Plymouth Astronomical Society


Society Meetings

 

The Society meetings for the 2015/16 session were:

Wednesday 12th August 2015
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 11th September 2015
Talks:      Ten Years as ESA's Science Director, by Professor David Southwood.  David is the Patron of our Society and was President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 2012-14.
               The Night Sky in September
Venue:    Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Monday 28th September 2015
Astrocam Workshop and Social Evening
Learn how to modify your old webcam to make an astrocam suitable for attaching to your telescope.  Further details on our Facebook page.  Bring your own webcam if you have one.
Venue:    Cafe in the Park, Freedom Fields Park, Plymouth PL4 8QF
Time:      6.30-9.30pm - Workshop is 7.00-8.00pm

Friday 9th October 2015
Talks:      Star Formation in Spiral Galaxies, by Dr Clare Dobbs.  Clare is with the Astrophysics Group at the University of Exeter.  Her research involves modelling galaxies to understand how giant molecular clouds (GMCs), the sites of star formation in galaxies, form and evolve.
               The Night Sky in October
Venue:    Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Wednesday 21st October 2015
Orionid Meteors Observing
At the Wembury Beach car park (map on the Join us page), 7.00pm onwards.

Friday 13th November 2015
Talks:      Stellar Interiors, by Mike Shearer

               Characteristics of Stars, by David Burton
               The Night Sky in November
Venue:    Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Tuesday 17th November 2015
Leonid Meteors Observing
At the Wembury Beach car park (map on the Join us page) from 8pm.

Saturday 5th December 2015
The PAS Christmas Dinner
Venue:    The Steak & Omelette Bar, Cornwall Street, Plymouth
Time:      7.00pm

Friday 11th December 2015
Talks:      The Universe Inside your Computer - A guide to interactive programs and software that let you explore the cosmos, by Ken Facey
               Christmas Quiz Night!
               The Night Sky in December
Venue:    Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University

Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Sunday 13th December 2015
Geminid Meteors Observing
At the Wembury Beach car park (map on the Join us page) from 7pm.

Friday 8th January 2016
Talks:     The Human Exploration of Space: from Tsiolkovski to Tim Peake, By Dr Mike McCulloch.  Mike is a Lecturer in the School of Marine Science and Engineering at the University of Plymouth.
              The Night Sky in January
Venue:   Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Friday 12th February 2016
Talks:      Exploring the Atmospheres of Exoplanets, by Dr Nathan Mayne.  Nathan is a Senior Lecturer in the Astrophysics Group at the University of Exeter.  He is collaborating with the UK Met Office to produce a theoretical model of exoplanet atmospheres.
               The Night Sky in February
Venue:   Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University

Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Tuesday 23th February 2016
Observing Evening
At the Wembury Beach car park (map on the Join us page) from 7pm - everyone welcome - no need to be a PAS member.

Friday 11th March 2016
Talks:      Basic Telescope Terms Explained - Simply!, by David Wilton.  The talk will include illustrating the ideas using different types of telescopes which will be on display.
               The Night Sky in March
Venue:    Room 005, Ground Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PLEASE NOTE NEW ROOM
Time:       7.30-9.30pm

Friday 8th April 2016

Talks:      Short talks by PAS members:
                      The Centre for Observational Astronomy in the Algarve (COAA), by Steve Cooke
                       Friedrich Bessel and 61 Cygni, by Phil James
                       My Solar Telescope, by Julie Soane
                       Supernovae, by Richard Tanner
               The Night Sky in April
Venue:   Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University PLEASE NOTE NEW REGULAR MEETING ROOM

Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Monday 9th May 2016
Transit of Mercury across the Sun


At Jennycliff car park (map on the Join us page) from 11am to 3pm and from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Here is a short video on safe ways to view the Sun.

Friday 13th May 2016
Talks:      The Rosetta Mission: updates from comet 67P and what this means for the origins of life on Earth, by Claire Davies.  Claire is a Research Fellow in the Astrophysics Group at the University of Exeter.
               The Night Sky in May
Venue:    Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University

Time:      7.30-9.30pm

 

Friday 10th June 2016
Talks:      Hands-on with an 8" Newtonian, by Ian Horton-Plant
               The Night Sky in June
Venue:    Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Friday 8th July 2016

Talks:     Galileo's First Views Through a Telescope, by David Wilton
              Social Quiz
              Raffle
              Equipment Display (PAS members please bring telescopes etc.)
              The Night Sky in July           
              PAS AGM
Venue:    Room 411, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University

Time:      7.30-9.30pm

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.

There is no "talks" meeting in August 2016.
The next meeting will be on Friday 9th September 2016.





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