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November
Attingham Park Moonwatch
Shropshire AS
Attingham Park Shrewsbury SY4 4TP
Fri Nov 7, 2014 - Thu Nov 9, 2017
Time: From 7pm Last entry 9.30pm
Price: £3 under 16 free. Free to NT and Society Members
Shropshire AS return to the lawns of the great hall as guests of the National Trust to share the delights of the dark skies. A great opportunity to join amateur astronomers around the county sharong their astronomical interests.
September
UK Telescopes
UK Telescopes
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 8SE
Thu Sep 1, 2016 - Tue Dec 31, 2019
Time: 24/7
Price: Cambridgeshire
Online telescope store in UK. UK Telescopes,Evergreen Optics offering beginners to advanced telescopes, including Konus Telescopes, Meade and Sky Watcher. Uk telescope sales 07761 089879
September
GCSE Astronomy course
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Royal Observatory, Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich SE10 8XJ
Tue Sep 13, 2016 - Sat Jun 3, 2017
Time: Tuesday: 18.30-21.00 and/or Saturday: 10.00-12.30
Price: £420.00 (Core Course), £600.00 (Core Course and Exam Course)
This comprehensive course provides an opportunity for those who are keen to acquire a rigorous scientific understanding of the universe. Some students would like to learn more about the universe in the company of like-minded individuals without gaining a qualification. If this is you, then simply book the core course which consists of 30 Tuesday evening classes focusing on key astronomy topics. Some of our students are very keen to obtain a formal qualification in GCSE astronomy, which requires a commitment to the delivery of coursework. If you are such a person you will need to book both the core course and the weekend exam course. The exam course consists of 10 Saturday classes and includes study skills advice, revision sessions, past paper sessions, moderated coursework write-ups and a final examination. Exam registration fees are included. Studying this course requires basic scientific and mathematical knowledge and computer literacy. A scientific calculator is also required. While this course is intended for adults, students aged 14 and upwards will be considered for enrolment on a case by case basis. The course is taught by Astronomy lecturer, Mike Keskeys. For more information visit http://www.rmg.co.uk/royal-observatory Dates: Core Course: Tuesdays: 13 September 2016 – 9 May 2017 Exam Course: Some Saturdays: 1 October 2016 – 3 June 2017 Times: Tuesday: 18.30-21.00 Saturday: 10.00-12.30 Venue: Astronomy Centre, Royal Observatory Greenwich Price: £420.00 (Core Course), £600.00 (Core Course and Exam Course)
May
TELESCOPE MAKING CLASS
CAMDEN AMATEUR TELESCOPE MAKING SOCIETY
Holly Lodge Community Centre, N6 6HL
Wed May 10, 2017 - Wed Jul 19, 2017
Time: 20:00 - 21:30 fortnightly on Wednesdays
Price: £36 for six sessions
Many of us stare at the stars in wonder; some go further and buy themselves telescopes or binoculars to expand the view; others get the urge to make their own telescopes and CATS exists to fulfill that need. Imagine the thrill of stargazing through a telescope of your own making. CATS is nationally unique and continues in its forty-third year at Holly Lodge Community Centre. Affiliated to Hampstead Scientific Society, whose historic public observatory at the top of Hampstead is nearby, CATS has helped many aspiring astronomers to create their own instruments and to further their appreciation of the heaven’s marvels. Course members are provided with all the materials and professional guidance necessary to make a mirror for a telescope and help and advice on the construction of the telescope’s structure, how to set it up and how to use it. Previous experience is not necessary and only everyday DIY tools are used. This is a hands-on course you can join at any time.
May
Talk: Observing Black Hole Mergers
Bristol Astronomical Society
BPS, Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Rd. Bristol. BS6 5EE
Fri May 26, 2017
Time: 7.00pm
Price: £3 (free for first time visitors and members)
A talk by Prof. Stephen Fairhurst of Cardiff University on Observing Black Hole Mergers and gravitational wave astronomy.
