Astrosoc AGM and Balti (starting at 8pm sharp in Q12).
A talk by Dr. Somak Raychaudhury: Where we are going in the Universe (8pm start in the Poynting large lecture theatre).
This will be followed by a trip to the Guild for society sensation.
Observing and Joes. We will begin by observing Saturn, which ofers us some spectacular views at the moment. When everyone gets chilly
we will nip to Joes for one or two swift beverages.
A talk by Chris Evans from the Wolverhampton Astronomical Society: Gamma ray bursts.
Orbiter and Observing. We will bring along some software which you can have a play with and try to get various spacecraft into orbit, including
the space shuttle. If it is clear we will also head to the roof to stare into the yonder. If all else fails there is Joes.
Astrosoc Annual Dinner. This will take place at the Plough and Harrow Hotel, on the Hagley Road in Birmingham. A menu and more details can be found here
March 1st :
Film Night - We will be watching serenity in the coffee lounge of the Poynting physics building.
Saturn night. If the weather is clear we will be observing Saturn - as the weather wasn't good last time, and Sam will be giving a brief talk
about Saturn aswell.
There is a lunar penumbral eclipse on this evening, and we are holding an event in consortium with the Barber institute of fine arts, here at the university.
There will be a talk, organized by the Barber Institute, given by Professor Manuel Grande of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, which is
titled, The new moon. Prof. Grande is the principle investigator for one of the mission aboard the SMART - I spacecraft, currently in orbit around
the moon. The Barber Institute's page on this event can be found here .
Following this talk astrosoc will be leading an event outside the institute, supplying telescopes and binoculars for people to view the moon during
the eclipse. This should prove to be a fun night.
Talk by Dr William Edmonson at the Think Tank, at Millenium point. The talk regard his research in the computer science department at the University
of Birmingham into how we can search for extraterrestrial life. This should provide an interesting view on approaches, and Dr Edmonson has consorted
with Dr Ian Stevens from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University, on one of his papers on this subject.
There will be the traditional end of term quiz, with prizes for the winners (probably chocolate). I hope to see you all there.
We will be visiting the Birmingham planetarium that has recently opened in the Thinktank at millenium point. We will watch one of their normal shows and then
we will be given a special viewing showing the capabilities of the new planetarium, and any questions about the facility will be answered. You will then
be free to roam the thinktank museum. Cost for this event is £5.50 each and we will meet outise the Poytning building.
Term is over but that doesn't stop the sky from providing us with some spectacualr events. On the 29th of March there will be a partial solar eclipse viewable
in the UK (total in North Africa), and we will get around a 20% eclipse. We have special solar viewers available for people to watch the event, and we will be
projecting the eclipse using our telescsopes. If you are in Birmingham then come along at around 10am to view the event taking place. The maximum eclipse will
occur at 10:11UT, but as we have now crossed into BST this is 11:11 BST, and our best views will be at around 11:30BST providing it isn't cloudy.
SAFETY: NEVER VIEW THE SUN THROUGH A TELESCOPE, BINOCULARS, OR EVEN THE UNAIDED EYE WITHOUT USING SPECIAL SOLAR FILTERS,
AND EVEN THEN EXTREME CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN.
Freshers Physics + solar observing
Sept 30th: FAS Convention, £10, Birmingham Midland Institute - speakers include "John Dobson, Allan Chapman, David Whitehouse, John Brown,Ishwara Chandra"
Astrosoc "Space and Things" Freshers Quiz
Society for the History of Astronomy Conference, BMI
Observing the Moon
IOP/WMPTC Lecture: Dr Anna Horleston, "Earthquake!"
Astrosoc vs PPS charity football tournament
Astrosoc October Balti
Orioinid Meteor Shower, possible observing
What you want to know about constellations?
Our New Solar System
IOP/WMPTC Lecture: Dr Somak Raychaudhury "21st century implications of Einstein's Relativity"
Transit of Mercury, not visible in UK
David Gregory PPARC Talk
Children In Need Fundraising Event, Catch a shooting star
Nov 17th - 19th:
Leonid Meteor Shower
Wast Hills Observatory Trip
Observing Planetary, Clusters + galaxies
IOP/WMPTC Christmas Lecture, David Peters, Cadbury Schweppes "Pleasure Perfected - How the Physical properties of chocolate provide exactly what the lady loves" - tickets needed - see Lynne Long / committee
Film Night: TBC
John Brown PPARC Talk
Dec 13th - 14th:
Geminid Meteor Shower
Tycho Brahe Birthday / Xmas Party... (b 1546)