Venue: Kindle Centre Belmont Road Hereford HR2 7JE  ( Next to ASDA)       7.00 - 9.00pm

Proposed Programme for 2017/2018

Thursday 7th September 2017 Isaac Newton & the Surrey Pumas – a tangential look at the theory of gravity
Mike Frost (BAA Director: Historical Section).

We are delighted to start the 2016/2017 session off with a visit by Mike Frost - Director of the British Astronomical Association's Historical Section. You can find out more about the BAA Historical Section here. Mike lives in Warwickshire and on his website (here) he declares an interest in chasing eclipses and visiting astronomical sites worldwide - I wonder if he managed to get over to the USA to observe the Solar Eclipse on 21st August. 

Mike is giving us his "offbeat look" at Newton's theory of gravity - featuring hollow Earths, counter-Earths, Trojan asteroids, Kirkwood gaps, Lagrangian nodes, the three-body problem, and those mysterious beasts rumoured to haunt Surrey playing fields and Bodmin Moor.

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.

Thursday 5th October 2017The Great American Eclipse – 21st August 2017
A presentation by Society members who were there!
Our October talk will be on the Great American Eclipse given by Chris, 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 2nd November 2017New Horizons at Pluto
Paul Money (Reviews Editor – Sky at Night magazine)

Thursday 7th December 201710th Annual Webb Lecture: Fourteen Pioneers of Astronomy
Dr Bob Mizon (Co-ordinator – Campaign for Dark Skies)


Thursday 4th January 2018Home from Home – a look at the TRAPPIST system of exoplanets
AGM followed by a talk by Christianne Wakeham (University of Worcester)

Thursday 1st February 2018Happy 50th Birthday Pulsars!
Dr René Breton (Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics –University of Manchester)

Thursday 1st March 2018Living with a Star – a new encounter with the Sun
Prof. Robert Walsh (University of Central Lancashire)

Thursday 5th April 2018Society Visit to Madley BT Communication Centre and Earth Station.
Please note earlier start time of 6.30 pm.
Further details at society meetings.

Thursday 3rd May 2018Mars – observing the Red Planet
Dr Richard McKim (BAA Director : Mars Section)
Joint meeting with Woolhope Club (Geology Section)

Thursday 7th June 2018TBA

Thursday 5th July 2018Comet observing: Visitors to our Solar System
Guy Hurst (Editor of The Astronomer magazine)

No meeting in August