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Dr Julian Onions – Black Holes – are they really that bad?

Hybrid: University of Wolverhampton & Zoom Room MA030, Wulfruna Building, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Black Holes - are they really that bad? Black holes have got a pretty bad rap from films and books, being looked on as terrifying objects that suck spaceships and astronauts to their doom. Are they really that bad? How are they made? Can you escape from one?

Perseids meteor shower observing event. DATE CHANGED!

Observatory

The peak of the Perseid meteor shower is in the early hours of the morning of Sunday the 13th August, so Saturday the 12th presents the best opportunity for viewing, subject to suitable weather conditions. It may be moved to one of the days either side, depending on the forecast. This event is for members ... Read more

WOW7 – Wolvas Observing Weekend

Brow Farm Ratlinghope, United Kingdom

This is our autumn observing event where we travel to rural Shropshire to take advantage of the darker skies. Following the success of our summer WOW event, we are extending this event to include a few days either side of the weekend. (The new moon is on Friday the 15th). Arrive on or after Wednesday ... Read more

AGM & Phil Barnard – Science Fact or Science Fiction

Hybrid: University of Wolverhampton & Zoom Room MA030, Wulfruna Building, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

“Trust me, I’m a scientist!” Well we all make mistakes; perhaps through ignorance, a desire to hold on to a cherished theory or when the imagination is allowed to run wild. Or occasionally to believe a charlatan, whose only aim is to produce highly profitable bestselling books. This is a look at some of the ... Read more

Richard Goodrich – Comet Madness

Hybrid: University of Wolverhampton & Zoom Room MA030, Wulfruna Building, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

In 1705, Edmond Halley liberated humanity from the belief that comets were portents of doom; two centuries later, when Halley’s Comet returned to its perihelion, newspapers, misguided theorists, and shameless con men managed to reignite that fear. When astronomers announced that the earth would pass through the comet’s tail, opportunists exploited human anxiety—often with fatal ... Read more

Members Talk: Wolvas Observing Weekends (WoW) events

Hybrid: University of Wolverhampton & Zoom Room MA030, Wulfruna Building, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

A talk by Wolvas members covering the history and results of the seven WoW events. The What, Where, Why and Wow factor of these events.

Martin Griffiths – Detecting Life on Exoplanets 

Hybrid: University of Wolverhampton & Zoom Room MA030, Wulfruna Building, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Astronomers are moving closer and closer to detecting the signatures of life on other planets. with the advent of new technologies and the JWST we are on the threshold of exploring planetary atmospheres and detecting the basic signatures of living organisms. At present we do not know what sort of organisms they could be or ... Read more

Gary Palmer – The Sun: An Introduction to Solar Imaging 

Hybrid: University of Wolverhampton & Zoom Room MA030, Wulfruna Building, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Gary Palmer is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Assistant Director of the Equipment and Technical Section of the British Astronomical Association. Gary has been interested in Astronomy since childhood and now works as a professional in the industry giving talks across the globe, he is widely regarded as one of the best ... Read more

Geminids Meteor Shower

If the weather and cloud permits, we will be observing the Geminids meteor shower at the Society's observatory site. We aim to arrive around 6:30pm and will stay until around 11pm, subject to cloud of course. Please ensure you bring a chair and adequate clothing, especially hats and gloves, as it gets very cold just ... Read more

Steve Barrett – End Of Everything

Hybrid: University of Wolverhampton & Zoom (Speaker remote via Zoom) Room MA030, Wulfruna Building, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Although it took only three minutes to make our Universe (see 'Beginning of Everything' given to Wolvas in Jan 2021) it will take more than a trillion trillion years for it to come to an end. This talk looks at what will happen to the Earth, the Sun and the galaxy on timescales ranging from ... Read more

Members Observing Event

Trysull Village Hall Trysull Village Hall, School Road, Trysull, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

The Society has arranged an evening of observing at Trysull Village Hall on Tuesday 16th January 2024 at 7:30pm.The car park has space for our cars along with room to set up your telescope/camera. Please park considerately to allow room for everyone.The hall will be open should you wish to sit in the warm.Tea and ... Read more

Mark McIntyre – Meteors: An Observers Guide 

Hybrid: University of Wolverhampton & Zoom (Speaker remote via Zoom) Room MA030, Wulfruna Building, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Mark will cover three areas, what they are, why we are interested in them, and how to observe visually, with a camera, by radio and by video, wrapping up with the latest on meteorite falls in the UK. NOTE: The speaker will be presenting this talk remotely, via Zoom and will not be attending in-person ... Read more

Paul Money – Wonders of Our Universe

Hybrid: University of Wolverhampton & Zoom (Speaker remote via Zoom) Room MA030, Wulfruna Building, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Take a tour of what lies beyond our solar system in our Milky Way Galaxy and to the far reaches of our Universe. NOTE: The speaker will be presenting this talk remotely, via Zoom and will not be attending in-person at the University of Wolverhampton.

Paul Fellows – Quark Stars and Strange Matter

Hybrid: University of Wolverhampton & Zoom Room MA030, Wulfruna Building, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

The usual story told of the end stage of giant stars is that they either finish up as a neutron star or collapse completely to a black hole. However, in this talk Paul looks at the possibility for other extremely exotic forms of matter which may add to the picture – and how the latest ... Read more

Zoom Chat Meeting

Online via Zoom

THE PLANNED TALK FOR THIS DATE HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUES. PLEASE DO NOT TURN UP AT THE UNIVERISTY OF WOLVERHAMPTON - NOTHING IS TAKING PLACE THERE. There will be a members only 'Zoom Chat Meeting' held instead. All members will receive an email with the Zoom event details.

Steve Tonkin – Right Light At Night

Hybrid: University of Wolverhampton & Zoom Room MA030, Wulfruna Building, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Light Pollution was first identified as a problem by astronomers, but its consequences reach far wider. It is now widely recognised that artificial light at night, especially bright white light, can have profoundly negative effects on human health, and this is just the tip of an iceberg of harm. The effects on wildlife have been ... Read more

Stargazing from Coalbrookdale

Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron Coach Rd, Telford, Shropshire, United Kingdom

Discover the wonders of the universe at this spectacular stargazing experience in Coalbrookdale. Learn about astronomy and the use of telescopes to identify celestial objects. Then have the opportunity to see the hidden wonders of the night sky for yourself. Event attendees are advised to dress according to the weather and the nature of the activity. Please note, if the weather is unsuitable on ... Read more

Damian Hardwick – Sir Bernard Lovell & His Telescope

Hybrid: University of Wolverhampton & Zoom Room MA030, Wulfruna Building, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

During his time as director of Jodrell Bank, Sir Bernhard Lovell turned a patch of Cheshire countryside into one of the worlds leading radio observatories. In this talk we take a look at the origins and scientific career of a man described as the great pioneer of radio astronomy. He is most memorable for constructing ... Read more