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Paul Pope lecture: Jay Tate – The Science of Armageddon

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

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 ... Read more

John Cook – Solar activity update, visual and radio

Highfields Environmental Centre Boundary Way, Penn, Wolverhampton

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.

Phil Barnard – Development and uses of spectroscopy

Highfields Environmental Centre Boundary Way, Penn, Wolverhampton

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 ... Read more

WolvAS Social Gathering

Merry Hill Pub Trysull Road, Wolverhampton

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 ... Read more

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

Highfields Environmental Centre Boundary Way, Penn, Wolverhampton

Dr Broomhall is from the department of physics at Warwick University, and her research focuses on solar and stellar physics, specifically helioseismology and asteroseismology.

[David Harris memorial lecture] Doug Bickley – Parsons Leviathan

Highfields Environmental Centre Boundary Way, Penn, Wolverhampton

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 ... Read more

AGM

Highfields Environmental Centre Boundary Way, Penn, Wolverhampton

An important date for your diary, and your chance to have an input into the workings of the Society.

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

Highfields Environmental Centre Boundary Way, Penn, Wolverhampton

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.

Transit of Mercury

Halfpenny Green Vineyard Café Tom Lane, Halfpenny Green, Bobbington, Wolverhampton

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 ... Read more

Dr Julian Onions – Heavy Metal

Highfields Environmental Centre Boundary Way, Penn, Wolverhampton

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.

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