Plymouth Astronomical Society


Society Meetings

Society meetings are normally held on the second Friday of each month from
September to July and are free for members.  Visitors are very welcome (£2 at the door).

Details of our meeting place are on our Join us page.

Also on the Join us page are maps showing various places where we have observing sessions.

For further information about any meeting please contact:
David Wilton (PAS Chairman and Secretary) on (01752) 880618 or david.t.wilton@btinternet.com
Ken Facey (PAS Treasurer) on 07818 877248 or ken.facey@gmail.com


The meetings for the 2016/17 session are:

Friday 12th August 2016
Perseid Meteors Observing and BBQ
At the Wembury Beach car park (map on the Join us page),
7.30pm onwards for the BBQ and it gets dark about 9.30pm. 
Please bring your own portable/disposable BBQs and food and drink.


Friday 9th September 2016
Talks:      Double Stars – More than meets the eye, by Phil James          
               The Night Sky in September
Venue:    Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm


Thursday 13th October 2016 (Please note this is a THURSDAY)
Talks:      John Couch Adams – Plymothian, by Brian Sheen.  Brian is the Director of the Roseland Observatory           
               The Night Sky in October
Venue:    Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University

Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Friday 21st October 2016
Orionid Meteors Observing
At the Wembury Beach car park (map on the Join us page), from 7pm.

Thursday 10th November 2016 (Please note this is a THURSDAY)
Talks:      Equipment Display and Discussion.  If you are considering buying something for
               Christmas then this is the meeting for you!  Lead by Ken Facey            
               The Night Sky in November
Venue:    Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm


Thursday 17th November 2016
Leonid Meteors Observing
At the Wembury Beach car park (map on the Join us page) from 7pm.


Saturday 3rd December 2016
The PAS Christmas Dinner
Venue:    The Steak & Omelette Bar, Cornwall Street, Plymouth
Time:      7.00pm


Friday 9th December 2016
Talks:      Celestial Navigation, by Ken Facey            
               Christmas Quiz Night!  Raffle        
               The Night Sky in December
Venue:    Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

 
Tuesday 13th December 2016

Geminid Meteors Observing
At the Wembury Beach car park (map on the Join us page) from 7pm.


Friday 13th January 2017
Talks:     From Red Devon to Red Planet: some personal stories about Mars, by Professor David Southwood.  David is the Patron of our Society and was recently President of the Royal Astronomical Society.         
              The Night Sky in January
Venue:   Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm


Friday 10th February 2017
Talks:      Cosmology for Beginners, by Dr Adam Hart-Davis.  Adam is a scientist and
well-known TV broadcaster perhaps best known for the series Local Heroes and
What the Romans Did for Us.  This talk is based on his BBC series, The Cosmos – A Beginner’s Guide.
               The Night Sky in February
Venue:   Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage
Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Friday 10th March 2017
Talks:      To Infinity and Beyond: the future of space exploration, By Dr Natasha Stephen.  Natasha is a lecturer in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Plymouth University.           
               The Night Sky in March
Venue:    Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:       7.30-9.30pm

Saturday 1st April - STARGAZING LIVE
At Waterstones, Drake Circus, Plymouth from 11.00am until 4.00pm
We are there to answer your questions and to discuss astronomical matters.
A selection of telescopes, binoculars and camera equipment will be on display.
Collect a free Dark Sky Discovery sky chart!
And, weather permitting, we shall also be outside viewing the Sun.

Friday 7th April 2017 (Please note this is the FIRST Friday in April)

Talks:      Short talks by PAS members              
                       Astronomy in the Caribbean, by Chris Cooke                 
                       Meteors and Meteorites, by Mike Shearer
              The Night Sky in April
Venue:   Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm


Unfortunately the talk by Prof Chris Lintott on Supermassive Black Holes has had to be cancelled.
Friday 12th May 2017
Talks:      Sir William Herschel, Court Astronomer, by Sheila Evans
               The emdrive: How to predict the impossible, by Dr Mike McCulloch
               The Night Sky in May
Venue:    Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University   
Time:      7.30-9.30pm


Friday 9th June 2017
Talks:      Astrophotography Evening.  Mark Bowles, Steve Cooke, Clive Beech and other PAS members will be showing their astroimages and telling us how they were taken.            
               The Night Sky in June
Venue:    Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm


Friday 14th July 2017

Talks:     The Pleiades and Other Open Clusters, by Phil James
               Summer Quiz and Raffle
               The Night Sky in July           
               PAS AGM
Venue:    Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Saturday 12th August 2017
Perseid Meteors Observing and BBQ
At the Wembury Beach car park (map on the Join us page),
7.30pm onwards for the BBQ and it gets dark about 9.30pm. 
Please bring your own portable/disposable BBQs and food and drink.


There is no "talks" meeting in August 2017.
The next meeting will be on Friday 8th September 2017.







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