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November
Attingham Park Moonwatch
Shropshire AS
Attingham Park Shrewsbury SY4 4TP
Fri Nov 7, 2014 - Thu Nov 9, 2017
Time: From 7pm Last entry 9.30pm
Price: £3 under 16 free. Free to NT and Society Members
Shropshire AS return to the lawns of the great hall as guests of the National Trust to share the delights of the dark skies. A great opportunity to join amateur astronomers around the county sharong their astronomical interests.
September
UK Telescopes
UK Telescopes
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 8SE
Thu Sep 1, 2016 - Tue Dec 31, 2019
Time: 24/7
Price: Cambridgeshire
Online telescope store in UK. UK Telescopes,Evergreen Optics offering beginners to advanced telescopes, including Konus Telescopes, Meade and Sky Watcher. Uk telescope sales 07761 089879
September
From Far to Near: Imaging the History of the Universe
William Herschel Society
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Fri Sep 1, 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £4 for visitors, £2 for members and students
Robert Fosbury is an astronomer working for the European Space Agency (ESA) as part of ESA's collaboration with NASA on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) project at ST-ECF. In this talk, he will describe some of the tools and procedures we use to obtain the images of these extremely faint and distant objects with cameras on both space- and ground-based telescopes. These have revolutionised our view of the evolution of the universe from the time of the Big Bang nearly fourteen billion years ago. He will conclude with a short summary of how we are using the same telescopes to prepare for the search for life on earth-like planets orbiting other stars in our own galaxy, the Milky Way.
September
Astronomical Aspects
Nene Valley Astronomical Society
Chelveston Village Hall, Caldecott Road, Chelveston, Northants NN9 5AT
Mon Sep 4, 2017
Time: 8.00pm
Price: £2
Our informal meeting including the monthly sky guide and the chance to share hints and tips on various aspects of astronomy. If clear, telescopes will be available to view the skies from our out of town location.
September
Cassini at Saturn
Stornoway Astronomical Society
Stornoway Library, Cromwell Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Tue Sep 5, 2017
Time: 7.30 pm
Price: Admission free.
As the Cassini mission draws to a close, Donny Mackay BA, BSc, FBRS, reflects on over 13 years of discovery at the ringed planet.
September
Astronomy, All Welcome
North Staffs Astronomical Society
21st Hartshill Scout Group, Mount Pleasant, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 1DP
Tue Sep 5, 2017
Time: 7pm. First Tuesday of each month.
Price: Members free, visitors £2.50, Free voucher online.
Friendly society which welcomes beginners to advance astronomers. Each month we have speakers, advice and demonstrations. See our website for details.
September
BAA Chester Weekend meeting
BAA and Chester Astronomical Society
The King's School, Wrexham Rd, Chester, CH4 7QL
Fri Sep 8, 2017
Time: 19.00 - 21.30hrs
Price: Friday evening (inc. refreshments) - BAA Members, Host AS, BAA Affiliated Societies & under 16's £1.00 Non-Members £1.50.
The opening evening of the BAA Chester Weekend meeting hosted by Chester AS. In addition to exhibits there will be the following astronomy talk: Lyndsay Fletcher (Glasgow University) "Living with a Star"
September
O B Associations in the Vicinity of the Sun and their Origins, by Mike Shearer
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Sep 8, 2017
Time: 7.30 - 9.30
Price: Visitors £2, free for members
September
British Astronomical Association Chester Weekend Meeting
BAA and Chester Astronomical Society
The King's School, Wrexham Rd, Chester, CH4 7QL
Sat Sep 9, 2017
Time: 10.00 - 18.00hrs
Price: Saturday including a cold buffet lunch BAA Members, Host AS, BAA Affiliated Societies & under 16's £11.00 per person. Non-BAA Members, £15.00 per person
A full day of astronomy talks (see below),exhibits, and couple of trade stands, in a great venue. The talks are: Professor Paul A Crowther - “Birth, life and death of massive stars” Professor Simon Goodwin (Sheffield) "The formation of stars and planets" Dr Jacco van Loon - "Stellar Ecology" Professor Bill Chaplin - "Sounding stars and the search for other worlds in our Galaxy" Dr Matt Darnley - Novae: (Brief) new life after stellar death
September
MOONWALKER Charlie Duke Live
The Armchair Astronaut
Milton Keynes Christian Center
Sat Sep 9, 2017
Time: 12:00
Price: Various ticket options available.
