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[UPDATE 04 September 2021] Please see our post on this in-person meetings here. We are going ahead with in-person meetings from Tuesday 7th September 2021 onwards.

Andy will attempt a Zoom call as well, will post details for this.

Our monthly meetings are held at The Pavilion, Rusty Lane, Seend, SN12 6NS (click to Google Map). 7.30pm for prompt 8pm start. Non-members are welcome to attend. There is a nominal £1 per person fee for members, £3 for visitors.

2021/2022 Speaker Programme

  • 07 Sep 2021. AGM and Prof. Mike Edmunds. The Clockwork Universe.
  • 05 Oct 2021. Colin Stuart. Time in Einstein’s Universe.
  • 02 Nov 2021. Martin Griffiths. Dark Energy & Matter.
  • 07 Dec 2021. Katrin Raynor-Evans .Exploring Astronomy through Philately.
  • 04 Jan 2022. Martin Lunn. The Star of Bethlehem.
  • 01 Feb 2022. Prof. David Southwood. TBC.
  • 01 Mar 2022. Paul Money. Trials & Tribulations of Voyager.
  • 05 Apr 2022. Pete Williamso. Herschel to Hawkwind, Astronomy & Music & How each other influence each other.
  • 03 May 2022. Andrew Lound. The Moon at Christmas: The Epic Voyage of Apollo 8
  • 07 Jun 2022. Prof. Matt Griffin. The hazards of Asteroid Impacts on the Earth – Should we worry?

