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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
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
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/
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
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.
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.

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