Main Meetings

Each month, the society has a guest speaker, who will talk about their specialised subject, followed by a "what's up" describing the sky that month and sometimes an additional 5-minute talk from a society member on something they have been doing recently. Free refreshments are available during the interval. During the year we will also be arranging observing evenings at appropriate times and places.

Note: if you have something that you would like to talk about in the 5-minute slot, please contact a committee member.

Meeting Details:

The meetings are held on the first Friday of each month from September to June and start at 7.30pm. Our 2021/2022 program is as follows (2022 to come later):

Date Topic
3rd September 2021 via Zoom Wonders of the Sky - Nik Syzmanek (Astrophotographer and Author)
1st October 2021 via Zoom Capabilities of the National Satellite Test Facility - Dr Sarah Nash (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)
5th November 2021 via Zoom and in-person The Great Debate - Dr Nick Hewitt (BAA)
3rd December 2021 via Zoom and in-person Our Future on Mars - Lucinda Offer (Royal Astronomical Society)
11th December 2021 Christmas Dinner
7th January 2022 via Zoom and in-person Space Traffic Control - Dr Stuart Eves
4th February 2022 via Zoom and in-person A History of Women in Astronomy - Mary McIntyre
4th March 2022 via Zoom ONLY Exoplanet Biosignatures: Past, Present and Future - Estelle Janin (UCL)
1st April 2022 via Zoom and in-person Sixty Years in Space - Richard Fleet
8th - 10th April 2022 BAA Winchester Weekend
6th May 2022 via Zoom and in-person Supernovae: From Rock Carvings to Mega Telescopes - Dr Philip Wiseman (Research Fellow at the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southampton)
10th June 2022 via Zoom and in-person Advances In Space Weather Forecasting at the University of Reading - Prof Chris Scott (University of Reading) & 41st AGM

The meetings are held at The Fair Close Centre, Newtown Road, Newbury: RG14 7BH. There is a car park at the rear of the hall, the church at the roundabout, and spare car parking spaces at the garage on Newtown Road. Click here for an interactive map.

We also offer an ICS Calendar file of all the meetings (main & beginners) of the session to add to your phone or email client — click here to download.