BAS Meetings Programme for 2017-2018

Normally all Friday meetings will be held at Bristol Photographic Society (BPS), Unit 13, Montpelier Central, Station Road, Montpelier, BS6 5EE. Click here for  directions to BPS

Member Talks 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 will hold two Telescope Surgery Nights on 24 November 2017 and 9 March 2018  where you can get expert tips and training on how best to use them. Please book in advance via email or phone if bringing your own equipment due to space restrictions.

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Please check here regularly in case of any changes or updates to the programme.

 

2017

Start of 2017-2018 New Programme, from 6 October onwards

Date
Speaker
Talk title
6th October
Duncan Smith
Rodney Hiller Memorial Talk
13th October
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Stargazing in Dorset’s Dark Skies - come and see Stephen's award-winning photographs of Dorset and the night sky.
20th October
Member talks night 
Night of informal talks from BAS members.
27th October
Colours from Earths and the search for life: how will we characterise the atmospheres of Earth-like exoplanets?
3rd November
Black-holes. Carolin is an observational astronomer whose research passion is super-massive black holes at the centre of galaxies.
10th November
Member talks night 
Night of informal talks from BAS members.
17th November
Exploring deep space witht he Herschel Space Observatory and ALMA. 
24th November
Telescope surgery
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Get advice on buying, using, and getting the most from your telescope and binoculars at our regular hands-on event.
Please book if bringing your own equipment due to space restrictions. 
1st December
Georges Lemaître: The Father of the Big Bang. In 1931 the Catholic priest, George Lemaître, published a paper suggesting the expanding universe had a beginning in space and time.
8th December
Christmas Party
Astronomical themed entertainment, quiz and buffet. Open to all, but please book in advance.
15th December
Christmas break - no meeting
 
22nd December
Christmas break - no meeting
 
29th December
Christmas break - no meeting
 

 

2018

Date
Speaker
Talk title
5th January
Christmas break - no meeting
 
12th January
TBC
TBC
19th January
Cleaning up the universe: a census of dust in galaxies. Prof. Gomez will talk about how the Herschel Space Observatory has been used to survey the mass of dust in half a million galaxies.
26th January
Chris Lee
TBD
2nd February
Member talks night 
Night of informal talks from BAS members.
9th February
Francis Ring (Provisional)
The Herschels
16th February
Telescope Building. See how Tim is keeping alive the art, science and engineering involved in building stunningly beautiful Victorian telescopes.
23rd February
AGM
Robert Massey
BAS AGM, followed by a talk by Robert Massey 
2nd March
 
9th March
Telescope Surgery
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Get a new telescope for Christmas? Or maybe an astronomy book? Need help understanding your new equipment? Get advice on buying, using, and getting the most from your telescope and binoculars at our regular hands-on event. Please book if bringing your own equipment due to space restrictions.
16th March
David Boyd
Spectroscopy
23rd March
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Cosmology. Subjects don't get bigger than this and Eric is the perfect communicator to tackle it. A great chance to ask a friendly, local cosmologist what we know about the Cosmos and our place within it. 
30th March
Good Friday - no meeting
 
6th April
Member talks night 
Night of informal talks from BAS members.
13th April
Dr. Luke Kreczko
Dr. Kreczko will talk about his work at the LHC CMS experiment and the wider quest for Dark Matter.
20th April
Skylark: Britain’s First Space Rocket - and its pioneering astronomical observations
27th April
Member talks night 
Night of informal talks from BAS members.
4th May
Dr Mike Leggett FRAS FBIS
New Horizons at Pluto
11th May
Paul Money
Trials and Tribulations of Voyager
18th May
Member talks night 
Night of informal talks from BAS members.
25th May
Andrew Lound
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TBC
1st June
Prof. Mark Birkinshaw
TBC
8th June
Roger Moses
TBC
15th June
Members Talk Night
Night of informal talks from BAS members.
22nd June
BAS Presidential Address

 

 (P) - Provisional Title  (TBD) - Title to be defined

As normal over the summer period, from 23rd June to 29th September 2017, meetings will be held once a fortnight and will be talks given by BAS members. Please check here regularly for more details.

6 July
Members Talks Night
Night of informal talks from BAS members.
20 July
Members Talks Night
Night of informal talks from BAS members.
3 August
Members Talks Night
Night of informal talks from BAS members.
17 August
Members Talks Night
Night of informal talks from BAS members.
31 August
Members Talks Night
Night of informal talks from BAS members.
14 September
Members Talks Night
Night of informal talks from BAS members.
28 September
Members Talks Night
Night of informal talks from BAS members.