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.

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.

 

 

 

 

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’ @ 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

 

 

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) 

 

 

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.