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.
In order to try and make your experience as enjoyable as possible, please take a moment to read this additional information. Continue reading
Our BBC Stargazing Live events will be rolling out this week and we hope that all ticket holders are looking forward to the event. For anyone who does not have a ticket unfortunately the BBC’s tickets are sold out. However, we have an additional, though limited, number available for staff and students of the University being distributed by AstroSoc Committee members.
To get one of these last tickets, Committee members will be around the Poynting Physics Coffee Lounge at 1pm on Monday 7th and at 1pm on Thursday 10th. If you can’t make those times please contact us and we can arrange something for you.
On the 9th December, the astronomy world was shaken by the death of Sir Patrick Moore, the long-standing and enthusiastic presenter who inspired many people over his active years to enter the hobby of stargazing.
His lifelong interest in astronomy led him to an incredible career, setting the record for being the longest-serving presenter on a television series, alongside several other accomplishments including acting as president for both the British Astronomical Association and the Society for Popular Astronomy.
“The Sky at Night”, Moore’s television series and greatest claim to fame, began in 1957 and has run for over 700 episodes since then. The longevity of the show has allowed it to inspire generations of people to get involved with astronomy, from amateur stargazing right through to professional research.
AstroSoc have a special connection to Sir Patrick, beginning with his visit to our society in the 1980s and extending through to the present days, where our public lectures are still called the “Patrick Moore Lecture Series” in his honour.
We are very sorry to hear of the death of Sir Patrick Moore, both due to the profound influence he had on astronomy during his lifetime, and due to his past involvement with our society. We are sure that his presence will continue to be felt by the scientific community and all those with a passion for looking at the stars.