Upcoming meetings

Dates and details of our 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 note that the schedule may be subject to change, wherever possible we will alter the schedule below to reflect any changes. Information will also be given via our social media channels.

Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis, for the time being meetings will be held online via Zoom (and streamed live to our Facebook group when possible). Please keep an eye on our social media channels for the most up to date information.

Memberships are currently frozen and likely to remain so until we can meet in person again. Attending Zoom meetings and watching the Facebook livestream (and video afterwards) are free and open to all. If you wish to participate via Zoom please email chairman@ashfordastro.org.uk for the Zoom link/room ID & password.

  • Friday 29th January 2021: Astronomical Assortment
    • A collection of short (10-15 minute) talks by various members on a variety of subjects within astronomy – including the real story of Galileo, the search for extraterrestrial life, the history of crewed spaceflight, the Arecibo telescope and more! Sure to be interesting and entertaining, with something for everyone!
  • Friday 26th February 2021: Rebel Star by Colin Stuart
    • The Sun is many things: beauty, beacon, battery, belligerent. It’s the biggest thing for light-years around and yet we actually know relatively little about it. That’s changing thanks to an armada of new spacecraft recently lofted into the solar system to scrutinise the Sun in unprecedented detail. In a talk packed full of jaw-dropping images and videos, Colin Stuart will be your guide on a journey deep into the heart of our nearest star.
  • Friday 26th March 2021: The Dark Side by Stephen Serjeant
    • Stephen Serjeant is Professor of Astronomy at the Open University and President of the Society for Popular Astronomy. Most of the Universe is invisible to us. Most of the matter is dark matter, and most of the energy is dark energy. For brief moments, the biggest outputs of energy in the Universe are in gravitational waves. This talk will describe some of what little we know about these dark sides to the Universe, and try to answer some deep questions such as: What would happen if you tried to drink a pint of dark matter? What would happen if you stuck your head in the Large Hadron Collider? What is the fate of the Universe, and the ultimate fate of the atoms in our bodies?
  • Friday 30th April 2021: At The Gates of Valhalle by Andrew Lound
    • The magical mysterious northern lights have stimulated the imagination for generations. Seen as spectres, mysterious lands and even light reflected from shoals of fish, the aurora remains one of nature’s most wonderful sights. In a stunningly beautiful presentation, Andrew looks at the history and mythology of the aurora – on Earth and other planets. Accompanied by dramatic music, this is a presentation that puts the magic back into astronomy.
  • Friday 28th May 2021: TBC
  • Friday 25th June 2021: TBC
  • Friday 30th July 2021: TBC
  • Friday 27th August 2021: Summer Social
  • Friday 24th September 2021: “The Crowd and the Cosmos” by Chris Lintott
    • Chris Lintott is perhaps best known for his work as presenter of BBC’s Sky At Night Television series. He is also keen to encourage citizen science and will be promoting his book on the subject “The Crowd and The Cosmos”. We hope to be able to meet in person again, so that books will be available to purchase and have signed by Chris on the night.
  • Friday 29th October 2021: “Science Fiction to Science Fact” by Aimee Babbs
  • Friday 26th November 2021: TBC
  • Friday 17th December 2021: Christmas Quiz

When in-person meetings resume:

Please bring your telescope/binoculars if the weather is clear – every meeting night is a potential observing evening! If you have a telescope or binoculars you need help to set up and get the most out of, bring it along – one of our members will be glad to help you.

In-person meetings will be held 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!

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