Previous Talks Programmes
|September||Tue 20th||19:30|| Seven Weird and Wonderful Moons of the Solar System by Bob Mizon |
Bob is a well-known local astronomer, who is noteworthy (to the extent that he was awarded an MBE) for his work in combating light pollution. In this talk he takes us out into the reaches of the Solar System: There is an enormous variety of properties in the natural satellites of the planets and Bob will lead us through some of them.
|October||Tue 18th||19:30|| Hershel & Planck, Europe's cosmic explorers by Dr Chris North |
The Universe looks very different in infra red and microwave wavelengths, revealing properties that are not apparent in visible light. Chris is a research associate and Community Engagement Officer in the Physics and Astronomy department of Cardiff University. He is best known for his appearances on television (Sky at Night)
|November||Tue 15th||19:30|| AGM |
Short Talks and Current Topics in Astronomy by Various Members
An opportunity for members to share things that interest them. We hope to have a miscellany of astronomy-related wisdom and trivia.
|December||Thu 15th||19:30||Members' Pre-Solstice Social Evening Dinner and Quiz (Astronomy & general knowledge — much more inclusive than last year!)|
NB: 3rd Thursday, NOT Tuesday!
|January||Tue 17th||19:30|| Astrophotography for Beginners by Mary McIntyre (née Spicer) |
Mary runs courses on Astrophotography and has agreed to condense some of it into this talk to us. She is an accomplished astrophotographer, columnist for Sky at Night magazine, co-host of Astronomy FM's 'Comet Watch' show, and one of the leading lights of the UK Women in Astronomy Network.
|February||Tue 21st||19:30|| Any Astronomical Questions? Your questions on astronomy answered by a panel of members. |
For such a small club, we have a surprising amount of knowledge and wisdom within the membership. If there are things that have baffled, confused or bewildered you about astronomy and cosmology, see if we can help to put things straight.
|March||Tue 21st||19:30|| The Armchair Messier Marathon by Dr Lilian Hobbs |
The Messier Marathon is the feat of observing all the objects in Charles Messier's catalogue on one night between dusk and dawn; it is only possible for a few weeks spanning the end of March and beginning of April, ideally from a latitude of about 25°N. Lilian is a very engaging speaker and we are delighted that she has agreed to return to give us this talk.
|April||Tue 18th||19:30||Pseudoastronomy #2 - The Beginnings: Charlatans and Frauds by Steve Tonkin |
Steve tackles "fake news" from the Chevalier d'Angos, Frédéric Petit, Georg Waltemuth, Leo Brenner (aka Spiridon Gopčević) & Rudolf Steiner, some of which still affects us today.
|May||Tue 16th||19:30||Have Telescope, Will Travel by Mark Radice|
As well as observing under the dark skies of Salisbury Plain, Mark likes to travel far and wide to indulge his passion for astronomy. He will share some of his best experiences with us.
|June||Tue 20th||19:30|| Variable Stars - What makes them Tick? by James Fradgley |
Variable stars are remarkably common and can teach us a lot about how stars work, but do you know your Mira from your Cepheid, your eclipsing variable from your T-Tauri, or your BLV from your RR Lyrae? James will elucidate on this and more.
|July||Tue 18th||19:30|| Exhibition Meeting & Equipment Clinic |
Need help setting up your mount? Collimation problems? Want to know which instrument is best for which purpose? Want to see what equipment members use? This is for you.
|August||Summer Break: No meetings|
|September||Tue 15th||19:30||Fourteen Pioneers of Astronomy by Bob Mizon MBE FRAS|
|October||Tue 20th||19:30||The Hunt for the Higgs Boson by Chris Street|
|November||Tue 17th||19:30|| AGM |
Current Topics in Astronomy by Various Members
|December||Tue 15th||19:30||Pre-Solstice Social Evening Dinner and Quiz (much easier than last year!)|
|January||Tue 19th||19:30||Any Astronomical Questions? Your questions on astronomy answered by a panel of members.|
|February||Tue 16th||19:30||Astrophotography with the DSLR by Neill Mitchell|
|March||Tue 15th||19:30||The Story of Apollo 13 by Mike Rogers|
|April|| Tue 26th
NB: 4th Tuesday!
