Saturday, 15 April 2017

2017 Programme Update

The 2017 Programme has been updated to include:
  • the BAA Weekend Conference in Chester (8,9,10-September-2017);
  • an extra meeting at which Dr. Alan Chapman will speak, 10-November-2017).
The full 2017 Programme of events is available here

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

BAA Weekend Meeting Programme: September 2017

This is the programme for the British Astronomical Association Weekend Meeting which will be held in Chester on Friday-Sunday, September 8-10, 2017:

 

Stars: Life and Death of the Universe

 

Friday     19:00 - 21:30

Professor  Lyndsay Fletcher  (Glasgow)                         Living with a Star

Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

Professor Paul A. Crowther  (Sheffield)                         Birth, life and death of massive stars
Professor Nate Bastian         (Liverpool John Moores)    Stellar clusters and stellar populations
Dr Jacco van Loon               (Keele)                             Stellar Ecology
Professor Bill Chaplin           (Birmingham):                    Sounding stars and the search for other
                                                                                    worlds in our Galaxy
Dr Matt Darnley                   (Liverpool John Moores)    Novae: (Brief) new life after stellar death

Sunday   10:00 - 13:00

Visit to The OpTIC Centre, Saint Asaph, which designs and builds advanced optical systems.

 

Extra Activities - Friday Afternoon - St. Peter's Foucault Pendulum

A visit to St Peter’s Church to see a demonstration of the Foucault Pendulum.
This can be repeated on Sunday afternoon if required.

The conference will be held at:
The King's School, Vanbrugh Theatre, Wrexham Road Chester CH4 7QL.

Full details of the programme, location, costs and booking can be found on the British Astronomical Association website.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Next Meeting: Wednesday 26-Apr-2017

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 26-Apr-2017.

Our guest speaker will be Mr. Kevin Kilburn, of The University of Manchester and Manchester Astronomical Society, who will talk about The Forgotten Star Atlas. 

The meeting will be at 7:30 P.M. at the usual venue:  the Burley Memorial Hall, Waverton, CH3 7QN

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

NASA Astronaut Visit: 22-Mar-17 (Wallsall) and 25-Mar-17 (Leicester)

The following notice may be of interest:
We are hosting former NASA Astronaut Dr. Don Thomas for some events in the U.K. in March 2017. Dr Thomas will also be undertaking a number of school visit during his stay here. We would appreciate any publicity you can give to these events. We are a non-profit, no salary, community interest company.
The first of our 'Astronaut Events' of the year is on March 22nd in Walsall, West Midlands at the Calderfields Golf and Country Club. Further details at the 'Astronaut Event' website.
On Saturday March 25th a whole day of activities are planned at the National Space Centre in Leicester. Further details can be obtained and tickets can be purchased directly through 'Eventbrite'.
The Gala Dinner at only £50.00 per head is great value, drinks reception and a 3-course meal hosted by Astronaut Don Thomas.
Please forward this email to society members and anyone you know with an interest in space exploration, thank you.
Kind regards,
Nick & Bryar Deakin, Kirstie Deakin and Colin Shales.

Professor Albert Zijlstra: The History of the Earth

Our guest speaker on 22-Feb-2017 was professor Albert Zijlstra, of The University of Manchester, who delivered an excellent talk on The History of the Earth.  Professor Zijlstra has kindly provided links to two web sites (blogs) on which he discusses some related topics:

Ice ages:   http://www.volcanocafe.org/ice-age/
Calanaishttp://www.volcanocafe.org/the-stones-of-calanais/   (actually the history of Scotland)

Professor Zijlstra managed to compress the entire history of the earth (about 4.5 thousand million years) into about one and a half hours - a compression ratio of about 25,000,000,000,000 to 1;  you will understand, therefore, that the web sites contain a considerable amount of information that is well worth exploring.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Next Meeting: Wednesday 29-Mar-2017

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 29-Mar-2017.

Our guest speaker will be Professor Mike Bode, of Liverpool John Moores University, who will talk about The Liverpool Telescope: A Giant Robotic Eye on the Universe. 

The meeting will be at 7:30 P.M. at the usual venue:  the Burley Memorial Hall, Waverton, CH3 7QN

Friday, 17 February 2017

Next Meeting: Wednesday 22-Feb-2017

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 22-Feb-2017.

