Upcoming meetings & events

Dates for 2020-2021 season

We have some great speakers lined up for this year. Please join us on the second Monday of each month. Please click on the + sign below for more information.

Apr
20
Mon
2020
‘The Sky This Month’ – via a ‘Zoom’ virtual video meeting.
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

‘The Sky This Month’ – this will be held online via a ‘Zoom’ virtual video meeting.

(The original talk by Clive Saunders on ‘Atmospheric Optical Phenomena: Rainbows, Halos and Glories’ which was to take place at Cavendish Road Primary School has been cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis).

May
11
Mon
2020
‘How we look at Space and Time at VRO’ & ‘Sudden StarLink Syndrome’ @ Zoom Video Conference
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 

The World’s Biggest Digital Camera and why the StarLink Programme is a significant Issue for It

‘How we look at Space and Time at VRO’ & ‘Sudden StarLink Syndrome’

An overview of the work of The Vera Rubin Observatory (with its 27-ft (8.4-m) mirror telescope and 3200 megapixel camera) given by Boyd Bowdish (How we look at Space and Time at VRO) followed by a further presentation on the effects on VRO data caused by the StarLink satellite constellation (Sudden StarLink Syndrome) by Andrew Bradshaw. The talks will be presented via a Zoom video conference chat – our first intercontinental talk by guest speakers from the USA and an exclusive first to our society here in the UK. Instructions to join the chat will be sent out to society members via email before the meeting. If you would like to attend the chat on 11 May and have not received a link by Thursday, 7 May – please email the society at chair@wdas2.com. Non-society members are also welcome to attend the chat.

 

 

 

 

Jun
8
Mon
2020
‘Auroral Emissions Through the Solar System’ @ Zoom Video Conference
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Auroral Emissions Through the Solar System’

A talk by Dr Licia Ray (Lancaster University)

 

Jul
13
Mon
2020
AGM + ‘SETI and the Rare Earth Hypothesis’ @ Zoom Video Conference
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

AGM + ‘SETI and the Rare Earth Hypothesis’

The society’s annual general meeting followed by a talk by Steve Hurley.

Steve will give an overview of the work which has been done on SETI (what sort of signals are they looking for); current and future searches plus an outline of the Rare Earth Hypothesis. (This is the hypothesis that Earth-like planets containing complex life forms are rare in the Universe and that only a series of highly improbable events led to the evolution of intelligent life on Earth).

For further information please visit Steve’s blog here. There is also a kindle e-book by Steve which can be purchased here.

 

 

 

 

Sep
14
Mon
2020
‘Filaments, Feedback and forming the Rosette’ @ Zoom Video Conference
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Filaments, Feedback and forming the Rosette’

A talk by Dr. Chris Wareing, School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Leeds

 

Oct
12
Mon
2020
‘The JUICE Mission to Jupiter and Ganymede’ @ Zoom Video Conference
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘The JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) Mission to Jupiter and Ganymede’

A talk by Dr. Chris Arridge, Royal Society Research Fellow and Reader in Planetary Physics, Department of Physics, Lancaster University.

The image below shows Ganymede’s magnetosphere and aurora. To see a film made by Chris of JUICE entering orbit around Ganymede in the 2030s please click here.

 

Nov
9
Mon
2020
‘Galaxy populations and the colour of the Universe’ @ Zoom Video Conference
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Galaxy populations and the colour of the Universe’

A talk by Ivan Baldry

 

Dec
14
Mon
2020
‘Star of Bethlehem’ @ Zoom Video Conference
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Star of Bethlehem’

A talk by Dr. Steve Barrett, University of Liverpool

 

 

Jan
11
Mon
2021
‘Introduction to Astrophotography Part 2’ @ Cavendish Road Primary School
Jan 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Introduction to Astrophotography Part 2’

Part 2 of Martin Kessel’s talk from last year.

To see Martin’s Flickr album please click here

 

Feb
8
Mon
2021
‘The Changing Scene in Astronomy’ @ Cavendish Road Primary School
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘The Changing Scene in Astronomy’

A talk by Professor Ian Robson