Upcoming Events


We run a range of events, most of these are our regular weekly meetings on Thursday evenings. Take a look at below schedule. If it does not specify then we will be meeting at 7:30pm in G13 of the Nuffield building (unless otherwise specified), see [here] for how to get to us. For observing only meetings we will meet in G13 before heading to the roof of Poynting Physics (opposite).

Spring 2012 Events

Thurs 12th Jan Welcome Meeting
Thurs 19th Jan Observing (Undergrad talk if it is cloudy)
Thurs 26th Jan High Altitude Balloon Project Planning
Thurs 2nd Feb Undergraduate talk (Astrophotography by Tom North)
Thurs 9th Feb Observing (undergrad talk if it is cloudy)
Thurs 16th Feb High Altitude Balloon Project Planning
Thurs 23rd Feb Social (Details to come)
Thurs 1st Mar Film night
Thurs 8th Mar Postgraduate talk by Sean Elvidge (Space weather and it's affect in the near Earth enviroment)
Thurs 15th Mar End of term quiz
Thurs 22nd Mar Tea, Talk and Telescope with Prof. Mike Cruise

All followed by observing if it is clear, and finishing in Joes.

Autumn 2011 Events

Thurs 29th Sep Welcome Meeting, with Pizza!
Thurs 6th Oct Talk by Dr Somak Raychaudhury: Why we need to go to Space to Observe the Sky
Thurs 13th Oct Themed Observing: Constellations
Thurs 20th Oct Film Night
Thurs 27th Oct Themed Observing: Jupiter
Thurs 3rd Nov Vale Fireworks (no observing)
Thurs 10th Nov The Space Race Pub Crawl
Thurs 17th Nov Themed Observing: The moon
Thurs 24th Nov Tea, Talk and Telescope with the sci-fi writer Alastair Reynolds
Thurs 1st Dec Talk by Dr Mike Simms: To Here From Eternity: The extraordinary story of some ‘ordinary’ meteorites
Wed 7th Dec Annual General Meeting followed by Curry
Thurs 8th Dec The Chair's Quiz

All followed by observing if it is clear, and finishing in Joes.

Spring 2011 Events

Thurs 20th Jan Themed Observing: Constellations
Thurs 27th Jan Talk: The Apollo Moon Landings
Thurs 3rd Feb Undergraduate Talk
Thurs 10th Feb Themed Observing: The Moon
Thurs 17th Feb Undergraduate Talk
Thurs 24th Feb Film Night
Thurs 3rd Mar The Space Race
Thurs 10th Mar ‘Physics and Astronomy in Flatland’ by Sean Elvidge
Thurs 17th Mar Themed Observing
Sat 19th Mar Outreach Day: Flight of the Space Shuttles
Thurs 24th Mar Public talk by Prof Stephenson- Postponed
Thurs 31st Mar Quiz!
Sat 2nd Apr Visit to Leicester Space Centre
Tues 21st June Astrosoc Annual Dinner

Our Google Calendar

If you are too lazy to stick this in a diary and use google (like I am) you can also get our google calendar you need a google account to use all the functions of the calendar - if you have a gmail that will do) - [here]

Past Events

Autumn 2010 Events

Thurs 14th Oct Telescopes an Introduction
Thurs 21st Oct Postgraduate Talk
Thurs 28th Oct Lunar Observing
Thurs 4th Oct Astrosoc Film Night
Thurs 11th Nov Activity Session
Thurs 18th Nov Undergraduate Talk
Thurs 25th Nov Quiz

Autumn 2009 Events

Thur 1st Oct Astronomy ice-breakers and tour of the roof
Wed 7th Oct Lucy Hawking talk, part of our Tea, Talk and Telescope programme
Thur 8th Oct Introduction to telescopes
Thur 15th Oct The Second Annual Space Race
Thur 22nd Oct Objects in Space: planets and meteors
Thur 29th Oct Astrosoc guest speaker Rod Jenkins: "Struggle in Space - What I did with my physics degree"
Fri 30th Oct IYA event: Moonwatch
Thur 5th Nov Astrosoc does Vale Fireworks
Thur 12th Nov Activity Night
Thur 19th Nov Astrosoc film night: The War of the Worlds
Thur 26th Nov Post grad talk
Thur 3rd Dec Lunar observing
Wed 9th Dec Astrosoc AGM followed by curry
Thur 10th Dec Christmas Quiz

Spring 2009 Events

A full list will appear shortly, but here is a quick run down of events likely to happen. Early January Trip to Thinktank and a planetarium show
March 9th David Levy talk and related events - DavidLevy is a Jewish Canadian astronomer and science writer most famous for his co-discovery in 1993 of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994.
Pi Day Celebrations
February 14th - daytime fun at Cannon Hill Park, part of our IYA related events, the main event is organised by the Friends of Cannon Hill Park
March 21st - vernal equinox observing, IYA event.

