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May 2021 Meeting and Newsletter

May the 4th be with you! So tonight, we continue with our online Zoom meetings and welcome long time Wiltshire Astro stallwart Martin Griffiths who will be giving us a talk “Some Lesser Known Asterisms” !

Details for the Zoom meeting are:

Meeting Time: May 4, 2021 07:45 PM
Meeting URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89153768752?pwd=Syt4TnBsd1RldzZZY081SExXMWNzdz09
Meeting ID: 891 5376 8752 
Passcode: 419867

As always, Andy Burns has dutifully put together the Newsetter, please download a copy below:

April 2021 Meeting and Newsletter

On Tuesday, 6th April 2021 we’re continuing with our online Zoom meetings. Tonight we welcome Paul Money who will be giving us a talk “Triumphs of Voyager (part 2) – Where no probe has gone before” which we can’t wait for.

Details for the Zoom meeting are:

Meeting Time: Apr 6, 2021 07:45 PM London
Meeting URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82255041779? pwd=aEpjNGM0VU1wR2s0d24yNHRad1lK dz09
Meeting ID: 822 5504 1779
Passcode: 673669

As always, Andy Burns has dutifully put together the Newsetter, please download a copy below:

March 2021 Meeting and Newsletter

On Tuesday 2nd March 2021, Wiltshire-AS will continue with online Zoom meeting format. Tonight, we have the superb Pete Williamson who will be walking us through the “moons in our solar system” with his talk tonight.

Details for the tonight’s Zoom meeting:

Time: Feb 3, 2021 07:45 PM London
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89631378335?pwd=Mi8wVUZsQ2g4MWsycGp3enlIWmZ3Zz09
Meeting ID: 896 3137 8335
Passcode: 294566

Thanks to Andy for his continued efforts in compiling the monthly newsletter, download link below

February 2021 Meeting and Newsletter

On Tuesday 2nd February 2021, Wiltshire-AS will continue with online Zoom meeting format. Tonight, we have the great Prof. David Southwood who will be giving a talk titled the “Moon and Mars the next Giant Leap”. David has had a distinguished career in the space sector, both in academia and held senior positions in the European Space Agency.

Details for the tonight’s Zoom meeting:

Time: Feb 2, 2021 07:45 PM London
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85100981193?pwd=ZGZtclRJZUZvM3VTamtnS3hxTWVhZz09
Meeting ID: 851 0098 1193
Passcode: 627310

New Online Membership System Introduced

As of today the society is delighted to introduce a new online system which will manage our memberships and the associated payments. The system is provided by a third-party service called Membermojo.

So, how to join the society for the current “season” which runs to 31st August 2021.

  • Click “Membership” on the top menu, or follow https://wasnet.org.uk/membership/, which redirects to the membermojo page
  • Click “Join/Renew” button.
  • Complete the basic forms (name, email address). We do not hold or want to hold any further details. No bank account information is held by us, that’s handled by a third-party for a fee.
  • Select the membership type. Currently there is only a single “annual” membership. NOTE further types of membership options will be added.
  • Select a payment method. For “online” options, you can use any card (credit/debit) or use your personal paypal account if you have one. Alternatively, select “OFFLINE” and I will seperately email you with BACS details or where to send a cheque. Using on online method does mean less work we understand if you’d cannot or would prefer an offline method.
  • Then, you should receive an email confirming membership and that will expire on 31st August 2021 (membership fees are not pro-rated). You should receive an alert before that as a reminder too.

Thanks in advance for your patience and we’d welcome any feedback.

January 2021 Meeting and Newsletter

On Tuesday 5th January 2021, Wiltshire-AS will continue with online Zoom meeting format. Tonight, unfortunately our scheduled speaker is unable to give their talk and our very own Andy Burns has stepped in and will give a talk on “Sir John Herschel, 1st Baronet of Slough”, thanks Andy!

Details for the tonight’s Zoom meeting:

Time: Jan 5, 2021 07:45 PM London
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87548756423
Meeting ID: 875 4875 6423
Passcode: 115227

December 2020 Meeting and Newsletter

On Tuesday 1st December 2020, Wiltshire-AS will continue with online Zoom meeting format. Tonight, we are joined by Dr Lillan Hobs who will be giving us a Zoom talk an intriging topic “The Planetarium in the Bedroom” !

The joining details for tonight’s meeting using Zoom are as follows:
Meeting Time: 1st Nov 2020 19:45 GMT for an 20:00 start
URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86130423379? pwd=TXRiYk1CSkwzLzZkaFRXdHZuRi9rZ z09
Meeting ID: 861 3042 3379
Passcode: 580823

As always, Andy Burns has done a cracking job putting together the PDF Newsletter for this month, which is filled with info, see link below.

December Observing Suggestions

Wiltshire Astronomical Society Observing Suggestions for December 2020 @ 21:00

We have updated the observation targets this month for those with binoculars or smaller wide field telescopes to have something to search for.

The WAS Observing Team will provide recommended observing sessions for you to do while maintaining social distancing away from the home or as part of your social bubble at the homes of close friends or relatives. Please always follow the latest government guidelines if observing away from the home.

These observing recommendations will continue until we can start our group observing again (hopefully) in the new year.

Most target objects can be found around due South and South-West at about 21:00.

Where To Look This Month:
This month we concentrate on the constellation of Taurus.
Just select ‘What’s Up’ link below to get the PDF file.
What’s Up Link: http://wasnet.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/WAS-2020-12-observing-notes.pdf

November 2020 Meeting and Newsletter

On Tuesday 3rd November 2020, Wiltshire-AS will continue with online Zoom meetings and we’re joined by long-time friend of the society, the incomparable and always inspired Andrew Loud. We are reliably informed by Andrew’s website that he will still appear in costume over Zoom, so certainly an event not to be missed.

This time, Andrew will be guiding us on an Odyssey to Jupiter.

The joining details for tonight’s meeting using Zoom are as follows:
Meeting Time: 3rd Nov 2020 19:45 BST
URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81041791431?pwd=U1Q5RjNXREtadUU5TWNoa0dDeHBQZz09
Meeting ID: 810 4179 1431
Passcode: 017221

October 2020 Meeting and Newsletter

Tonight, Tuesday 6th October 2020, Wiltshire-AS will continue with online Zoom meetings and we’re joined by society favourite Martin Griffiths, giving us a rundown on the Big Bang and everything after.

The joining details for tonight’s meeting using Zoom are as follows:
Meeting Time: 6tht Oct 2020 19:45 BST
URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88178237251?pwd=ckYzUDhNRjA0SnRUTUNZRVVqclZQZz09
Meeting ID: 872 7839 1344
Passcode: 025434

Andy Burns continues is stoic work putting together the monthly newsletters, the download link is below. Thanks Andy, we’d be lost without you!