Friday 14 September 2018

Loughton Astronomical Society: 50th Anniversary Astro Festival

Loughton Astronomical Society will be 50 years old this year and to celebrate they are holding a special Astro Festival on Saturday, 10-Nov-18 at Theydon Bois Village Hall in Essex from 09.30 to 17.30.

In the morning there will be displays, demonstrations, Astro Apps, Trade stands and Family Fun and a planetarium; the afternoon comprises lectures.

Talks scheduled for the day include:
  • Nik Szymanek                     Imaging the Sky;
  • Greg Smye-Rumsby            Myths and Illusions;
  • Professor Richard Nelson    Exoplanets: Exploring the Diversity of Worlds in our Galaxy;
  • Professor Lucie Green         Formation and Eruption of Magnetic Flux Ropes on the Sun.

Morning events are free but the afternoon costs £15 per person including refreshments. Book, online hereFull details are on the Loughton Astronomical Society web site here.

2018 FAS Summer Convention : 22-Sep-18

The 2018 FAS Summer Convention will take place on 22 September 2018 at the University of York starting at 9.00am.

Talks include:

  • Prof. Mike Cruise – The Gravitational Sky
  • Prof. Katherine Blundell OBE – Black holes and spin-offs
  • Prof. Brad Gibson – How the Universe will end
  • Charles Barclay – Reaching the Stars – developing the British entry for the Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad
  • Prof. Ian Gibson – The Changing Scene in Astronomy
  • Prof. John C. Brown – Sun Plunging Comets (Hypersonic Snowballs in Hell)

Tickets cost £6 for FAS members, £8 for non-member.

Booking is via an online booking form Alternatively, tickets can be purchased at the door on the morning of the Convention (subject to availability – we recommend you book online to avoid disappointment).

Full details are on the FAS website here.

Thursday 13 September 2018

SHA Autumn Conference: 27-Oct-18

The Society for the History of Astronomy Autumn Conference will be held on 27 October 2018 at the John Lee Theatre, Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS from 09.30 to 17.00.
Lectures include:
  • Dr Allan Chapman FRAS (The Wonderful Century; From Atoms to Island Universes.  Astronomy in the 20th Century),  
  • Andrew Stevens (Observing the Andromeda Galaxy, Dec 1612 to date-a warps and all story!), 
  • Rob Peeling (William Henry Smyth, his life, placing his astronomical work in the wider context of his participation in British intellectual life in the 19th Century), 
  • Eddie Carpenter and John Chute (Sir Robert Stawell Ball),  
  • Bob Bower (The Artistic skills  of Lord Ross: His hitherto unpublished drawings),  Graham McLoughlin (The 1927 Solar Eclipse)
The entry fee is £10 per person for SHA members (£15 non-members). To book, contact Gerard Gilligan (