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 2018/2019 program is as follows:

Date Topic
7th September 2018 Zooniverse and the Rise of the Machines - Dr Grant Miller (University of Oxford)
5th October 2018 Beyond the Moon and Mars - Roger Dymock (BAA)
2nd November 2018 Great Comets and Great Disappointments - Nick James (BAA)
7th December 2018 Juno at Jupiter: the Mission and First Results - Dr Jonathan Nichols (University of Leicester)
15th December 2018 Christmas Dinner: Edwin Hubble and the Stars of Hollywood - Dr Allan Chapman (University of Oxford)
4th January 2019 60 Years in Space - Members' Evening
1st February 2019 Women in Astronomy - Dr Helen Klus (Royal Astronomical Society)
1st March 2019 The Violently Variable High Energy Universe - Prof Ian McHardy (University of Southampton)
29th March 2019 Space Weather: Defending the Earth from the Ravages of the Sun - Dr Colin Forsyth (University College London) [Note this meeting is at the end of March!]
5th - 7th April 2019 BAA Winchester Weekend
3rd May 2019 When Galaxies Collide! - Dr Megan Argo (University of Central Lancashire)
7th June 2019 The Colour of Science: Hyperspectral Imaging for Astronomy - Dr Hugh Mortimer (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) & 38th AGM
29th June 2019 Society Summer Outing

The meetings are held at the West Berkshire Mencap Centre in Newbury, off Enbourne Road: RG14 6AT. Parking is available at the hall itself: Click here for an interactive map.

The people in charge of the hall have asked us NOT to park in the streets near the hall, but to use the official car park only. If the residents feel we are intruding we could be asked to stop using the hall for our meetings. There is a possibility of overflow parking in the field to the west of the car park.

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.