Explore the culture of the stars…
If you have a passion for star gazing, telescopes, the Hubble and the universe and this thing we call “astronomy”, you are far from alone. Of course, we know that astronomy is a highly respected science that has produced some of the most amazing accomplishments of the twentieth century. On top of that, it is a thriving area of fascination and one of the most exciting hobby areas going with thousands of astronomy clubs and tens of thousands of amateur astronomers watching the stars every night just like we do.
Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences, but also one in which amateurs still play an active role, contributing to many recent important astronomical discoveries.
Our Astronomy Section provides a programme of talks and, occasionally, a visit to an observatory or other site of astronomical importance!
Some of our guest speakers include those from external organisations, members of the Society or members of other astronomical societies. We are fortunate to have many well-known public speakers giving talks, for example Dr David Whitehouse, retired BBC Science Correspondent and Dr Allan Chapman, a well-known historian of astronomy at Oxford University.
We also contribute to Open Days with solar telescopes and other equipment to be seen and used, as well as supporting Young Explorers sessions with hands-on activities and a planetarium show.
Reports on 2017 Talks
Upcoming Astronomy events
Lecture: A Life on Mars24th April 2018 at 7.30pm
Speaker: Bud Budzynski Bud is a member of the Crewkerne Astronomy Society, and is both a musician and an astronomy speaker. This is a light-hearted look at Mars’s putative habitability.
Lecture: Guest Stars, Ancient and Modern12th May 2018 at 2.30pm
Speaker: Guy Hurst Guy is editor of “The Astronomer” magazine, and is a former President of the British Astronomical Association. He received their highest honour, the Walter Goodacre Medal. He has also received an award of ‘Services to Astronomy’ from The Royal Astronomical Society. Guy teaches and lectures extensively. The idea that stars are unchanging […]
Lecture: Quasars12th June 2018 at 7.30pm
Speaker: Nick Higginbottom Nick is a post-doctoral researcher at Southampton University, and comes highly recommended as a speaker. Not only quasars, but wide diversions about spectroscopy and distance measurement in astrophysics.