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November 2017

1 Stornoway Astronomical Society: Angus Morrison BSc.  The Life and Death of a Star  @ 7.00 pm, Tarbert Library, Tarbert, Isle of Harris  

6 Orwell Astronomical Society:   Newbourne Observing Group  @ 19:00, Newbourne Village Hall, Newbourne  

7 Stornoway Astronomical Society:   Annual General Meeting  @ 7.30 pm, Newton Centre, Seaforth Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1  

7 Stornoway Astronomical Society: Donny Mackay BA, BSc, FBRS  Mars Exploration and the Search for Life  @ 8.00 pm, Newton Centre, Seaforth Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1  

7 Northants Amateur Astronomers: Several  What's Up & Observing  @ 7.45pm, Newton Field Centre, Newton Nr. Kettering. Northamptonshire. NN14 1BW  

7 Wiltshire Astronomical Society: Sally Russell  An Introduction to Astronomical Sketching.  @ 20:00, The Pavilion, Rusty Lane, Seend, Wiltshire SN12 6NS  

9 Swansea Astronomical Society: Dr Chris North, Sky at Night astronomer from Cardiff University  Telescopes through the Ages  @ 7pm, Swansea University, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 8PR  

10 Plymouth Astronomical Society:   Equipment Display and Discussion. If you are considering buying something for Christmas then this is the meeting for you!  @ 7.30-9.30pm, Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA  

10 Milton Keynes Astronomical Society:   Astromeet  @ 8.00 pm, Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6BJ  

10 Croydon Astronomical Society: John D Timmins  Optical quality and a comparison of optical systems  @ 19:45, Royal Russell School, Croydon CR9 5BX  

13 Hull & East Riding Astronomical Society: Dr David Benoit (University of Hull)  Dust, Ice and Soot: Surface Chemistry in Space  @ 7.30 pm, The Hull and East Riding Sports Club, Chanterlands Avenue North, Hull HU5 4ED  

13 Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS): Telescopic Topics  Member contribution evening.  @ 7.30 pm, The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton NN1 1LD  

15 Worthing Astronomical Society: Dr Christian Byrnes of Sussex University  Quantum Mechanics in the Sky: How the Small and Large Scales are Related  @ 19:30, Highdown Room at Emmanuel United Reformed Church Hall, St Michaels Road, Worthing, West Sussex. BN11 4SD.  

17 Orwell Astronomical Society: Steve Hubbard & Malcolm Brown  Talk with ET? We think not  @ 20:00, Museum Street Methodist Halls, Ipswich  

17 Beckington Astronomical Society: Dick Cardy  Heavens Above  @ 19:30, Beckington Baptist Hall BA11 6TD  

20 Orwell Astronomical Society:   Newbourne Observing Group  @ 19:00, Newbourne Village Hall, Newbourne  

21 Northants Amateur Astronomers: David Shaylar  TBA  @ 7.45pm, Newton Field Centre, Newton Nr. Kettering. Northamptonshire. NN14 1BW  

21 Macclesfield Astronomical Society: Dr. Colin Steele  A Day on each Planet  @ 20:00, Goostrey Village Hall: CW4 8PE   

23 William Herschel Society: Dr Marek Kukula  The Intimate Universe  @ 7.00 pm, University of Bath  

23 Swansea Astronomical Society: Prof Prem Kumar, Swansea University Physics department  TBA  @ 7pm, Swansea University, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 8PR  

24 Milton Keynes Astronomical Society:   AGM/Astromeet  @ 8.00 pm, Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6BJ  

24 Croydon Astronomical Society: Professor Steve Miller  Cassini/Huygens mission  @ 19:45, Royal Russell School, Croydon CR9 5BX  

27 Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS): Dr Grant Miller  Zooniverse  @ 7.30 pm, The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton NN1 1LD  

December 2017

4 Orwell Astronomical Society:   Newbourne Observing Group  @ 19:00, Newbourne Village Hall, Newbourne  

5 Stornoway Astronomical Society:   Annual Astro Quiz  @ 7.30 pm, Newton Centre, Seaforth Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1  

