People are setting up before 7pm, but we formally start the meeting at around 7.30pm. We do advise people not to be late as the car park fills up rapidly!
In the summer months, if it’s sunny you’ll often find people outside looking up at the sun through our dedicated solar telescopes watching solar flares and sun-spots. In the winter if it is clear we’ll use different telescopes to see what is up there.
7.30 – The News
We start meetings with an update on what is new. This is a section where we talk about the latest happenings, be it space missions, new discoveries or fascinating facts, or upcoming club events and news
7-45 – 8.00 The Talk.
The main event. We always have a talk (see our meetings page for details), and it could be about anything at all. We cover everything from hands on workshops, talks about stars and planets, radio astronomy, the history of astronomy, looking for life on other worlds or the end of the world as we know it as we get hit by fiery asteroids! We aim for an hour or so, to allow time for questions.
8.45 – 9.00 – Break
We take a break for tea, coffee and a raffle, hawked by our legendary raffle enthusiast. You notice when the raffle starts! We are aways gateful for donations of prizes for the raffle.
9.00 – 9.15 – Upstares.
With the formal part of the evening over, we will either go outside to do some observing, or (if it’s wet and overcast) use our planetarium software to have a look at the stars from the warmer confines of the hall. Either way you’ll get to see some stars. Folks may need to be leaving by this point, so don’t feel embarrassed if you need to go – particularly if you have younger children. On the flip side, if you want to stay until late, we’re usually up for it – especially if the weather is clear!
N.B. sometimes “the talk” and “upstares” switch places depending on viewing conditions and speaker’s availability.