Leicester Astronomical Society

2017 Meetings

2017 meetings

All 7.30pm, John Eggleston Suite, the National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester

10 Jan “Physics Special Topics: an application of physics to solve diverse problems” by Nahid Chowdhury, Sunil Mucesh, Darren Nutting and Daniel Watters, Leicester University

24 Jan “Lifting Jupiter’s Cloudy Veil with the Juno Mission” Dr Leigh Fletcher, Leicester University

14 Feb AGM

28 Feb “Human spaceflight – the challenges, risks and opportunities…….including the trials and tribulations of getting our own experiments on board the ISS for Tim to do”by Prof Anu Oja, National Space Centre

14 March “Astronomy beyond light: the dawn of the multimessenger era.” Dr Phil Evans, Leicester University

28 March Spring Night Sky by various members and Telescope Clinic.

11 April Postcards from Mars – Return to Tharsis. By Peter Rea, Spaceflight Enthusiast.

25 April Metal detecting by Dr Julian Onions, Nottingham University
What are metals to an astronomer, how do they get made, and what can they tell us about the history of the universe in terms of stars and galaxies?

9 May Rosetta & Philae: From Concept to reality. by Dave Eagle

23 May ‘These are a few of my favourite things’ by various members. What piece of equipment would you be totally lost without? Which (probably by now) well-tattered book has been your faithful astronomical companion since the early days? What’s your favourite viewing target? Do you have a long-term astro project that you have been working on? Tell us about it tonight! Inspire others!

13 June Talk on Dawn mission to Ceres and Vesta by David Conner

27 June Summer Night sky and presentations by members

8 Aug – Members Evening – but all are welcome!   Please bring along something that will be of interest to others (equipment, books, photos etc).   A great opportunity to chat to others and find out what they are up to astronomically!
12 Sep – ‘The Great American Eclipse 2017’ by various members (could be on something else if eclipse is clouded out!)

19 Sep ‘The Triumphs of Voyager Part 1′ by Paul Money.   To mark the 40th anniversary of the launches of the exceptionally successful probes, Voyagers 1 and 2.    NB:    this is an extra meeting
26 Sep:  Autumn Night Sky by various members


10 Oct ’60 years since Sputnik’.    A meeting to commemorate 60 years of the Space Age.   Talks and personal recollections by members.


24 Oct ‘Mercury’ by Dr Suzie Imber, Leicester University and ‘X ray astronomy at Leicester; by Tony Abbey.   Plus, it’s the Society’s 65th birthday!

14 Nov ’21st Century Telescopes’ by Prof Michael Merrifield, Nottingham University
28 Nov Talk by Dr Darren Wright, Leicester University


12 Dec  tbc


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