Autumn 2008 Events

Wed 24th Sep School of Physics and Astronomy Freshers Fair, come and find out more about astrosoc there, and you can always join!
Fri 26th Sep The Guild's Societies Fair, come and find out more about astrosoc there, and you can always join!
Thur 2nd Oct How to observe the wonders of the night sky
Sat 4th Oct Birmingham Space Day, all day in Poynting Physics, for more info see the space day site
Thur 9th Oct Lunar Observing (Full Moon is on the 14th)
Thur 16th Oct "Living in the Sun's atmosphere" by Dr Lucie Green (MSSL) (7:00 Poynting Large Lecture Theatre), part of our Tea, Talk and Telescope Programme.
Thurs 23rd Oct The First Annual Space Race
Thurs 30th Oct Deep Sky Observing (New Moon on the 28th)
Sat 1st Nov Astrosoc at the University Observatory... (arrangements TBC)
Thurs 6th Nov Old Film Night "Journey to the Far Side of the Sun"
Thurs 13th Nov "Sounding The Heartbeat of Stars" talk by Neil Tarrant
Thurs 20th Nov "The 400th anniversary of the telescope" talk and hand on telescope building session workshop by Samuel George
Thurs 27th Nov Deep Sky Observing (New Moon on the 27th)
Sat 29th Nov Astrosoc at the University Observatory... (arrangements TBC)
Thur 4th Dec "Mirror images, antimatter and time reversal" by Prof Peter Kalmus OBE (QMUL) (7:00 Poynting Large Lecture Theatre), part of our Tea, Talk and Telescope Programme.
Wed 10th Dec 2pm - Astrosoc AGM followed by Christmas Lunch (TBC closer to the date)
Thurs 11th Dec Christmas Quiz and Party

14th March 2009: Birmingham Pi Day

"Space, the Final Frontier as many would say, is a spectacular place. The Universe is teeming with objects so awe inspiring in nature that perhaps one can not help but feel a little dwarfed by them. Yet this does not daunt many of those who study the Universe, trying to understand its many facets: from where it came from, to how it will die and everything in between. One of the most eminent figures from the twentieth century in this quest was Albert Einstein, whos work on gravity laid the foundations for much of what would follow in the following decades and beyond."

Pi Day ran from 10:00 am to 5:15 pm on Saturday 14th of March 2009.

More information on the schedule and location are available from the [Pi Day website]

Spring 2008
13th Feb Open Lecture - Dr Edward Daw (University of Sheffield), "The Hunt for Gravitational Waves", 11am West Lecture Theatre
20th Feb Open Lecture - Prof. Kevin Warwick (University of Reading), "Neural Implants: a new kind of medicine or the next evolutionary step?", 11am West Lecture Theatre
24th Feb ThinkTank Trip - pics at the[gallery].
21st Feb Talk by Dr Martin Hendry (University of Glasgow) - Did we really land on the Moon? (7:00 Poynting Large Lecture Theatre)

8th May Talk by Dr Mike Hapgood (RAL) - "Space Weather and Lunar Exploration" (7:00 Poynting Large Lecture Theatre)
5th June 2008 Astrosoc Annual Dinner with guest speaker Dr William Chaplin, pics at the[gallery]..

18th June Trip to Jodrell Bank Observatory pics at the[gallery].

Autumn 2007 Events
4th Oct Talk by Dr. Brian Cox - The Big Bang Machine (7:00 Poynting Large Lecture Theatre)
11th Oct Get to grips with telescopes and observing
18th Oct Themed observing night/ October Balti
25th Oct Themed observing night
1st Nov Vale Fireworks (meet 7pm in Joes and 8pm outside Shackelton on the Vale)
8th Nov Themed observing night
15th Nov Astrosoc, a brief history - talk by Samuel George
22nd Nov Moon buggy race, lets raise money for spotty day (£1 each) at 7pm!
29th Nov Quiz
6th Dec Talk by Dr. Paul Roche - The Faulkes Telescope project
13th Dec Themed observing night

We organise the Physics departmental open lectures and these take place on a Wed at 12pm in the Physics West Lecture Theatre - all students and members of staff are welcome and they are aimed at not being technical.

