Upcoming meetings

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 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, meetings for the rest of 2020 will be held online via Zoom and streamed live to our Facebook group. We will make decisions about 2021 meetings later in the year and in line with government guidance at the time, but the first few are almost certainly also going to be run via Zoom. 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 25th September 2020: “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 2020: “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 2020: “Pluto” by Emma Thompson
    • In an update to her 2013 talk, Emma will be discussing the history of Pluto and its discovery, and how our knowledge of this mysterious dwarf planet has grown over the years – reaching a peak with the New Horizons mission.
  • Friday 18th December 2020: Christmas Quiz
  • Friday 29th January 2021: Astronomical Assortment
    • A collection of short 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: How to Weigh the Universe by Colin Stuart
  • 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. He will be discussing dark matter, dark energy and gravitational waves in what is sure to be a fascinating evening.
  • Friday 30th April 2021: Andrew Lound
  • 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”. 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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