Next Meetings

Meetings will be limited to zoom software for the time being.

Nov 21st, 7pm

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 is a virtual talk on zoom – access details will be provided on the newslist.

Astronomy weekly catchup.

Astronomy chat by experts and beginners with Newbury and Reading Societies on zoom.
Zoom session – Request login details from Gerry by text on 07510 444 630 or email
[email protected]


Remember we keep in touch through the google group, news list, and Zoom.
By invitation – send email to [email protected]

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