5 Northants Amateur Astronomers: Steve Loader  Space Trail across Arizona & New Mexico  @ 7.45pm, Newton Field Centre, Newton Nr. Kettering. Northamptonshire. NN14 1BW  

5 Wiltshire Astronomical Society: Dr Helen Walker  Mars Orbiters, Rovers & Landers.  @ 20:00, The Pavilion, Rusty Lane, Seend, Wiltshire SN12 6NS  

5 Preseli Astronomy Group: Mike  Annual Quiz  @ 19.00, Letterston Memorial Hall (www.letterstonmemorialhall.co.uk/) SA62 5RY  

6 Stornoway Astronomical Society:   Annual Astro Quiz  @ 7.00 pm, Tarbert Library, Tarbert, Isle of Harris  

8 Milton Keynes Astronomical Society:   Astromeet  @ 8.00 pm, Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6BJ  

8 Plymouth Astronomical Society: John Foster  My Love Affair with the Moon / Christmas Quiz / Raffle  @ 7.30-9.30pm, Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA  

11 Hull & East Riding Astronomical Society: Ray Taylor (HERAS member) radio call sign G6TNZ  Things That Go Flash In The Night: Fireballs, Melters and Cosmic Rays  @ 7.30 pm, The Hull and East Riding Sports Club, Chanterlands Avenue North, Hull HU5 4ED  

11 Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS):   Christmas Meeting  @ 7.30 pm, The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton NN1 1LD  

14 Swansea Astronomical Society: Dr Steve Wainwright FRAS of Swansea Astronomical Society  Bridge Camera Astronomy  @ 7pm, Swansea University, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 8PR  

18 Orwell Astronomical Society:   Newbourne Observing Group  @ 19:00, Newbourne Village Hall, Newbourne  

19 Macclesfield Astronomical Society: Dr. Mark Norris  The Large Star Clusters and Smallest Galaxies  @ 20:00, Goostrey Village Hall: CW4 8PE   

20 Worthing Astronomical Society: Jane Russell  Neolithic Rock Art in Britain and Ireland: Is there a meaning to the Art? Are they sacred or Secular Works of art, do they have connections with Astronomy, or are they simply random graffiti? Followed by a discussion  @ 19:30, Highdown Room at Emmanuel United Reformed Church Hall, St Michaels Road, Worthing, West Sussex. BN11 4SD.  

January 2018

2 Wiltshire Astronomical Society: TBA  Open Forum for beginners.  @ 20:00, The Pavilion, Rusty Lane, Seend, Wiltshire SN12 6NS  

8 Hull & East Riding Astronomical Society: Yjan Gordon Bsc (Hons) (University of Hull)  One Million Galaxies: How Large Scale Surveys are Revolutionising Extragalactic Astronomy  @ 7.30 pm, The Hull and East Riding Sports Club, Chanterlands Avenue North, Hull HU5 4ED  

8 Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS): Telescopic Topics  Members evening  @ 7 30 pm, The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton NN1 1LD  

11 Swansea Astronomical Society: Roger Davies (Swansea Astronomical Society)  Stonehenge  @ 7pm, Swansea University, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 8PR  

12 Plymouth Astronomical Society: Sheila Evans – Caroline Herschel, an Astronomical Trail Blazer  Dr Mike McCulloch – Wehner von Braun, Shooting for the Stars (well mostly)  @ 7.30 – 9.30pm, Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA  

17 Worthing Astronomical Society: none  WAS January Social evening – food, drink, quizzes etc.   @ 19:30, Highdown Room at Emmanuel United Reformed Church Hall, St Michaels Road, Worthing, West Sussex. BN11 4SD.  

