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November 2018

David Eagle – A whistle stop tour of the universe hitch hiking on a ray of light

19th Nov 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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December 2018

Graeme Hall – Mercury: A Closer Look

3rd Dec 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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January 2019

Mike Frost – Drawing the line

7 Jan at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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Time to Talk

21 Jan at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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This evening is a chance for members to pass on their wealth of knowledge to others through informal sessions and demos, including: Demo of using guided mounts Image processing demonstration for astrophotographers (with a live demo using some moon footage taken by Richard) Lunar observing (if the weather is good) Trevor Clifton giving a live demo of his 3 element Yagi radio telescope to pick up radio scatter from meteors Please feel free to bring along your own equipment, especially…

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February 2019

Dr Leon Hicks – Sample return missions, including Hayabusa 2 and Osiris Rex

4 Feb at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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Dr Leon Hicks' research focusses primarily on meteorites and samples returned by space missions, identifying, analysing, and classifying them. Studying meteorites is important in understanding the origins and evolution of the Solar System.

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Dr Andrew Gascoyne – Sunspots, Sunquakes and Solar Storms: An Introduction to Solar Physics

18 Feb at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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Solar physics is the branch of astrophysics that specialises in the study of the Sun. It deals with detailed measurements that are possible only for our closest star. It intersects with many disciplines of pure physics, astrophysics, and computer science, including fluid dynamics, plasma physics including magnetohydrodynamics, seismology, particle physics, atomic physics, nuclear physics, stellar evolution, space physics, spectroscopy, radiative transfer, applied optics, signal processing, computer vision, computational physics, stellar physics and solar astronomy. Dr Andrew Gascoyne is a lecturer in the…

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March 2019

Paul Pope lecture: Jay Tate – The Science of Armageddon

4 Mar at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St Peter’s School, Compton Park, Compton Road West
Wolverhampton, WV3 9DU United Kingdom
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Jay Tate, director of the Spaceguard Centre The most significant natural danger to life on Earth comes from asteroids and comets. The Spaceguard Centre is a working observatory, and the main source of information about Near Earth Objects in the UK. Jay Tate is one of the country's leading experts and will explain the structure of the solar system, why we have a problem and how we can solve it. This lecture is FREE for the public. There is no need…

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Damian Hardwick – The mystery of stone circles

18 Mar at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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April 2019

Trevor Clifton – Radio astronomy on a budget

1 Apr at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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May 2019

John Cook – Solar activity update, visual and radio

13 May at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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John Cook is Assistant Director (data analysis) of the BAA Solar Section, which promotes every aspect of solar astronomy and works closely with the BAA Radio Section. John will give us up to date data on magnetic activity and other phenomenon.

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June 2019

Phil Barnard – Development and uses of spectroscopy

17 Jun at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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The invention and use of the spectroscope was important development in the history of astronomy, sometimes with the aid of gifted amateurs. The birth of astrophysics led to our present understanding of the nature of the universe. For the first time astronomers were able to directly compare our view of the distant universe with experiments conducted here on planet Earth. In essence the talk is a historical overview, but with some of the necessary background of physics included.

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July 2019

WolvAS Social Gathering

2 Jul at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Merry Hill Pub, Trysull Road
Wolverhampton, WV3 7LB United Kingdom
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We have booked the Community Room and the Merry Hill Pub in Finchfield for 7pm. Please join us for an informal social evening. This is a free event! There is plenty of parking, and a well stocked bar also serving food and coffee. Feel free to bring any astro equipment or related items, as we have a comfortable large room to ourselves to chat and relax in. Everyone is welcome!

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September 2019

Dr Anne-Marie Broomhall – Our Sun: dynamic or dull?

16 Sep at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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Dr Broomhall is from the department of physics at Warwick University, and her research focuses on solar and stellar physics, specifically helioseismology and asteroseismology.

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[David Harris memorial lecture] Doug Bickley – Parsons Leviathan

30 Sep at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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The Leviathan of Parsonstown is the unofficial name of the Rosse six-foot telescope. This is a historic reflecting telescope of 72 in (1.8 m) aperture, which was the largest telescope in the world from 1845 until the construction of the 100-inch (2.5 m) Hooker Telescope in 1917. The Rosse six-foot telescope was built by William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse on his estate, Birr Castle, at Parsonstown (now Birr in County Offaly, Ireland).

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October 2019

AGM

14 Oct at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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An important date for your diary, and your chance to have an input into the workings of the Society.

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Dr Sean McGee – From early ripples to the Milky Way: The evolution of galaxies

28 Oct at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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Dr McGee is from the school of physics and astronomy at Birmingham University.  He works on galaxy formation and evolution, with particular interests in how the growth of cosmic structures affect the formation of galaxies; how gas is accreted into galaxies and the formation of the first generation of stars and black holes.

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November 2019

Transit of Mercury

11 Nov at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Halfpenny Green Vineyard Café, Tom Lane, Halfpenny Green, Bobbington
Wolverhampton, DY7 5EP United Kingdom
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We will be set up outside the Halfpenny Green Vineyard café to watch the transit of Mercury with several scopes (H-alpha and white light filters). The site offers good views of the southern horizon, and should allow us to see as much of the transit as possible (weather permitting). There's also the café available for hot food and drink if it's cloudy!

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Dr Julian Onions – Heavy Metal

11 Nov at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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Dr Onions is an astrophysics researcher.  He will discuss what metals are to an astronomer, how do they get made, and what can they tell us about the history of the universe in terms of stars and galaxies.

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Dr Phil Evans – Astronomy beyond light

25 Nov at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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December 2019

Steve Wootton – A photometric study of NGC 957

9 Dec at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Highfields Environmental Centre, Boundary Way, Penn
Wolverhampton, WV4 4NT United Kingdom
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