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January
Simon Harding: "The Aurora Borealis"
Torbay Astronomical Society
Room BE1, Business and Enterprise Suite, Torquay Boys' Grammar School, Shiphay Manor Drive, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 7EL
Thu Jan 24, 2019
Time: 19:30
Price: Free to members. Non-members: £3 for adults and £1 for under 18s
Lecture by Simon Harding. We will also look at what can be seen in the night sky in the month ahead.
January
The Story of the Solar System
Exeter Phoenix theatre
Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS
Sun Jan 27, 2019
Time: 19:30pm
Price: £12 (£10)
Following a sell-out Bristol performance, the smash-hit live show The Story of the Solar System lands in Exeter in January. Astronomer Will Gater explores how the planets came to be and how they were transformed from points of light to familiar worlds – worlds we’ve now examined up-close with robotic rovers and orbiting spacecraft.
February
Beacons in the Night: Mapping the Universe with Variable Stars
William Herschel Society and BRLSI
BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Fri Feb 1, 2019
Time: 7.30 pm
Price: £2 members and students, £5 visitors
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. Dr Victoria Scowcroft who is a Lecturer in Astrophysics at the University of Bath will discuss the vast contributions that variable stars have made to astronomy and cosmology. She will describe how variable stars are used to create three-dimensional maps of nearby galaxies, revealing new details about their structure and evolution. She will discuss the advances in cosmology brought about through variable star studies, such as Hubble's discovery of the expanding Universe, the discovery that this expansion is accelerating, and what this tells us about the ultimate fate of our Universe.
February
Identifying Meteorite Impact Sites
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411 Babbage Building, University of Plymouth
Fri Feb 8, 2019
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Price: £2 to non members
Talk by Mike Shearer
February
Bob Marriott: "William Dawes and William Rutter Dawes"
Torbay Astronomical Society
Room BE1, Business and Enterprise Suite, Torquay Boys' Grammar School, Shiphay Manor Drive, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 7EL
Thu Feb 21, 2019
Time: 19:30
Price: Free to members. Non-members: £3 for adults and £1 for under 18s
A lecture by Bob Marriott, former Curator of Instruments at the British Astronomical Association. We will also look at what can be seen in the night sky in the month ahead.
March
Leicester's Space Rockets
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411 Babbage Building, University of Plymouth
Fri Mar 8, 2019
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Price: Free to Members, £2 to non-members
A talk by Roger Cooper.
April
The Beginnings of the Space Age
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411 Babbage Building, University of Plymouth
Fri Apr 12, 2019
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Price: Free to Members, £2 to non-members
A talk by Professor David Southwood
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
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
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.
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 summer quiz
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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