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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
The Science of Rainbows
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
Is Pluto a Planet?
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

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Bayfordbury Open Evenings


The next one will be in October 2015



Institute of Physics Lectures University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield



Epidemics and Viruses: the mathematics of disease

by

Julia Gog

Lindop Building

College Lane

Hatfield


Wednesday, April 29 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

Mannicots

High Oaks Road

Welwyn Garden City

Hertfordshire

AL8 7BP

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.

April 8

Binocular Astronomy

Stephen Tonkin


8:00pm - Doors open at 7:30 although the bar is open earlier for a drink

The binocular is not limited to being a beginner's instrument and an adjunct to a telescope, but is also an exceptionally valuable astronomical instrument in its own right. In this talk, you will have the opportunity to discover how to choose and use binoculars for astronomy, and be given some ideas for selecting suitable objects to observe.


Stephen will bring a number of binoculars and

mounting options for the "hands on" experience.


He writes equipment reviews and a monthly Binocular Tour for Sky at Night magazine; his book, Binocular Astronomy, is now in a much expanded 2nd Edition and will be available for sale on the evening at a 20% discount price of £20.00.