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What's Next - Virtual Talk - Thursday 3rd December 2020 - Ten Ways the Universe Tries to Kill You

For our next monthly talk, we're hoping to have Steve Tonkin come and talk to us again. By popular demand (clear winner on the ballots cast with no recourse to the courts), Steve will talk about "Ten Ways the Universe Tries to Kill You".

From gamma-ray bursts to asteroid impacts, this is an overview of cataclysmic events. This light-hearted, but scientifically robust, approach incorporates a lot of fundamental cosmological processes, from stellar evolution to galactic interaction.

Steve is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and is the author of many articles and several books on practical aspects of astronomy. He has taught astronomy to adults and children for more than 35 years. He now spends most of his time doing astronomical outreach and is in demand as a speaker to astronomical societies throughout Britain. He is a STEM ambassador with a special brief for astronomy, and has a monthly column in BBC Sky at Night Magazine, for which he also writes equipment and book reviews.

Thursday 5th November 2020

7:00pm - Virtual Meeting

Ten Ways the Universe Tries to Kill You

Steve Tonkin FRAS

Observing Highlights

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

Click link below for view of UK sky: Met Office Satellite image. UK Visible Light.

Member's Photos

We've had some more marvellous astrophotos sent in by Francis - both emission and dark nebulae:

Cygnus Veil Complex - a group of emission nebulae in Cygnus

NGCC 7822 - a young star forming complex with an emission region featuring some "elephant trunks"!

Lynds Dark Nebula 1251 - a complex nebula in the constellation Cepheus, containing dark structures and faintly glowing / reflecting dust and gas

Lynds Dark Nebula 1235 - a dark/reflection nebula in the constellation Cepheus - commonly referred to as the "Dark Shark Nebula". Francis has captured the head and fins of the shark here!

Covid-19

The Covid-19 restrictions on people meeting together mean that we will continue to hold our talks by Zoom.

We will review the restrictions as and when they change to look for an opportunity for us to meet together again at the Kindle Centre - but for the meantime we will be virtual!

Please bear with us while we rejig our schedule to bring you talks that work well over Zoom - as always look out for emails from Mark and Chris.

The most recent restrictions limit how many people can meet even outside. We've had to review whether we can start our Observing sessions as planned in October. Unfortunately, we do not believe we are able to hold these sessions in a Covid-19 secure and compliant way.

Mark and Chris will continue to give you great observing guides and point out what to look for in the night (and day) sky - but we won't be able to do this meeting together.

C'est la vie.

Meetings:

We are just finalising the details for our talks in the new 2020/2021 session - details to follow.

Our next meeting:

Thursday 3rd December 2020

7:00pm - Virtual Talk

Ten Ways the Universe Tries to Kill You

Steve Tonkin FRAS

Our speakers at the Virtual Talks have allowed us to record and share their talks for society members to view of they missed the meetings. We've started a HAS YouTube channel here where you can visit or subscribe to and watch these talks.

Thursday 28th May

Gerard Gilligan - 12th Annual Webb Lecture - William Lassell

Monday 22nd June

Jeremy Shears - An introduction to variable star astronomy and cataclysmic variables

Thursday 23rd July

Julian Onions - Cold Dark Matter

Thursday 5th November

Christianne Wakeham - Life in Hell?
The mystery in the cloud decks of Venus





Observing Session:

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we've had to review whether we can start our Observing sessions as planned in October. Unfortunately, we do not believe we are able to hold these sessions in a Covid-19 secure and compliant way.

Mark and Chris will continue to give you great observing guides and point out what to look for in the night (and day) sky - but we won't be able to do this meeting together.

We'll try and post any highlights they recommend looking on this page in the Observing Highlights section.

Remember that there are some great online observing guides - a good one is run by Telescope House: Telescope House - monthly night sky guide

TBC

6:30 - 9:00pm

Cancelled until further notice due to Covid-19 restrictions

Practical observing and advice session.

More information here.

Star Party:

We hope to hold Star Parties again this session - Covid-19 allowing. Maybe we'll be able to run one at the Madley Environmental Study Centre (MESC) again.

MESC is right next door to the Madley Satellite Earth Station - a well known Herefordshire landmark. There are some location maps and directions to the MESC web site here.

TBC

Star Party with MESC

More information here.

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 - so far). Previous trips have been to the Spaceguard Centre, the International Astronomy Show, the National Space Centre, Jodrell Bank, the Norman Lockyer Observatory outside Sidmouth, the Herschel Museum in Bath and the Hanwell Community Observatory just outside Banbury.

TBC

Where would you like to go?

More information here.

Members pay for shared transport and any entrance fees as appropriate..