The Armchair Astronaut is pleased to sponsor an afternoon on the Moon with NASA Apollo Astronaut and Moonwalker Charlie Duke. Come and hear his story, the anecdotes and the memories told by the man himself. Hear about life on the front-line of the space race, the atmosphere in mission control during the historic Apollo 11 first lunar landing and later his own journey to the Lunar highlands and walk on the Moon. Each guest will have the opportunity to meet Charlie Duke, to have a professional photo and take home a signed, inscribed photo.
September
The UK Beagle 2 Lander for Mars
West Didsbury Astronomical Society
William Hulme's Grammar School, Springfield Road, Manchester M16 8PR
Mon Sep 11, 2017
Time: 1900
Price: Members free, visitors welcome
Dean Harris will tell the amazing story of how the UK became the third nation in history to land on Mars with the help of a group of Christmas-jumper-wearing-boffins, led by a mutton-chop wearing farmer, who designed a probe on the back of a beer mat and knocked it up in a shed.
September
Dr Julian Onions presents Cold dark matter - is it cold, is it dark and is it matter?
Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS)
10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD
Mon Sep 11, 2017
Time: 7.30 pm
Price: Free
Presentation by Dr Julian Onions:- Cold dark matter - is it cold, is it dark and is it matter? We hear a lot about dark matter in astronomy. Some people consider it a fudge. In this talk we'll go through the evidence for dark matter and the history of it, and answer the questions in the title.
September
MAKE YOUR OWN TELESCOPE MIRRORS
AMATEUR TELESCOPE MAKERS OF LONDON
Holly Lodge Community Centre, N6 6HL
Wed Sep 13, 2017 - Wed Nov 22, 2017
Time: 20:00 - 21:30 fortnightly on Wednesdays
Price: £36 for six sessions
Many of us stare at the stars in wonder; some go further and buy themselves telescopes or binoculars to expand the view; others get the urge to make their own telescopes and Amateur Telescope Makers of London exists to fulfill that need. Imagine the thrill of stargazing through a telescope of your own making. we ares nationally unique and continues in our fiftieth year at Holly Lodge Community Centre. Affiliated to Hampstead Scientific Society, whose historic public observatory at the top of Hampstead is nearby, we have helped many aspiring astronomers to create their own instruments and to further their appreciation of the heaven’s marvels. Course members are provided with all the materials and professional guidance necessary to make a mirror for a telescope and help and advice on the construction of the telescope’s structure, how to set it up and how to use it. Previous experience is not necessary and only everyday DIY tools are used. This is a hands-on course you can join at any time. WE ARE ON FACEBOOK.
September
Saturn - the Jewel of the Solar System with Mark Thompson
Norwich Astronomical Society
Seething Observatory, Toad lane, NR35 2EQ
Fri Sep 15, 2017 - Sat Sep 16, 2017
Time: 20:00HRS
Price: £3.00
Join us at Seething for the first public open evening as People's Astro Mark Thompson presents his brand new talk "Saturn - the Jewel of the Solar System". You'll enjoy a superb talk from an excellent speaker and if skies are clear enjoy some superb views from our observatory.
September
Anders Johan Lexell (1740 - 1784), his Contribution to the Discovery of Uranus
William Herschel Society and Europa Nostra
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Fri Sep 15, 2017
Time: 5.30 pm
Price: £4 (£2 for members and students)
Dr Johan Stén of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland will speak about Anders Johan Lexell (1740-1784) who was the first Finnish mathematical scientist of international renown. Lexell was on his European grand tour passing through London and Oxford in 1781 when the discovery of a new celestial object was announced. Lexell started immediately to calculate its elements and found that the observations fitted a circular orbit better than a parabolic one, thus confirming that a new planet (Uranus) had been found.
September
Astronomy Evening at Merkinch Nature Reserve
Highland Astronomy Tours
stephenmackintosh@googlemail.com
Fri Sep 15, 2017 - Sat Sep 23, 2017
Time: 8.30pm
Price: Free
Lead by Astronomer Stephen Mackintosh our second night sky watching event will take part either on Septemeber 15th, 16th, 22nd or 23rd. Please watch this page regularly for updates as we'll choose the best night weather wise closer to the time. Bring telescopes and/or binoculars if you have them but you'll have a chance to look through a larger 200mm telescope too. Last time we enjoyed gems like the moons of Jupiter, the Orion nebulae, lots of shooting stars, many constellations and passing satellites. Stephen is incredibly knowledgeable and will guide us about where to look. Please dress warmly. Please bring a red light torch if you have one.
