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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
October
Bach, the Universe and Everything
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Kings Place
Sun Oct 22, 2017 - Sun Mar 18, 2018
Time: Sundays at 11:30am
Price: £9.50-£16.50
‘Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.’ – Douglas Adams Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds. Bach wrote more than 200 cantatas, a sublime collection exploring everything from faith and hope to time and eternity. Enjoy a different cantata every month, put into context by an inspiring speaker exploring the physics and natural philosophy of Bach’s subject matter. With a little bit of communal singing and conversation afterwards, our very own Sunday service is a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science. Feel invigorated, energised and inspired for the week ahead – there is no better way to start a Sunday morning. SAVE 15% when you book 3+ Bach, the Universe and Everything concerts SAVE 25% when you book all 6 concerts Discounts automatically applied when 3+ or 6+ events have been added to your online basket. This offer is limited and subject to event availability. Saver Seats are excluded from the discount. In partnership with The Institute of Physic
January
MAKE YOUR OWN TELESCOPE MIRRORS
AMATEUR TELESCOPE MAKERS OF LONDON
Holly Lodge Community Centre, N6 6HL
Wed Jan 10, 2018 - Wed Mar 21, 2018
Time: 20:00 - 21:30 fortnightly on Wednesdays
Price: £36 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. we ares nationally unique and continues in our fiftieth year at Holly Lodge Community Centre. Affiliated to Hampstead Scientific Society, whose historic public observatory at the top of Hampstead is nearby, 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 you can join at any time. WE ARE ON FACEBOOK.
February
Society Talk - Dr Christian Trenkel - Gravitational Waves (Airbus UK)
South West Herts Astronomical Society
Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth. WD3 4HF
Fri Feb 23, 2018
Time: 2000hrs
Price: Contact SWHAS
Dr Christian Trenkel (Airbus Defence & Space UK), will give a talk on ESA's LISA mission to detect gravitational waves - ripples in space and time - and the recently completed LISA Pathfinder mission that has proven the technology.
February
Public Open Evening
Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Societys
Sherwood Observtory Coxmoor Road Sutton in Ashfield Notts NG 17 5LF
Sat Feb 24, 2018
Time: 1845hrs
Price: Adults (over 16) £5 under 16's £1 (under 16's must be accompanied by an adult)
Gaze into our glorious galaxy and beyond with members of the Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society. Our main computer guided 61cm Newtonian Reflector telescope will be scanning the heavens backed up by a number of smaller portable telescopes and binoculars on the external pad. Bring your own binoculars if you wish. Our radio astronomy equipment will be switched on, tracking incoming meteors, and “listening to the sounds of space.” Society members will be on hand to guide you around the wonders of the night sky, pointing out the various stars, constellations, and other celestial treasures. There will be a rolling programme of talks on an astronomy based subject throughout the evening, and children will have fun with our space shuttle game and a “crater creator.” You could also win a prize in our “astrodraw.” Come and look at the exciting plans we are developing to build the first 100 seater planetarium in the area, which we hope to have operational by 2020. At the end of the night, you will be issued with a free sky map and/or an astronomy factsheet to take way. Refreshments and merchandise will be on sale. Free onsite parking. Booking is not required. Disabled access to all areas (but please be aware that the main telescope is situated at the top of a spiral staircase). It’s important to wrap up warm as the majority of time will be spent outside, and astronomy can be a very cold science. In case of poor weather and viewing, the telescopes may be restricted to terrestrial objects, and members will demonstrate their use. All other activities will run as normal.
February
Astronomyy Section AGM
Northamptonshire Natural History Society
16 Castilian Terrace, Northampton NN1 1LD
Mon Feb 26, 2018
Time: 7 30 pm
Price: Free
Northamptonshire Natural History Society Astronomy section AGM. Your chance to elect officers and influence the future of the section.
March
The Cassini Mission To Saturn
Nene Valley Astronomical Society
Sudborough Village Hall, Main Street, Sudborough, Northants NN14 3BX
Thu Mar 1, 2018
Time: 8.00pm
Price: £2
A multi-media presentation looking back at the success of the Cassini Mission to Saturn.
