Upcoming meetings & events

Dates for 2021-2022 season

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

Jan
11
Mon
2021
‘Introduction to Astrophotography Part 2’ @ Zoom Video Conference
Jan 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Introduction to Astrophotography Part 2’

Part 2 of Martin Kessel’s talk from 2019.

To see Martin’s Flickr album please click here

 

 

Feb
8
Mon
2021
‘The Changing Scene of Astronomy’ @ Zoom Video Conference
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘The Changing Scene of Astronomy’

A talk by Professor Ian Robson

 

 

Feb
22
Mon
2021
Astrophotography chat / workshop 2 @ Zoom video conference
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

A follow-up to the first chat/workshop on astrophotography which took place on Monday, 25 January 2021. These sessions are designed for members who are particularly interested in this aspect of astronomy – but all members are very welcome to come along and attend if they so wish.

Following a general chat about the astro images that members have made since the last workshop, we will discuss managing and organising our photographs and explore how to keyword them, add ratings, create collections and group related images together (such as sequences for stacking and processing). We will then discuss what members would like to learn from our next workshop.

Mar
8
Mon
2021
‘The Size of Space – just how do astronomers estimate distances?’ @ Zoom Video Conference
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘The Size of Space – just how do astronomers estimate distances?’

A talk by William Stewart

 

Mar
24
Wed
2021
Astrophotography chat / workshop 3 @ Zoom video conference
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

These sessions are designed for members who are particularly interested in astrophotography – but all members are very welcome to come along and attend if they so wish.

WDAS member Andy Hewitt will give us a talk on his software and set-up technique for taking photographs of the night sky. This will then be followed by a general discussion and any other business.

Apr
12
Mon
2021
‘How We’ll Live on Mars’ @ Zoom Video Conference
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘How We’ll Live on Mars’

A talk by Colin Stuart Astronomy author, writer and speaker. (To be given – rather appropriately, on the 60th anniversary of the first human spaceflight).

Colin’s website: www.colinstuart.net
Colin’s twitter: @skyponderer
Subscribe to Colin’s weekly astronomy newsletter and get a free e-book 

 

 

 

May
10
Mon
2021
‘Satellite Navigation’ @ Zoom Video Conference
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Satellite Navigation’

A talk by Steve Hurley.

How satellite navigation works, its history and how it may develop further over the next 10 years.

Jun
14
Mon
2021
‘Atmospheric Optical Phenomena: Rainbows, Halos & Glories’ @ Zoom video conference
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Atmospheric Optical Phenomena: Rainbows, Halos & Glories’

A talk by Dr. Clive Saunders, Centre for Atmospheric Studies, University of Manchester 

Jul
12
Mon
2021
‘The ExoMars 2022 Mission’ @ Zoom Video Conference
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘The ExoMars 2022 Mission’

A talk by Rickbir Bahia, Research Fellow, European Space Agency
(Please note this talk will be via a Zoom video 
conference regardless of the COVID-19 situation as Rickbir is based in The Netherlands)

 

Sep
13
Mon
2021
AGM + ‘Type 1a Supernovae and the search for Dark Energy’ @ Zoom Video Conference
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

AGM + ‘Type 1a Supernovae and the search for Dark Energy’ 

The society’s annual general meeting followed by a talk by Professor Isobel Hook (University of Lancaster) 

Photo credits: © Jill Jennings; © Todd Mason, Mason Productions Inc. / LSST Corporation