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 Alan Davies
Atmospherics optics due to solar radiation in the visible part of the spectrum
Stargazing Live – Observing session
Forthcoming solar eclipse.
2015 is the 'Year of light'
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 2015 Observation Session - The Hyades,
Pleiades, the Orion Nebula & Jupiter.
Talks if cloudy.
June 10
8:00 Carla Natario
Star formation in our Galaxy

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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 30th January 2015

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

Institute of Physics Lectures University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

Hidden Connections


Hannah Fry

Lindop Building

College Lane


Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00pm

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

Meetings held at:

Welwyn Garden City Golf Club


High Oaks Road

Welwyn Garden City



The Hyades, Pleiades, the Orion Nebula & Jupiter

January 14 2015

Just got a new telescope for Christmas and want something special to look at through it?

Here are four fabulous targets to aim at that will bring lots of enjoyment to both beginners and more seasoned astronomers.  They are all visible in the January night sky (well, Jupiter will be from about 9:00).

The beautiful star clusters of the Hyades and Pleiades are a joy to behold in telescopes of any size.  You will see small patches of stars transform into veritable jewel boxes.  The Orion Nebula is a wonderful stellar nursery where new stars are being born.  And the mighty Jupiter with its four Galilean moons is always something special to look at.

Come along and revise your star hopping skills and search for these spectacular objects in the night sky.

Bring along any telescopes, binoculars that spotting scopes you have and share the wonders of the January night sky.

If it is cloudy then don’t worry as we can simulate the experience on the computer although nothing beats doing it for yourself.

Physical Sciences and Astronomy: a matter of scale

February 15 2015