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Northamptonshire Natural History Society

President
Mike Gibson
Secretary
CT Sampson

Previous meetings

Astronomy section meetings

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Section
Date
Where*
Details
Astronomy
Mon, 11 Sep 2017, 19:30
HR
cold dark matter
by Dr Julian Onions of Nottingham University. A welcome return to the NNHS of this popular lecturer. Cold dark matter - is it cold, is it dark and is it matter? We hear a lot about dark matter in astronomy. Some people consider it a fudge. In this talk we'll go through the evidence for dark matter and the history of it, and answer the questions in the title. No particular prior knowledge is assumed.
Astronomy
Mon, 14 Aug 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
A special Telescopic Topics since all of our main contributors are away chasing some solar eclipse in the USA! So it really is a members' evening where short, or long, contributions are invited on any vaguely astronomical topics. We will have a presentation of the night sky in August. There's plenty to be seen, so you'll have no excuse not to get the binoculars and telescopes out as the days grow shorter. Guests very welcome. An account of the Perseids seen at the section outing on the 12th.
Astronomy
Sat, 12 Aug 2017, 19:30
Out
the perseids
It's time for our annual pilgrimage to view the Perseid meteor shower as near to the peak as possible. Unfortunately the Moon will be up around the peak making faint meteors hard to see. On the positive side, Saturn is to the south early in the evening and there may be a chance to catch a setting Jupiter too! The venue will be announced at a later date and a clear night would be welcome. Keep watching @NorthantsAstro and https://www.facebook.com/nnhsastro for details.
Astronomy
Mon, 31 Jul 2017, --:--
Out
astronomy section summer social
It's time for this year's summer social. A chance to catch up with other members over food and drink. The time and venue will be announced in due course. Booking will be required, but all are welcome.
Astronomy
Mon, 10 Jul 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
These are members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. At past meetings we've enjoyed presentations on topics from astrophotography to cosmology. We'll also offer some topical observing inspiration for you, despite the long days and short nights! Guests are very welcome. If you've got any questions come along and ask them.
Astronomy
Mon, 26 Jun 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
These are our members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. If you've got any astronomical problems bring them along for some help. We'll try to present some themed observing inspiration and if the weather's helpful do a little practical urban astronomy too, so bring your binoculars and telescopes. Guests are very welcome.
Astronomy
Mon, 12 Jun 2017, 19:30
HR
the european extremely large telescope
by Dr. Aprajita Verma. With a mirror 39m across the E-ELT will collect 13 times more light than the largest visible/IR telescopes today allowing us to peer deeper and further than ever before. In this talk, Dr Verma will describe the developments in telescope design that have led up to the forthcoming era of extremely large telescopes, in particular the E-ELT project which UK astronomers are playing a key role, and the ground-breaking science it will produce.
Astronomy
Mon, 08 May 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
These are our members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. If you've got any astronomical problems bring them along for some help. We'll try to present some themed observing inspiration and if the weather's helpful do a little practical urban astronomy too, so bring your binoculars and telescopes. Guests are very welcome.
Astronomy
Mon, 24 Apr 2017, 19:30
HR
medieval astronomy: the not-so-dark ages?
Seb Falk will introduce the methods and instruments of medieval astronomy. Astronomers in medieval universities and monasteries refined ancient theories, developed new ways of calculating and presenting information, and above all invented complex, ingenious instruments like astrolabes. Seb will explain some of these and show that perhaps the Dark Ages were not as dark as often thought.
Astronomy
Mon, 10 Apr 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
These are our members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. If you've got any astronomical problems bring them along for some help. We'll try to present some themed observing inspiration and if the weather's helpful do a little practical urban astronomy too, so bring your binoculars and telescopes. Guests are very welcome.
Astronomy
Mon, 27 Mar 2017, 19:30
HR
constraining the boundaries for the possibilities of extra-terrestrial life on exoplanets
by Martin Braddock. Since the first exoplanet orbiting a main sequence star was announced in 1995, over 3,300 have been discovered, the most recent being Proxima b in August 2016. With exoplanets seemingly commonplace, the next challenge is to identify those whose physical and chemical characteristics may be candidates to support life. In this talk, Martin will describe some of the methods currently being used together with a glimpse of the late research findings drawn from recent scientific literature.
Astronomy
Mon, 13 Mar 2017, 19:30
HR
astronomy section agm and telescopic topics
We start the evening with our AGM, which is typically quite brief, then conclude with a members' meeting. If the weather's helpful we'll do a little practical urban astronomy too, so bring your binoculars and telescopes. Guests are welcome.
Astronomy
Mon, 27 Feb 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
See the entry for the 30th January for details of this meeting.
Astronomy
Mon, 13 Feb 2017, 19:30
HR
supernova sn1987a
by Dr Nick Hewitt. Unfortunately we have a change to our original programme as Dr Paul Abel cannot attend due to late changes in his teaching schedule. We hope to welcome him at a later date. Dr Nick Hewitt has offered to step in to speak on the historic supernova SN1987a which was discovered on 24 February 1987 and is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Astronomy
Mon, 30 Jan 2017, 19:30
HR
telescopic topics
These are our members' meetings for which participation is invited. It's a forum to discuss new observations, equipment and techniques. If you've got any astronomical problems bring them along for some help. We'll try to present some themed observing inspiration and if the weather's helpful do a little practical urban astronomy too, so bring your binoculars and telescopes. Guests are very welcome.
Astronomy
Mon, 09 Jan 2017, 19:30
HR
an arctic eclipse
by Mike Frost. On March 20th 2015 a total eclipse of the Sun swept across the North Atlantic and was visible from the territory of Svalbard in the High Arctic. We welcome back Mike Frost for the story of his arctic eclipse, a stunning sight in cloudless skies. And polar bears, shadow bands, frostbite, enigma machines, fata morgana, reindeer pizza and pink bottoms.
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