June
Rosetta
Breckland Astronomical Society
Great Ellingham Recreation Centre, Watton Road, nr Attleborough, Norfolk
Fri Jun 9, 2017
Time: 19:30
Price: £2 adults £1 children
Dave Eagle will be summarising what was learned from the Rosetta mission to Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
June
Astrophotography Evening
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Jun 9, 2017
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Price: Free for members. £2 for visitors
Mark Bowles, Steve Cooke and other PAS members will be showing their astroimages and telling us how they were taken.
June
Astrophotography Evening
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Jun 9, 2017
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Price: Free for members. £2 for visitors
Mark Bowles, Steve Cooke and other PAS members will be showing their astroimages and telling us how they were taken.
June
Space Warps: Citizen Scientist Powered Gravitational Lens Discovery A talk by Dr Aprajita Verma
Hampshire Astronomical Group
Cclanfield Memorial Hall, South Lane Clanfield Hants PO8 0RB
Fri Jun 9, 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £3 at the door for non-members
IMAGINE A GALAXY BEHIND ANOTHER GALAXY: THINK YOU WON’T SEE IT – THINK AGAIN! Gravitational lenses are remarkable phenomena – a striking visual demonstration of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity – where the light from a distant galaxy is bent by the gravity field of an intervening massive foreground galaxy or group of galaxies lying along the line of sight. This results in an amplified, magnified and distorted image of the distant background galaxy often resulting in multiple images or complete and partial rings. The separation and distortion of lensed images is entirely determined by the total matter distribution in the intervening ‘lens’, this includes both luminous (i.e. stars) and elusive dark matter. Therefore lensing is one of the only means to weigh galaxies and constrain dark matter providing one of the most direct pieces of evidence for its existence. However, finding gravitational lenses remains a difficult task with large numbers of false positives (configurations that mimic lenses) requiring significant effort in visually inspecting the candidates. In this talk, Dr Verma will discuss the gravitational lensing, its numerous astrophysical applications and the methods used to discover them. In particular, Dr Verma will talk about our recent results from the Space Warps project where our Citizen Scientist collaborators have contributed to the discovery of new lenses in sensitive and wide area imaging surveys.
June
Visions of Space 2 - IAAA Astronomical Art Exhibition Preview
Wells & Mendip Astronomers, IAAA and British Interplanetary Society (Southwest)
Wells & Mendip Museum, 8 Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2UE
Fri Jun 9, 2017
Time: 7pm to 10pm
Price: £7 by advance booking only
The 'Visions of Space 2' Exhibition Preview offers a chance to meet some of the artists and will feature an illustrated talk, ‘Faces of the Moon’, by well-known space artist David A. Hardy FBIS FIAAA, on how the Moon has been seen and portrayed over the years, as well as a live Skype-up with US artists at the IAAA art show at Spacefest 8 in Tucson, Arizona. Wine and canapés included. Advance booking only through: http://www.wellsastronomers.org.uk/index.php/bis-talk-tickets/
June
Bristol Astronomical Society - Member talks
Bristol Astronomical Society
BPS, Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Rd. Bristol. BS6 5EE
Fri Jun 9, 2017
Time: 7.00pm
Price: £3 (free for first time visitors and members)
An evening of astronomical talks presented by BAS members.
June
Visions of Space 2 - IAAA Astronomical Art Exhibition
Wells & Mendip Astronomers, IAAA and British Interplanetary Society (Southwest)
Wells & Mendip Museum, 8 Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2UE
Sat Jun 10, 2017 - Sat Jun 24, 2017
Time: 10am to 5pm daily (closed Sundays)
Price: Free entry
Wells & Mendip Astronomers, in association with BIS Southwest, present ‘VISIONS OF SPACE 2′ – An Exhibition of Astronomical and Space Art by British IAAA artists, including David A. Hardy FBIS, Fellow and European Vice-President of the IAAA, former BIS President Bob Parkinson MBE, Jackie Burns, Richard Bizley, Gavin Mundy, Mark A. Garlick and Nick Stevens, as well as works by well-known US artists. The exhibition will also feature a history of space exploration illustrated by models by BIS Fellow Mat Irvine, BBC special affects wizard, designer, producer and director.
