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September
UK Telescopes
UK Telescopes
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 8SE
Thu Sep 1, 2016 - Tue Dec 31, 2019
Time: 24/7
Price: Cambridgeshire
Online telescope store in UK. UK Telescopes,Evergreen Optics offering beginners to advanced telescopes, including Konus Telescopes, Meade and Sky Watcher. Uk telescope sales 07761 089879
April
TELESCOPE MAKING
AMATEUR TELESCOPE MAKERS OF LONDON
Holly Lodge Community Centre, 30 Makepeace Avenue, N6 6HL
Wed Apr 3, 2019 - Wed Jul 3, 2019
Time: 20:00 to 21:30
Price: £47 for six sessions
Many of us stare at the stars in wonder; some go further and buy themselves telescopes or binoculars to expand the view; others get the urge to make their own telescopes and AMATEUR TELESCOPE MAKERS OF LONDON exists to fulfill that need. Imagine the thrill of stargazing through a telescope of your own making. CATS continues in its fiftieth year at Holly Lodge Community Centre. We have helped many aspiring astronomers to create their own instruments and to further their appreciation of the heaven’s marvels. Course members are provided with all the materials and professional guidance necessary to make a mirror for a telescope and help and advice on the construction of the telescope’s structure, how to set it up and how to use it. Previous experience is not necessary and only everyday DIY tools are used. This is a hands-on course. Look for us on Facebook.
April
The British Astronomical Association One Day Meeting - Galaxies
British Astronomical Association
Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Raleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9BZ
Sat Apr 27, 2019
Time: 10am to 6pm
Price: The cost including tea & coffee for registration and afternoon tea is £5 for BAA/CPAC and affiliated society members, £8 for non-members and £2 for accompanied under 16’s ~~~~~~~~~~ An optional buffet lunch is available for £8 if booked in advance.
This meeting has galaxies as its theme and is organised in conjunction with the Castle Point Astronomy Club. At the time of year with most galaxies on view in the northern hemisphere skies, talks will lead you through observing galaxies with amateur equipment to current professional research in astrophysics by the experts in their field. It will also include a look back into the rich history of galaxy discovery. Our speakers have been brought together, one from across the Atlantic, to provide an enlightening day on this fascinating subject. Our speakers for the day will be: Dr Olivia Keenan - ‘The Missing Satellite Problem - Where are all the Galaxies?’ Stewart Moore - ‘Galaxies: A Brief History of Discovery’ Prof Richard Ellis - Let There Be Light: The Quest for “Cosmic Dawn” Prof Chris Impey, Arizona, USA - "Einstein's Monsters: Black Holes at the Heart of Galaxies" Owen Brazell - Observing Galaxy Clusters
April
Telescopic Topics
Northamptonshire Natural History Society
10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton. NN1 1LD
Mon Apr 29, 2019
Time: 7 30 pm
Price: free
An evening of member contributions which usually include a variety of astronomical talks and discussion. Guests and visitors welcome.
May
Astronomy and Islam: Astronavigation
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Ave, Greenwich, London SE10 8XJ
Sat May 4, 2019
Time: 10:00-10:45
Price: £12 Adult | £6 Child
Held before the predicted sighting of the next New Crescent Moon, this special 'Astronavigation' version of the Astronomy and Islam planetarium show will use the planetarium to travel though time and around the globe to explain historic methods of navigating by the stars on long sea voyages. A Royal Observatory Astronomer will explain the instruments that were built for navigation and prayer, including the kamal and astrolabe. Visitors will be able to extend their stay beyond the show as access to the historic part of the Royal Observatory Greenwich is included in the ticket price.
May
Silver-Screen Sci-Fi - Outland (1981)
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Ave, Greenwich, London SE10 8XJ
Sat May 4, 2019
Time: 18:30-20:30
Price: £12 Adult | £6 Child
Enjoy screenings of cult and blockbuster sci-fi movies in our planetarium, followed by a short talk on the science behind the fiction by a Royal Observatory astronomer. Cinema style snacks and beverages will be on sale in the foyer before the show. In the distant future, a police marshal stationed at a remote mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy, and gets no help from the populace when he later finds himself marked for murder.
