Plymouth Astronomical Society


Society Meetings
The Society meetings for the 2013/14 session were:

Sunday 11th August and/or Monday 12th August 2013
Viewing of the Perseids from a car park near Clearbrook.
This car park is on the road to Clearbrook, off the A386 going
north from Plymouth to Yelverton and Tavistock.  Please see the map on the Join Us page.
Bring binoculars, telescopes, etc for viewing other objects and arrive by 10pm.

Friday 13th September 2013
PAS AGM followed by:
Talks:     The Night Sky in September
               The Solar System: Uranus - The Sideways Planet, by David Wilton
Venue:   Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Friday 11th October 2013
Talks:     The Night Sky in October
               The History of Pluto, by Charles Spreat
               How Long Does it Take for the Moon to Set?, by David Wilton
                    (A follow-up to Charles' talk in July)
               Star Paths, by David Burton
Venue:   Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Friday 8th November 2013
Talks:     The Night Sky in November
               The History of the Norman Lockyer Observatory, by David Strange (Chairman of the NLO)
Venue:   Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Saturday 30th November 2013
The PAS Christmas Dinner
Venue:    The Steak & Omelette Bar, Cornwall Street, Plymouth
Time:      7.00pm

Friday 13th December 2013

Talks:     The Night Sky in December
               The Voyagers Revisited, by Alan Penman
               Christmas Quiz Night!
               A Tribute to Carl Sagan, by Alan Penman
Venue:    Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Wednesday 8th January 2014 - Stargazing LIVE 2014 - Free public event
In collaboration with Plymouth University, the Society is hosting a public event
on the University Campus, Portland Square C Building (map on our Join Us page)
A selection of telescopes and binoculars will be available for outdoor observing if
the skies permit or for indoor display and demonstrations otherwise.  PAS members
will be present to discuss astronomical matters and to answer questions.

Quizzes and other paper activities for children will be provided along with a quiz for adults.
Raffle with a book prize.  Refreshments available.

Talks in the Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square C Building
              6pm         The Inner Terrestrial Planets, by David Wilton
              6.20pm    Exploring the Sky with Computer Software, by Ken Facey
              6.40pm    Observing the Moon, by Charles Spreat
              7pm          The Outer Gas/Ice Giant Planets, by David Wilton
              7.20pm     Exploring the Sky with Computer Software, by Ken Facey
              7.40pm    Observing the Moon, by Charles Spreat
      8pm    Screening of the BBC2 Stargazing Live programmes

A show, "Heavens Above!  A trip to the edge of the known universe and back", will be given
every 30 minutes in the Immersive Vision Theatre (6pm, 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm) by Luke
Christison.  As seating is limited in the IVT, booking is necessary for this show at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activity/heavens-above-2014

Friday 10th January 2014
Talks:     The Night Sky in January
               Exploring the Sky with Computer Software, by Ken Facey
               Space Science Stamps (and First Day Cover raffle!), by David Wilton
Venue:   Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Friday 14th February 2014
Talks:     The Night Sky in February
              
St. Valentine's Day Prize Astronomical Quiz!
               The Apollo Astronauts, by Charles Spreat
               National Astronomy Week - Jupiter
Venue:   Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Saturday 1st March 2014 - National Astronomy Week 2014 - Free public event
The Society is holding a public event as part of National Astronomy Week 2014 in the
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery from 10.30am to 4.00pm.  A selection of telescopes,
binoculars and camera equipment will be available to view and PAS members will be present
to discuss astronomical matters and to answer questions.

Quizzes and other paper activities for children will be provided along with a quiz for adults.
Refreshments are available in the Museum Cafe.  The bookseller Waterstones will be present
with a selection of astronomical books.

Short talks (15 minutes) will be given:
     11.00  and 1.30       Aurorae, by David Rayner
     11.30  and 2.00       Astrophotography, by Steve Hayward
     12.00  and 2.30       The Planet Jupiter, by David Wilton
     12.30  and 3.00       Observing the Moon, by Charles Spreat
      1.00                          What Can I Expect to See?, by Ian Horton-Plant
                         3.30       Practical Astronomy, by Mark Bowles

Monday 3rd March - Friday 7th March 2014 - Free public event
National Astronomy Week Observing Session
This will be held at Jennycliff Car Park - map on our Join Us page - on
one of the nights during this week - weather permitting.  Come and observe
the wonders of the March night sky with us, including the magnificent planet Jupiter
and its four Galilean Moons.
Please watch our website and Facebook page for the date and time.

Friday 14th March 2014
Talks:      The Night Sky in March
                A Visit to CERN, by Meghan Johnson and Chloe Fitchett
                Hands-on with an 8" Newtonian, by Ian Horton-Plant
Venue:    Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Friday 11th April 2014
Talks:      The Night Sky in April
                Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring, by David Wilton
                A New Cosmological Model for Inertia, by Dr Mike McCulloch, Plymouth University.
                Mike's Blog page, Physics from the edge, has details of his interests in this area.
Venue:    Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Friday 9th May 2014
Talks:      The Night Sky in May
                Astrophotography, by Steve Hayward
Venue:    Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Friday 13th June 2014
Talks:      The Night Sky in June
               Robotic Astronomy in the 21st Century, by Prof Paul Roche, University of Glamorgan
               Prof Roche is the Director of the Faulkes Telescopes Project
Venue:    Tamar Room 406 (Please note room change), Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Friday 11th July 2014
PAS AGM
followed by:
Talks:      The Night Sky in July
               The Sun and Alpha Centauri, by David Burton
                Meeting the Guernsey Astronomers, by Sue Smyth
                Please everyone bring along your astrophotos to show this evening!
Venue:    Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Tuesday 12th August 2014
Perseid Meteors Observing and BBQ
At the Lee Moor 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 2014.

The next meeting is on Friday 12th September 2014 when our guest speaker
will be Peter Grego talking on "Observing the Moon".





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