March
The WHS Annual Lecture: The Great Quasar Debate 1963 - 1984
William Herschel Society
BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Fri Mar 2, 2018
Time: 7.30 pm
Price: Members & students £2, others £4
Professor Mike G Edmunds will show how radical scientific developments are established as new observational evidence accumulates. The Cambridge University radio astronomy group published their third major catalogue of radio sources in 1959. By 1963 attempts at identifying visible objects associated with the radio sources showed up two objects – 3C 273 and 3C 48 - which looked star-like, but whose properties were very hard to understand. Were these very distant and extraordinarily luminous objects? Or were they comparatively nearby, but moving at relativistic velocities? Either choice led to major problems.
March
Bristol Telescope Surgery
The Bristol Astronomical Society
BPS, Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Bristol, Montpelier, BS6 5EE
Fri Mar 9, 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Price: £3, free for members and first-time visitors
Get friendly, impartial advice on buying, using, and getting the most from your telescope and binoculars at our regular hands-on event. Everyone welcome. Please book if bringing your own equipment due to space restrictions. We will have a good range of all types of amateur telescopes and equipment on display.
March
Spectroscopy
Breckland Astronomical Society
Great Ellingham Recreation Centre, Watton Road, Great Ellingham, Attleborough, Norfolk
Fri Mar 9, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm start
Price: £2 (£1 children) subject to minor changes
Member Chris Bailey is a prolific instrument builder and operator and has recorded some interesting spectra of astronomical origin.
March
"A Universe of Dwarf Galaxies" a talk by Dr Samantha Penny
Hampshire Astronomical Group
Clanfield Memorial Hall, South Lane Clanfield Hants PO8 0RB
Fri Mar 9, 2018
Time: 7.45pm start
Price: £3 for non members
Dwarf galaxies are the most common galaxies in the Universe, yet they are frequently overlooked due to their small size and low luminosity. Despite their diminutive nature, they are an extremely varied and fascinating galaxy population, spanning a wide range of sizes and structures. They greatly outnumber galaxies like our Milky Way, and are thought to be the initial building blocks of the Universe. In this talk, Dr Penny will present some of the latest cutting-edge research being done to better understand these galaxies, from surprisingly difficult dwarf galaxy searches in our own Galactic neighbourhood, to the discovery of the densest galaxy found to date. Dr Penny is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth. 
March
Kristian Birkeland: The Man who Tamed the Aurora
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Mar 9, 2018
Time: 7.30 - 9.30pm
Price: Visitors £2, free for members
Last month the 150th anniversary of the birth of Kristian Birkeland was celebrated in Norway. So well-known in his home land of Norway that his portrait appeared on the 200 NKr bank note until recently and he also features on the tail of a Norwegian Airlines plane, he is generally not well known in Britain. His life is both funny and ultimately very sad. His greatest work was to identify the origin of the aurora, the Northern Lights and to show they were electrically driven by the Sun. Unfortunately, he did the work about 60 years before the space age was eventually to prove him right. Indeed, he also narrowly missed also discovering the electron and, if that were not enough, he more or less founded what is now the largest company in Norway by chance as well as inventing an electromagnetic gun whose principle was used by the US military 70 years after his death.
March
BAA Back to Basics Workshop
BAA / Bristol Astronomical Society
Bristol Photographic Society Unit 13 Montpelier Central, Bristol BS6 5EE
Sat Mar 10, 2018
Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Price: £10 BAA members/Under 16's, £13 non-members
Are you new to Astronomy? Then the BAA “Back to Basics” Workshop is for YOU! The British Astronomical Association has designed a programme of talks and practical sessions to help you learn basic techniques and develop your interest to its full potential. Experienced people will be on hand to answer your questions. The programme will cover: What Equipment you need to get started, Lunar Observing, Observing Planets, Radio Astronomy and Deep Sky Observing The cost for the meeting is £10.00 BAA Members & children under 16. £13.00 for non-members. Price includes refreshments and a buffet lunch. SPACE IS LIMITED SO ALL ATTENDEES MUST PRE-BOOK
March
Lecture on "The James Webb Telescope."
