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:
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.
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.
Just socialise with others - about anything!
We look forward to seeing you.
Earlier this year, Hertford Astronomy Group members visited Woolsthorpe Manor - the home of Sir Isaac Newton, where he formulated his theory of gravity and carried out research into optics.
“Sir Isaac Remembers” is a one-man show that is both informative and entertaining in which Mike Edmunds takes on the role of Newton. As he sorts through letters, he offers thoughts on his life, and his science, including his lesser-known studies in alchemy and religion.
November 9th 8:00pm
“Sir Isaac Remembers …”
Dr Mike Edmunds
Mike Edmunds is Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics at Cardiff University and former Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy. He was educated at Cambridge, but has lived and worked in Wales for over 35 years. His main research career involved the determination and interpretation of the abundances of the chemical elements in the Universe, and investigation of the origin of interstellar dust. Later work has partly focused on the history of astronomy, and on Science in Society activity. Mike is Chair the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project, Chair of the Astronomical Heritage Committee of the Royal Astronomical Society, a former member of two UK Research Councils (the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council and the Science and Technology Facilities Council).
14 September 2016
12 October 2016
The perils of Landing on Mars
9 November 2016
“Sir Isaac Remembers ...”
14 December 2016
Images of the Universe Part 1
11 January 2017
Piazzi Smyth and his High Altitude Tenerife Observatory