Meeting Archive

  • 01 Jun 2021. Robert Harvey. Understanding the Universe. [June 2021 Newsletter]
  • 04 May 2021. Martin Griffiths. Ignored Asterisms & other Strange Starry Sights. [May 2021 Newsletter]
  • 06 Apr 2021. Prof Mike Edmunds. The Clockwork universe. [April 2021 Newsletter]
  • 02 Mar 2021. Pete Williamson. The moon & Moons of the Solar System. [March 2021 Newsletter]
  • 02 Feb 2021. Prof David Southwood. Moon & Mars: Next Giant Leap. [February 2021 Newsletter]
  • 05 Jan 2021. Paul Money, Triumphs of Voyager (part 2) – Where no probe has gone before [January 2021 Newsletter]
  • 01 Dec 2020. Dr Lilian Hobbs/Eisa Eisinga. The Planetarium in the Bedroom [December 2020 Newsletter]
  • 03 Nov 2020. Andrew Lound. A Jupiter Odyssey. [November 2020 Newsletter]
  • 06 Oct 2020. Martin Griffiths. The Big Bang [October 2020 Newsletter]
  • 01 Sep 2020. Nick Howes. How do you solve a problem like debris-Ahh? [September 2020 Newsletter]
  • 06 Jun 2020. Paul Money. Triumphs of Voyager (part 2) – Where no probe has gone before. [June 2020 Newsletter]
  • 05 May 2020. [via ZOOM] Martin Griffiths. The Habitable Zone – What is it and How is it determined [May 2020 Newsletter]
  • 04 Apr 2020. Pete Williamson. The Moon and Moons of the Solar System [April 2020 Newsletter]
  • 03 Mar 2020. Dr Lilian Hobbs Armchair Messier Marathon [March 2020 Newsletter]
  • 04 Feb 2020. Jon Gale. Observing the Herschel 400 [February 2020 Newsletter]
  • 07 Jan 2020. Open Forum/Beginners Meeting [January 2020 Newsletter]
  • 03 Dec 2019. Dr Dirk Froebrich. Making stars & planets – The Hoys=Caps Citizen Science Project [December 2019 Newsletter]
  • 05 Nov 2019. Andrew Lound. Uranus – George’s planet [November 2019 Newsletter]
  • 01 Oct 2019. Dr Chris Pearson. Ariel and Alien Worlds: Enabling Planetary Science Across Light Years. [October 2019 Newsletter]
  • 03 Sep 2019. Steve Tonkin. Time & Calendar + AGM. [September 2019 Newsletter]
  • 04 Jun 2019 Owen Brazell: Observing Planetary Nebula [June 2019 Newsletter]
  • 07 May 2019 Mark Radice: Observing the Solar System [May 2019 Newsletter]
  • 02 Apr 2019 Martin Griffiths: ‘Universal Death’ or How the Universe is trying to kill us. [April 2019 Newsletter]
  • 05 Mar 2019 Chris Starr: A Most beautiful Moon – A History of Lunar Exploration. [March 2019 Newsletter]
  • 05 Feb 2019 Prof. David Southwood: Mars: Delirium, Delight & Disasters, some personal stories. [Feb 2019 Newsletter]
  • 15 Jan 2019 Open Forum/Beginners Meet. [Jan 2019 Newsletter]
  • 04 Dec 2018 Dr Elizabeth Pearson: A very brief History of Rovers & Landers. [Dec 2018 Newsletter]
  • 06 Nov 2018 Pete Williamson: The Sun & How it Works. [Nov 2018 Newsletter]
  • 02 Oct 2018 Mary McIntyre: Creating Stunning Star Trails. [Oct 2018 Newsletter]
  • 04 Sep 2018 Andy Burns: Cataloguing the Heavens. Part 1: The stuff we don’t see, the Dark Nebulae. [Sep 2018 Newsletter]
  • 05 Jun 2018. Martin Griffiths Understanding Stars + AGM. [Jun 2018 Newsletter]
  • 01 May 2018. Paul Money. Triumphs of Voyager: Journey to Jupiter/Splendours of Saturn.
  • 03 Apr 2018. Guy Hurst. George Alcock The Life & Achievements of this Amazing Observer. [Apr 2018 Newsletter]
  • 06 Mar 2018. Andrew Lound. Guardians of the Rings. [Mar 2018 Newsletter]
  • 06 Feb 2018. Prof David Southwood Cassini-Huygens, a Mission to Saturn & Titan. [Feb 2018 Newsletter]
  • 02 Jan 2018. Open Forum Subject for Beginners.
  • 05 Dec 2017. Nick Howes. Hey Dude, where is my space craft – The Hunt for Snoopy
  • 07 Nov 2017. Sally Russell. An Introduction to Astronomical Sketching.
  • 03 Oct 2017. Prof Richard Harrison. Oxfordshire’s national space facility: Over 50 years in Space. [Oct 2017 Newsletter]
  • Sept 2017. Pending
  • 06 Jun 2017. Mark Radice. Observing from the Caribbean + AGM. [Jun 2017 Newsletter]
  • 02 May 2017. Martin Griffiths. Planetary Nebulae Marathon. [May 2017 Newsletter]
  • 04 Apr 2017. Dr Chris North. Telescopes through the Ages. [Apr 2017 Newsletter]
  • 07 Mar 2017. Steve Tonkin. And yet it Moves! [Mar 2017 Newsletter]
  • 07 Feb 2017. Prof David Southwood. 10 Years of Space Science at the European Space Agency. [Feb 2017 Newsletter]
  • 03 Jan 2017. Open Forum/Beginners session. [Jan 2017 Newsletter]
  • 06 Dec 2016. Andrew Lound. Saturn – Lord of the Rings. [Dec 2016 Newsletter]
  • 01 Nov 2016. Philip Perkins. Imaging the Cosmos. [Nov 2016 Newsletter]
  • 04 Oct 2016. Paul Money. Images of the Universe. [Oct 2016 Newsletter]
  • 06 Sep 2016. Nick Howes. The legacy of Apollo. [Sep 2016 Newsletter]
  • 03 Jun 2016. Martin Griffiths. The Current State of SETI. [Jun 2016 Newsletter]
  • 03 May 2016. Bob Mizon. Oddities of the Solar System. [May 2016 Newsletter]
  • 05 Apr 2016. Mark Hurn. The Story of Star Names. [Apr 2016 Newsletter]
  • 01 Mar 2016. Prof Mark Sims. Life on Mars. [Mar 2016 Newsletter]
  • 02 Feb 2016. Prof David Southwood. 10 Years at the Helm of the European Space. [Feb 2016 Newsletter]
  • 05 Jan 2016. Dr Andrew Morse. Rosetta – An Update. [Jan 2016 Newsletter]
  • 08 Dec 2015. Andrew Lound. Neptune A Calculated Guess. [Dec 2015 Newsletter]
  • 03 Nov 2015. Paul Money. Images of the Universe.
  • 06 Oct 2015. Steve Tonkin. Binocular Astronomy.
  • 01 Sep 2015. Jonathan Gale. Patterns in the Sky Exploring & Observing Asterisms. [Sep 2015 Newsletter]
  • 02 Jun 2015. Martin Griffiths. Exoplanets + AGM.
  • 05 May 2015. Dr Sarah Roberts. Dwarfs in the Backyard.
  • 07 Apr 2015. Dr Andrew Morse. Meteorites.
  • 03 Mar 2015. Dr Leigh Fletcher. Jupiter Revealed: Exploring the Archetypal Giant Planet.
  • 03 Feb 2015. Dr Susanne Schwenzer. The Mars Science Laboratory Rover – Curiosity at Gale Crater.
  • 06 Jan 2015. Richard Fleet. Glows, Blows & Haloes.
  • 02 Dec 2014. Andrew Lound. Apollo – A Moon Odyssey.
  • 04 Nov 2014. Dr Stuart Eves, The Future is out of this World.
  • 07 Oct 2014. Nick Howes. The Greatest Telescope on Earth. [Oct 2014 Newsletter]
  • 02 Sep 2014. Dr Stuart Clark. The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth.
  • 03 Jun 2014. Martin Griffiths – star Clusters; Jewels of the Sky followed by AGM.
  • 06 May 2014. Charles Barclay. De-mystifying the Night Sky.
  • 01 Apr 2014. Members Forum.
  • 04 Mar 2014. Dr John Gribbin – TBA.
  • 04 Feb 2014. Ian Coster Double Stars: Jewels of the Night Sky.
  • 07 Jan 2014. Dr Andrew Morse. ESA, Rosetta Space Mission.
  • 03 Dec 2013. Prof Ian Morison. The Story of Jodrell Bank.
  • 05 Nov 2013. Dr Paul Olver – Volcanoes of the Solar System.
  • 01 Oct 2013. Andrew Lound. Comets: Signposts in History.
  • 03 Sep 2013. Mark Radice. Lunar Observing and AGM.