Main Programme

 

**COVID-19 Policy: Covid regulations may eventually permit some physical meeting. Use will be made of zoom software as well as physically meeting in the hall when it becomes possible. Zoom policy requires passcodes which will be issued by email before each meeting.

Programme 2020-2021

All meetings start at 7.00pm in St. Peter’s Church Hall, Earley.
The open FridayCLUB 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 Meetings are wheelchair accessible unless mentioned otherwise

August 28th 7pm.**

Friday club virtual meeting.

Zoom talk – access details will be provided by news-list

Owen Brazell Webb Society

The Deep Sky Story.

Owen has a life long interest in the deep-sky objects of all types and is currently President of the Webb Society dedicated to encourage amateur observations of double stars and ‘deep-sky’ objects such as star-clusters and nebulae, and to provide a forum where observers can communicate and publish the results of their work.

September 19th 2020**

Society AGM

Zoom talk including the AGM agenda – access details will be provided by newslist

A delayed – but most important – AGM to decide the course of the society for the coming year, followed by….

Provisional – Ken England – Ken’s annual mustering of astronomy history around years ending in 20.
After the coffee break the usual announcements and members’ activities.

 

September 25th 7.30pm

Friday club virtual meeting.

Zoom talk – access details will be provided by newslist

Trevor Gainey Basingstoke and Readng AS’s

Space Junk and the Argus Project.

Ridding space of discarded material and debris is becoming a major problem occupying the space-going powers. Trevor will share his studies with us in this major talk.

 

October 17th 2020 7pm

Zoom talk – access details will be provided by newslist

Supermassive Black Holes: The Ultimate Galaxy Killers?

Rebecca Smethurst – Junior Research Fellow, Dpt of Physics, U of Oxford,
Research fellow at Christ Church working to try and understand how galaxies and their central supermassive black holes evolve together. In order to do this, I get the public to help out classifying galaxy shapes online with galaxyzoo.org.
Plus, the usual announcements and members’ activities.

 REPLACING

From Galaxies to Life

Roger Davies – Wetton Professor of Astrophysics, Dpt of Physics, U of Oxford,
Roger’s interest is in galaxies, especially radio and elliptical galaxies, and their dynamics.
After the coffee break the usual announcements and members’ activities.

Friday club held over ’til 2021
National Astronomy Week

Saturday 14 November to Sunday 22 November 2020
Mars Encounter in November will give best view of Mars until 2033
The aim of the week is to celebrate the close approach of Mars. Holding public observing sessions will be impacted by Covid regulations. Bearing in mind cleaning of equipment and maintaining darkness, observing in numbers is unlikely under current restrictions.

November 21st, 2020**

Is there life in the clouds of Venus?

Brian Skidmore – Lunar mission architect SSTL

On Sept 14th 2020 it was announced that the gas phosphine had been detected in the atmosphere of Venus, where the temperatures and pressures (though not the acidity) can be surprisingly Earth-like. Since phosphine in Earth’s atmosphere is only produced naturally by life, this caused a great deal of excitement: is the same true of Venus – are there microbes floating around in its atmosphere too?
In this talk I’ll be exploring the debate of whether there may be life in the clouds of Venus, which will include the history and characteristics of the planet, and the implications of finding an independent source of life from the Earth.

This will be a virtual talk on zoom.

Friday club held over ’til 2021

December 12th, 2020**

(Nb. 2nd Saturday)

Virtual Tour of Members’ Observatories.

Several Guest Speakers – Details

With a webcam and subdued lighting, we will invade members’ garden observatories and admire anything Santa Amazon brought them this year.

This likely to be a virtual talk on zoom. Tickets will be available on Eventbrite if the hall is permitted.

January 16th, 2021

Subject TBN

Guest Speaker – Details
Placeholder
After the coffee break the usual announcements and members’ activities.

22nd Jan Friday Club date

February 20th 2021

Subject TBN

Guest Speaker – Details
Placeholder
After the coffee break the usual announcements and members’ activities.

26th Feb Friday Club date
The hall (to be) booked for a day’s acivities.
Saturday XXth Feb – Open Day .

10am to 5pm Lunch to be arranged.

Open Day

Showcase the society to friends relatives and the world in general.

We will open up at 10am – 5pm at St Peters hall to show, discuss, demonstrate, display all aspects of the society and our enthusiasm for the universe.

The public will be invited fron 13:00 ’til 17:00

If you have material for display but cannot attend it can be handed in at the next two meetings. Anything considered, images, drawings or observation diaries.

The usual refreshments available and bringing your own lunch welcome.

March 20th, 2021

Subject TBN

Guest Speaker – Details
Placeholder
After the coffee break the usual announcements and members’ activities.

26th March Friday Club date
BAA Winchester Weekend. TBA

The annual conference attended by many local astronomers.

April 17th 2021

Subject TBN

Guest Speaker – Details
Placeholder
After the coffee break the usual announcements and members’ activities.

Prospects for Lyrid meteor shower.

23rd Apr Friday Club date

May 15th 2021

Subject TBN

Guest Speaker – Details
Placeholder
After the coffee break the usual announcements and members’ activities.

28th May Friday Club date

June 19th 2021

AGM Night
Including the Annual General Meeting.

Have your say in running the society. Stand for election for posts. Lively discussion. Definitely not boring!

Followed by:

Astronomical Centenaries in 2021(provisional)

Ken England FRAS
Ken is local amateur astronomer with an interest in the history of astronomy. The talk includes several stories from Ken’s article in the December 2019 issue of The Observatory.

After the coffee break the usual announcements and members’ activities.

EAST READING FESTIVAL Palmer ParkEast Reading Festival

Sunday ?? June

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 previous event.

LOCATION MAP

25th June – Friday Club

The Summer Triangle

Outline talk on the fascinating stars of this season.
We are open to suggestions for subjects at all these Friday sessions.

After the break….
Members’ activities and talks

16th July – Friday Club

Regular Friday meeting

Talk with emphasis on understanding basic astronomical topics.
Details posted on ‘next meetings’ column on home page.
We are open to suggestions for subjects
After the break….
Members’ activities and talks

NO MAIN MEETINGS IN JULY & AUGUST
Notes for diary:
The venue is St. Peter’s Church Hall, Church Road, Earley.
Parking is available in the hall car park.
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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