Main Programme

22 July at 7pm.
Summer Challenge Quiz
Reading AS v. Newbury AS
The Bell, Aldworth
Friday Farley meeting 29th July 8pm.
Short talks – Meteor showers – Our equipement loans*.

Tonight is around the peak of the Southern Delta Aquariids. Not a major event and not well seen this far north but we may as well explain and observe. We get full astronomical dark between 2350 and 0229 and NO MOON
Last month’s session proved the use of the room for a talk-meeting. We hope to have the bar open again.
For the exact location send email to [email protected]
*10in Dob available soon
Friday 12th Aug. After 10pm.
Perseid meteor night

Moonlight will have a reducing effect before setting completely around 1am  We are happy to arrange a whole night session with the extra help that the accommodation will be open for those little comforts.
Bring loungers, blankets and eye-balls.
For the exact location send email to [email protected]
Friday Farley meeting 26th Aug 8pm
Drawing at the eye-piece – Sally Russel (FRAS)

Recording your observations with pencil and notebook. If clear there is a possibility that we can have a drawing session with Sally. The sky is fully dark around 10pm.
Bring pencils, paper, something to rest on, don’t forget telescope or binos if you want to participate.
We hope to have the bar open again.
For the exact location send email to [email protected]

 

Programme 2016-2017

All meetings start at 7.00pm in St. Peter’s Church Hall, Earley.
The AstroBASICS Friday meetings are now included in this listing.

If you are a speaker who would like to talk to the society or have a recommendation for a speaker or subject please email [email protected]

please note that some Friday Meetings are not wheelchair accessible

Introductory Meeting (doors open at 7pm)

Fri 9th Sep 7.30pm The first of our season’s FreeFRIDAY meetings

Free entry and open to the public: A general introduction to amateur astronomy in its many forms, our Friday Club meetings will be basic level talks on astronomy suitable for all.

Astronomy Introduction

Entry is free and open to non-members.

Winch Room. Not wheelchair accessible.

This meeting is designed for the time of year when prospective new members are thinking of a new hobby or expanding a old interest. We will take you through all the factors that we obsess about. Mentioning the science and history along the way. All in just one hour? Let’s give it a go!

Then, coffee break and….

Other items of the activities of our members.
Location Map — Full Programme

Although attended by our regular members this meeting is aimed at those who are considering the hobby, maybe for the first time. All welcome.

September 17th 2016

Comets, Signposts in History

Andrew Lound (Odyssey Productions)lound

The appearance of a comet in the sky was seen by our ancestors as a forewarning of disaster. Today in these enlightened times the appearance of a comet fills us full of wonder not dread. However perhaps the reality should be somewhere in between. In a presentation filled with excitement, tragedy and humour the story of humankind’s relationship with comets is explored, illustrated by images of comets, with some haunting music, you will never look at ice in the same way again.

 

 

After the coffee break the usual announcements and members activities.

October 15th 2016

Aurorae: Their appearance, legends and causes

Ian Ridpath

Ian_Ridpath_in_2015Ian has made outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy. Any purchaser of popular astronomy books and sky guides is likely to have one of Ian’s works on their bookshelves. This talk is based on his experience as guide for numerous cruise-ship trips to Norway.

Aurorae, popularly termed the northern lights, are one of the wonders of the natural world. Long the subject of Nordic legend, they are now known to be triggered by atomic particles flowing from the Sun. Accelerated by the Earth’s magnetic field, these particles cascade onto the upper atmosphere around the poles, causing it to glow green and red. This talk describes what aurorae look like, the legends and superstitions associated with them, how and where they occur, and how to watch for them. Inspired by TV programmes such as Joanna Lumley’s, many from Britain are now venturing into the Arctic to see these natural wonders for themselves. This talk has been developed specially to introduce the astounding northern lights to this new generation of tourists.

http://www.ianridpath.com/cv/lectures.htm#aurorae

After the coffee break…

Plus the usual announcements and members activities.

