Public Lectures :
Our FREE Public Lectures are normally held in the 'Schuster Building', Manchester University, Oxford Road, Manchester, in the Blackett Lecture Theatre (located on the ground floor). If using SatNav, please use M13 9PL. The lectures are FREE to attend and all are welcome. Lectures start at 19.30 and usually finish by about 21:15. Click HERE for more location information. If you do not have a UofM swipe card for the main door, telephone the MAS on
Please note that the information given on this page is provided on a "best information available" basis and advertised talks/speakers may be subject to change at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.
Tom Vassos meets the audience © MAS
Lectures and AGM for 2023 - 2024 :10th August 2023 - Tom Vassos - "Astronomy under the Stars - A Superhuman View of the Cosmos"
Tom Vassos - "Astronomy under the Stars - A Superhuman View of the Cosmos"
Lecture will take place in the Blackett Lecture Theatre
Meeting starts at 19:00
Can you imagine what the cosmos above would look like if we all had superhuman vision? Immerse yourself in awe-inspiring images of nebulas, galaxies and supernova explosions that are invisible to the naked eye. Learn about doomsday meteorites that are like 4.5-billion-year-old time capsules from the beginning of our Solar System and the birth of planet Earth. Explore the Big Bang as we unveil actual evidence that reveals where we all came from.
e-mail 'firstname.lastname@example.org' to reserve your place/s and receive your ticket/s by return e-mail. This lecture is "Free", but we ask that you only order tickets if you are really going to attend !!! Thank you !
NOTE: Tom Vassos's lecture is not just for the Society members... it's open to everyone. The talk is geared to those that have just the faintest interest in the night sky too - you do not need to be an 'astronomy geek'. Come along and enjoy some wonderful images of deepsky objects, often shown to scale to the full moon, so that you can appreciate just how BIG some of these distant objects really are!
If you missed this lecture, you can find a video of the event HERE19th October 2023 (Kopal Memorial Lecture) - Dr Peter Millington, U of M, - "Not just the little things — where quantum mechanics rules the universe"
Dr Peter Millington, University of Manchester, -
"Not just the little things — where quantum mechanics rules the universe"
Image Credit: M. Blanton and SDSS
Start at 19:30 Thursday October 19th 2023
This will be the first of our Winter Monthly Public Lectures
Members.... don't forget that Subscriptions were due before 1st October !16th November 2023 - "Hunting for Dark Matter in the Stars" - Dr Jamie Mcdonald, U. of M. - FREE LECTURE
"Hunting for Dark Matter in the Stars" - Dr Jamie Mcdonald, U. of M.
"Dark matter is an all-pervading substance spread throughout the cosmos. Without it, the Universe we observe today could never have formed. There is just one problem: we don’t actually know what it’s made of, precisely. This mystery remains one of the biggest unanswered questions in science. In this talk, we will explore one of the leading explanations of dark matter, namely, that it composed of a hypothetical class of super-light particles called axions. Remarkably, we will see how neutron stars could hold the key to detecting these axion particles. It turns out that neutron stars are power houses for turning dark matter into radio signals that we could detect with telescopes here on earth. This is the subject of an exciting programme of research which could make a breakthrough detection of dark matter in the coming years."
THIS LECTURE IS FREE TO ATTEND - NO NEED to BOOK !!
NOTE THE CHANGE OF LECTURER/TOPIC
14th December 2023 - Presidential Lecture - "Going over to the Dark Side" - *MEMBERS ONLY TONIGHT*
Presidential Lecture - "Going over to the Dark Side"
Note that this lecture is for Members only - we hold our Christmas Party after this lecture!18th January 2024 - "Fiat Lux IV - Colour in the Cosmos" - Dr Steve Barrett, University of Liverpool - FREE LECTURE
"Fiat Lux IV - Colour in the Cosmos"
Dr Steve Barrett, University of Liverpool
How we perceive colour is a complex mix of physics and physiology. We can see in colour because starlight (and hence sunlight) covers a spectrum of wavelengths. What can colours tell us about how the Universe works?
THIS LECTURE IS FREE
If you missed this lecture... you can watch it HERE15th February 2024 - "DOUBLE HEADER" - 'Solar Physics and Asteroseismology' & 'Exoplanets' - Dr Simon Ebo & Charlotte Proverbs, UCLan. - FREE LECTURE
'Solar Physics and Asteroseismology' & 'Exoplanets'
Dr Simon Ebo & Charlotte Proverbs, UCLan.
21st March 2024 - Jupiter & The Trojan Wars - Prof. Colin Steele, University of Manchester
Jupiter & The Trojan Wars - Prof. Colin Steele, University of Manchester
While the main asteroid belt lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, with many minor planets, there are a significant number that orbit in different parts of the Solar System. One such group is the Trojan minor planets, named after various characters in the Iliad and Odessey classics. These centre around 60 degrees ahead or behind Jupiter in its orbit, but can orbit the Sun in fairly complicated curves. This talk will centre on the Trojan Asteroids from their predciction by Lagrange more than 200 years ago, mentioning their discoveries, and the orbital mechanics that allows them to remain in their positions. The same phenomena also occur at various other points in the solar system.18th April 2024 - Annual General MeetingAnnual General Meeting30th May 19:00 - Tom Vassos - title yet to be finalised
30th May 19:00 - Tom Vassos - title yet to be finalised1st August - Dr Steve Barrett, U of Liverpool - title yet to be finalised
1st August - Dr Steve Barrett, U of Liverpool - title yet to be finalised
The Winter 2024 - 2025 Public Lecture season is due to open on 17th October 2024