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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)
April
Stargazing Live Observing Event
Guildford Astronomical Society
Newlands Corner, Shere Road, Guildford, Surrey GU4 8SE
Sat Apr 1, 2017
Time: 7.00 to 10.00 p.m.
Price: Free
The public’s attention will be focused once more on the night skies by BBC’s Stargazing Live series which will be broadcast from Tuesday 28th March to Thursday 30th. Following closely behind this will be another of Guildford Astronomical Society’s very well known and free observing events at Newlands Corner, Shere Road, Guildford, Surrey GU4 8SE. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun on Saturday 1st April, from 7.00 p.m. to 10.00 (and possibly later). There’ll be a nice crescent Moon visible for the 1st part of the evening and the giant planet Jupiter rises later in the evening and will be a brilliant object, with its 4 large moons clearly visible through our telescopes. In addition we will be showing you nebulae (gas clouds), star clusters and distant galaxies. There’s no age limit but we would expect children to be accompanied by an adult. Youngsters will enjoy the opportunity to be shown how to sketch the Moon’s craters by one of our astronomers. Through the kind offices of Surrey Wildlife Trust we will be using the Newlands Corner Visitor Centre for hot drinks, videos and displays and to answer questions about astronomy. Car parking is free. Remember to wrap up warm and wear wellies. We hope to see you there!
April
Public Open Evening
Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society
Sherwood Observtory Coxmoor Road Sutton in Ashfield Notts NG 17 5LF
Sat Apr 1, 2017
Time: 1845hrs
Price: Adults (over 16) £5 under 16's £1 (under 16's must be accompanied by an adult)
This is our final public open evening of he 2016/2017 season. You will have an opportunity to stare into our solar system and behold our beautiful galaxy through our famous 24” and other portable telescopes. Listen to “the sounds of space” and track incoming meteors through our radio astronomy equipment. Take a guided tour around the stars. If you have a pair of binoculars bring them along. There will also be themed talks and childrens activities (eg “crater making,” an astronomy themed quiz, and a space shuttle landing simulation) Booking is not required – just turn up (please note that under 16's MUST be accompanied by an adult). Free onsite parking. Refreshments. Disabled access to all areas (however, please note that the main telescope is situated in a dome at the top of a spiral staircase). If you have any questions on an astronomical theme, our members will be on hand to answer them. Free sky maps or factsheets to take away. Wrap up warm as most of the evening will be spent outside (astronomy can be a very cold science). Weather conditions may restrict viewing but the event will still go ahead. Please be aware. Due to the popularity of the event, there is a possibility that even if you arrive early before the gates open, you may have to wait a couple of hours before being admitted to the main telescope and talk. However, if this does happen, please visit the other activities first. Further information about this and all other events and activities can be found on our website at www.sherwood-observatory.org and you can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
April
The Search for Planet 9
Stornoway Astronomical Society
Newton Centre, Seaforth Road, Stornoway
Tue Apr 4, 2017
Time: 7.30 pm
Price: Free
A talk by Donny Mackay BA, BSc, FBRS examining the evidence for the existence of a ninth planet in our Solar System.
April
The Gaia space telescope: mapping the Milky Way in six dimensions
The Astronomical Society of Edinburgh
Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
Fri Apr 7, 2017
Time: Commence 8pm
Price: Free
Talk by Dr Nick Rowell, Royal Observatory Edinburgh.
April
Short Talks by PAS Members
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Apr 7, 2017
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Price: Free for members. £2 for visitors
Astronomy in the Caribbean, by Chris Cooke Sir William Herschel, Court Astronomer, by Sheila Evans Meteors and Meteorites, by Mike Shearer
April
LAS Observatory Open Day
Liverpool Astronomical Society
Pex Hill Observatory, Cronton WA8 5QW
Sat Apr 8, 2017
Time: 13:00 to very late depending on the weather
Price: free to all
Open day at the Liverpool Astronomical Society Observatory. Come and meet us during the afternoon and evening. We'll have Solar scopes outside during the day and nighttime telescopes in the evening plus activities inside including a tour of the observatory. All welcome. See website for more information
April
The Life and Times of Mary Somerville
William Herschel Society
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Mon Apr 10, 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £4 for visitors, £2 for members and students
Joint lecture of the BRLSI History & Culture / Science / WHS groups. Mary Somerville was an entirely self-taught writer on mathematics and the physical sciences, who explained the most complex ideas to her nineteenth-century contemporaries. Claire Brock will explore the ways in which Somerville negotiated the scientific world, from youthful attempts to study at night by candle-light to popular success across Europe. She was a great friend of the Herschel family.
April
Telescopic Topics
Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS)
The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD
Mon Apr 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. 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.
