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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: Bob Turner F.R.A.S. on “Optical Illusions”  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  

19 Milton Keynes Astronomical Society: Dr Mike Leggett  The Hartwell Synod: Dr John Lee, Admiral Smyth and their Associates  @ 8.00 pm, Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6BJ  

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

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

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  

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

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

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

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  

26 Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS): Astronomy Section AGM  Astronomy Section AGM  @ 7.30 pm, The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton NN1 1LD  

March 2018

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

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  Kristian Birkeland: The Man who Tamed the Aurora  @ 7.30 – 9.30pm, Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PL4 8AA  

9 Milton Keynes Astronomical Society:   Stargazing for Everyone – Public observing night and astronomy exhibition   @ 8.00 pm, Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6BJ  

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  

12 Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS): Jens Buus  Determining the velocity of light from eclipses of Io  @ 7.30 pm, The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton NN1 1LD  

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

16 Milton Keynes Astronomical Society: Dr Leigh Fletcher  The Climate and Weather of Other Worlds  @ 8.00 pm, Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6BJ  

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  

26 Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS): Michael Foulkes  Herchels planet  @ 7.30 pm, The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton NN1 1LD  

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

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  

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

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  

13 Milton Keynes Astronomical Society:   Astro Oscars  @ 8.00 pm, Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6BJ  

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  

21 History Of Astronomy, Society For The: Nik Szymanek  The Road to Modern Astrophotography  @ 13:30 – 14:30, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA  

21 History Of Astronomy, Society For The: Kenelm England  Berkshire Astronomers 5000 BC to AD 2018  @ 14:30 – 15:30, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA  

21 History Of Astronomy, Society For The: Kevin Kilburn  Forgotten Star Atlas  @ 11:15 – 12:15, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA  

21 History Of Astronomy, Society For The: Carolyn Kennett and Brian Sheen  Ancient Skies and the Megaliths of Cornwall  @ 10:15 – 11:15, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA  

21 History Of Astronomy, Society For The: Various  Society for the History of Astronomy Spring Conference  @ 09:30 – 17:00, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA  

21 History Of Astronomy, Society For The: Jonathan Maxwell  Some lesser known aspects regarding the evolution of refracting telescopes: from Lippershey's spectacle lens to the Apochromats  @ 16:00 – 17:00, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA  

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

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

30 Northamptonshire Natural History Society (NNHS): Guest speaker to be announced  Guest speaker  @ 7.30 pm, The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton NN1 1LD  

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  

11 Milton Keynes Astronomical Society: Julian Onions  Things that Go Bang in the Night  @ 8.00 pm, Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6BJ  

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  

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

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  

8 Milton Keynes Astronomical Society: Sam Magesh  Planetary Chemistry  @ 8.00 pm, Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6BJ  

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.  

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

July 2018

6 Milton Keynes Astronomical Society: Mary MacIntyre  Astrophotography for Beginners  @ 8.00 pm, Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6BJ  

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.  

20 Milton Keynes Astronomical Society: Various  Short talks  @ 8.00 pm, Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6BJ  

August 2018

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

17 Milton Keynes Astronomical Society:   Astronomers’ Questions Time  @ 8.00 pm, Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6BJ  

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

September 2018

14 Milton Keynes Astronomical Society:   Astronomy for All – Public observing night and astronomy exhibition  @ 8.00 pm, Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6BJ  

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.  

28 Milton Keynes Astronomical Society: Dr Mahesh Anand  Water on the Moon  @ 8.00 pm, Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6BJ  

October 2018

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

26 Milton Keynes Astronomical Society: Neil Phillipson  Richard Lambert Memorial Lecture: ALMA  @ 8.00 pm, Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6BJ  

November 2018

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

21 Worthing Astronomical Society: Andy Thomas  Unexplained Mysteries and Cover-Ups  @ 19:30, Highdown Room at Emmanuel United Reformed Church Hall, St Michaels Road, Worthing, West Sussex. BN11 4SD.  

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

December 2018

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

13 Swansea Astronomical Society: Nick Hart of Cardiff and Barry Astronomical Societies  Broadband, Narrowband  @ 7pm, Swansea University, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 8PR