Plymouth Astronomical Society


Society Meetings

The Society meetings for the 2014/15 session were:


Tuesday 12th August 2014
Perseid Meteors Observing
At the Lee Moor car park (map on the Join us page)
8.30pm onwards.

Friday 12th September 2014
Talks:     The Night Sky in September
               Observing the Moon, by Peter Grego who is a writer on many aspects of astronomy but
               with a particular expertise in the Moon.  His varied interests include being the editor of
               the magazine of The Society for Popular Astronomy and a regular contributor to
               Astronomy Now
               Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques and a Mystery Star! by David Wilton
Venue:   Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Friday 10th October 2014

Talks:     The Night Sky in October
              A Cosmic Perspective, by Luke Christison
              Black Holes, a short IVT film
Venue:   The Immersive Vision Theatre (IVT), Plymouth University Campus - map on the Join us page
               - between the Fitzroy and Portland Square Buildings.  Seating is limited in the IVT so please
               reserve a place by sending a message via our Contact us form. - Sorry, all seats taken now!
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Sunday 19th October 2014
Mars and Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring Observing
At the Wembury Beach car park (map on the Join us page), 7pm onwards.  This comet passes very
close to Mars that evening but could be difficult to spot as it will be a balancing act between Mars
setting below the SW horizon and it being dark enough!

Tuesday 21st October 2014

Orionid Meteors Observing
At the Wembury Beach car park (map on the Join us page), 7.30pm onwards.

Friday 14th November 2014
Talks:     The Night Sky in November
               Cassini-Huygens: Odyssey to Saturn and Titan,  by Professor David Southwood
               Professor Southwood was Director of Science at the European Space Agency when the
               Cassini spacecraft reached Saturn and when the Huygens probe landed on Titan.  He was
               recently President of the Royal Astronomical Society (2012-2014) and is the Patron of our
               Society.
Venue:   Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Monday 17th November 2014
Leonid Meteors Observing
At the Wembury Beach car park (map on the Join us page) at 8pm.

Friday 5th December 2014

The PAS Christmas Dinner
Venue:    The Steak & Omelette Bar, Cornwall Street, Plymouth
Time:      7.00pm

Friday 12th December 2014

Talks:     The Night Sky in December
               Christmas Quiz Night!
               NASA's Gemini Programme, by Ken Facey
Venue:    Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Saturday 13th December 2014
Geminid Meteors Observing
At the Wembury Beach car park (map on the Join us page).

Monday 22nd December 2014
Ursid Meteors Observing
At the Wembury Beach car park (map on the Join us page), 7pm.

Friday 9th January 2015
Talks:     The Night Sky in January
              Planets, Life and Panspermia, by James Fradgley,  James is Chairperson of the
              Weymouth Astronomy Club.
              Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, by David Wilton
Venue:   Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Friday 16th January 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy Observing
At the Wembury Beach car park (map on the Join us page), 7.30pm.

Sunday 18th January 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy Observing
At the Wembury Beach car park (map on the Join us page), 7.30pm.

Friday 13th February 2015

This meeting will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Plymouth Astronomical Society
on 25th February 1965
Talks:      Some Reminiscences of the Early Days, by Lawrence Harris (Founder of the PAS)
               50th Birthday Quiz
               Display of Members' Observing and Photographic Equipment
               Raffle, Birthday Cake and Refreshments!
               The Night Sky in February
Venue:   Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Friday 13th March 2015
Talks:      Neptune - The (Other) Blue Planet, by David Wilton
               BBC Sky at Night Programme from the 1960s
               Display of Members' Observing and Photographic Equipment
               The Night Sky in March
               [Stellar Interiors, by Mike Shearer - postponed until the autumn]
Venue:    Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Friday 20th March 2015 - STARGAZING LIVE

Solar Eclipse Observing
At Jennycliff car park (map on the Join us page) from 8.00am
Here is a short video on safe ways to view the Sun.

Saturday 21st March 2015 - STARGAZING LIVE
At Waterstones Drake Circus Plymouth from 11.00am until 4.00pm
We are there to answer your questions and to discuss astronomical matters.
A selection of telescopes, binoculars and camera equipment will be on display.
Collect a free Dark Sky Discovery sky chart!

Friday 10th April 2015

Talks:      Astrophotography Evening  - An Introduction by Steve Hayward
               followed by PAS/Facebook members showing their own images
               The Night Sky in April
Venue:    Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Wednesday 22nd April 2015
Lyrid Meteors Observing
At the Wembury Beach car park (map on the Join us page), 8.00pm onwards.
Arrive early with your equipment and get advice on astrophotography and observing.

Friday 8th May 2015
Talks:      What's so Anomalous about Anomalous X-ray Pulsars? by Dr Ben King
               Ben is a lecturer in Theoretical Physics at Plymouth University
               The Night Sky in May
Venue:    Rolle 116, First Floor, Rolle Building, Plymouth University
Please note change of room due to exams in the Babbage Building
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Friday 12th June 2015
PAS AGM
Talks:      What's the Matter with Antimatter? by Dr Martin Lavelle, Plymouth University
               Martin is a theoretical physicist in the School of Computing and Mathematics
               The Night Sky in June
Venue:    Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University
Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Friday 10th July 2015
Talks:      50 Years of Martian Exploration, by Dr Natasha Stephen, Plymouth University

               Natasha is a planetary geologist and an expert on Martian meteorites

               Pluto - The Final Frontier?, by Mark Bowles

               The Night Sky in July

Venue:    Tamar Room 402, Top Floor, Babbage Building, Plymouth University

Time:      7.30-9.30pm

Wednesday 12th August 2015
Perseid Meteors Observing and BBQ
At the Wembury Beach car park (map on the Join us page),
7.30pm onwards for the BBQ and it gets dark about 9.30pm. 
Please bring your own portable/disposable BBQs and food and drink.


There is no "talks" meeting in August 2015.
The next meeting will be on Friday 11th September 2015.





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