September
'The Fermi Paradox' a lecture by Martin Braddock
Nene Valley Astronomical Society
Chelveston Village Hall, Caldecott Road, Chelveston, Northants NN9 5AT
Mon Sep 18, 2017
Time: 8.00pm
Price: £3
Martin Braddock is a professional scientist and project leader with a background in biochemistry and radiation biology. He is a member of the Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society and the Society's Planetarium Project Manager where is helping the Society with their plans to further extend facilities. Astronomy and Astrobiology are passionate hobbies and Martin's talk will describe the Fermi Paradox and how the search for ET may be constrained using recent published scientific literature.
September
Telescopic Topics
Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS)
10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD
Mon Sep 25, 2017
Time: 7.30 pm
Price: Free
An evening of member contributions. We will hopefully have lots of images from the USA of the total eclipse as seen from Jackson Wyoming, and a few Perseid observations.
October
‘Skylark’ Britain's First Space Rocket
William Herschel Society
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Thu Oct 5, 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £4 for visitors, £2 for members and students
Joint WHS/BIS lecture: Robin H Brand is the speaker. These days, few have heard of the Skylark sounding rocket. Yet, in November 1957, it was the first British rocket to reach space, and became the basis of Britain’s earliest space programme. Hundreds were fired, launching into space thousands of scientific instruments. Many of these carried out pioneering astronomical observations in the X-ray and UV spectrum, regions previously unavailable to British scientists. This talk tells the story of that space rocket, from its origins in the 1950s, until its last launch in 2005.
October
BAA Back to Basics Workshop
King's Lynn and District Astronomy Society and BAA
West norfolk Professional Development Centre, Kilham's Way, King's Lynn PE30 2HU
Sat Oct 7, 2017
Time: 10.00 to 17.30
Price: BAA Members £10; Non-members £12 including refreshments and lunch
New to Astronomy -this event is for you. A full day's programme of speakers which will cover - What equipment you need to get started, Lunar Observing, Observing Planets, Radio Astronomy, Deep Sky Observing. ALL Bookings must be through the BAA - www.britastro.org/kingslynnb2b Space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
October
BAA Back to Basics Workshop
King's Lynn and District Astronomy Society and BAA
King's Lynn Academy, Queens Road, King's Lynn, PE30 4QG
Sat Oct 7, 2017
Time: 10.00 to 17.15
Price: BAA Members £10; Non-members £12 including refreshments and lunch
New to Astronomy -this event is for you. A full day's programme of speakers which will cover - What equipment you need to get started, Lunar Observing, Observing Planets, Radio Astronomy, Deep Sky Observing. ALL Bookings must be through the BAA - www.britastro.org/kingslynnb2b Space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE
October
What's in an Image?
West Didsbury Astronomical Society
William Hulme's Grammar School, Springfield Road, Manchester M16 8PR
Mon Oct 9, 2017
Time: 1900
Price: Members free, visitors welcome
Michael Oates will give a talk on astrophotography entitled "What's in an image?"
October
Mesolithic Stargazing at Abriachan Forest
Highland Astronomy Tours
stephenmackintosh@googlemail.com
Fri Oct 13, 2017
Time: 8pm
Price: Free but donations welcome
A night of stargazing at Abriachan Forest guided by astronomer Stephen Mackintosh. This event will follow on from Abriachan's Wolf Brother for families, part of the Highland Archaeology Festival, so think Mesolithic star stories round the camp fire! Format will be weather dependent. If we're lucky to get clear skies we'll be out under the stars with binoculars and telescope, looking at some amazing objects. Otherwise Stephen will host some interesting talks and Q&A in the forest classroom. Wrap up warm. Admission is free but donations very welcome.
October
Solar Eclipse Chasing - Going to where the Sky went Dark by Chris Cooke; The American Solar Eclipse 2017 by David Wilton
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Oct 13, 2017
Time: 7.30 - 9.30
Price: Visitors £2, free for members
October
Stargazing weekend at ‘The Steadings’, Loch Ness
Highland Astronomy Tours
Highland Astronomy Tours
Sat Oct 21, 2017 - Mon Oct 23, 2017
Time: 6pm
Price: £229 for weekend
Highland Astronomy Tours is offering a special weekend stargazing break, on October 21st and 22nd 2017, at The Steadings at the Grouse and Trout, a 3* gold country hotel, situated near Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. The weekend will be hosted by astronomer Stephen Mackintosh, who will be on hand during both evenings of your stay for talks, informal Q&A and professional outdoor excursions under the stars. Stephen’s guiding will teach you how to navigate your way through the heavens with the naked eye, binoculars and with a sophisticated live video telescope setup, allowing audiences to peer at distant galaxies, planets and glistening star clusters.
