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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
Solar Eclipse Chasing - Going to where the Sky went Dark by Chris Cooke; The American Solar Eclipse 2017 by David Wilton
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Oct 13, 2017
Time: 7.30 - 9.30
Price: Visitors £2, free for members
October
Stargazing in Dorset’s Dark Skies by Stephen Banks
The Bristol Astronomical Society
Bristol Photographic Society, Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Bristol, Montpelier, BS6 5EE
Fri Oct 13, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Price: £3, free for members and first-time visitors
Come and see Stephen's stunning, award-winning photographs of Dorset and the night sky. https://dorsetscouser.com/gallery/stargazing/
October
Colours from Earths and the search for life: how will we characterise the atmospheres of Earth-like exoplanets by Bob Fosbury
The Bristol Astronomical Society
Bristol Photographic Society, Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Bristol, Montpelier, BS6 5EE
Fri Oct 27, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Price: £3, free for members and first-time visitors
A talk by Bob Fosbury on "Colours from Earths and the search for life - how will we characterise the atmospheres of Earth-like exoplanets?". Everyone welcome.
November
Black holes, by Dr Carolin Villforth
The Bristol Astronomical Society
Bristol Photographic Society, Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Bristol, Montpelier, BS6 5EE
Fri Nov 3, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Price: £3, free for members and first-time visitors
A talk on Black Holes by Dr. Carolin Villforth. Corolin's research passion is super-massive black holes and Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) at the centre of galaxies. Everyone welcome.
November
Equipment Display and Discussion. If you are thinking of buying something for Christmas then this is the meeting for you!
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Nov 10, 2017
Time: 7.30 - 9.30
Price: Visitors £2, free for members
November
Joint WHS / Bath University Lecture: The Intimate Universe
William Herschel Society and the University of Bath
University of Bath (See website for lecture room)
Thu Nov 23, 2017
Time: 7.00 pm
Price: Free
Dr Marek Kukula of the Royal Observatory Greenwich will speak about the connections between Astrophysics and everyday life. Our familiar surroundings are full of profound astronomical connections. Astronomy has left its mark on our minds from high art to popular culture, and even the smartphone in your pocket owes a debt to astrophysical research!
November
Bristol Telescope Surgery
The Bristol Astronomical Society
BPS, Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Bristol, Montpelier, BS6 5EE
Fri Nov 24, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Price: £3, free for members and first-time visitors
Get advice on buying, using, and getting the most from your telescope and binoculars at our regular hands-on event. Everyone welcome. Please book if bringing your own equipment due to space restrictions. We will have a good range of all types of amateur telescopes and equipment on display.
December
Georges Lemaître: The Father of the Big Bang. A talk by Revd. Dr. Gareth Leyshon
The Bristol Astronomical Society
BPS, Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Bristol, Montpelier, BS6 5EE
Fri Dec 1, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Price: £3, free for members and first-time visitors
In 1931 the Belgian Catholic priest, George Lemaître, published a landmark paper suggesting the expanding universe had a beginning in space and time. All welcome to this talk by Revd. Dr. Gareth Leyshon.
December
My Love Affair with the Moon by John Foster
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Dec 8, 2017
Time: 7.30 - 9.30
Price: Visitors £2, free for members
January
The Formation of Stars and their Planetary Systems by Dr Claire Davies (University of Exeter)
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Jan 12, 2018
Time: 7.30 - 9.30
Price: Visitors £2, free for members
March
Bristol Telescope Surgery
The Bristol Astronomical Society
BPS, Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Bristol, Montpelier, BS6 5EE
Fri Mar 9, 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Price: £3, free for members and first-time visitors
Get friendly, impartial advice on buying, using, and getting the most from your telescope and binoculars at our regular hands-on event. Everyone welcome. Please book if bringing your own equipment due to space restrictions. We will have a good range of all types of amateur telescopes and equipment on display.
March
Cosmology
The Bristol Astronomical Society
Bristol Photographic Society, Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Bristol, Montpelier, BS6 5EE
Fri Mar 23, 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Price: £3, free for members and first-time visitors
Erik's specialist subject is cosmology. All welcome to come and find out what we know and don't know about the wider universe.
April
The Quest for Dark Matter by Dr. Luke Kreczko
The Bristol Astronomical Society
Bristol Photographic Society, Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Bristol, Montpelier, BS6 5EE
Fri Apr 13, 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Price: £3, free for members and first-time visitors
Dr. Kreczko will talk about his work at the LHC CMS experiment and the wider quest for Dark Matter. All welcome.

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