April
The Next 50 Years In Space
Hertford Astronomy Group
Fairway Tavern, Panshanger Golf Complex, Old Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.AL7 2ED
Wed Apr 12, 2017
Time: 20:00
Price: Visitors Welcome £3.50, Members & under 16s free
April 12 marks the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first person to fly in space, over 50 years ago.  Since then we have seen men exploring the Moon and - following the end of the Space Race - the establishing of the International Space Station. What might the next 50 years bring? Jerry Stone discusses three major projects that we could see progress on during the next 50 years.
April
Astrophotography
Macclesfield Astronomical Society
Goostrey Village Hall CW4 8PE
Tue Apr 18, 2017
Time: 2
Price: Free
Lecture by Nigel Ball (South Cheshire Astronomy Society)
April
Astrophotography
Macclesfield Astronomical Society
Goostrey Village Hall CW4 8PE
Tue Apr 18, 2017
Time: 2
Price: Free
Lecture by Nigel Ball (South Cheshire Astronomy Society)
April
Space Weather and the Polar Regions: Gateways to Geospace
The Astronomical Society of Glasgow
Room 6.41 Royal College Buiding, Strathclyde University (Access from top of Montrose Street), Glasgow
Thu Apr 20, 2017
Time: Commences 7:30pm
Price: Free
The Leon Davies Lecture : Talk by Dr Andrew Kavanagh, Middle AtmosphereVertical Coupling Analyst, British Antarctic Survey
April
LAS Monthly Meeting
Liverpool Astronomical Society
Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT
Fri Apr 21, 2017
Time: 19:00 - 21:30
Price: no charge
Society monthly meeting including guest speaker Mr Martin Lunn. Topic; Telstar
April
Transient events in the Universe: a talk by Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Hampshire Astronomical Group
Cclanfield Memorial Hall, South Lane Clanfield Hants PO8 0RB
Fri Apr 21, 2017
Time: 19.30
Price: £3 at the door for non-members
Hampshire Astronomical Group is delighted to welcome Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnellfor our April public lecture. Often when we view the Universe in a new way, new and unexpected phenomena are discovered. Recent developments in detectors (for example CCDs) and in computers are now allowing astronomers to search systematically for short duration phenomena – flares, bursts and other kinds of changes in the brightness of stars and galaxies. Some such phenomena were already known (supernovae, for example), and some have been accidentally discovered (gamma ray bursts, for example). There has also recently been more systematic searching for moving objects, such as asteroids that might impact the earth. We are now entering a new phase with more and bigger telescopes, larger data flows, and observations with new, lower frequency, radio telescopes. This talk will describe this burgeoning field and speculate on what might be found.
April
Medieval astronomy: the not-so-Dark Ages? by Seb Falk
Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS)
The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD
Mon Apr 24, 2017
Time: Starts at 7:30pm
Price: Free for the first 3 meetings
Seb Falk will introduce the methods and instruments of medieval astronomy. Astronomers in medieval universities and monasteries refined ancient theories, developed new ways of calculating and presenting information, and above all invented complex, ingenious instruments like astrolabes. Seb will explain some of these and show that perhaps the Dark Ages were not as dark as is often thought.
May
Galaxy Quest
Hertford Astronomy Group
Fairway Tavern, Panshanger Golf Complex, Old Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.AL7 2ED
Wed May 10, 2017
Time: 20:00
Price: Visitors Welcome £3.50, Members & under 16s free
AGM followed by: Sarah Hutton - Galaxy Quest A look at what used to be termed “Island Universes” - the galaxies. Sarah Hutton is the Outreach Co-ordinator and Ogden Science Officer at the Department of Physics & Astronomy, University College London
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
Objects of the Solar System + AGM
Breckland Astronomical Society
Great Ellingham Recreation Centre, Watton Road, nr Attleborough, Norfolk.
Fri May 12, 2017
Time: 19:30
Price: £2 adults £1 children
Jerry Workman, our annual visitor, talks about the features and geology of the asteroids. Followed by a short AGM.
May
Lecture on 'Meteorites and the Birth of the Solar System@
Macclesfield Astronomical Society
Goostrey Village Hall CW4 8PE
Tue May 16, 2017
Time: 20:00
Price: Free to members, donation from non members
Lecture by Dr. Rhian Jones, University of Manchester
May
Venus: Heavenly Body or a Vision of Hell
the Astronomical Society of Glasgow
Room 6.41 Royal College Buiding, Strathclyde University (Access from top of Montrose Street), Glasgow
Thu May 18, 2017
Time: Comences 7:30pm
Price: Free
Talk by Dr Simon Cuthbert, Lecturer in Earth Science, University of The West of Scotland
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
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)
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
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.
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.
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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