BAS Meetings and Programme of Events for 2015-2016

 
Normally all Friday meetings will be held at Bristol Photographic Society (BPS), Station Road, Montpelier, BS6 5EE. Please check here, regularly, in case of any changes or updates to the programme.
Directions to BPS
 
Members Talk Nights are not just for members! Everyone is welcome to come along for an eclectic mix of astronomy related talks given by BAS members.
 
We also plan to run one or two of our ever popular Telescope Surgery events where you can bring your telescopes and equipment and get expert tips and training on how best to use them. More details to follow.

2015

Start of 2015-2016 New Progamme

Date Speaker Title
9th Oct * (BGS) Dr. Richard Miles Mysterious Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann
16th Oct * (BGS) Dr. Roger Moses  The Rodney Hillier Talk - The Birth of Astro-particle Physics
23rd Oct * (BGS) Members Talk Night Night of informal talks from BAS members
Meetings from 30 October onward will be held at Bristol Photographic Society, Montpelier, [Directions],
30th Oct Members Talk Night

Night of informal talks from BAS members

6th Nov Telescope Surgery Advice on using, buying and getting the most from your telescope and binoculars
13th Nov Members Talk Night

An astronomical vacation (Fiona Lambert)

The Moon (Rod Davis)

Tim Peake (Chris Lee)

20th Nov Dr. Elizabeth Pearson The Chelyabinsk Meteor
27th Nov Callum Potter Globular Clusters
4th Dec Members Talk Night Night of informal talks from BAS members
11th Dec BAS Christmas Party  
18th Dec Mark Kidger Star of Bethlehem
25th Dec --- Christmas - No meeting

 

2016

Date Speaker Title
15th Jan Prof. Malcolm MacCallum Was Einstein 100% right?
22nd Jan Members Talk Night Night of informal talks from BAS members
29th Jan Brian Sheen Roseland Observatory
5th Feb Members Talk Night Night of informal talks from BAS members

12th Feb *

Edward Gomez

Las Cumbres Observatory: science results from this global, autonomous, and robotic observatory.

* This talk will be held at Westbury Park Methodist Church, BS6 7QB.

19th Feb BAS AGM Our Annual General Meeting, where we elect the new committee, and present our yearly reports and plans for the coming year. Your chance to have your say and get involved with running the BAS.
26th Feb Jane Greaves

Pluto

Unfortunately Jane has had to cancel due to illness. Instead, Robery Massey will give a talk about transits and eclipses.

 

4th Mar Prof. Mark Hannam

Into The Era Of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy

Come and find out why the recent scientific discovery of the century is so important.

11th Mar Telescope Surgery

Get advice on using, buying and getting the most from your telescope and binoculars at our regular hands-on event! (more...)

18th Mar Owen Brazell Observing Planetary Nebulae
25th Mar --- Good Friday - no meeting
1st Apr Dr. Vincent Smith

How I Discovered The Higgs Boson (with the help of 7000 colleagues!)

8th Apr Members Talk Night Night of informal talks from BAS members
15th Apr Prof. Mark Birkinshaw Recent Developments in Radio Astronomy (P)
22nd Apr Members Talk Night Night of informal talks from BAS members
29th Apr Martin Griffiths Planetary Nebulae - an Observing Marathon
6th May Dr Colin Forsyth Space Plasma
13th May Stuart Muldrew

How to build a universe

(changed from 4 March)

20th May Film Night We will be showing a film: "This Island, Earth". Please arrive and be seated early as it is 90 mins long.
27th May Andrew Lound To See The Beginning of Time
3rd Jun Bill Leatherbarrow The Amateur's Moon
10th Jun Members Talk Night Night of informal talks from BAS members
17th Jun Prof. David Southwood

Comets, Asteroids and things that fall from the sky

(P) - Provisional Title

 

As normal over the summer period, from 17th June to 30th September 2016, meetings will be held once a fortnight and will be talks given by BAS members. Please check the Google calendar before each meeting for more details on the night.

1st July

Members Talk Night

Night of informal talks from BAS members
15th July Members Talk Night Night of informal talks from BAS members
29th July Members Talk Night Night of informal talks from BAS members
12th Aug Members Talk Night Night of informal talks from BAS members
26th Aug Members Talk Night Night of informal talks from BAS members
9th Sep Members Talk Night Night of informal talks from BAS members
23rd Sep

Group visit to BAS observatory or

Members Talk Night  

Group visit to BAS Failand Observatory - leaving BPS at 7:15pm sharp, lift-share possible if you don't have a car. This event will be dependent on the weather - if inclement then we will run a regular Members Talk Night.