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 Talks
Astronomical Paris: the Celestial, the Occult and the Macabre
Lunar geology from the safety of your own home
Reflection, Refraction & Excitation: The Hunt for Atmospheric Optical Effects
Stellar Evolution – the life cycle of a star
Astronomy and Philosophy
The Mystery of 29P
Rodinia and the Boring Billion
Edwin Hubble: Astronomer of the Galaxies
Guest Stars, Ancient and Modern
A life on Mars
Spectroscopy: Cracking starlight’s hidden code
New Horizons – Voyage to the Outer Solar System
Archaeoastronomy: Ancient monuments and their use of the sky
Debunking the Moon landing hoax protagonists
Tim Peake, Space and the ISS
Charles Messier: “The ferret of comets”
How Astronomy Has Changed
Rocks from Space
Probing the Dark Universe
Active and Adaptive Optics
Pluto from myth to discovery
Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Macrographia on the Moon
The South African Large Telescope
The First Billion Years
The Cassini Mission
Volcanism in the Solar System
Upcoming Astronomy events
Apollo 11 – the inside story22nd October 2019 at 7.30pm
Speaker: David Whitehouse David is a former BBC science correspondent, and a well-known writer and broadcaster; he last came to us in June 2015. It’s 50 years since Armstrong gave us his immortal bodged lines when jumping onto the surface of the Moon. Hear David’s story about it all.
Black Holes2nd November 2019 at 2.30pm
Speaker: Prof. Rob Fender Rob is Professor of Astrophysics at Oxford Uni: we are very fortunate that he is able to come and talk to us at BNSS. Don’t be put off by his position: his talks are eminently approachable for non-specialists. Well, everyone’s interested in Black Holes, aren’t they?