Hertford Astronomy Group

2015-16 Programme

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Institute of Physics Lectures University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

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Kerstin Dautenhahn  

 Lindop Building

College Lane Campus, Hatfield

Wednesday 27th April 2016 at 7.00pm

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


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.

May 11th  8:00pm

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

Bill Martin

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

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  

 Jack Martin  

 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  

Prof. William Martin is visiting professor of physics at the University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Astrophysics Research. He developed the Polarisation Laboratory, a measurement facility for complete scattering Stokes matrix measurements on surfaces over a broad range of wavelengths (345-1320nm) directed at potential optical signatures from exoplanetary life.

Current projects include biosignatures of cyanobacteria, spectropolarimetry of Lunar regolith, high resolution Echelle spectrometers for radial velocity measurements, and small telescope surveys of M dwarf stars.  His previous work has included design of very large laser facilities, laser propagation physics, integrated optics, inertial confinement fusion physics, and II-VI compound semiconductors.  

His career includes work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, GEC-Marconi, and BAe Systems as a senior scientist and large technical project manager. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.