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Dr Julian Onions – The Far Side of the Moon, is it full of Aliens?

Highfields Environmental Centre Boundary Way, Penn, Wolverhampton

In a change to the originally scheduled talk, Dr Julian Onions will return to give us his talk on the far side of the Moon. The Moon is a shy body, it only ever shows one sides of itself to the Earth. Before the space age, we had no idea what was on the far ... Read more

Time to talk

Highfields Environmental Centre Boundary Way, Penn, Wolverhampton

A members' discussion evening.  Bring your own equipment and ideas, we will have several bases round the room covering different activities. This format is brought back by popular request! 1. Night Sky - how to navigate your way around (Steve Wootton) 2. Astro Photography the easy way, including by smartphone (Cath Adams & Doug Bickley) ... Read more

Trevor Clifton – I can never find anything

Highfields Environmental Centre Boundary Way, Penn, Wolverhampton

Trevor has recently been attracting interest with his ingenious scope modifications and improvements. His talk will cover how he has modified the mounts on binoculars and a small 4 ¼ inch dobsonian with the aid of some DIY and his electronics expertise, in order to help find people who struggle to find difficult targets.

Mike Frost – Lady astronomers of the BAA

Highfields Environmental Centre Boundary Way, Penn, Wolverhampton

The British Astronomical Association was founded in 1890. Right from the start, the membership included talented lady astronomers. In part this was because the Royal Astronomical Society did not admit women at this time. This talk tells the stories of many of the lady pioneers of the BAA.

[Paul Pope lecture] – Pete Williamson – From Myth to Moon

St Peter's School Compton Park, Compton Road West, Wolverhampton

Paul Pope Lecture 2020 - Pete Williamson We are delighted to welcome Pete Williamson to give this year's Paul Pope Lecture with his talk: From Myth to Moon This event is FREE and open to everyone - you don't have to be a member of our society. We hope you can join us on Monday ... Read more

CANCELLED – Mark Gibbons – Black holes – CANCELLED

Highfields Environmental Centre Boundary Way, Penn, Wolverhampton

Mark Gibbons is a committee member of the Cotswold astronomical Society and he will give us an insight into this fascinating topic.

Dr Julian Onions – Things that go bang in the night (sky)


Julian Onions from Nottingham University has given lectures to us before and is apparently something of an expert in online presentations. Who Knew? He has given us a lot of help here because we needed guiding by the hand, it's all new to us and this is our first offering, but we intend to do a ... Read more

Prof Rob Jeffries – Gaia: the billion star mapping machine


Professor Jeffries is from the astrophysics group at Keele University. The European Space Agency Gaia satellite was launched in December 2013. The aim of the mission was to map the precise positions and motions of a billion stars and nearer objects in our own Milky Way Galaxy and solar system. In April 2018 Gaia released ... Read more

Steve Tonkin – Two Eyes are Better than One


The binocular is not limited to being a beginner's instrument and a subordinate adjunct to a telescope, but is an exceptionally valuable astronomical instrument in its own right. Find out how to choose and use binoculars for astronomy: discover what makes a good (or bad!) binocular, distinguish between valuable information and advertising hype, and learn ... Read more

Nicholas Booth – Mars: The Clearest View


With three new missions heading to Mars, Nicholas Booth will discuss our changing perceptions of the Red Planet. For the first time in forty years, NASA will be looking directly towards life - and Nick will tell the story of how people have thought they have discovered life in recent years. He will set the ... Read more

Doug Bickley – Voyager: The Interstellar Phase


The story of the Voyager missions. Both spacecraft have now reached interstellar space and continue their journey through the universe. This talk will take you from the planning stages through to their current status and position. Buckle up, it's a long ride.

Linda Manas – The History of the Calendar


Linda looks at calendar developments from the ancient Metonic Cycle to the early Roman and Julian calendars and discusses methods of calculating the date of Easter Sunday from the advent of Christianity to Gregorian reforms and the Computus.

Mary McIntyre – Reflection, Refraction and Excitation


The Hunt For Atmospheric Optical Effects - Mary has been passionate about hunting for atmospheric optics for many years. In this talk she will show us lots of the common things seen from the UK, plus some more exotic phenomena, from arcs and sundogs to noctilucent clouds and aurora.

John Pitchford – Dr David Morgan’s Project and RETRAM


Dr Morgan and RETRAM are both working on the Recognition and Trajectories of Meteors using alternatives to Graves, Brams and Iper. This talk is an introduction to this topic and takes an historical approach to Radio Astronomy and the use of Passive Radar. You will meet the musical ‘Cats’ and the ‘Terminator’ on the way!