June
Talk by Mat Irvine FBIS: The Sky at Night - Working with Sir Patrick Moore
Wells & Mendip Astronomers, IAAA and British Interplanetary Society (Southwest)
Wells & Mendip Museum, 8 Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2UE
Sat Jun 10, 2017
Time: 2pm-3pm
Price: By advance booking: WMA and BIS members £2; non-members £3; students £2
The 'Visions of Space 2' exhibition will also feature spacecraft models by BIS Fellow Mat Irvine FBIS, BBC special affects wizard, designer, producer and director. Mat will be demonstrating his craft all day on Saturday 10th June (free entry) and will give a talk on his work with Sir Patrick Moore for the ‘Sky at Night'. Advance booking for the talk through: http://www.wellsastronomers.org.uk/index.php/bis-talk-tickets/
June
Balloon Flights and Experiments
West Didsbury Astronomical Society
William Hulme's Grammar School, Springfield Road, Manchester M16 8PR
Mon Jun 12, 2017
Time: 1900
Price: Members free, visitors welcome
A talk on Balloon Flights and Experiments by Harvinder Atwal of the Manchester Space Programme.
June
The European Extremely Large Telescope by Dr. Aprajita Verma
Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS)
The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD
Mon Jun 12, 2017
Time: Starts at 7:30pm
Price: Free for the first 3 meetings
With a mirror 39m across the E-ELT will collect 13 times more light than the largest visible/IR telescopes today allowing us to peer deeper and further than ever before. In this talk, Dr Verma will describe the developments in telescope design that have led up to the forthcoming era of extremely large telescopes, in particular the E-ELT project which UK astronomers are playing a key role, and the ground-breaking science it will produce.
June
Eclipse!
Hertford Astronomy Group
Fairway Tavern, Panshanger Golf Complex, Old Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.AL7 2ED
Wed Jun 14, 2017
Time: 20:00
Price: Visitors Welcome £3.50, Members & under 16s free
Robin Scagell - Eclipse! August 2017 sees the most anticipated total eclipse of the Sun for some years, with a ground track that runs from one side of the USA to the other.  Robin Scagell looks at eclipses and gives a preview of this exciting event. Robin is a writer and broadcaster on astronomy. He is the author of a number of books, including several astronomy guides published by Philips. He run runs Galaxy Picture Library (www.galaxypix.com) which is devoted to photographs of astronomy and space, and is the Vice-President of the Society for Popular Astronomy.
June
Lecture on Anglo Saxon Astronomy
Macclesfield Astronomical Society
Goostrey Village Hall CW4 8PE
Tue Jun 20, 2017
Time: 20:00
Price: Free to members, donation from non members
Lecture by Martin Lunn (FRAS)
June
Telescopic Topics
Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS)
The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD
Mon Jun 26, 2017
Time: Starts at 7:30pm
Price: Free for the first 3 meetings
These are our members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. If you've got any astronomical problems bring them along for some help. We'll try to present some themed observing inspiration and if the weather's helpful do a little practical urban astronomy too, so bring your binoculars and telescopes. Guests are very welcome.
July
Cassegrain - who was he?
The Astronomical Society of Edinburgh
Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
Fri Jul 7, 2017
Time: Commence 8pm
Price: Free
Talk by Dr Horst Meyerdierks.
July
Exoplanets
West Didsbury Astronomical Society
William Hulme's Grammar School, Springfield Road, Manchester M16 8PR
Mon Jul 10, 2017
Time: 1900
Price: Members free, visitors welcome
A lecture on Exoplanets by Dimitris Stamatellos who is the Guild Research Fellow of Astrophysics in the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy at UCLAN.
July
Telescopic Topics
Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS)
The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD
Mon Jul 10, 2017
Time: Starts at 7:30pm
Price: Free for the first 3 meetings
These are our members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. At past meetings we've enjoyed presentations on topics from astrophotography to cosmology. We'll also offer some topical observing inspiration for you, despite the long days and short nights! Guests are very welcome. If you've got any questions come along and ask them.
