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: “Spectroscopy: Cracking starlight’s hidden code”27th February 2018 at 7.30pm
Speaker: Hugh Allen We look at the colours of stars and galaxies. How much more can we learn from a detailed analysis of their spectra? Spectroscopy is a fundamental tool for astronomers. Hugh is a chemist who is a member of the William Herschel Society in Bath. He strongly believes that spectroscopy deserves far greater […]
Planetarium Day10th March 2018 at 2.30pm & 3.10pm
Leader: Bob Mizon Bob will run 2 x 30-minute shows in his inflatable planetarium, starting at 2:30 and 3:10pm. There is a maximum of 30 people per session. If needed a third session will be scheduled. Tickets for each session will be issued at the door.