May
Ancient Skies and Megaliths of Cornwall
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411 Babbage Building, University of Plymouth
Fri May 10, 2019
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Price: Free to Members, £2 to non-members
A talk by Brian Sheen
May
Beacons in the Night: Mapping the Universe with Variable Stars
William Herschel Society and BRLSI
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Fri May 10, 2019
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £2 members and students, £5 visitors
This is Dr Victoria Scowcroft's lecture originally to be given on 1st February, but cancelled because of the snow on that day, and now rescheduled. For centuries, variable stars have been crucial in the study of stellar populations. Astronomers have conducted rigorous observations over many decades in order to understand the physics behind their varying brightnesses. These unique objects come in many flavours, some changing regularly and predictably, with others changing erratically, sometimes lying dormant for years at a time. The changes that occur in a variable star occur on human timescales, making them one of the few astronomical objects whose evolution we can observe in real time.   However, these variables are not just fascinating probes of stellar evolution; they are also powerful distance indicators, enabling us to measure distances to objects within our Galaxy and beyond. Over the past 100 years, variable stars have made essential contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the Universe, and continue to be at the forefront of modern astrophysics to this day.
May
Multimessenger Astronomy A talk by Dr Stephen Webb
Hampshire Astronomical Group
Clanfield Memorial Hall, South Lane Clanfield Hants PO8 0RB
Fri May 10, 2019
Time: 19.30 for 19.45
Price: £3 for non members, on the door
Almost everything we know about the universe came from observing electromagnetic radiation. But information from astrophysical events can reach us via three other types of messenger: • charged cosmic rays, • neutrinos, • and gravitational waves. By combining signals from the four different messengers we can gain new insights. This talk looks at how multimessenger astronomy recently shed light on a decades-old puzzle, and it looks forward to what we might learn next.
May
Morning Stars
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Ave, Greenwich, London SE10 8XJ
Sat May 11, 2019
Time: 10:00-10:45
Price: £6 Child, carers go free
This early morning show is for children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and their families and carers. Explore the night sky and find out live from a Royal Observatory Astronomer what is visible on the night of your visit and the month ahead, with opportunities to ask questions afterwards.
May
Speaker Jens Buus
Northamptonshire Natural History Society
The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton. NN1 1LD
Mon May 13, 2019
Time: 7 30 pm
Price: Free
Kepler’s Laws. An introduction to the mechanics of solar systems by one of our own members. Guests and visitors welcome.
May
Triumphs of Voyager Part 1: Journey to Jupiter/Splendours of Saturn
West Didsbury Astronomical Society
Cavendish Community Primary School, Grove Suite (facing the car park), Cavendish Road, Manchester M20 1JG
Mon May 13, 2019
Time: 1900
Price: Members free, visitors welcome
Broadcaster and writer Paul Money will describe how, in 1977, two space probes were launched on what would become one of the longest operating space missions NASA had ever launched. In this talk Paul will focus on their incredible journey to explore the planets Jupiter and Saturn with their Moons and Rings.
May
Mercury - the incredible shrinking planet
The Astronomical Society of Glasgow
Room 641, Royal College, Strathclyde University, Glasgow
Thu May 16, 2019
Time: Time: 7:15pm for 7:30pm start
Price: Free
Lecture : Dr Simon Cuthbert, Lecturer in Earth Science, University of the West of Scotland This lecture will be followed by the Society Annual General Meeting
May
Deep Space Imaging with the Crendon Observatory
Milton Keynes Astronomical Society
Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 6BJ
Fri May 17, 2019
Time: 8 PM
Talk by Gordon Rogers. The talk describes the imaging of Deep Space from the observatory and is regularly updated with recent astronomical discoveries. Gordon recount the achievements of several amazingly gifted British amateurs where this in one area of science in which the sheer enthusiast gives great aid to the professional. Discoveries by these amateurs command the deployment of major observatories such as Hubble. Many things in astronomy go wrong and he recite some of them!
