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.
Upcoming Astronomy events
Gravitational waves9th May 2017 at 7.30pm
Astronomy Lecture, Speaker: Mark Gibbons. Since the LIGO observatory detected gravitational waves a few months ago, we have had several requests to include this subject
How Astronomy has Changed11th April 2017 at 7.30pm
Speaker: Dr Lilian Hobbs Lilian has a computer science doctorate from Southampton Uni, and her work since then has involved designing database software. Her interest in astronomy has been a long-time passion. Over the years technology and theoretical understanding have given us a progressively deeper knowledge of astronomy
At the Edge – Astronomy talkJanuary 27, 2015
27th January 2015 This talk, prompted by Voyager 1 leaving the solar system, was given by the Lucie Green, a well-known astronomer and broadcaster. The heliosphere is the volume within which the Sun’s magnetic field and the solar wind dominate the interplanetary medium. Lucie talked about many of the features on and near the Sun’s […]
The Apollo Missions Science Packages – Astronomy talkNovember 25, 2014
The Apollo Missions Science Packages 25th November 2014 This talk was given by the Keith Wright, who was an engineer working on all the science packages that were included in the Apollo missions. Keith started by reviewing his career, stating with making model rockets at school, and on through working on “Blue Streak” to Apollo […]
The Story of Radio Astronomy – Astronomy talkOctober 25, 2014
The Story of Radio Astronomy 25th October 2014 This talk was given by the Chairman, and covered various subjects. Firstly we looked at the electromagnetic spectrum and what we can observe from the ground, with optical and radio “windows”. History started with the 19th century, moved on to Jansky’s detection of the centre of the […]
A to Z of the Solar System – Astronomy TalkSeptember 16, 2014
A to Z of the Solar System 16th September 2014 Bob Mizon came once again to entertain us with his whimsical list of objects in the solar system, running of course from A to Z. You might expect “A” for “Asteroid”, “B” for “Bolide” etc., but no… “A” was for “Aurora”, as might be expected, […]
The Herschels – Astronomy talkAugust 16, 2014
The Herschels 16th August 2014 We were very pleased to welcome back Allan Chapman who talked about William and Caroline Herschel and to a lesser extent William’s son John. William Herschel was from Hanover, which had the same king as the United Kingdom, George II. He came needing to make money and was an extremely […]
Comets – Astronomy TalkJuly 15, 2014
Comets 15th July 2014 This talk was given by the Chairman. The talk started with the question: what are comets? Usually called dirty snowballs, the examples looked at their structure including their albedo, nucleus and tails. They originate far out in the solar system, and the talk looked at the solar system’s formation and the […]