July
The Pleiades and Other Open Clusters, by Phil James
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Jul 14, 2017
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Price: Free for members. £2 for visitors
Summer Quiz and Raffle; PAS AGM
July
Brave new worlds: the planets in our galaxy A talk by Professor Giovanna Tinetti
Hampshire Astronomical Group
clanfield Memorial Hall, South Lane Clanfield Hants PO8 0RB
Fri Jul 14, 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £3 at the door for non-members
The Earth is special to us – it’s our home. But is it really special as a planet? Every star we can see in the night sky is likely to be orbited by planets. There are probably a hundred billion planets in our galaxy alone. In about twenty years, more than 3000 “exoplanets” have been discovered in distant solar systems. There are planets completing a revolution around their mother star in less than one day, as well as planets orbiting two or even three stars or moving on trajectories so eccentric as to resemble comets. Some of them are freezing cold, some are so hot that their surface is molten. But beyond that our knowledge falters: What are they made of? How did they form? What’s the weather like there? Are they habitable? 
 Finding out why are these new worlds as they are and what is the Earth’s place in our galaxy and –ultimately– in the universe, is one of the key challenges of modern astrophysics.
July
Geological History of the Moon
Macclesfield Astronomical Society
Goostrey Village Hall CW4 8PE
Tue Jul 18, 2017
Time: 20:00
Price: Free to members, donation from non members
Lecture
September
From Far to Near: Imaging the History of the Universe
William Herschel Society
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Fri Sep 1, 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £4 for visitors, £2 for members and students
Robert Fosbury is an astronomer working for the European Space Agency (ESA) as part of ESA's collaboration with NASA on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) project at ST-ECF. In this talk, he will describe some of the tools and procedures we use to obtain the images of these extremely faint and distant objects with cameras on both space- and ground-based telescopes. These have revolutionised our view of the evolution of the universe from the time of the Big Bang nearly fourteen billion years ago. He will conclude with a short summary of how we are using the same telescopes to prepare for the search for life on earth-like planets orbiting other stars in our own galaxy, the Milky Way.
September
Cassini at Saturn
Stornoway Astronomical Society
Stornoway Library, Cromwell Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Tue Sep 5, 2017
Time: 7.30 pm
Price: Admission free.
As the Cassini mission draws to a close, Donny Mackay BA, BSc, FBRS, reflects on over 13 years of discovery at the ringed planet.
September
The UK Beagle 2 Lander for Mars
West Didsbury Astronomical Society
William Hulme's Grammar School, Springfield Road, Manchester M16 8PR
Mon Sep 11, 2017
Time: 1900
Price: Members free, visitors welcome
Dean Harris will tell the amazing story of how the UK became the third nation in history to land on Mars with the help of a group of Christmas-jumper-wearing-boffins, led by a mutton-chop wearing farmer, who designed a probe on the back of a beer mat and knocked it up in a shed.
October
‘Skylark’ Britain's First Space Rocket
William Herschel Society
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Thu Oct 5, 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £4 for visitors, £2 for members and students
Joint WHS/BIS lecture: Robin H Brand is the speaker. These days, few have heard of the Skylark sounding rocket. Yet, in November 1957, it was the first British rocket to reach space, and became the basis of Britain’s earliest space programme. Hundreds were fired, launching into space thousands of scientific instruments. Many of these carried out pioneering astronomical observations in the X-ray and UV spectrum, regions previously unavailable to British scientists. This talk tells the story of that space rocket, from its origins in the 1950s, until its last launch in 2005.
October
What's in an Image?
West Didsbury Astronomical Society
William Hulme's Grammar School, Springfield Road, Manchester M16 8PR
Mon Oct 9, 2017
Time: 1900
Price: Members free, visitors welcome
Michael Oates will give a talk on astrophotography entitled "What's in an image?"
November
A Day on each Planet
Macclesfield Astronomical Society
Goostrey Village Hall CW4 8PE
Tue Nov 21, 2017
Time: 20:00
Price: Free to members, donation from non members
Lecture
December
The Large Star Clusters and Smallest Galaxies
Macclesfield Astronomical Society
Goostrey Village Hall CW4 8PE
Tue Dec 19, 2017
Time: 20:00
Price: Free to members, donation from non members
Lecture

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