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23/06/17

AAA launches its summer programme

Solat Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)

Ever wondered what astronomers get up to during those long, light, summer nights? Find out for yourself by coming to one of our fortnightly meetings in Nowton Park.

The summer months are sometimes seen as a frustrating time for astronomers, with the delayed onset of darkness, and early sunrises, limiting the scope of stargazing.

At the AAA, however, we make best use of this traditional 'down time' by genning up on our astronomical knowledge and sharing the considerable experience and insights of our members. We have put together the following summer programme, designed to appeal to novice and seasoned astronomers alike.

If you're considering joining us, why not come along to a meeting or two this summer to see if you like what we do? If conditions allow we will also try to fit in some stargazing after dark at the end of the programme.

2017 Summer Programme

DATE SUBJECT
22 June
  1. What's in the night sky
  2. Jupiter and its four Galilean moons
6 July
  1. What's in the night sky
  2. Radio astronomy
  3. What's topical in astronomy?
20 July
  1. What's in the night sky, including targets for observation
  2. The Moon, Part 1 - how it formed, its surface and features
3 August
  1. What's in the night sky, including targets for observation
  2. The Moon, Part 2 - how The Moon moves, and its phases
  3. What's topical in astronomy?
17 August
  1. What's in the night sky
  2. Exoplanets - planets outside our solar system that orbit a sun
31 August
  1. What's in the night sky
  2. The Sun:
    • - an introduction
    • - SOHO (Solar & Heliospheric Observatory) and its study of The Sun
    • - workshop (bring an old CD to make a spectrometer and learn about how spectroscopy helps in the study of the stars
  3. What's topical in astronomy?
14 September
  1. What's in the night sky
  2. The Hertzsprung-Russell diagram and how it's used to classify stars according to their luminosity, type, colour, temperature and evolutionary stage
Stargazers