West Didsbury Astronomical Society
William Hulme's Grammar School, Springfield Road, Manchester M16 8PR
Mon Mar 12, 2018
Time: 1900
Price: Members free, visitors welcome
Gemma Reed from the Science and Technology Facilities Council, University of Manchester, will talk about the new James Webb Telescope and also do some demonstrations with an infra-red camera.
March
Speaker
Northamptonshire Natural History Society
16 Castilian Terrace, Northampton NN1 1LD
Mon Mar 12, 2018
Time: 7 30 pm
Price: Free
Jens Buus. When the time of successive eclipse of Jupiter's moon Io are recorded, it turns out that there are systematic and periodic deviations from the expected values. It was found (by Romer) that this can be explained by assuming that the velocity of light is finite and that its value can be derived from the observations. This talk explains in some detail how this is done, and how various complications can affect the result.
March
The Gaia Mission: unravelling the composition, formation and evolution of our galaxy
The Astronomical Society of Glasgow
Room 6.41, Royal College Building, Strathclyde University
Thu Mar 15, 2018
Time: Lecture Begins 7:30pm
Price: Free
Lecture by Dr. Nick Rowel, Researcher and developer with the Wide Field Astronomy Unit at the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh
March
Spectroscopy
The Bristol Astronomical Society
Bristol Photographic Society, Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Bristol, Montpelier, BS6 5EE
Fri Mar 16, 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Price: £3, free for members and first-time visitors
Spectroscopy. David will give a talk the methods, equipment, and analysis involved in making spectral observations of stars, nebulae and galaxies.
March
Exploring Space from the Somerset Levels
Somerset Levels Stargazers
Othery Village Hall Fore Street Othery TA7 0QU
Fri Mar 16, 2018 - Sat Mar 17, 2018
Time: Fri 16th 3pm-11pm/ saturday 17th 11am-11pm
Price: free community event
A two day astronomy event including on the Friday at 3 pm after schools space activity's followed at 7.15 pm by the film Interstellar 12A. On the Saturday from 11 am a day of talks,demonstrations,films,displays and children's space detective workshops with Jo Richardson fras followed at 7.15 pm with a talk by Bob Mizon mbe fras (uk coordinator of the Commission for dark skies) called Time and The Stars. N.B.Children must be accompanied by an adult.
March
Stargazing at the Park
South West Herts Astronomical Society
Cassiobury Hub, Cassiobury Park, Watford. Herts
Sat Mar 17, 2018
Time: 19.30-21.30
Price: Free
South West Herts Astronomical Society. Stargazing in the Park. Cassiobury Hub, Cassiobury Park. Watford. 19.30-21.30hrs. Free family/public observing event in celebration of the society's 50th anniversary. UK Space Agency suit. Astro imagery exhibition, NASA Luna rock (not on all dates), activities and refreshments.
March
Stargazing at the Park
South West Herts Astronomical Society
Cassiobury Hub, Cassiobury Park, Watford. Herts
Sun Mar 18, 2018
Time: 19.30-21.30
Price: Free
South West Herts Astronomical Society. Stargazing in the Park. Cassiobury Hub, Cassiobury Park. Watford. 19.30-21.30hrs. Free family/public observing event in celebration of the society's 50th anniversary. UK Space Agency suit. Astro imagery exhibition, NASA Luna rock (not on all dates), activities and refreshments.
March
XIPE – the history and future of x-ray astronomy
Nene Valley Astronomical Society
Chelveston Village Hall, Caldecott Road, Chelveston, Northants NN9 5AT
Mon Mar 19, 2018
Time: 8.00pm
Price: £3
Professor Norton’s talk will present a survey of the techniques and history of x-ray astronomy culminating in a look ahead to a planned x-ray astronomy mission for the next decade.