May
Lightning Courses: Astrophotography
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Ave, Greenwich, London SE10 8XJ
Sat May 18, 2019
Time: 10:30-14:30
Price: £32
Led by an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, course participants will get all the information they need to get started shooting the night sky with a DSLR camera on tripod. This includes details of the type of kit required, how to plan the shoot with freely available software and apps, instructions on the methods for shooting, processing methods for the images to get the most out of them and finally going beyond the DSLR alone to combine with a telescope to capture more specific targets like the Moon, Sun and deep sky objects.
May
Is The Sun Dying
Dalgety Bay Astronomy Club
The Kabin, Dalgety Bay
Tue May 28, 2019
Time: 7:45pm
Price: Free
Visiting speaker Lyn Smith (BAA Director of Solar Section)
June
Guest Speaker
Northamptonshire Natural History Society
The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton. NN1 1LD
Mon Jun 10, 2019
Time: 7 30 pm
Price: Free
Historic Novae. From ancient records to modern day, this talk looks at Novae through the centuries, what the early astronomers thought Novae actually were, and finally a more detailed look at some landmark discoveries of the 19th/20th centuries. Guests and visitors welcome.
June
Mythology of the Stars
West Didsbury Astronomical Society
Cavendish Community Primary School, Grove Suite (facing the car park), Cavendish Road, Manchester M20 1JG
Mon Jun 10, 2019
Time: 1900
Price: Members free, visitors welcome
Chris Suddick from the Altrincham and District Astronomical Society will talk to us about the mythology behind the constellations of the stars.
June
Earth Satellites and Space Debris (and my small part in its downfall)
Plymouth Astronomical Society
206/207, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University
Fri Jun 14, 2019
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Price: Free to Members, £2 to non-members
Talk by Chris Cooke.
June
Ten Ways the Universe Tries to Kill You A talk by Stephen Tonkin FRAS
Hampshire Astronomical Group
Clanfield Memorial Hall, South Lane Clanfield Hants PO8 0RB
Fri Jun 14, 2019
Time: 19.30 for 19.45
Price: £3 for non members, on the door
From gamma-ray bursts to asteroid impacts, an overview of cataclysmic events. This light-hearted but scientifically robust approach incorporates a lot of fundamental cosmological processes, from stellar evolution to galactic interaction. It is appropriate for both beginning and intermediate amateur astronomers.
June
50th anniversary celebration of the Apollo Moon landings
Wells & Mendip Astronomers
Wells & Mendip Museum, 8 Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE (side arch entrance)
Sat Jun 22, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 16:00 Exhibition and activities, 19:30 Talk by Nick Howes
Price: Daytime Exhibition and activities - Free, Evening Talk - small charge for non-members
50th Anniversary celebration of the Apollo Moon landings. 10:00 - 16:00: Free exhibition and children's activities around the themes of the Apollo missions and the Moon, with a free showing at 14:00 of The Last Man on the Moon in the Museum's lecture theatre. At 19:30 a talk about the Apollo missions by Nick Howes, Apollo fan, collector, amateur astronomer and space advocate - small charge for non-members
June
Telescopic Topics
Northamptonshire Natural History Society
10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton, NN1 1LD
Mon Jun 24, 2019
Time: 7 30 pm
Price: free
An evening of member talks and contributions on astronomy themes. If you have made an observation, seen something interesting or have images you would like to share, please inform the secretary to allocate a spot. Guests and visitors are welcome.
June
2019 Society for the History of Astronomy Summer Picnic
The Society for the History of Astronomy
The Norman Lockyer Observatory Salcomb Hill, Sidmouth, Devon
Sat Jun 29, 2019
Time: From 11:00am
Price: £8 for both SHA members & Non- SHA Members
A special summer visit to the historical site and observatories of British Solar Physics, and the work and discoveries of Sir Norman Lockyer. We would ask that all visitors for this event provide their own picnic lunch.
June
2019 Society for the History of Astronomy Summer Picnic
The Society for the History of Astronomy
The Norman Lockyer Observatory Salcomb Hill, Sidmouth, Devon
Sat Jun 29, 2019
Time: From 11:00am
Price: £8 for both SHA members & Non- SHA Members
A special summer visit to the historical site and observatories of British Solar Physics, and the work and discoveries of Sir Norman Lockyer. We would ask that all visitors for this event provide their own picnic lunch.
