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.

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 2016/2017 program is as follows:

Date Topic
2nd September 2016 What we don’t know about the Universe - Dr Chris Pearson (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)
7th October 2016 What makes the world tick? - Dr Stephen Haywood, (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)
4th November 2016 The Geology of Mercury - Jack Wright (Open University)
2nd December 2016 Spectroscopy: Cracking Starlight's Hidden Code - Hugh Allen
17th December 2016 Christmas Dinner: Charles Messier: Comets, Nebulae, and Astronomy in 18th-Century France - Dr Allan Chapman (University of Oxford)
6th January 2017 Origins of Reiner Gamma Lunar Swirls - Dr Ruth Bamford (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)
3rd Feburary 2017 The Zooniverse - From Planets to Penguins - Dr Grant Miller (Oxford University)
3rd March 2017 Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - Members' evening
31st March 2017 Kew Observatory and the Birth of Solar-Terrestrial Physics - Dr Lee Macdonald (Newbury AS) [Note this meeting is at the end of March!]
7th - 9th April 2017 BAA Winchester Weekend
5th May 2017 Rise of a Giant: The European Extremely Large Telescope - Dr Aprajita Verma (Oxford University)
2nd June 2017 Space Traffic Control - Dr Stuart Eves (Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd) & 36th AGM
1st July 2017 Society Summer Outing

The meetings are held at the West Berkshire Mencap Centre in Newbury, off Enbourne Road. 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 (if you're using Outlook 2003, you may have better luck with this version).