28th Oct Friday Club

Free entry and open to the public, this months topic…..

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Brian Skidmore, (Reading AS)

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After the coffee break the usual announcements and members activities.

November 19th 2016

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After the coffee break the usual announcements and members activities.

25th Nov Friday Club

Entry is free and open to the public, this month’s topic…..

Wayne Young (Reading AS) Telescopes, technology versus handicraft?

With the return of the gift-giving season we always discuss telescopes and accessories at the November meeting.

From the simple astronomical amateur instrument to the major international collaborations the design of the telescope is always a compromise with the laws of physics. Wayne is working on new ways of presenting the subject. Don’t forget: Don’t buy a telescope without a sound knowledge of the compromises you have to make, and I am not even thinking of the rest of the family! :-)

 

December 10th 2016

(Nb. 2nd Saturday)

Santa’s Grotto

Members practical stuff

A telescope is for life not just for Christmas. Come and complain about not getting what you wanted for Christmas and drool over what the others are getting. Tea and cakes provided, no cash machine again this year.

Followed by RAS “Christmas Special” including glass of Vin d’Asda compliments of the committee.

30th Dec – Friday Club

Entry is free and open to the public, this month’s topic…..

Subject TBN

xxxAs it’s Christmas – extended coffee break and nibbles. I have promised the hall manager that we will look after the carpet :-)

January 21st 2017

Robotic Exploration of Mars

Craig Leff (UCL, Mullard SSL)

The first mission of the ExoMars programme, scheduled to arrive at Mars in October 2016, consists of a Trace Gas Orbiter plus an entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, known as Schiaparelli. The main objectives of this mission are to search for evidence of methane and other trace atmospheric gases that could be signatures of active biological or geological processes and to test key technologies in preparation for ESA’s contribution to subsequent missions to Mars.

After the coffee break – Members’ Talks and images.

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27th Jan – Friday Club

Subject TBN

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Entry is free and open to the public, this months topic…..

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February 18th 2017

Subject TBN

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After the coffee break the usual announcements and members activities.

24th Feb – Friday Club

Entry is free and open to the public, this month’s topic…..

Subject TBN

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Fri ??th, Sat ??th March

British Science Week Observing Evenings

Location, TBN

British Science Week is in March and we hope to be involved in joint events.

March 18th 2017

Subject TBN

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After the coffee break the usual announcements and members activities.

24th March – Friday Club

Subject TBN

Entry is free and open to the public, this months topic…..
TBN

April 8th 2017 (second Saturday)

Subject TBN

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After the coffee break the usual announcements and members activities.

28th Apr – Friday Club

Entry is free and open to the public, this month’s topic…..

Subject TBN

May 20th 2017

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After the coffee break the usual announcements and members activities.

26th May – Friday Club

Entry is free and open to the public, this month’s topic…..

Subject TBN


June 17th 2017

AGM Night

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Including the 44th Annual General Meeting

EAST READING FESTIVAL Palmer Park

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Reading Astronomical Society stand.

Exhibition and solar observing.

We will be attending this annual local event with our telescopes suitably filtered for safe observing of sunspots and other activity on our local star.

Images of last year’s event.

LOCATION MAP

Friday meetings in June/July/August may continue at our out-of-town site.

Total solar eclipse visible in USA may be observed as a partial eclipse starting 30 minutes before sunset from Reading, but a low west-horizon is essential.

More news to come.

NO MAIN MEETINGS IN JULY & AUGUST
The venue is St. Peter’s Church Hall, Church Road, Earley.

Parking is available in the hall car park and the adjacent school playground.

Typical meeting timings are….

7.00 – 8.30pm :: Announcements and speaker as detailed above.

8.30 – 9.00pm :: Refreshments and an opportunity to chat and browse the library.

9.00 – 9.45pm :: Miscellany of topics by members.

 

 

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