October
Near Earth Objects. Protecting our civilisation from the next major impact
Norwich Astronomical Society
Seething Observatory, Toad lane, NR35 2EQ
Fri Oct 27, 2017 - Sat Oct 28, 2017
Time: 20:00HRS
Price: £3.00
It's just over 4 years since the 20 metre wide asteroid entered the Earth's atmosphere at a speed of about 40,000 mph before exploding at a height of about 18 miles above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. It's known that NEOs will continue to hit the Earth at irregular intervals in the future. In this talk, supported by the NEOShield-2 Project, Chris Greenfield will discuss the threats and the science and technology for Near Earth Object impact prevention.
October
Mayo Dark Sky Festival 2017
Friends of Mayo Dark Sky
Newport / Mulranny / Ballycroy, County Mayo
Fri Oct 27, 2017 - Sun Oct 29, 2017
Time: from 10am daily
Price: Euro 5.00 per lecture
Stellar line-up for 2017 Mayo Dark Sky Festival Top academics from Universities in Hong Kong, Exeter, York, Maynooth and Dublin have been signed up to speak at the second Mayo Dark Sky Festival in the west of Ireland, which takes place from 27 th to 29 th October. The towns and villages bordering Ireland’s only Dark Sky Park have teamed up to organise a three day event that offers talks on physics, astrophysics, culture and the environment, as well as rocket and science workshops, exhibitions and other family friendly events. “3 days, 3 venues, 3 themes” is how Georgia MacMillan, one of the festival organisers, summed it up. “We want to share our passion for the pristine natural skies of this part of Mayo with as many people as possible. Events will include talks by world class speakers including Dr. Luis Flores Castillo of CERN Switzerland and the University of Hong Kong, Professor Michael Burton, Director of the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, and Susan McKenna-Lawlor, Professor Emeritus at Maynooth University”Mayo Dark Sky Park boasts some of the most pristine skies in Europe – one awestruck visitor was heard to remark “The starlight is casting shadows!” Happily, this year’s festival also coincides with the 2017 International Observe the Moon night on October 28th. Observers will have the best of both worlds – a little moon gazing to start with, but the moon will set around midnight, revealing the true wonders of the park’s dark sky observing sites. Mayo’s rugged Atlantic seaboard offers a dramatic backdrop to a relaxed and fun-filled festival. Full programme of events and everything needed to plan your trip are on the festival website at www.mayodarkskyfestival.ie. FURTHER INFORMATION: Georgia MacMillan, Festival Team +353 86 8595166 georgia@internationalmagic.com Fiona Hopkins, Festival Team +353 87 7918172 fiona_hopkins@eircom.net Derek Dempsey, Newport Astronomy Club +353 87 6264145 dempsey.derek@gmail.com
October
Autumn Wirral Star Party
Liverpool Astronomical Society
Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston Visitor centre, Station Road CH61 0HN
Sat Oct 28, 2017
Time: From 7pm
Price: Free
Come and be inspired by the wonders of the night sky. View craters o the Moon. Galaxies and deep sky objects. We'll have astronomical talks. There will be telescopes outside to look through (weather permitting). There will be experienced amateur astronomers on hand to give advice snd guidance. All free. Check website for more info. Liverpool Astronomical Society
November
Equipment Display and Discussion. If you are thinking of buying something for Christmas then this is the meeting for you!
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Nov 10, 2017
Time: 7.30 - 9.30
Price: Visitors £2, free for members
November
A Day on each Planet
Macclesfield Astronomical Society
Goostrey Village Hall CW4 8PE
Tue Nov 21, 2017
Time: 20:00
Price: Free to members, donation from non members
Lecture
December
My Love Affair with the Moon by John Foster
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Dec 8, 2017
Time: 7.30 - 9.30
Price: Visitors £2, free for members
December
The Large Star Clusters and Smallest Galaxies
Macclesfield Astronomical Society
Goostrey Village Hall CW4 8PE
Tue Dec 19, 2017
Time: 20:00
Price: Free to members, donation from non members
Lecture
January
The Formation of Stars and their Planetary Systems by Dr Claire Davies (University of Exeter)
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Jan 12, 2018
Time: 7.30 - 9.30
Price: Visitors £2, free for members
May
HowTheLightGetsIn 2018
HowTheLightGetsIn
Newport St, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5BG
Fri May 25, 2018 - Sun Jun 3, 2018
Time: 19:00
Price: Prices vary
HowTheLightGetsIn is returning with more ideas, magic, music and wonder than ever before. Discover ground-breaking ideas, find the bands you've never heard of, contribute yourself and your thoughts, and help create a place where everyone's imagination can flourish. Presale tickets for 2018 have now sold out but Earlybird Tickets will be available from Autumn 2017, along with our launch programme. Sign up for the latest news and tickets alerts: https:hay.htlgi.iai.tv

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