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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
May
TELESCOPE MAKING CLASS
CAMDEN AMATEUR TELESCOPE MAKING SOCIETY
Holly Lodge Community Centre, N6 6HL
Wed May 10, 2017 - Wed Jul 19, 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 CATS exists to fulfill that need. Imagine the thrill of stargazing through a telescope of your own making. CATS is nationally unique and continues in its forty-third year at Holly Lodge Community Centre. Affiliated to Hampstead Scientific Society, whose historic public observatory at the top of Hampstead is nearby, CATS has 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.
July
Ampthill Festival
Non profit organisation
Ampthill Park,
Sun Jul 2, 2017
Time: 12.30pm onwards
Price: Free
A fun, free family day in Ampthill's beautiful country park. With this year's theme 'space', there will be plenty of things for all the family to do. From a massive planetarium style dome tent to interactive science experiments, the festival hopes to encourage young people that science and space can be so much fun. The BBC's One Show presenter Mark Thomas will also be giving a family science talk and former Great British Bake Off winner, Nancy Birtwhistle, will even be judging a space themed cake competition! For further details, go to www.ampthillfestival.co.uk
July
Cassegrain - who was he?
The Astronomical Society of Edinburgh
Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
Fri Jul 7, 2017
Time: Commence 8pm
Price: Free
Talk by Dr Horst Meyerdierks.
July
Exoplanets
West Didsbury Astronomical Society
William Hulme's Grammar School, Springfield Road, Manchester M16 8PR
Mon Jul 10, 2017
Time: 1900
Price: Members free, visitors welcome
A lecture on Exoplanets by Dimitris Stamatellos who is the Guild Research Fellow of Astrophysics in the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy at UCLAN.
July
Telescopic Topics
Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS)
The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD
Mon Jul 10, 2017
Time: Starts at 7:30pm
Price: Free for the first 3 meetings
These are our members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. At past meetings we've enjoyed presentations on topics from astrophotography to cosmology. We'll also offer some topical observing inspiration for you, despite the long days and short nights! Guests are very welcome. If you've got any questions come along and ask them.
July
Telescopic Topics
Northamptonshire Natural History Society
Castilian Terrace, Northampton NN1 1LD
Mon Jul 10, 2017
Time: 7 30 pm
Price: Free
An evening of members contributions of observations, images and general topics, along with help for beginners. If clear we will use the societies telescopes to indulge in some urban astronomy.
July
The Pleiades and Other Open Clusters, by Phil James
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Jul 14, 2017
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Price: Free for members. £2 for visitors
Summer Quiz and Raffle; PAS AGM
July
Brave new worlds: the planets in our galaxy A talk by Professor Giovanna Tinetti
Hampshire Astronomical Group
clanfield Memorial Hall, South Lane Clanfield Hants PO8 0RB
Fri Jul 14, 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £3 at the door for non-members
The Earth is special to us – it’s our home. But is it really special as a planet? Every star we can see in the night sky is likely to be orbited by planets. There are probably a hundred billion planets in our galaxy alone. In about twenty years, more than 3000 “exoplanets” have been discovered in distant solar systems. There are planets completing a revolution around their mother star in less than one day, as well as planets orbiting two or even three stars or moving on trajectories so eccentric as to resemble comets. Some of them are freezing cold, some are so hot that their surface is molten. But beyond that our knowledge falters: What are they made of? How did they form? What’s the weather like there? Are they habitable? 
 Finding out why are these new worlds as they are and what is the Earth’s place in our galaxy and –ultimately– in the universe, is one of the key challenges of modern astrophysics.
July
Geological History of the Moon
Macclesfield Astronomical Society
Goostrey Village Hall CW4 8PE
Tue Jul 18, 2017
Time: 20:00
Price: Free to members, donation from non members
Lecture
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
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
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
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
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
Saturn - the Jewel of the Solar System with Mark Thompson
Norwich Astronomical Society
Seething Observatory, Toad lane, NR35 2EQ
Fri Sep 22, 2017 - Sat Sep 23, 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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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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