March
Cosmology
The Bristol Astronomical Society
Bristol Photographic Society, Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Bristol, Montpelier, BS6 5EE
Fri Mar 23, 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Price: £3, free for members and first-time visitors
Erik's specialist subject is cosmology. All welcome to come and find out what we know and don't know about the wider universe.
March
Stargazing at the Park
South West Herts Astronomical Society
Cassiobury Hub, Cassiobury Park, Watford. Herts
Sat Mar 24, 2018
Time: 19.30-21.30
Price: Free
South West Herts Astronomical Society. Stargazing in the Park. Cassiobury Hub, Cassiobury Park. Watford. 19.30-21.30hrs. Free family/public observing event in celebration of the society's 50th anniversary. UK Space Agency suit. Astro imagery exhibition, NASA Luna rock (not on all dates), activities and refreshments.
March
Guest Speaker Dr Michael Foulkes
Northamptonshire Natural History Society
16 Castilian Terrace, Northampton NN1 1LD
Mon Mar 26, 2018
Time: 7 30 pm
Price: Free
Herschel's Planet Tonight we explore the planet Uranus under the expert guidance of Michael Foulkes, Director of the BAA's Saturn, Uranus and Neptune section. From discovery to the present day. Guests and visitors are welcome.
April
Caroline Herschel and the Nearly All Male World of Eighteenth Century Science
William Herschel Society
BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN
Thu Apr 5, 2018
Time: 7.30 pm
Price: Members & students £2, others £4
An evening talk by Dr Emily Winterburn, academic, author and former Curator of Astronomy at Royal Observatory Greenwich. Based on her book, she will consider Caroline Herschel and her various tactics for encouraging support for her work. Between 1788 and 1797 Caroline discovered comets, became the first woman to be published in the journal of the Royal Society and assisted her brother in his research. Women had tried to get their work heard before, indeed all over Europe there were women quietly working in science, more often than not silently, and unacknowledged for their male relatives, Caroline however was the first to get her voice truly heard. In this talk I will focus on the beginning of her story, her very first, tentative steps into the world of scientific publication. Would she judge it well? Or fall to ridicule or condensation as so many of her predecessors had done?
April
Lecture on "One Small Step - The Story of Mankind's Greatest Adventure."
West Didsbury Astronomical Society
William Hulme's Grammar School, Springfield Road, Manchester M16 8PR
Mon Apr 9, 2018
Time: 1900
Price: Members free, visitors welcome
Andrew Green, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Director/Senior Lecturer of Stardome Astronomy and Astronautics, will talk about "One Small Step - the Story of Mankind's Greatest Adventure"
April
MAKE YOUR OWN TELESCOPE MIRRORS
AMATEUR TELESCOPE MAKERS OF LONDON
Holly Lodge Community Centre, N6 6HL
Wed Apr 11, 2018 - Wed Jun 20, 2018
Time: 20:00 - 21:30 fortnightly on Wednesdays
Price: £36 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. we ares nationally unique and continues in our fiftieth year at Holly Lodge Community Centre. Affiliated to Hampstead Scientific Society, whose historic public observatory at the top of Hampstead is nearby, 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 you can join at any time. WE ARE ON FACEBOOK.
April
The Quest for Dark Matter by Dr. Luke Kreczko
The Bristol Astronomical Society
Bristol Photographic Society, Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Bristol, Montpelier, BS6 5EE
Fri Apr 13, 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Price: £3, free for members and first-time visitors
Dr. Kreczko will talk about his work at the LHC CMS experiment and the wider quest for Dark Matter. All welcome.
April
The Formation of Stars and their Planetary Systems, by Dr Claire Davies (Astrophysics Group, University of Exeter)
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri Apr 13, 2018
Time: 7.30 - 9.30pm
Price: Visitors £2, free for members
April
History of Astronomy
Breckland Astronomical Society
Great Ellingham Recreation Centre, Watton Rd, Great Ellingham, Attleborough, Norfolk.
Fri Apr 13, 2018
Time: 19:30
Price: £2 (£1 children)
Graham Bryant FRAS will talk about the history of astronomy.
