Hertford Astronomy Group

2015-16 Programme

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Bayfordbury Open Evenings

Open Evenings at Bayfordbury Observatory:

30 October 2015

27 November 2015

22 January 2016

26 February 2016

18 March 2016

Free entry to members of HAG if you help out with recruitment stand or Back Garden Telescope Display by the domes.  Let the Programme Secretary (Alan) know if you intend to attend.

Institute of Physics Lectures University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

Bubble Acoustics:

from whales to other worlds


Timothy Leighton

Prince Edward Hall

College Lane Campus, Hatfield

Wednesday 7 October 2015 at 7.00pm

Free to attend but as a courtesy please email Diane to let her know of your intention to attend.


Meetings held at:

Fairway Tavern

Panshanger Golf Complex

Old Herns Lane,

Welwyn Garden City,



Tel:01707 336007

What is an Aurora?

What causes It?

What do we know about the Aurora?

Can we see any from the UK?

What happens at our meetings?

Doors open at 7:30 for the meeting due to start at 8:00 but several club members and friends gather before this to have a drink and chat in the bar.

Following welcome announcements we have a guest speaker who speaks on the subject of the evening for about 45 - 60 minutes.  This is followed by questions relating to the talk.

Announcements about forthcoming events follow.

You can then choose from the following activities:

  1. If the weather is clear telescopes and binoculars brought by members are set up outside for some observation.  Members doing so will be pleased to share their scopes with others.
  2. If you need help with some equipment then now is your chance to bring it in.  Others in our club will be more than willing to help you .  Don’t be shy, we get just as excited about a telescope bought at the charity shop for £20 as we do one costing many times more.
  3. Just socialise with others - about anything!

We look forward to seeing you.

October 14

Unveiling the invisible sky: the power of  radio astronomy

Elias Brinks  

8:00 - 10:00pm

Doors open at 7:30 although the bar is open earlier for a drink or meal.

9 September 2015  

 Roger O'Brien  

 25 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope  


14 October 2015  

Elias Brinks  

Unveiling the invisible sky: the power of  radio astronomy   


11 November 2015  

 Matthew Page

 UVOT - Catching Gamma Ray Bursts on the  Fly  

 9 December 2015  

 Jim Hough  



13 January 2016  

 Dave Eagle  


10 February 2016  

 Martin Begley  

 Stellar Spectroscopy  


9 March 2016  

 Rae Walter  

 Tycho Brahe  


13 April 2016  

 Steve Fossey  

 Finding a Super Nova!  


11 May 2016  

 Bill Martin  

 Astro Biology Little Green Things-Detecting  Life on Earth and Exoplanets  


8 June 2016  

 Mark Wrigley  

 Pikonic - Disruptive Technologies  

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.