19 Beckington Astronomical Society: Mark Woodward  Astrophysics and Compact Objects  @ 19:30, Beckington Baptist Hall BA11 6TD  

25 Swansea Astronomical Society: Howard Davies  Open Star Clusters  @ 7pm, Swansea University, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 8PR  

26 Swansea Astronomical Society:   Star Party  @ 6.30pm, National Waterfront Museum, SA1 3RD  

27 Swansea Astronomical Society: Andrew Lound  Guardians of the Rings – Saturn's Moons  @ 2pm, National Waterfront Museum, SA1 3RD  

29 Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS): Prof. Paul O'Brien Leicester University  Using nature to observe the Universe in X-rays  @ 7 30 pm, The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton NN1 1LD  

February 2018

6 Wiltshire Astronomical Society: Professor David Southwood  Cassini-Huygens, A Mission to Saturn & Titan.  @ 20:00, The Pavilion, Rusty Lane, Seend, Wiltshire SN12 6NS  

8 Swansea Astronomical Society: Professor Chris Alton (Swansea University)  TBA  @ 7pm, Swansea University, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 8PR  

9 Plymouth Astronomical Society: Society Members  Astrophotography  @ 7.30 – 9.30pm, Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA  

12 Hull & East Riding Astronomical Society: Rod Hine MA (Cantab) MIEE MBCS  Exploring Mars  @ 7.30 pm, The Hull and East Riding Sports Club, Chanterlands Avenue North, Hull HU5 4ED  

16 Beckington Astronomical Society: Chris Starr  Voyage to the Dawn of the Solar System  @ 19:30, Beckington Baptist Hall BA11 6TD  

21 Worthing Astronomical Society: William Joyce F.R.A.S.  The Big Bang and Inflation  @ 19:30, Highdown Room at Emmanuel United Reformed Church Hall, St Michaels Road, Worthing, West Sussex. BN11 4SD.  

22 Swansea Astronomical Society: Bob Owens (National Museum of Wales)  The Geology of Mars  @ 7pm, Swansea University, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 8PR  

24 Swansea Astronomical Society:   Star Party  @ 6.30pm – 9pm, National Botanic Garden of Wales, SA32 8HG  

March 2018

6 Wiltshire Astronomical Society: Andrew Lound  Guardians of the Rings.  @ 20:00, The Pavilion, Rusty Lane, Seend, Wiltshire SN12 6NS  

8 Swansea Astronomical Society: Dr Frazer Lewis (Faulkes Telescope)  What has Astronomy done for us?  @ 7pm, Swansea University, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 8PR  

9 Plymouth Astronomical Society: Prof David Southwood – Chair of the Steering Board for the UK Space Agency and recent President of the Royal Astronomical Society  Title TBA  @ 7.30 – 9.30pm, Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA  

12 Hull & East Riding Astronomical Society: Prof Ian Morrison (Emeritus Gresham Professor of Astronomy  The Story of Jodrell Bank  @ 7.30 pm, The Hull and East Riding Sports Club, Chanterlands Avenue North, Hull HU5 4ED  

16 Beckington Astronomical Society: Bob Mizon  Pole Stars of Other Planets  @ 19:30, Beckington Baptist Hall BA11 6TD  

21 Worthing Astronomical Society: John Mallett F.R.A.S.  Variable Stars  @ 19:30, Highdown Room at Emmanuel United Reformed Church Hall, St Michaels Road, Worthing, West Sussex. BN11 4SD.  

22 Swansea Astronomical Society: Dr Steve Wainwright FRAS of Swansea Astronomical Society  TBA  @ 7pm, Swansea University, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 8PR  

23 Swansea Astronomical Society:   Star Party  @ 6.30pm, Fairwood Observatory, Swansea Airport, SA2 7JU  

April 2018

3 Wiltshire Astronomical Society: Guy Hurst  George Alcock – The Life & Achievements of this Amazing Observer  @ 20:00, The Pavilion, Rusty Lane, Seend, Wiltshire SN12 6NS  

9 Hull & East Riding Astronomical Society: Dr Richard J Parker University of Sheffield  The Cradle of the Sun:Did our Sun form in a Star Cluster?  @ 7.30 pm, The Hull and East Riding Sports Club, Chanterlands Avenue North, Hull HU5 4ED  

