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May
Ancient Skies and Megaliths of Cornwall
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411 Babbage Building, University of Plymouth
Fri May 10, 2019
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Price: Free to Members, £2 to non-members
A talk by Brian Sheen
May
Beacons in the Night: Mapping the Universe with Variable Stars
William Herschel Society and BRLSI
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Fri May 10, 2019
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £2 members and students, £5 visitors
This is Dr Victoria Scowcroft's lecture originally to be given on 1st February, but cancelled because of the snow on that day, and now rescheduled. For centuries, variable stars have been crucial in the study of stellar populations. Astronomers have conducted rigorous observations over many decades in order to understand the physics behind their varying brightnesses. These unique objects come in many flavours, some changing regularly and predictably, with others changing erratically, sometimes lying dormant for years at a time. The changes that occur in a variable star occur on human timescales, making them one of the few astronomical objects whose evolution we can observe in real time.   However, these variables are not just fascinating probes of stellar evolution; they are also powerful distance indicators, enabling us to measure distances to objects within our Galaxy and beyond. Over the past 100 years, variable stars have made essential contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the Universe, and continue to be at the forefront of modern astrophysics to this day.
June
Earth Satellites and Space Debris (and my small part in its downfall)
Plymouth Astronomical Society
206/207, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University
Fri Jun 14, 2019
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Price: Free to Members, £2 to non-members
Talk by Chris Cooke.
June
50th anniversary celebration of the Apollo Moon landings
Wells & Mendip Astronomers
Wells & Mendip Museum, 8 Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE (side arch entrance)
Sat Jun 22, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 16:00 Exhibition and activities, 19:30 Talk by Nick Howes
Price: Daytime Exhibition and activities - Free, Evening Talk - small charge for non-members
50th Anniversary celebration of the Apollo Moon landings. 10:00 - 16:00: Free exhibition and children's activities around the themes of the Apollo missions and the Moon, with a free showing at 14:00 of The Last Man on the Moon in the Museum's lecture theatre. At 19:30 a talk about the Apollo missions by Nick Howes, Apollo fan, collector, amateur astronomer and space advocate - small charge for non-members
June
2019 Society for the History of Astronomy Summer Picnic
The Society for the History of Astronomy
The Norman Lockyer Observatory Salcomb Hill, Sidmouth, Devon
Sat Jun 29, 2019
Time: From 11:00am
Price: £8 for both SHA members & Non- SHA Members
A special summer visit to the historical site and observatories of British Solar Physics, and the work and discoveries of Sir Norman Lockyer. We would ask that all visitors for this event provide their own picnic lunch.
June
2019 Society for the History of Astronomy Summer Picnic
The Society for the History of Astronomy
The Norman Lockyer Observatory Salcomb Hill, Sidmouth, Devon
Sat Jun 29, 2019
Time: From 11:00am
Price: £8 for both SHA members & Non- SHA Members
A special summer visit to the historical site and observatories of British Solar Physics, and the work and discoveries of Sir Norman Lockyer. We would ask that all visitors for this event provide their own picnic lunch.
July
I Can See For Miles
Plymouth Astronomical Society
206/207, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University
Fri Jul 12, 2019
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Price: Free to Members, £2 to non-members
Short talk followed by Lawrence Harris summer quiz.
July
50 years since the first Moon Landing
Somerset Levels Stargazers
Othery Village Hall Fore Street Othery TA7 0QU
Sat Jul 20, 2019
Time: 10am-5pm
Price: free community event
Follow the Apollo 11 mission from start to finish a combination of exciting demonstrations, videos, models, and talks all leading to that moment when the Eagle landed at Tranquility base.
October
Exmoor Dark Skies Festival
Exmoor National Park
Exmoor - event all over the National Park
Mon Oct 14, 2019 - Sun Nov 3, 2019
Time: day and evening events
Price: various - see website
A series of events all over the area to celebrate our designation as International Dark Sky Reserve with some of the darkest skies in the country. Planetarium sessions, stargazing events and astrophotography workshops, guided night walks, etc. etc.

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