7th Nov.: Prof. F. Taylor, Oxford, Weather and Climate of the Planets
14th Nov.: Dr. D. Evans, Birmingham, "Recreating the Big Bang using the World's Largest Machine"
28th Nov.: Jay Tate, SpaceGuard UK, "The Science of "Armageddon"
5th December: Dr Sarah Callaghan
12th December: Prof. K. Warwick, Reading, Robotics

2006 Events

Feb 8th - Observing Theme Night, The Solar System
Feb 15th - Missons with Moon Buggy Race
Feb 22nd - "The Greatest Show Not On Earth", talk by Paul Whiting
Mar 1st - Film Night (bring along popcorn!)
Mar 8th - Observing Theme Night - Galaxies
Mar 15th - "Exoplanets and their Aurora", talk by Samuel George
Mar 22nd - PPARC Evening Talk, Dr Ian Morison (Jodrell Bank Observatory, Manchester University) "Is there anyone out there?"
Mar 29th - No meeting, Astrosoc goes to the Guild awards - tickets are £3 each from Joes!
May 3rd - Imaging with Modified Webcams and Surveillance Cameras: Affordable CCD’s for the Amateur Astronomer, talk by Giles Hammond
June 16th - Annual Dinner at Edgbaston Golf Course

2004/2005 Events

September 21st Autumn Newsletter Released
September 22nd Freshers' Fair, School of Physics and Astronomy
September 23rd MOMD Fair, School of Physics and Astronomy
September 24th Freshers' Fair, Guild of Students
September 30th "Welcome to the University Quiz" 7:30 onwards Q12
October 2nd FAS Convention
October 7th Intro to naked eye astronomy
October 9th Selly Oak Pub Crawl; Meet in Guild (Joes) 8pm, then Gun Barrels, OVT, Soak ending in the Bristol Pear.
October 13th OPEN LECTURE: Dr Nigel Banister "Lobsters eye on the Cosmos"
October 14th Binocular Astronomy; followed by social in the Guild
October 20th OPEN LECTURE: Prof. B.S. Sathyaprakash,
School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University "Quest for gravitational waves"
October 21st David Hardy 'Art in Space' Space Artist and the Annual October Balti
October 27th OPEN LECTURE: Andy Salmon "From Kazakhstan to the stars"
October 28th Lunar Eclipse Night
October 29th Astrosoc and Planetary Society "APOLLO - A MOON ODYSSEY "
November 3rd OPEN LECTURE: Simon Singh "The History of the Big Bang" (journalist / author of Fermat's Last Theorem see:
November 4th Vale Fireworks
November 10th OPEN LECTURE: Dr. David Whitehouse (of the BBC) "astronomy and space in the media"
November 11th Leonids Talk / Observing
November 18th Dr Colin Frayn "Mergers, Sabotage and Cannibalism - The Gruesome Evolution History of Nearby Galaxies".
November 25th How to use a telescope
December 1st Winter Newsletter Released
December 2nd - Astrosoc and Planetary Society 'SATURN LORD OF THE RINGS' Christmas Lecture
December 4th "Christmas Adventure" German Market followed by Cinema or observing?
December 8th Cyril Isenberg "bubbles"
December 9th Christmas Party / End of Term Quiz
January 13th Samuel George: "End of the Milky Way; evolution on a grand scale"
January 20th AGM / Balti
January 27th Andy Salmon talk "Mir: Russian outpost in space - The story of Mir's use 1986-2001"
February 2nd OPEN LECTURE: Dr Joseph Romano Cardiff Uni Gravitational waves
February 9th Dr Peter Ford and Dr Vincent Smith "Einstein's 1905 revolution in physics" (Bath University and Bristol University)
February 10th Somak Raychaudhury -"The stuff of the Universe"
February 16th Kevin Warwick, "rise of the machines" Reading
March 2nd Prof J.E. Inglesfield, University of Wales Cardiff "Rainbows, Haloes and Glories"
March 10th - "A Warwickshire Eclipse" Mike Frost
March 16th Prof. Barrie Jones, Open University - 'Planets and life beyond the Solar System'