April
Adventures in the outer Solar System: A talk by Dr Caitriona Jackman
Hampshire Astronomical Group
Clanfield Memorial Hall, South Lane Clanfield Hants PO8 0RB
Fri Apr 13, 2018
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £3 for non members, on the door
Dr Jackman will take you on a tour of the outer solar system, highlighting the key discoveries that have been made and the biggest questions for future exploration. Results from missions such as Galileo at Jupiter and Cassini at Saturn will highlight the diversity of planetary dynamics as well as the zoo of moons, some of which indicate that they may have the conditions to harbour life. The final portion of the talk will focus on current and future plans for solar system exploration. One short-term highlight is the NASA mission Juno which has been in orbit around Jupiter since summer 2016
April
Skylark: Britain’s First Space Rocket - and its pioneering astronomical observations by Robin Brand
The Bristol Astronomical Society
Bristol Photographic Society, Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Bristol, Montpelier, BS6 5EE
Fri Apr 20, 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Price: £3, free for members and first-time visitors
Robin Brand will talk about Skylark: Britain's first space rocket, and the pioneering astronomical observations it made.
May
Binocular Astronomy, by Stephen Tonkin
Plymouth Astronomical Society
Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA
Fri May 11, 2018
Time: 7.30 - 9.30pm
Price: Visitors £2, free for members
May
Asteroid Exploration and Exploitation : from nanoprobes to asteroid engineering
The Astronomical Society of Glasgow
Room 6.41, Royal College Building, Strathclyde University
Thu May 17, 2018
Time: Lecture Begins 7:30pm
Price: Free
Lecture by Prof. Max Vasile, Professor of Space Systems Engineering, Department of Mechanical Aerospace Engineering, Strathclyde University. This lecture will be followed by the Society Annual General Meeting
May
HowTheLightGetsIn 2018
HowTheLightGetsIn
Newport St, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5BG
Fri May 25, 2018 - Sun Jun 3, 2018
Time: 19:00
Price: Prices vary
HowTheLightGetsIn is returning with more ideas, magic, music and wonder than ever before. Discover ground-breaking ideas, find the bands you've never heard of, contribute yourself and your thoughts, and help create a place where everyone's imagination can flourish. Presale tickets for 2018 have now sold out but Earlybird Tickets will be available from Autumn 2017, along with our launch programme. Sign up for the latest news and tickets alerts: https:hay.htlgi.iai.tv
June
Practical Stellar Spectroscopy
Breckland Astronomical Society
Great Ellingham Recreation Centre, Watton Road, Great Ellingham, Attleborough, Norfolk
Fri Jun 8, 2018
Time: 19:30
Price: £2 (£1 children)
Jack Martin comes to talk about his new home spectrometer observatory and the spectroscopy of stars.
June
Practical Stellar Spectroscopy
Breckland Astronomical Society
Great Ellingham Recreation Centre, Watton Road, Great Ellingham, Attleborough, Norfolk
Fri Jun 8, 2018
Time: 19:30
Price: £2 (£1 children)
Jack Martin comes to talk about his spectrometer and observatory and the subject of spectroscopy of the stars.
June
Objects of the Solar System (by Jerry Workman)
Breckland Astronomical Society
Great Ellingham Recreation Centre, Watton Rd, Great Ellingham, Attleborough, Norfolk.
Mon Jun 11, 2018
Time: 19:30
Price: £2 (£1 children)
Jerry Workman, our annual visitor comes to talk to us about asteroids, comets, that have been visited in our solar system. Jerry is particularly keen on geology.
July
Citizen Science; The HOYS-CAPS project
Breckland Astronomical Society
Great Ellingham Recreation Centre, Watton Road Great Ellingham, Attleborough, Norfolk
Fri Jul 13, 2018
Time: 19:30
Price: £2 (£1 children)
Dr Dirk Froebrich of the university of Kent has been running a citizen science where amateurs with telescopes can submit measurements of variable stars in clusters. He is doing a tour of the country to promote this.

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