June
Makefest Liverpool
Liverpool Astronomical Society
Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool
Sat Jun 29, 2019
Time: From 9:30 all day
Price: Free event
Makefest Festival at the Liverpool Central Library. Entrance free. Plenty of events and it’s jam packed with things to do. The Liverpool AS will have solar telescopes on the library roof (weather permitting) plus our desk and displays will have an Apollo theme celebrating the Apollo project and the 50th anniversary of humans landing on the Moon. Come and talk to amateur astronomers and Apollo experts and meet our very own astronaut!! Note this is a central library event, please check the Liverpool 2019 Makefest website for more details.
July
AGM followed by a talk on Massive Black Holes
West Didsbury Astronomical Society
Cavendish Community Primary School, Grove Suite (facing the car park), Cavendish Road, Manchester M20 1JG
Mon Jul 8, 2019
Time: 1900
Price: Members free, visitors welcome
Following a very brief AGM, Mark Hughes from the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, will give a talk on Massive Black Holes.
July
I Can See For Miles
Plymouth Astronomical Society
206/207, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University
Fri Jul 12, 2019
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Price: Free to Members, £2 to non-members
Short talk followed by Lawrence Harris summer quiz.
July
Asteroids - A Waste of Space? A talk by Professor Malcolm Coe
Hampshire Astronomical Group
Clanfield Memorial Hall, South Lane Clanfield Hants PO8 0RB
Fri Jul 12, 2019
Time: 19.30 for 19.45
Price: £3 for non members, on the door
Asteroids are becoming increasingly of great interest to us. Over many years we have become aware of the great potential threat they represent to the Earth, with the scars of their impacts littering our planet. But now we are beginning also to look at them in a more positive light as we start to think about asteroids as a future resource for both our planet and space travel. This talk will focus on the latter aspect, starting off with a review of the nature of these objects. Where do we find them, what are they made of and then, what do we want to get from them? It will finish with a few thoughts on the looming legal battles as to who exactly has the right to mine these objects - all of us, or just those who get there first?  The Lecturer: Malcolm Coe is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Southampton. His research normally focuses on the life cycles of stars in different types of galaxies, a topic on which he has published over 200 papers. But in 2017 he was honoured by having an asteroid the size of the Isle of Wight named after himself - 9015 Coe. This had led to a new international collaboration with astronomers in the USA to start thinking seriously about the approaches one could use to identify commercially interesting asteroids. For more information on Malcolm Coe visit his website: www.soton.ac.uk/~mjcoe
July
Celebrating 50 years of Apollo 11 and the first Lunar landing
Liverpool Astronomical Society
Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool
Sat Jul 20, 2019
Time: From 10am, all day
Price: Free event
Celebrating 50 years of the first Lunar Landing, Apollo 11 July 20th 2019 Celebrating the anniversary of man’s greatest ever adventure, Apollo 11 and the first humans to walk on the Moon, Liverpool Astronomical Society in conjunction with the Liverpool Central Library are holding a special event at the Liverpool Central Library on Saturday 20th July, 2019. This is an all day free event. There will be talks by experts about the Apollo programme from the 1960’s and 70’s, Apollo displays and Apollo memorabilia. Plus plenty of experts to talk too. There will also be Solar telescopes on the library roof to observe solar flares, sunspots and the Sun in HA (weather permitting). Plus meet our very own astronaut! Location: Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool Date: Saturday 20th July, 2019 Events is free and on all day Check www.liverpoolas.org for more information
July
50 years since the first Moon Landing
Somerset Levels Stargazers
Othery Village Hall Fore Street Othery TA7 0QU
Sat Jul 20, 2019
Time: 10am-5pm
Price: free community event
Follow the Apollo 11 mission from start to finish a combination of exciting demonstrations, videos, models, and talks all leading to that moment when the Eagle landed at Tranquility base.
October
Exmoor Dark Skies Festival
Exmoor National Park
Exmoor - event all over the National Park
Mon Oct 14, 2019 - Sun Nov 3, 2019
Time: day and evening events
Price: various - see website
A series of events all over the area to celebrate our designation as International Dark Sky Reserve with some of the darkest skies in the country. Planetarium sessions, stargazing events and astrophotography workshops, guided night walks, etc. etc.

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