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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)
February
TELESCOPE MAKING CLASS
CAMDEN AMATEUR TELESCOPE MAKING SOCIETY
Holly Lodge Community Centre
Wed Feb 8, 2017 - Wed Mar 22, 2017
Time: 19:30 - 21:30 on alternate Wednesdays
Price: £42 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.
February
Dark Sky Discovery
Low Gillerthwaite Field Cetre
Ennerdaale, Cleator, Cumbria. CA23 3AX
Sat Feb 25, 2017 - Sun Feb 26, 2017
Time: Midday onwards
Price: Free
A weekend of Dark Sky Discovery in the beautiful Ennerdale valley, a light pollution free zone. The event will include presentations from local astronomers and access to starlab, a mobile planetarium installed inside our barn. Soup and parkin will be provided, which visitors can enjoy in our public rooms by a roaring fire. See webpage for full details.
February
Telescopic Topics
Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS)
The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD
Mon Feb 27, 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 research, new observations, equipment and techniques. If you've got any astronomical problems bring them along for some help. Guests are very welcome.
March
Moons
The Astronomical Society of Edinburgh
Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
Fri Mar 3, 2017
Time: Commence 8pm
Price: Free
Talk by Lyn Smith, Director, BAA Solar Section.
March
LAS Sidewalk Event at Taylor Park
Liverpool Astronomical Society
Taylor Park, Grosvenor Road, St Helens, Merseyside. WA10 3HX
Fri Mar 3, 2017
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Price: free to all
Members of the Liverpool Astronomical Society will be there to share observing through telescopes with members of the public. There will also be an astronomical talk inside and experts available to discuss the great hobby of amateur astronomy
March
The WHS Annual Lecture, Black-hole Driven Explosions and the Dynamic Universe
William Herschel Society
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Fri Mar 3, 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £4 for visitors, £2 for members and students
The lecturer will be Professor Carole Mundell, Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy & Head of Physics, University of Bath. Predicted from Einstein's theory of General Relativity, black holes have been confirmed to exist in nature but questions regarding their origin and influence in the Universe remain at the forefront of modern astronomy. In this talk, I will give a flavour of the different kinds of black holes we have discovered, the impact they have on their environments and the revolution in our understanding that is expected in the coming decade as we develop new ground- and space-based technology that will open up new windows on energetic, transient phenomena in our dynamic Universe.
March
LAS Wirral Star Party
Liverpool Astronomical Society
Wirral Country Park Visitor Centre,Station Road, Thurstaston, Merseyside, CH61 0HN
Sat Mar 4, 2017
Time: 19:00 - 21:30
Price: free to everyone
Night sky views through telescopes, talks and events in Visitor Centre. Come and meet the Liverpool Astronomical Society
March
Public Open Evening
Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society
Sherwood Observtory Coxmoor Road Sutton in Ashfield Notts NG 17 5LF
Sat Mar 4, 2017
Time: 1845hrs
Price: Adults (over 16) £5 under 16's £1 (under 16's must be accompanied by an adult)
You will have an opportunity to stare into our solar system and gaze into 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. 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 (and astronomy can be a very cold science). Please note that weather conditions may restrict viewing but the event will still go ahead. 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.
March
60 Years of Astronomy
Hertford Astronomy Group
Fairway Tavern, Panshanger Golf Complex, Old Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.AL7 2ED
Wed Mar 8, 2017
Time: 20:00
Price: Visitors Welcome £3.50, Members & under 16s free
Derek McNally looks at the changes in astronomy over the last 60 years, from computers where you had to crank a handle to the vast changes that have taken place in detectability over that period, and in particular in the last 10 years. We live in exciting times and have recently discovered that a nearby star has a planet that may share a temperature regime with the Earth! Derek McNally taught Astronomy at UCL while based at the University of London Observatory, where he became the Director. His research interests were in star formation and he was the second person to try to compute collapse under gravity. He has served the as a Secretary and Treasurer to the RAS, and as General Secretary to the IAU.
