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Manchester Astronomical Society
Established 1903

 Weekly Meetings

Each Thursday we meet in The Godlee Observatory (apart from the Public Lecture evenings and the Christmas/New Year break, when the Observatory will be closed), from about 19:00. Any scheduled talks will start at about 20:00. Weather permitting, we may also observe using the telescopes until as late as people want to stay. If you are interested in coming to any of these meetings please see the visitor information page.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, our meetings are suspended - but you can see what's in the night sky for the next month by visiting our JOURNAL page.

 

 January - April 2020

2nd January - No Meeting Tonight - Christmas/New Year Break
Fireworks
9th January - SkyNotes for January

SkyNotes for January

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16th January - Public Lecture at MMU - The Godlee Observatory is closed this evening

Public Lecture at Manchester Metropolitan University,
John Dalton Building, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD, commencing at 19:30

See Lectures page for more information
 
23rd January - Informal Evening - Including setting up your telescope

An Informal Evening which will include a hands on demonstration of setting up a telescope

30th January - SkyNotes for February

SkyNotes for February

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6th February - Light Pollution - Steve Hurley

A talk by Steve on the causes of Light Pollution and the effects on astronomy and Dark Sky initiatives.

Light Pollution

13th February - Saturn - A Travellers Guide to the Planets (Video)

Saturn - A Travellers Guide to the Planets

Saturn

20th February - Public Lecture at MMU - The Godlee Observatory is closed this evening

Public Lecture at Manchester Metropolitan University, John Dalton Building, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD commencing at 19:30

See Lectures page for more information
 
27th February - SkyNotes for March

SkyNotes for March

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5th March - Informal Evening

There is no planned talk by the President this evening - this is an oportunity for members to perhaps show some of their images or maybe give a short talk themselves. As a Plan B, there is a possibility of an astronomical video.

12th March - The Best of the Rest 2

Choose the best of recent images (November 2019/February 2020) posted on our Facebook group by NON-Members of the Society. The winning image will be posted to our new Facebook Page Photo Album

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19th March - GODLEE OBSERVATORY CLOSED

The Society Council has now taken the decision to suspend ALL meetings of the Society for an indefinite period of at least 30 days from 17th March 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
UPDATE 19/3/2020: The University of Manchester has placed all the buildings into lock-down. Only essential UoM staff will have access; therefore, the question of when the Godlee re-opens and meetings recommence is in the hands of the UoM, not the MAS.

26th March - SkyNotes for April - CANCELLED

SkyNotes for April - During the Coronavirus pandemic, our meetings are suspended - but you can see what's in the night sky for the next month by visiting our JOURNAL page.

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2nd April - The Steady State Theory - Steve Hurley - POSTPONED

The Steady State Theory - An alternative to the big bang theory in which the universe has no beginning and no end. This was a very popular theory in the 1950’s but by the late 1970’s had been generally discarded

Steady State

9th April - NO MEETING

16th April - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - MEMBERS ONLY - POSTPONED

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Members ONLY tonight please
The meeting will commence at 8.00 pm prompt

23rd April - NO MEETING

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30th April - SkyNotes for May - CANCELLED

SkyNotes for May - CANCELLED - See www.manastro.org/journal.html

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 May - August 2020

7th May - NO MEETING

14th May - NO MEETING

21st May - NO MEETING

28th May - SkyNotes for June - Cancelled

SkyNotes for June - CANCELLED - See www.manastro.org/journal.html

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4th June - ZOOM meeting

11th June - ZOOM meeting

18th June - online via ZOOM

Online meeting via ZOOM

25th June - SkyNotes for July - online via ZOOM link

SkyNotes for July - online via ZOOM link

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2nd July - ZOOM meeting - 19.30

9th July - ZOOM meeting - 19.30

If wished, a 20 minute video, "Clash of the Titans - Hubble's Universe Unfiltered" may be shown

16th July

23rd July

30th July - SkyNotes for August

SkyNotes for August

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6th August

13th August

20th August

27th August - SkyNotes for September

SkyNotes for September

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 Member's Notice Board

Posted 16 June 2020

Society Meetings at the Godlee are temporarily suspended - online meetings via ZOOM are now available

Posted: 13 December 2019

Members that have not renewed their subscription for 2020 are now deemed to have resigned from the Society

Posted: 9 January 2019
Updated: 30 August 2019

The MAS has now closed access to this website using the domain manastro.co.uk.
manastro.co.uk will cease existence in January 2020.

Posted: 23 July 2018

The MAS website has pages devoted to images of the night sky, as well as the Sun and Moon, and that images may be submitted to the website via e-mail to the webmaster, in addition to posting on the MAS Facebook page.

Details about image submission can be found here.

 September - December 2020

3rd September

10th September

17th September

24th September - SkyNotes for October

SkyNotes for October

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1st October

8th October

15th October - Public Lecture at MMU - The Godlee Observatory is closed this evening

See the Lectures page for details

22nd October

Choose the best of recent images posted on Facebook by NON-Members of the Society. The winning image will be posted to our new Facebook Page Photo Album

29th October - SkyNotes for November

SkyNotes for November

5th November

12th November

19th November - Public Lecture at MMU - The Godlee Observatory is closed this evening

See the Lectures page for details

26th November - SkyNotes for December

SkyNotes for December

3rd December

10th December

17th December - Presidential Lecture & Christmas Buffet (MEMBERS ONLY TONIGHT)

Note: To allow plenty of time for the Christmas Buffet, the talk will begin at 7.30pm
 
24th December - No Meeting Tonight - Christmas / New Year Break

No meeting tonight. The Godlee is closed.
Wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the Whole World

Merry Christmas
 
31st December - No Meeting Tonight - Christmas / New Year Break

No meeting tonight. The Godlee is closed.
Wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the Whole World

Merry Christmas
 

 Health & Safety Notice

Safety procedures within the Godlee Observatory are maintained for the safety of members, staff and visitors to the observatory.
All visitors must be accompanied by a warden or a trained society member when entering the Godlee dome.
Please note that due to Health and Safety restrictions, persons under 11 years of age are not allowed to use the spiral staircase nor enter the Godlee dome area (where the telescopes are situated).
The walkway on the outside of the dome is not accessible.
All persons in the Godlee Observatory complex must observe all safety procedures and notices as indicated or advised.
All visitors will receive safety instruction upon arrival.
All group visits must be pre-arranged to ensure there are an appropriate number of trained personnel present; this may require a risk assessment. There is a maximum occupancy of 40 persons; this number includes any MAS personnel required to supervise the group.