon and more.


56.  The Corporal missile at the South Uist Rocket Range, 1959.   A personal account.


57.  Rocket Aircraft.


58.  Eyewitness to History – personal accounts of launches and landings. 


59.  The Russians in Space.


60.  Chinese, Japanese and Indian launchers  (in preparation).


61.  Manned Spaceflight – an introduction.


62.  Animals in Space.


63.  Project Mercury.


64.  Project Gemini.   


65.  Aspects of Apollo.   Apart from the Moon, what else happened?


66.  Skylab.


67.  The Apollo-Soyuz Rendezvous.


68.  Space Stations.  From early designs to O’Neill habitats.


69.  Project Starseed.   An integrated programme for nuclear waste disposal and space solar power.


70.  Spacesuits.


71.  Space Shuttle Origins.   Early history, the Enterprise and Rockwell artwork.   


72.  Space Shuttle Missions.


73. Applications Satellites.   Weather, communications, navigation, Earth resources.


74.  The Future of Space Flight.  Interplanetary and interstellar travel over the next   30 million years.


75.  Project Daedalus:  The British Interplanetary Society inter­stellar probe study. 


76.  Epsilon Boötis Revisited.   Has the Earth been visited?  Long-Delayed Radio Echoes, Epsilon Boötis, Stone­henge and the Pyra­mids.   Circumstantial evidence from the astronomical alignments.


77.  “Man and the Stars” - The Fermi Paradox.   Is interstellar travel possible, and if so, where is everybody?   Inter­plan­etary and Interstellar Propulsion - solar sails, ion-drive, fission and fusion drives, photon drive, interstellar ramscoops and more.


78.  Life on Other Worlds  (in preparation).


79.  The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence  (in preparation).


80.  The Search for Extraterrestrial Technology  (in preparation).


81.  The Green Children of Woolpit.   A mediaeval mystery  (with Sydney Jordan artwork.)   Are The X-Files set in the wrong century?


82.  The Truth about UFOs  (Some of Them).


83.  The History of Astronomy  (in preparation)


84.  The Science in Science Fiction.  Particularly the interactions with space technology and space science.


85.  Spaceships in Science Fiction.  Fictional spaceships, factual counterparts, and vice versa.


86.  Scottish Space Artists.  Ed Buckley, Gavin Roberts, Tom Campbell, Sydney Jordan, Andy Paterson.


87.  Truth and 2012.  Why didn’t the world come to an end?