|19:30||Astronomy and Space in the Media by Dr David Whitehouse FRAS(former BBC Science Correspondent)|
|May||Tue 17th||19:30||Astrocrud: Complementary and Alternative Astronomy by Steve Tonkin FRAS|
|June||Tue 21st||19:30||Eight Great Astronomers by Bob Mizon MBE FRAS|
|July||Tue 19th||19:30||Exhibition Meeting & Equipment Clinic Need help setting up your mount? Collimation problems? Want to know which instrument is best for which purpose? Want to see what equipment members use? This is for you.|
|January||Tue 20th||19:30||Our Nearest Neighbour A series of presentations on the subject of the Moon. Expect anything from its effect on animals to the mysterious phenomenon of TLPs.|
|February||Tue 17th||19:30||How Old Is It? by Steve Tonkin FRAS|
|March||Tue 17th||19:30||Astronomy and the iPad by Dr Lilian Hobbs|
|April||Tue 21st||19:30||Planetary Nebulae by Paul Thomas|
|May||Tue 19th||19:30||The Story of Radio Astronomy by James Fradgley FRAS|
|June||Tue 16th||19:30||Our Nearest Star Various short presentations by members on the subject of The Sun.|
|January||Tuesday 21st||19:30|| Current Topics in Astronomy:|
Hypervelocity Stars by Duncan Reavell
Exoplanets. The search for ET, or a new home for us to wreck? by Paul Thomas
Directional Dark Matter Detection by Steve Tonkin FRAS
|February||Tuesday 18th||19:30||A Tale of Two Comets by Nick Howes (Pro Am Programme Manager at the Faulkes Telescope Project)|
|March||Tuesday 18th||19:30||Space Weather by Prof. Clive Dyer|
|April||Tuesday 15th||19:30||Orbital Oddities - Strange goings-on with 3 or more bodies by James Fradgely FRAS|
|May||Tuesday 20th||19:30||A to Z of the Solar System by Bob Mizon MBE FRAS (Director of the Campaign for Dark Skies)|
|June||Tuesday 17th||19:30||Astronomical Equipment clinic members will demonstrate their own equipment and will show you get the best out of yours; bring it along!|
|July||Tuesday 15th||19:30||Are We Alone? The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence by Steve Tonkin FRAS|
|September||Tue 17th||19:30||Short talks: The Rosetta Mission by Duncan Reavell, Observing Equipment by Paul Thomas, How Astronomical Objects are Named by Steve Tonkin|
|October||Tue 12th||19:30||An Introduction to Astro-imaging by John Gifford.|
|November||Tue 20th||19:30||Short talks: Rosetta Update by Duncan Reavell, A Victorian Astronomy Magic Lantern by Howard Lawrence, Lake Tekapo and the Mount John Observatory by Mike Young.|
|December||Tue 16th||19:30||Winter Solstice Club Social Evening Dinner and an Astronomical "Call My Bluff".|
|April||Tuesday 19th||19:30||Reviews and Previews|
A review of our first 7 months of existence, and a preview of both upcoming meetings and the night sky for 2013.
|March||Tuesday 19th||19:30||To Boldly Go Where No Machine Has Gone Before, talk and discussion on remote sensing, featuring a 'telescope' where you would least likely expect to find one and a year-long planet-mapping exercise by a very unusual satellite. Led by Peter Elbro|
|April||Tuesday 16th||19:30||Ten Ways the Universe Tries to Kill You, from asteroid impacts to gamma-ray bursts, a light-hearted but scientifically sound talk and discussion on cataclysmic events. Led by Steve Tonkin|
|May||Tuesday 21st||19:30||Astronomical Miscellany led by Duncan Reavell, Paul Thomas and Steve Tonkin|
|June||Tuesday 18th||19:30||Short Talks by members|
|July||Tuesday 16th||19:30||AGM + Equipment Clinic|
|September||Tuesday 17th||19:30||The Sun: A Biography Talk by Dr David Whitehouse|
|October||Tuesday 15th||19:30||A QI-Style Astronomy Quiz by Duncan Reavell|
|November||Tuesday 19th||18:30||Binocular Astronomy by Steve Tonkin.|
|December||Tuesday 17th||19:30|| The Star of Bethlehem led by Steve Tonkin|
The 12 Stars of Christmas led by Duncan Reavell
|21:00||Perseid Meteor Watch|
|September||Tuesday 18th||19:30||Near-Miss Asteroids, discussion led by Paul Thomas|
|October||Tuesday 16th||19:30||A Guide to the Moon, talk and discussion led by Duncan Reavell|
|November||Tuesday 20th||19:30||Ten Objects for Light-Polluted Astronomers, talk and discussion, led by Bob Mizon|
|19:30||Social Evening and Quiz|