Upcoming meetings & events

Dates for 2022-2023 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.

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 

Oct
11
Mon
2021
‘Apollo: A Moon Odyssey’ @ Cavendish Road Primary School
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Apollo: A Moon Odyssey’

Author and presenter Andrew Lound dramatically tells the story of the Apollo project tracing the highs and lows, the sweat and tears of the most ambitious and daring mission in history. This is a fascinating story of human achievement – illustrated with images, scale models and accompanied by sound and music.

Nov
8
Mon
2021
‘The Wonders of Asteroids’ @ Cavendish Road Primary School
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘The Wonders of Asteroids’

A talk by Dr Rhian Jones (University of Manchester) 

 

 

Jan
10
Mon
2022
‘Messages From Earth’ @ Zoom Video Conference
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Messages From Earth’

Sending Messages to be picked up by alien civilisations is called METI (Messaging to Extra-terrestrial Intelligence) and is an activity which has taken place with increasing frequency over the past few decades. Advocates of METI argue that in addition to searching for extra-terrestrial signals we can increase our chances of making contact with aliens by sending messages to stars which have planets on which intelligent life may have evolved.  The alien life forms, if they receive our signal from Earth, should recognise it as a message from another civilisation and, in theory at least, be able to extract the information contained in the message.

 

This will build on the talk about SETI which Steve originally gave to WDAS in July 2020.

The lecture will cover:

  • Artefacts which have been sent on spacecraft destined to leave the solar system (e.g. the Pioneer Plaques, Voyager Golden Record)
  • Also the messages which have been sent from Earth in hope that an Alien civilization will at some point intercept them. The most famous of these was the Arecibo Message

Some further background information is available in Steve’s blog posts: here and here.

 

 

 

May
9
Mon
2022
‘Triumphs of Voyager Part 2: Where no probe has gone before’ @ Cavendish Road Primary School
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Triumphs of Voyager Part 2: Where no probe has gone before’

A talk by Paul Money.

Jul
11
Mon
2022
AGM + ‘The Pluto Story’ @ Cavendish Road Primary School
Jul 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

AGM + ‘The Pluto Story’

The society’s annual general meeting followed by a talk by Professor Ian Robson.

Sep
12
Mon
2022
‘Predictions for Astronomy in the next 200 years’ @ Cavendish Road Primary School
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Predictions for Astronomy in the next 200 years’

A talk by Dr. Megan Argo BEM 
Please note this talk will now be presented via ‘zoom’ videoconference and large screen projection at the school.

 

Dec
12
Mon
2022
‘Members Christmas Evening’ @ Cavendish Road Primary School
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Members Christmas Evening’

Join us for some festive cheer – with Christmas nibbles and soft drinks together with displays from our astrophotographers plus a ‘magic mirror’, pop-up planetarium and telescope/equipment display!

To include:
  1. A 15 minute planetarium show, kindly set up and provided by our member, Annette Hunsley.  The show will be based on ‘We are Aliens’ by the National Space Centre.  There is room for eight chairs and two or three people sat on the floor in the planetarium.  We will hand out tickets on arrival for the five shows that Annette hopes to be able to fit into the evening.
  2. Astrophotography displays by a three or four of our members.  These will be set up around the room, with the photographers bringing along some of their equipment and a laptop to show their photographs and discuss how they get their results.
  3. A display of methods used and results achieved to take photographs of the path of the sun over a six month period using Solarcan pin hole cameras.
  4. Discussions around a ‘beginners pack’ of information to help in finding your way around the night sky and understanding the phases of the moon and how and when this can be observed.
  5. The ‘magic’ mirror, which produces truly amazing hovering 3D images of the night sky.

 

Jan
9
Mon
2023
‘Wonders of our Solar System’ @ Cavendish Road Primary School
Jan 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Wonders of our Solar System’

A talk by Paul Money.
Take a tour of the major and minor bodies of our solar system and our nearest star, the Sun.