Our guest speaker will be Professor Albert Zijlstra, of The University of Manchester, who will talk about The History of the Earth. 

The meeting will be at 7:30 P.M. at the usual venue:  the Burley Memorial Hall, Waverton, CH3 7QN

Professor Zijlstra warns that this may be a long talk so it would be advisable to arrive a little earlier than usual to facilitate a punctual start.

BAA Weekend Meeting at King’s School: September 2017

The date of the British Astronomical Association Weekend Meeting has changed.

The conference will be held over the weekend of Friday-Sunday, September 8-10, 2017.

The venue is unchanged:  The King's School, Vanbrugh Theatre, Wrexham Road Chester CH4 7QL.

N.B. The BAA website has not been updated yet.  The date it gives (15-17 September) is incorrect.

[The date changed to avoid a clash with a Chester Racecourse meeting which has been moved to the weekend of the original BAA meeting.]

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

BAA Request

We have been asked by the British Astronomical Association to pass on a request to any of our members who are also BAA members:
 
Dr Nick Hewitt
“Gara”, Billing Park
Wellingborough Road, Northampton NN3 9BQ
Home: 01604 404007 Mobile: 07753 671091
15/01/2017
Dear Society President or Secretary,
I am writing to you in order to enlist your assistance in my task to try to forge greater relationships between the British Astronomical Association and grass roots amateur astronomy in Britain. We at the BAA feel that we have a great deal to offer amateur astronomers in expertise and experience but feel this resource is not being fully tapped. We are aware of some dissatisfaction of some members, and of some negative views of non-members. We hope to redress this.
I am attempting to find BAA members within the many astronomical societies in Britain, to gain their views and enlist some help (this would not be onerous!). I am hoping that you may ask your society members who are BAA members to contact me (nickdhewitt@btinternet.com ) just to make themselves known. I can then correspond with them directly. If you do not have any BAA members within your society, I would be pleased to know this too, so would be grateful for a note from yourself to this effect.
I do hope you may be able to assist me in this, and look forward to hearing from you in due course.
Yours sincerely
Nick
Dr Nick Hewitt
Trustee, British Astronomical Association

Friday, 3 February 2017

North West Astronomy Festival: 1,2-Jul-17

The 2017 North West Astronomy Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday 1-2 July at the Heath in Runcorn Cheshire.

More details can be found on the North West Astronomy Festival website.

BAA Workshop: 11-Mar-17 “Back to Basics”

The British Astronomical Association is holding a “Back to Basics” workshop on Saturday, 11-March-17 hosted by Mexborough and Swinton Astronomical Society in South Yorkshire.

The workshop, aimed at beginners, will feature a talk by BAA president Jeremy Shears entitled: “What equipment & books do I need?”

The BAA website gives full details as does the S&MAS website.

Public Lecture: 15-Feb-17 University of Leeds

As part of the “ERC=Science²” project, funded by the European Research Council, the University of Leeds is holding a free public lecture on Wednesday 15th February at 16:30. The talk, by Professor John Plane of the School of Chemistry, is titled: “Cosmic Dust – From Stars to Climate”.  For more details, the location or to register follow this link.  The lecture and speaker are described thus:
This lecture will explore the origins of cosmic dust in the solar system, its impacts on the Earth’s atmosphere and its role as an indicator of rapid climate change.

John Plane is a Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Leeds. He is recognised as a world-leading expert in the chemistry of the Earth’s atmosphere, from the upper ocean to the edge of space. His research involves field observations, laboratory and theoretical studies, and the development of atmospheric models, in order to understand the interactions between the different atmospheric regions. Professor Plane has recently been awarded the Vilhelm Bjerknes Medal for 2017, by the European Geosciences Union (EGU), for distinguished research in atmospheric science.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Next Meeting: Wednesday 22-Feb-2017

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 22-Feb-2017.

Our guest speaker will be Professor Albert Zijlstra, of The University of Manchester, who will talk about The History of the Earth. 

The meeting will be at 7:30 P.M. at the usual venue:  the Burley Memorial Hall, Waverton, CH3 7QN

Professor Zijlstra warns that this may be a long talk so it would be advisable to arrive a little earlier than usual to facilitate a punctual start.