Hertford Astronomy Group


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October 12th  8:00pm

The Perils of Landing on Mars

Dr Stephen Lewis

8:00 - 10:00pm

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


Meetings held at:

Fairway Tavern

Panshanger Golf Complex

Old Herns Lane,

Welwyn Garden City,



Tel:01707 336007

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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.

Eclipse of the Sun 2017

One of our members has brought this to our attention in case you might want to think about going to the USA to watch the eclipse.  Details of an organised trip can be found at http://eclipseofthecentury.com/

Please note that we are not endorsing this venture but merely passing on information

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

Woolsthorpe Manor Visit - June 25 2016

A great day out to this historic site.  Thanks for organising it Jerry.

At the recent committee meeting we discussed a number of venues for other trips for the future, and more details will be sent out in due course.

Exploring Mars is a key step towards solving some enduring mysteries and may provide answers to questions about our own origins, how and when life emerged on Earth, and whether we are truly alone in the Universe.

Mars has proved a notoriously tricky planet on which to land a spacecraft, and next attempt will be by ESA on 19th October with the Schiaparelli probe, a vehicle carried by the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO). Both craft are part of ESA’s ExoMars project.

This is an excellent opportunity to hear about the next planned landing on Mars just 1 week before the event.

Dr Lewis is Deputy Head of the School of Physical Sciences at The Open University. He co-leads the AMELIA (Atmospheric Mars Entry and Landing Investigation and Analysis) on Schiaparelli in order to retrieve the scientific information form the entry profile and he is a member of the NOMAD (Nadir and Occultation for MArs Discovery) team, which is an instrument aboard the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter.

Stars of our Own!

Perseids Meteor shower observation evening at Bayfordbury Observatory 11 August 2016

Pictures takes from breakfast TV

Steve Heliczer

Martin weston

2016-17 Programme

14 September 2016  

Roger O'Brien  

Gravity Waves


12 October 2016  

Stephen Lewis

The perils of Landing on Mars


9 November 2016  

Mike Edmunds

“Sir Isaac Remembers ...”  

14 December 2016  

Paul Money

Images of the Universe Part 1


11 January 2017  

Dave Eagle  

Piazzi Smyth and his High Altitude Tenerife Observatory  

8 February 2017  

Cathie Clarke

Proto-Planetary Disks and Planet Formation


8 March 2017  

 Derek McNally

 60 Years of Astronomy  


12 April 2017  

Jerry Stone  

The Next 50 years in Space  


10 May 2017  

Sarah Hutton

Galaxy Quest



14 June 2017  

Robin Scagell  


Bayfordbury Observatory Open Evenings

11 November 2016

9 December 2016

13 January 2017

3 February 2017

3 March 2017

Institute of Physics Lectures University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


 Mapping the Underworld


Phil Atkins

Lindop Building

College Lane Campus, Hatfield

Wednesday 5 October 2016 at 7.00pm  

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