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Author: Sam Franklin

May 2022 Meeting

Hi, just a quick reminder of our upcoming monthly meeting will be our first in-person meeting in some while and will be held at The Pavilion, Rusty Lane, Seend SN12 6NS (click to Google Map) on Tuesday 3rd May 2022 at 19:30 for an 20:00 start.

For our speaker this month, we welcome back the excellent Andrew Lound who will no doubt treat us to an entertaining take on “The Moon at Christmas: The Epic Voyage of Apollo 8”.

Thanks once again to Andy for putting together this months newsletter:

2022 April Meeting

Hi, just a quick reminder of our upcoming monthly meeting will be held (online via Zoom) on Tuesday 5th April 2022 at 19:45.

The Zoom Details are:
URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82352359148?pwd=VTAvMGFPYkdUdDlsQWtPWWs5S3JWZz09
Meeting ID: 823 5235 9148
Passcode: 691538

For our speaker, we welcome back Pete Williamson (FRAS) who will give the talk “Herschel to Hawkwind: Astronomy & Music & How each other influence each other”.

We were blessed with clear skies once again for our March observing session (held on the last Friday of the month) where we had a cracking turnout at our regular site of Lacock, see our Observing page for more details.

UPDATE. Many thanks Andy for crafting this month’s newsletter, link below.

2022 March Meeting and Newsletter

Hi, just a quick reminder of our upcoming online (zoom) meeting tonight Tuesday 1st March 2022. We are not meeting in person at the Hall in Seend for the time being.

The Zoom Details are:
URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89151504770?pwd=VVFUZU1IUXdDcHl3V293Z1o1alpBdz09
Meeting ID: 891 5150 4770 
Passcode: 496458

For our speaker, we welcome back long time Wiltshire AS regular, Martin Griffiths. Martin’s talk is “Dark Energy and Dark Matter”.

Thanks to Chris Brooks for organising/running a successful observing session on Friday 26 Feb where we had 12 newcomers who I think enjoyed the session and looking through a telescope for the first time.

Thanks to Andy Burns for his steadfast work with March newsletter:

2022 February Meeting

Hi, just a quick reminder of our upcoming online (zoom) meeting on Tuesday 1st February 2022. We are not meeting in person at the Hall in Seend for the time being.

The Zoom Details are:
URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85920084062?pwd=UTZRdnd5RnVtaG12dGVGeDdXQTE2QT09
Meeting ID: 859 2008 4062
Passcode: 540970

At February’s meeting, we welcome back friend of the society, Professor David Southwood, who will give the talk “Local puzzles in Cosmic Magnetism”.

UPDATE: please find below link to the February 2022 newsletter, kindly put together by Andy.

Thanks

January 2022 meeting

Hi, just a quick reminder of our upcoming online (zoom) meeting on tonight Tuesday 4th January 2022. We are not meeting in person at the Hall in Seend for the time being.

The online meeting details are as follows:
Time: Tuesday 4th January 2022 19:45 GMT
URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86216052459?pwd=NVNjeGFzaG9oSkdxZUI1T2dLVlE4QT09
Meeting ID: 862 1605 2459
Passcode: 563532

Tonight, we have Martin Lunn giving a talk on an appropriate theme, “The Star of Bethlehem”.

Thanks to Andy once again for putting together the newsletter, please download via the link below.

December 2021 meeting

Hi, just a quick reminder of our upcoming online (zoom) meeting on Tuesday 7th December 2021.

The meeting details are as follows:
Time: 19:45 GMT 7 Dec 2021
URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88631333751?pwd=aWt1cGJBV3ovbWlPaFdoOGptU3RoQT09
Meeting ID: 886 3133 3751
Passcode: 527500


Our familiar speaker for the meeting is Paul Money (astrospace.co.uk) who is talking on “Why we don’t have Green Stars”.

**UPDATED 2021-12-07**
Thanks to Andy once again for putting together the newsletter, please download via the link below.

Zoom details for revised November meeting

Hi, just a quick reminder that, tonight Tuesday 9th November, we have scheduled our revised November meeting held online only over Zoom. Details below:

Time: Nov 9, 2021 19:45 GMT
URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89401275309?pwd=dlFoQUY1eXBRNEdObFAwZXBobjlDZz09&fbclid=IwAR0OX9B1qucB8keYiPV8PDPrclzElAR72jdSRWlXaJMtOZ49FJYC64CE8Ic
Meeting ID: 894 0127 5309
Passcode: 296206

Our speaker is Katrin Raynor-Evans who will be talking about “Exploring Astronomy through Philately” , see a related article from Katrin here.

Also, here’s our November Newsletter, thanks again Andy

November Meeting Postponed & November Newsletter

Unfortunately, Katrin Raynor Evans’ talk due to be held over Zoom tonight has had to be postponed due to a very recent bereavement. However, Katrin has very kindly offered to give the talk NEXT Tuesday 9th November via Zoom again.

Andy will open the Zoom call (details provided on the previous post) tonight just to inform anyone that has not received the message.

Andy has again dutifully put together this month’s newsletter, see link below.

Back to online Zoom meetings – 2nd Nov 2021 onwards

The society committee has taken the decison to move back to online only meetings for the time being. Our next meeting is Nov 2nd 2021 and will be held via the Zoom service. This has been primarily driven by the high covid case levels in the region and the need for extra villigence. Also we saw low attendance for the in person meetings so far, whereas our online meetings were up to 30 members plus, many scattered across different countries.

UPDATE 2021-11-01. Zoom Details for Tuesday’s Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89778910858?pwd=QVNNbW14UkhUNXh2cmthRm9lNHY4QT09
Meeting ID: 897 7891 0858
Passcode: 833830

October 2021 Meeting + Update

Tonight, Tuesday 5th October 2021 will be our second in-person meeting back at the hall in Seend, please see our meetings page for further details.

For our October meeting tonight, we will be joined by Colin Stuart who will giving us a summary of “Time in Einstein’s Universe”.

We successfully held the September meeting at the hall which ran smoothly with the exception of issues with internet connectivity. This prevented us running a simultaneous zoom meeting. Therefore, until we can resolve the internet connection issue, we will unfortunately not be able to run a zoom meeting.

Finally, we are still hopeful that a volunteer can be found to take on the small requirement of organising the teas and coffees (and busicuits of course) at the monthly meeting. If you are not currently volunteering for the society already, this would be a great help.