Programme

Programme 2014-2015

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 infoatreadingastrodotorgdotuk  (infoatreadingastrodotorgdotuk)  .

Introductory Meeting (doors open at 7pm)

Fri 12th Sep 7.30pm The first of our season’s AstroBASICS-FRIDAY meetings

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

September 20th 2014

VENUS – PARADISE LOST

Andrew Lound (Odyssey Dramatic Presentations)

Venus is a world that has been viewed in numerous ways, firstly as an ocean paradise, the planet of love, perhaps even two worlds one in the morning and one in the evening. Now we know it is one world – a hot corrosive world. Andy provides an entertaining history of the planet illustrated by awesome images spanning over 100 years of observation by telescope and space probe. The images and HD Video are accompanied by a very special arrangement of music that envelopes the audience. Who said science isn’t romantic?

After the coffee break the usual announcements and members activities.

October 18th 2014

Gamma Ray Astronomy

Barry Kellett (Rutherford Appleton Lab)

This meeting and next month’s deal with two parts of the spectrum important to astronomers. This month the most energetic particles, Gamma Rays, and the efforts to detect them with the little-known Pierre Auger Observatory based in Argentina. A pretty impressive project in terms of size: Barry

After the coffee break the usual announcements and members activities.

24th Oct - Friday Club

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

Solar Max A beginners talk on all aspects of the sun. No surprise but the sun is rather important to our lives and survival. We are assured that the next billion years or so will not give us a problem, but what then?

November 15th 2014

The Square Kilometre Array

Matt Jarvis (Oxford University Dept of Physics)

After last month’s talk on gamma ray particles at the high end of the frequency spectrum it is now the turn of radio waves. The SKA is the major advance in radio astronomy and will give resolutions rivalling visual telescopes. It would detect an airport radar at many light years distance and its data gathering would need 100 million PCs.

After the coffee break the usual announcements and members activities.

28th Nov - Friday Club

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

The technology of the telescope, 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. Our society member Wayne Young will explain the story.

December 13th 2014

(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”

19th Dec – Friday Club

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

The hidden sky. What lies below the southern horizon and will include a description of our Milky Way environment and how the view of the constellations has been described by past civilizations.

January 17th 2015

Members’ Talks

Cruise Ships and Game Lodges

Local speakers for January. It’s our precaution against a bad winter and Reading is snowed in .

After the coffee break the usual announcements and members activities.
23rd Jan – Friday Club

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

The Orion Nebula and the birth, growth and eventual fate of star clusters in general. They really do hold the key to understanding the universe.

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February 21st 2015

Space Robotics

Hilde Schroeven-Deceuninck (Robotic Exploration Development Coordinator at European Space Agency)

ESA’s UK centre ECSAT is based at Harwell and Hilde’s talk will be on robotic exploration of space and the earth’s environment.

After the coffee break the usual announcements and members activities.

27th Feb – Friday Club

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

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March 21st 2015

British Science Association

Guest speaker.

In conjunction with National Science and Technology Week this meeting may be included in the week’s programme. More news here in October.

After the coffee break the usual announcements and members activities.

March dates TBN 2015

National Science Week

Museum of English Rural Life

For two evenings, Saturday and Sunday, we will be at MERL doing our astronomical best for the British Science Association.

Light polluted but Moon-free Jupiter will be the main attraction.

27th Mar – Friday Club

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

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April 18th 2015

Astronomical Climate Change

James Fradgley (Wessex Astronomical Society)

More factors than they tell you about in the press: solar effects, Milankovitch etc. Earth’s 200 million year journey around the centre of the galaxy and a multitude of details in orbital mechanics results in massive climate change over long time scales.

After the coffee break the usual announcements and members activities.

24th Apr – Friday Club

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

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May 16th 2015

Achievements of UK amateur astronomers

Guy Hurst (BAA and Editor: The Astronomer)

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NEW: July 2013 (Croydon Society)

Review of observing achievements and discoveries by amateur astronomers from the Herschel Family to the modern day.

After the coffee break the usual announcements and members activities.

22nd May – Friday Club

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

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June 20th 2015

TBD

TBD

Followed by 42nd Annual General Meeting
No Friday Meeting this month

Possible open air meeting at a rural site. Details will be sent to email subscribers infoatreadingastrodotorgdotuk

 

NO MONTHLY 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.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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