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.
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!
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
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.