12 Swansea Astronomical Society: Dave Powell (Barry Astronomical Society)  Meteorite falls in Wales  @ 7pm, Swansea University, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 8PR  

13 Plymouth Astronomical Society: Dr Claire Davies (Exeter University)  The Formation of Stars and their Planetary Systems  @ 7.30 – 9.30pm, Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA  

18 Worthing Astronomical Society: Graham Bryant  “Sun, Sea and Smoke” – about a family of Victorian solar observers, with a Worthing connection   @ 19:30, Highdown Room at Emmanuel United Reformed Church Hall, St Michaels Road, Worthing, West Sussex. BN11 4SD.  

20 Beckington Astronomical Society: Jonathan Pritchard  Building the World’s Largest FM Radio Receiver to Learn about the First Galaxies  @ 19:30, Beckington Baptist Hall BA11 6TD  

26 Swansea Astronomical Society: Roger Pickard (British Astronomical Association)  Variable Stars  @ 7pm, Swansea University, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 8PR  

May 2018

1 Wiltshire Astronomical Society: Paul Money  Triumphs of Voyager: Journey to Jupiter/Splendours of Saturn  @ 20:00, The Pavilion, Rusty Lane, Seend, Wiltshire SN12 6NS  

10 Swansea Astronomical Society: Andrew Lound (Odyssey Dramatic Presentations)  TBA  @ 7pm, Swansea University, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 8PR  

11 Plymouth Astronomical Society: Stephen Tonkin  Binocular Astronomy  @ 7.30 – 9.30pm, Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA  

14 Hull & East Riding Astronomical Society: Dr Michael Martin-Smith  Sputnik – Its Origins and Significance  @ 7.30 pm, The Hull and East Riding Sports Club, Chanterlands Avenue North, Hull HU5 4ED  

16 Worthing Astronomical Society: Andy Thomas  The Crop Circle Mystery  @ 19:30, Highdown Room at Emmanuel United Reformed Church Hall, St Michaels Road, Worthing, West Sussex. BN11 4SD.  

18 Beckington Astronomical Society: Mike Witt  The Dichotomy of Mars  @ 19:30, Beckington Baptist Hall BA11 6TD  

24 Swansea Astronomical Society:   AGM  @ 7pm, Swansea University, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 8PR  

June 2018

5 Wiltshire Astronomical Society: Martin Griffiths + AGM  Understanding Stars  @ 20:00, The Pavilion, Rusty Lane, Seend, Wiltshire SN12 6NS  

8 Plymouth Astronomical Society: Dr Allan Chapman (Oxford University and President of the Society for the History of Astronomy  Title TBA  @ 7.30 – 9.30pm, Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA  

11 Hull & East Riding Astronomical Society:   Annual General Meeting  @ 7.30 pm, The Hull and East Riding Sports Club, Chanterlands Avenue North, Hull HU5 4ED  

15 Beckington Astronomical Society:   AGM and Member Talks  @ 19:30, Beckington Baptist Hall BA11 6TD  

20 Worthing Astronomical Society: Professor Carl Murray  Cassini at Saturn : The End of an Era  @ 19:30, Highdown Room at Emmanuel United Reformed Church Hall, St Michaels Road, Worthing, West Sussex. BN11 4SD.  

July 2018

18 Worthing Astronomical Society: Dr. Iocopo Vivarelli  The Higgs Boson : A Look Beyond the Media Hype   @ 19:30, Highdown Room at Emmanuel United Reformed Church Hall, St Michaels Road, Worthing, West Sussex. BN11 4SD.  

August 2018

September 2018

19 Worthing Astronomical Society: Dr. David Bacon  Probing the Dark Universe with a Trio of Extraordinary Telescopes  @ 19:30, Highdown Room at Emmanuel United Reformed Church Hall, St Michaels Road, Worthing, West Sussex. BN11 4SD.  

October 2018