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
13
Mon
2020
‘Introduction to Astrophotography’ @ Cavendish Road Primary School
Jan 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A talk by Martin Kessel

To see Martin’s Flickr album please click here

 

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).

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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

 

 

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

 

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 

 

 

 

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)