Dates and details of the 2020 programme are listed below, we generally meet on the last Friday of each month (except in December, which is usually the third Friday of the month).
PLEASE BRING YOUR TELESCOPE/BINOCULARS IF THE WEATHER IS CLEAR – EVERY MEETING NIGHT IS A POTENTIAL OBSERVING EVENING!
All meetings are at Woodchurch Memorial Hall at 19:30 unless otherwise indicated. We usually open the hall for set up at 19:00 to begin promptly at 19:30. Please don’t be late as the car park fills up quickly! All talks are suitable for all ages unless specified. Our meetings are open to all ages, but children under 16 must be accompanied.
Our meetings are open to everyone and are free to attend for members. There is an “on the door” fee of £2 for non members. To find out more about membership and fees click here!
Please note that the schedule may be subject to change, wherever possible we will alter the schedule below to reflect any changes.
Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis, some of this year’s meetings have been cancelled. Further meetings may also have to be cancelled. We are following government guidance, which is subject to change as the situation develops. Please keep an eye on our social media channels for the most up to date information.
- Friday 25th September: “Mars: The Red Planet” by Drew Wagar
- Mars has been the source of much speculation, from its original description as the ‘God of War’, through speculative science fiction and into the modern age. Mars still holds many secrets, join Drew as he explores the mystery of the Red Planet.
- Friday 30th October: “Apollo 13 @ 50” by Jason Thompson
- Fifty years ago, an explosion aboard the Apollo 13 spacecraft left three men thousands of miles into space with a crippled ship and dwindling supplies. Only through the concerted efforts of vast teams on the ground were they able to return to Earth safely, in what has become known as the ‘successful failure.’ Join us to hear the stories of some of those on the ground who contributed to the safe return of the astronauts.
- Friday 27th November: “The Crowd and the Cosmos” by Chris Lintott, presenter of BBC Sky At Night
- Chris will be speaking about citizen science and his new book, “The Crowd and the Cosmos”. There will be the opportunity to buy the book and get it signed by Chris at the meeting, limited quantities available.
- Friday 18th December: Christmas Quiz
- An opportunity for fun and laughter for all the family. Questions will have an astronomical theme and cover a variety of areas and formats. Prizes for the winners!