March
Radio Astronomy
Breckland Astronomical Society
Great Ellingham Recreation Centre, Watton Road, nr Attleborough, Norfolk
Fri Mar 10, 2017
Time: 19:30
Price: £2 adults, £1 children
Talk by Professor Elias Brinks of the University of Hertfordshire he is a charismatic speaker and an expert on Radio Astronomy.
March
There she blows! Volcanoes and their effects; by Mike Maunder FRAS
Hampshire Astronomical Group
Clanfield Memorial Hall, South Lane Clanfield PO8 0RB
Fri Mar 10, 2017
Time: 7.45pm
Price: £3 on the door for non members
You may wonder what volcanoes have to do with astronomy. Mike Maunder will investigate why they are important; whether they drive climate change, and why it may not be the best idea to build large telescopes in volcanically active regions. This is sure to be an interesting talk from an astronomer who is also a forensic chemist.
March
To Infinity and Beyond: the future of space exploration, Dr Natasha Stephen
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Mar 10, 2017
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Price: Free for members. £2 for visitors
March
BAA Back to Basics Workshop.
Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society
SWINTON MASONIC HALL, 63 STATION STREET, SWINTON, MEXBOROUGH S64 8PZ
Sat Mar 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: The cost for the meeting is £8.00 BAA Members & children under 16. £10.00 for non-members. Price includes refreshments and a buffet lunch
Please the Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society for a "BAA Back to Basics" Workshop. The British Astronomical Association has designed a programme of talks and practical sessions to help you learn basic techniques and develop your interest to its full potential. Experienced people will be on hand to answer your questions. SPACE IS LIMITED SO ALL ATTENDEES MUST PRE-BOOK The day will cover what equipment, maps and books to help you get started. Lunar observing workshop, Planet observing workshop, Radio Astronomy and Imaging for beginners. Booking details, directions and a map can be found on the BAA web site www.britastro.org and on the Mexborough and Swinton Astronomical Society web site www.msas.org.uk We are pleased to advise the following retailers will also be coming, BAA Sales, W&W Astro and The Far-Sighted Binocular Company
March
The Stardust Mission
The Astronomical Society of Glasgow
Room 6.41 Royal College Buiding, Strathclyde University (Access from top of Montrose Street), Glasgow
Thu Mar 16, 2017
Time: Talk Commences 7:30pm
Price: Free
Talk by Prof Max Vasile, Prof of Space Systems Engineering, Department of Nechanical and Aerospace Engineering
March
LAS Young Astronomers Club
Liverpool Astronomical Society
Pex Hill Observatory, Cronton WA8 5QW
Thu Mar 16, 2017
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Price: £1.50 per child or £5.00 membership
The final Young Astronomers Club for this session. If you're 8 to 15 and interested in astronomy then come along and meet young people with the same interests. Telescopes outside for youngsters use, plus the observatory will be open and there will be activities inside. See website for more information.
March
LAS Monthly Meeting
Liverpool Astronomical Society
The Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane Liverpool. L1 3BT
Fri Mar 17, 2017
Time: 19:00 - 21:30
Price: No charge
Society monthly meeting. Guest speaker; Dr. Rene Breton of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics. Topic; Testing Gravity Through the use of Pulsars (TBC)
March
Human Performance In Space
Nene Valley Astronomical Society
Chelveston Village Hall, Caldecott Road, Chelveston, Northants NN9 5AT
Mon Mar 20, 2017
Time: 8.00pm
Price: £3
Humans have travelled into space since 1961 and with missions becoming ever more complex and lasting for longer periods of time, Nathan will be explaining the effects of spaceflight on the human body and how astronauts live and work in zero-G.
March
James Web and the Invisible Red
Macclesfield Astronomical Society
Goostrey Village Hall CW4 8PE
Tue Mar 21, 2017
Time: 20:00
Price: Free
Lecture by Alan Brown (STFC)
March
Pluto
Letchworth & District Astronomical Society
Letchworth Free Church Hall, Norton Way South, Letchworth, SG6 1NX
Wed Mar 29, 2017
Time: 7:30pm
Price: £2 members, £3 non-members
Talk by Paul Money on the subject of 'Pluto'.
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 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.
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
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
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.

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