Hertford Astronomy Group

2014-15 Programme

September 10
8:00 Roger o'Brien
The growth and development of the cosmos
February 11
8:00 Marcus Allen
Lunar conspiracy theories
October 8
8:00 Chris Woolston
Astronomy since Copernicus
March 11
8:00 Ian Peters and Alan Willison
Observation Session
The Hyades, Pleiades, the Orion nebula and Jupiter
November 12
8:00 Roger O'Brien and others
Observation Session
Finding your way around the sky with and without a telescope. Star hopping, setting circles and collimation.
April 8
8:00 Stephen Tonkin
Binocular Astronomy
December 10
8:00 Elias Brinks
Unveiling the invisible sky: the power of radio astronomy
May 13
8:00 AGM followed by
Jerry Stone
The Challeges of the near and distant future of Human Space Exploration
January 14 2014 - Stargazing Live
7:00 Telescope and observing workshop sessions
June 10
8:00 Carla Natario
Star formation in our Galaxy

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Unveiling the invisible sky: the power of radio astronomy - December 10

Past, Present and Future Events

What else is going on that might be of interest to you?

Bayfordbury Open Evenings

The next one is scheduled for 12th December

“Comets & Asteroids. News from the Rosetta mission and Geminids meteor shower”

Booking is already open so if you want to come along here is a link.

Institute of Physics Lectures University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

Faraday, Green and Maxwell


Alan Davies

Lindop Building

College Lane


Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:00pm

Free to attend as a courtesy but drop Diane Crann a note to say you would like to attend.

We are delighted to have Professor Elias Brinks coming to our next meeting to talk about the mysterious subject of Radio Astronomy.  This is an area new to our group and we are pleased to have such an eminent speaker on the subject visit us.

Elias earned his doctorate at Leiden University in The Netherlands with a study of the neutral hydrogen distribution in Messier 31, the Andromeda galaxy. Following his PhD, he spent almost 3 years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at ESO Garching and another 3 years as Senior Research Associate at the former Royal Greenwich Observatory.

He then moved to the USA to take up a position as Associate Scientist at the NRAO-VLA in Socorro, New Mexico, where he worked for the better part of 6 years. He subsequently moved to “Old” Mexico, helping his Mexican colleagues set up a Department of Astronomy at the University of Guanajuato and, as staff scientist at INAOE in Puebla, to contribute to efforts to build the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT). Since September 2004 he is back in Europe, as Full Professor at the University of Hertfordshire. 

Meetings held at:

Welwyn Garden City Golf Club


High Oaks Road

Welwyn Garden City