We will be hosting a programme of virtual lectures with fascinating speakers this autumn that will take place online and be available to view globally. Find out more about our schedule below and scroll to the bottom for more future events.
Our next online event
The Great Conjunction and the Star of Bethlehem
Speaker Br Guy Consolmagno
Date 17 December, 7pm
On 21 December 2020 planets Jupiter and Saturn will appear close together creating a marvellous spectacle in the night sky: a single bright ‘star’ marking the run-up to the festive period. Many are already dubbing this Great Conjunction the ‘Christmas star’.
Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory and author of Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? looks at the story of the Star of Bethlehem, and whether astronomy can shed any light on its potential origins.
If you’re interested in seeing more in the night sky, this is the talk for you. Astronomer and author of Collins Stargazing: Beginners Guide to Astronomy, Tom Kerss as your guide, we’ll look at how to get the best out of that often-misunderstood piece of optical equipment, the telescope.
Covering the different types of telescope and the kind of views they’ll give, Tom Kerss will look at how to set a telescope up, useful accessories, stargazing apps and planetarium programs, as well as some of the top sights to track down in the night sky in 2021.
A must for anyone who unwrapped a telescope for Christmas and wants to get the best out of it!
Tom Kerss is an astronomer, astrophotographer and author of several guides to stargazing. A former Lead Astronomy Education Officer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, his books include titles about getting into stargazing and observing the Moon.