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March
The WHS Annual Lecture: The Great Quasar Debate 1963 - 1984
William Herschel Society
BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Fri Mar 2, 2018
Time: 7.30 pm
Price: Members & students £2, others £4
Professor Mike G Edmunds will show how radical scientific developments are established as new observational evidence accumulates. The Cambridge University radio astronomy group published their third major catalogue of radio sources in 1959. By 1963 attempts at identifying visible objects associated with the radio sources showed up two objects – 3C 273 and 3C 48 - which looked star-like, but whose properties were very hard to understand. Were these very distant and extraordinarily luminous objects? Or were they comparatively nearby, but moving at relativistic velocities? Either choice led to major problems.
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
Kristian Birkeland: The Man who Tamed the Aurora
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Mar 9, 2018
Time: 7.30 - 9.30pm
Price: Visitors £2, free for members
Last month the 150th anniversary of the birth of Kristian Birkeland was celebrated in Norway. So well-known in his home land of Norway that his portrait appeared on the 200 NKr bank note until recently and he also features on the tail of a Norwegian Airlines plane, he is generally not well known in Britain. His life is both funny and ultimately very sad. His greatest work was to identify the origin of the aurora, the Northern Lights and to show they were electrically driven by the Sun. Unfortunately, he did the work about 60 years before the space age was eventually to prove him right. Indeed, he also narrowly missed also discovering the electron and, if that were not enough, he more or less founded what is now the largest company in Norway by chance as well as inventing an electromagnetic gun whose principle was used by the US military 70 years after his death.
March
BAA Back to Basics Workshop
BAA / Bristol Astronomical Society
Bristol Photographic Society Unit 13 Montpelier Central, Bristol BS6 5EE
Sat Mar 10, 2018
Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Price: £10 BAA members/Under 16's, £13 non-members
Are you new to Astronomy? Then the BAA “Back to Basics” Workshop is for YOU! The British Astronomical Association has designed a programme of talks and practical sessions to help you learn basic techniques and develop your interest to its full potential. Experienced people will be on hand to answer your questions. The programme will cover: What Equipment you need to get started, Lunar Observing, Observing Planets, Radio Astronomy and Deep Sky Observing The cost for the meeting is £10.00 BAA Members & children under 16. £13.00 for non-members. Price includes refreshments and a buffet lunch. SPACE IS LIMITED SO ALL ATTENDEES MUST PRE-BOOK
March
Spectroscopy
The Bristol Astronomical Society
Bristol Photographic Society, Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Bristol, Montpelier, BS6 5EE
Fri Mar 16, 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Price: £3, free for members and first-time visitors
Spectroscopy. David will give a talk the methods, equipment, and analysis involved in making spectral observations of stars, nebulae and galaxies.
March
Exploring Space from the Somerset Levels
Somerset Levels Stargazers
Othery Village Hall Fore Street Othery TA7 0QU
Fri Mar 16, 2018 - Sat Mar 17, 2018
Time: Fri 16th 3pm-11pm/ saturday 17th 11am-11pm
Price: free community event
A two day astronomy event including on the Friday at 3 pm after schools space activity's followed at 7.15 pm by the film Interstellar 12A. On the Saturday from 11 am a day of talks,demonstrations,films,displays and children's space detective workshops with Jo Richardson fras followed at 7.15 pm with a talk by Bob Mizon mbe fras (uk coordinator of the Commission for dark skies) called Time and The Stars. N.B.Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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
Caroline Herschel and the Nearly All Male World of Eighteenth Century Science
William Herschel Society
BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Thu Apr 5, 2018
Time: 7.30 pm
Price: Members & students £2, others £4
An evening talk by Dr Emily Winterburn, academic, author and former Curator of Astronomy at Royal Observatory Greenwich. Based on her book, she will consider Caroline Herschel and her various tactics for encouraging support for her work. Between 1788 and 1797 Caroline discovered comets, became the first woman to be published in the journal of the Royal Society and assisted her brother in his research. Women had tried to get their work heard before, indeed all over Europe there were women quietly working in science, more often than not silently, and unacknowledged for their male relatives, Caroline however was the first to get her voice truly heard. In this talk I will focus on the beginning of her story, her very first, tentative steps into the world of scientific publication. Would she judge it well? Or fall to ridicule or condensation as so many of her predecessors had done?
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.
April
The Formation of Stars and their Planetary Systems, by Dr Claire Davies (Astrophysics Group, University of Exeter)
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Apr 13, 2018
Time: 7.30 - 9.30pm
Price: Visitors £2, free for members
April
Skylark: Britain’s First Space Rocket - and its pioneering astronomical observations by Robin Brand
The Bristol Astronomical Society
Bristol Photographic Society, Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Bristol, Montpelier, BS6 5EE
Fri Apr 20, 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Price: £3, free for members and first-time visitors
Robin Brand will talk about Skylark: Britain's first space rocket, and the pioneering astronomical observations it made.
May
Binocular Astronomy, by Stephen Tonkin
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri May 11, 2018
Time: 7.30 - 9.30pm
Price: Visitors £2, free for members

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