Image credit: NASA  Hubble Heritage

Welcome to Astronomy in Herefordshire.

Latest News:

News and new items of interest to Herefordshire Astronomical Society members. 

It's September and the longer, darker nights are returning - so it must be the start of a new HAS Season.

We welcome back our members young and old and would love to introduce new members to the wonders and delights of the night sky and some of the discoveries, history and science that makes our world go around.

We had a very entertaining talk from Mike Frost for our meeting at the beginning of September to open the season - he gave us a wide ranging history of gravity. Mike gave a couple of plugs to other events that might interest HAS member - 

  • Friday 13th - Saturday 14th October 2017 - International Astronomy Show (details below)
  • Saturday 25th November 2017 - BAA Historical Section meeting at  Birmingham and Midland Institute (BMI). Five talks given through the day ending with the inimitable Dr Allan Chapman. More information here.

Our October talk will be on the Great American Eclipse given by Paul and Sue - who were in the right place at the right time, but ... (you'll have to join us to hear their story)

Thursday 5th October 2017
7 - 9 pm
The Great American Eclipse – 21st August 2017
A presentation by Society members who were there!

Observing highlights for this month: Telescope House - monthly night sky guide

Next Meeting:

Have a look at the rest of our programme for 2017/2018 here.

Thursday 5th October 2017
7 - 9 pm
The Great American Eclipse – 21st August 2017
A presentation by Society members who were there!
at the Kindle Centre Belmont Road Hereford HR2 7JE  (Next to ASDA - more information here

Next Observing Session:

The National Trust has very kindly allowed us the use of the grounds in front of Berrington Hall to hold our observing evenings. Berrington Hall is located just to the north of Leominster and the site has a wide open vista to the south with reasonably dark skies. Like all good National Trust properties, Berrington Hall has a cafe - which we are allowed access to when retreating from the cold or clouded skies. Berrington Hall is a neo-classical mansion with fine interiors, set in landscaped grounds - well worth a visit in day time (here).

So come and talk to new or more experienced society members - hopefully have a look through some telescopes and binoculars at the night sky. Share your thoughts, pick up some observing tips and recommendations, discuss your astronomical problems and projects, bring your own equipment for advice on how best to use it. We will defer the observing meeting to the following evening (Friday) if the weather forecast indicates it would be better. Members can bring their own refreshments and the Servant's Hall Tea Room will be left open for us to use for refreshment and talks. Look out for the latest news on this website and we'll email out any change to arrangements to members.

We start our observing sessions in October when the early evenings are dark enough for us to see what's up and about in the night sky.

12th October 2017
6:30 - 9 pm
Berrington Hall
Practical observing and advice session.
More information here. 

Next Star Party:

We're looking at a number of exciting opportunities to support local organisations and their requests for us to run a star party for them.



Next Visit:

Once or twice a year, members like to jump in cars or climb in a mini-bus and make their way to go and see something interesting outside of Herefordshire (passports not required). Previous trips have been to the Spaceguard Centre, the International Astronomy Show, the National Space Centre, Jodrell Bank and the Institure of Astronomy, Cambridge. Members pay for shared transport and any entrance fees as appropriate.

The next event that members may be interested in is the Annual International Astronomy Show at Stoneleigh Park. HAS is not organising an official trip, but do say if you are interested in going - there are always other members planning to go.

13th - 14th October 2017
 International Astronomy Show
The International Astronomy Show was inaugurated in 2013 and proved to be a great success - including a visit by HAS members. The next show will be held on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th October 2017. 

The show is held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire (CV8 2LZ) - the old site of the Royal Agricultural Show.

More information here.