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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.

 

 January - April 2019

3rd January - SkyNotes for January

SkyNotes for January

Skynotes01

10th January - Informal Evening

There is no scheduled talk for this evening, but the Godlee is open for all your astonomical needs - if you have some question that you would like answered, why not come along and ask it?

17th January - Public Lecture at MMU - The Godlee Observatory is closed this evening

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

See Lectures page for more information
 
24th January - Egyptian Days and Nights - Anthony Jennings

Anthony will give a short talk about his recent trip to Egypt. Includes some daytime and night-time photos, plus his latest camera set-up.

Egypt

31st January - SkyNotes for February

SkyNotes for February

Skynotes02

7th February - Astronomy through the Ages - Graham Hodson

Astronomy through the Ages - from Sumeria and Babylon to X-Rays, Ultra-Violet and Infra-Red, via Isaac Newton

Hubble
14th February - Clear skies - Observing Evening

An evening observing the night sky from the Godlee

Godlee telescopes
 
21st 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
 
28th February - SkyNotes for March

SkyNotes for March

Skynotes03

7th March - VENUS - Orbits, Transits, Exploration and Habitation - Stephen Hurley

VENUS - Orbits, Transits, Exploration and Habitation - Stephen Hurley

Akatsuki
 
14th March - A Beginner's Guide to the Constellations - Phil Swift

A Beginner's Guide to the Constellations - Phil Swift

Orion
 
21st March - 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
 
28th March - SkyNotes for April

SkyNotes for April

Skynotes04

 

4th April - The Sun and Saros - Graham Hodson

The Sun and Saros - Graham Hodson

A brief look at the Sun, Eclipses, and Saros Cycles for Beginners

Sun

11th April - Q - Anthony Jennings

Q

18th April - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - MEMBERS ONLY

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

25th April - SkyNotes for May

SkyNotes for May

Skynotes04

 

 May - August 2019

2nd May - Astronomy Advice Workshop - Buy it, Build it, or Bodge it?

A look at various pieces of equipment and accessories -
Do you Buy it, Build it, or Bodge it?
What you may (or may not) need for YOUR astronomy...
and How to Use It

Scotch
 
9th May - SETI & the Rare Earth Hypothesis - Steve Hurley

SETI & the Rare Earth Hypothesis - Steve Hurley

Earth

The talk would cover:
• Overview of the work which has been done on SETI so far
• Outline the rare earth hypothesis

16th May - Registax 6 - Video Tutorials & Discussion

Registax 6 - Video Tutorials & Discussion

Registax Tutorial

23rd May - Eyepieces & Telescopes - A Beginners Guide - Graham Hodson

Eyepieces & Telescopes - A Beginners Guide

Schmidt-Cassegrain

30th May - SkyNotes for June

SkyNotes for June

NGC 6210
 
6th June - Informal Evening

Informal Evening

Includes a video about "Cosmic Events" provided by Leonardo Bongalino - Solar Superstorm
 

13th June - 60 years of NASA, Part 2 - Anthony Jennings

60 Years of NASA, Part 2 - Anthony Jennings

Mars Rover

20th June - Cosmic Journeys - Hubble Universe in Motion (Video)

Cosmic Journeys - Hubble Universe in Motion (Video) Hubble

27th June - SkyNotes for July

SkyNotes for July

Aquila
 
4th July - Sending Messages to Alien Life - Steve Hurley

Sending Messages to Alien Life - Steve Hurley

Plaque

The talk will cover: Messages sent from Earth out into space, e.g. the Arecibo message and Artefacts from Earth (messages on spacecraft designed to leave the solar system e.g Voyager Golden Record, the Pioneer Plaque)

11th July - Cosmic Journeys - Supermassive Black Hole (Video) + Informal Discussion

Cosmic Journeys - Supermassive Black Hole (Video) + Informal Discussion

Supermassive Black Hole

Following this 30 minute video, there will be the opportunity for Informal Discussion of Astronomical Topics

18th July - Apollo 11 - The Moon Landing - OPEN DAY AT THE GODLEE

Apollo 11 - The Moon Landing - OPEN DAY AT THE GODLEE

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first men to set foot on the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin,
explaining "Why did we go to the Moon" and covering various "firsts" that had to be achieved to get there

The Godlee Observatory will be open from 1 pm for tours and a presentation about the Apollo 11 mission

Apollo 11

25th July - SkyNotes for August + Video: To the end of Time

SkyNotes for August + Video: To the end of Time

SkyNotes

1st August - Dark Matter - Steve Hurley

Dark Matter - The substance which makes up 27% of the mass of the Universe - Steve Hurley

Dark Matter

8th August - The Einstein Eclipse - Kevin Kilburn

The Einstein Eclipse - Kevin Kilburn

Eclipse

15th August - Informal Evening - Anything could happen in the next hour

Informal Evening - Anything could happen in the next hour
- from 8pm

questionmark

There is no 'pre-planned' talk tonight. This is your opportunity to show some of YOUR images, or give a short talk about something that you have an interest in

22nd August - Seeing the Beginning of Time (Video)

Seeing the Beginning of Time (Video)

Time

29th August - SkyNotes for September

SkyNotes for September

 Member's Notice Board

Posted: 04 October 2019

Members are reminded that Annual Subscriptions were due on 1st October 2019

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 2019

5th September - GPS: Past, Present, and Future - Steve Hurley

GPS: Past, Present, and Future - Steve Hurley

GPS satellite
 
12th September - The Death of Supergiant Stars - Josh McClenaghan

The Death of Supergiant Stars - Josh McClenaghan

Supergiant

19th September - Mars - A Travellers Guide to the Planets (Video)

Mars - A Travellers Guide to the Planets (Video)

Mars

26th September - SkyNotes for October - Anthony Jennings

SkyNotes for October

Skynotes

3rd October - Dark Energy - 68% of the Universe - Steve Hurley

Dark Energy - 68% of the Universe - Steve Hurley

Dark Energy

Don't forget, Subscriptions were due on 1st October
Some time tonight will be allocated to collection of your Subscription
Note: Payments can now be made online as well as by cash/cheque

10th October - Astronomy - What on Earth are we looking at? (for Beginners)
A Beginner's Guide to: A summary of the terms used by Astronomers, some common pre-conceptions and errors, and their real explanations. Saturn Hubble

Saturn Amateur

17th October - Public Lecture at MMU - The Godlee Observatory is closed this evening

See the Lectures page for details

24th October - Pick of the Rest

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

31st October - SkyNotes for November

SkyNotes for November

7th November - The Anthropic Principal - Steve Hurley

The Anthropic Principal - Steve Hurley

'At the instant the Omega Point is reached, life will have gained control of all matter and forces not only in a single universe, but in all universes whose existence is logically possible; life will have spread into all spatial regions in all universes which could logically exist, and will have stored an infinite amount of information, including all bits of knowledge which it is logically possible to know. And this is the end’

Multiverse

14th November
21st November - Public Lecture at MMU - The Godlee Observatory is closed this evening

See the Lectures page for details

28th November - SkyNotes for December

SkyNotes for December

5th December
12th December
19th December
26th 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.