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February
Bob Marriott: "William Dawes and William Rutter Dawes"
Torbay Astronomical Society
Room BE1, Business and Enterprise Suite, Torquay Boys' Grammar School, Shiphay Manor Drive, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 7EL
Thu Feb 21, 2019
Time: 19:30
Price: Free to members. Non-members: £3 for adults and £1 for under 18s
A lecture by Bob Marriott, former Curator of Instruments at the British Astronomical Association. We will also look at what can be seen in the night sky in the month ahead.
March
William Herschel Society Annual Lecture: Herschel: A Space Observatory's Legacy
William Herschel Society and BRLSI
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Fri Mar 1, 2019
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £2 members and students, £5 visitors
Dr Chris North of the University of Cardiff will recap the Herschel Space Observatory, in terms of the mission design and its science goals, and the discoveries that have been made from it. From planets to supermassive galaxies, the range of discoveries is vast. The science continues apace, even nearly 10 years after Herschel's launch, and new results are continuing to come out. He’ll look to the future, and what upcoming missions will do to build on the legacy of Herschel. The Herschel Space observatory was an infrared telescope and so this lecture will complement the Herschel Museum’s current theme of infrared which was famously discovered to be a constituent of the solar spectrum by William Herschel.
March
Leicester's Space Rockets
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411 Babbage Building, University of Plymouth
Fri Mar 8, 2019
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Price: Free to Members, £2 to non-members
A talk by Roger Cooper.
April
2nd International Conference on Astronomy, Astrophysics & Astrobiology
Conferenceseries LLC LTD
Auckland, New Zealand
Thu Apr 4, 2019 - Sat Apr 6, 2019
Time: 09:00Am to 06:00pm
Price: $699
Astronomy Congress 2019 aims to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of scientists and engineers to present and exchange breakthrough ideas relating to Early Universe, Dark Matter and Dark Energy ,Astronomy, Gravitational Physics, Particle and Nuclear Astrophysics, Large-Scale Structures, Stellar Formation and Evolution, Observational Astronomy and Astrophysics, Celestial Mechanics, Theoretical Astronomy and Astrophysics, Interdisciplinary Studies, Space Observation and Exploration, Structure and Evolution of the Cosmos, Unsolved Problems in Astronomy. It promotes top-level research and to globalize the quality research in general, thus making discussions, presentations and contributions more internationally competitive. Conference URL : https://astronomy.conferenceseries.com/ Conference Tracks/ Highlights: • Astronomy • Astrophysics • Computational Astrophysics • Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and Black Holes • Gravitational Physics • Neutrino Astronomy • Optical Astronomy • Cosmology • Particle Physics – Higgs Boson • Astrobiology • Biophysics • Astrochemistry • Astromicrobiology • Aerospace Engineering
April
Variety in Astronomical Orbits
William Herschel Society and BRLSI
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Fri Apr 5, 2019
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £2 members and students, £5 visitors
Mark Birkinshaw is the William P. Coldrick Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Bristol, will give this lecture on Variety in Astronomical Orbits. Gravitation dominates the dynamics of the Universe on scales larger than a few kilometres, and so orbital motion is the basic motion of bodies in the Universe. The variety of orbital motions is much wider than the set of elliptical shapes that are used as an approximation in the Solar System. In this lecture He will extend the concept or orbital motion into more general classes of orbits, such as those around rotating black holes.
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
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 summer quiz
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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