On the 7th-9th of June, AstroSoc is planning a trip to Kielder, near the Scottish border. In a dark sky area, claimed to have the lowest level of light pollution in England, it should be great for observing, and a pleasant relax a week after exams are over, in a lovely area dominated by the Kielder Water, the UK’s largest artificial lake, and surrounded by Kielder Forest, in the Northumberland National Park.
We will be going on the Friday afternoon and coming back on the Sunday, with observing on a night and the beautiful scenery to enjoy during the daytime. We will be camping at the Bellingham Camping and Caravanning club site- tents will be provided, but please remember to bring your own camping equipment! If anyone has any particular requests for sleeping arrangements (e.g. a non-mixed gender tent) please contact a member of the committee as soon as possible.
The cost of the trip will be £44 per person, which includes accommodation and minibus hire, but please remember to bring plenty of money with you for your own food and drinks; particularly for local pubs.
To sign up please email email@example.com before Thursday 23rd May at 10:00pm with your name, mobile number, name and contact details of your next of kin and any medical conditions if applicable. Arrangements for payment will be confirmed closer to the time.
The traditional end of term quiz.
Thursday 14th March, 7:30pm, Nuffield G13. Followed by observing, if clear, and finishing in Joe’s.
The Shoemaker-Levy comet, dark energy, the Curiosity Mars rover and much more; join us for the highlights of the last 25 years in the world of astronomy, as recounted by postgraduate student and AstroSoc outreach officer Sean Elvidge on his 25th birthday.
Thursday 7th March, 7:30pm, Nuffield G13. Followed by observing, weather permitting, and finishing in Joe’s.
Fantastic Chinese all you can eat buffet, with a traditional Chinese takeaway selection, an ‘open kitchen’ where chefs who will cook food to order while you watch, live music, a bar and a chocolate fountain!On Thursday 28th February, meeting at 7:45pm at University Station, or meet us at the restaurant by 8:30pm. The cost is £13, to be paid on entry, plus train fare.
Talk by Paul Carter on star clusters, cosmic jewels sometimes visible to the naked eye. Followed, weather permitting, by observing focusing on the Pleiades, Hyades and other main star clusters.
If the sky isn’t clear, we’ll have a training session on how to get the best out of our telescopes- feel free to bring yours along if you have one.
Thursday 21st February, 7:30pm, Nuffield G13
It’s time again for the AstroSoc film night! This time it’s touching robot romance, Wall-e, set in the distant future on a deserted Earth. A must see for all sci-fi and Disney fans!
Thursday 14th February, 7:30pm, Nuffield G13.
Followed by observing if clear, and finishing in Joe’s.
Come along of the 7th February to out Annual General Meeting, electing your AstroSoc committee for the coming 12 months.
Followed by a talk by Kristian Zarębski
“Neutron stars are a lesser known wonder of the astronomical miscellany. They are rapidly spinning fragments from colossal stellar explosions…”
Finishing with the traditional post-AGM curry! Dishad, Selly Oak.
On the 31st January, AstroSoc will receiving a postgraduate talk by Joe Walshe entitled “The History of Human Space Travel” .
Thursday the 17th January 2013 we will be having a undergraduate talk from Hasini Janapriya on the subject of Binary Stars:
Twin stars have captured the imagination of many over the past few decades, but are still not very well understood. Join us as we attempt to explore the life and death of binary stars: from gas cloud to black hole binary.
At AstroSoc we’re looking forward to seeing you at our BBC Stargazing Live events, and hope you enjoy the activities that we and all our partners put on. Please remember that this is a ticketed event only! If you don’t have a ticket, please see here.
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