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South Cheshire Astronomical Society (SCASTRO) Meetings

All are welcome from novices to the experienced (Juniors should be accompanied by adults).
We are very short of helpers so if you have organisational skills and would be willing to help then please contact us.

For Full programme and venue details scroll through this page.



SCHEDULED SCASTRO MEETINGS

 Sept 2016-2017 Season Dates

2016
Club Meet
Public Talk
 
2017
Club Meet
Public Talk
Sep
08
22
 
Jan
12
26
Oct
06
20
 
Feb
09
23
Nov
03
17
 
Mar
16
30
Dec
15
01
 
Apr
13
27
      AGM:  
May
11
 


Scroll down this page for: Next Meeting details; Venues, times and how to get there; List of meetings and events for this season; List of past meetings.

Keep visiting this page for updates.







Come and enjoy monthly talks given by experienced astronomers and leading research scientists, and learn about the latest developments and projects in astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology.

We also hold monthly club meetings at which we view the stars, talk to each other, question, demonstrate, explain and present.

Next Meeting (Note this is a Change of Programme.) :-

Public Talk

Thursday 27th April 2017

7:00pm for 7:30pm start

Please arrive soon after 7pm to book your place and pay entry or membership subscriptions.

 

Venue: South Cheshire College.
(location and entry fee details further down the page)


Speaker: Prof. Michael A. Garrett
of
The University of Manchester School of Physics and Astronomy
&
Jodrell Bank Observatory


Talk Title:
SETI
(Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence)
efforts and how we can do better…


This talk replaces the previously arranged talk which had to be cancelled owing to unforeseen circumstances.

Description of talk provided by speaker:
"I will consider whether SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is a worthwhile scientific pursuit and discuss ways we can improve the likelihood of success.
Recent progress in conducting traditional SETI searches (e.g. Breakthrough Listen) will also be presented, along with some results associated with artefact SETI.
I will argue that SETI events are probably quite rare, and that an important area of parameter space to expand upon is field-of-view.
As a comparison to learn from, I will consider recent progress in detecting and localising, FRBs (Fast Radio Bursts). I argue that an 'all-sky' radio telescope operating at cm wavelengths would be useful for both SETI and many other areas of radio astronomy research.
The desire for an "all–sky” SETI capability can be traced back to Arthur C. Clarke’s novel Imperial Earth – as digital processing and computing continue to improve, it will soon be possible to build serious prototypes at cm wavelengths. These can be seen as precursors to SKA (Square Kilometre Array) Phase 2".

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More programme and venue and fee details can be found by scrolling down the page

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For further information, or if you would like to receive emailed announcements:
email enquiries@SCASTRO.org, or phone 01270 663678





Summary details of meetings for the Sept 2016 - May 2017 season, including venue directions, are to be found below followed by summary details of past seasons' meetings



We hold two main types of meetings :-

  • Public Talks

  • Stretch your horizons and come to our public talks on all things Astronomical. When: With a few exceptions, meetings will be on the last Thursday of each month, Time: 7pm-9pm or 9:30pm. The exceptions will be either due to holiday proximity or booking difficulties. Admission is £5 but free for this season’s registered members and for those in compulsory education. Under 18 year olds must be accompanied by an adult who is either an up to date member or a guest who has paid for admission .

Doors open 7pm and talks start at 7:30pm, but please arrive early so that you can be met in the entrance hall, booked in, and conducted to the meeting room. There are refreshment facilities where you can chat until we start.

Venue/Location:

South Cheshire College (referred to as SCC).

SCASTRO Logo Address: Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 8AB
GO TO RECEPTION, at the entrance to the new Crescent Building, to sign in and then be guided to the meeting room.

Link to SCC web for Further Venue Details. These include location and campus maps.



  • Club Nights

  • These meetings are a chance to meet each other and exchange knowledge and experiences. Some of you will be seasoned astronomers and some of you will be just beginning. There will be Telescopes owned by the society to see and experiment with and members will be encouraged to bring their own equipment. On those rare times when viewing conditions are right we can do some star gazing but otherwise there will be plenty to do. When: Generally: 1 per month on Thursday, avoiding proximity to our public talks. Time : 7:30pm-10:00pm this may be extended if the sky is clear for observation. Admission is £3 but free for this season’s registered members and for those in compulsory education. Under 18 year olds must be accompanied by an adult who is either an up to date member or a guest who has paid for admission.

 

Venue/Location :

 

The Brittles Pavilion,
Wistaston,
CREWE

(Grid Ref: 53°04'51.6"N 2°28'43.5"W = 53.0810125, -2.4787645);
(OS Ref: SJ 68027 53861)
Google Maps:link to venue location

 

The Brittles Pavilion (with car park and Eric Swan sports grounds) is at the end of a driveway leading off Church Lane and running along the left hand side of the junior school which is almost opposite Kings Drive where there are a few village shops.

The postal address of the nearest of the shops is:

1 Kings Drive, CW2 8HY

 


 

 


Sept 2016- May 2017 Season Meetings (PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME)

Thu 08 Sep 2016, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 22 Sep 2016, 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Dr Richard Parker - Liverpool John Moores University
Topic: The cradle of the Sun: was our Solar System born in a star cluster?

Thu 06 Oct 2016, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 20 Oct 2016, 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Dr Megan Argo - Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
Topic: When Galaxies Collide

Thu 03 Nov 2016, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 17 Nov 2016, 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Dr Raphael Hirschi - Keele University
Topic: Cosmic Furnaces and Extreme Physics

Thu 01 Dec 2016, 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Dr Stacey Habergham - Liverpool John Moores University
Topic: Exploring the Universe with Exploding Stars

Thu 15 Dec 2016, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 12 Jan 2017, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 26 Jan 2017, 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Dr Mark Norris - uclan
Topic: The Largest Star Clusters & the Smallest Galaxies

Thu 09 Feb 2017, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 23 Feb 2017, 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
TALK CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER

Speaker: Prof. Andreas Freise - B'ham Univ. Astrophysics and Space Research Group
Topic: Shining a Light on Black Holes

Thu 16 Mar 2017, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 30 Mar 2017, 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Professor Nye Evans - Keele University Astrophysics Group
Topic: Why should we care about dust?

Thu 13 Apr 2017, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Next Meeting:

Thu 27 Apr 2017, 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Prof. Prof. Michael A. Garrett - University of Manchester School of Physics and Astronomy
Topic: SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) efforts and how we can do better…

This replaces:-

Speaker: Dr Chris Arridge - Lancaster University
Topic: The JUICE Mission to Jupiter and Ganymede

Thu 11 May 2017, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - AGM & Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

 

 


PAST

Sept 2015- May 2016 Season Meetings

Thu 10 Sep 2015, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 24 Sep 2015, 7:00pm to 8:30pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Dr Timo Laitinen - UCLAN
Topic: Sun and Sun-Earth Connection
see also: Dr Timo Laitinen's Research web pages

Thu 08 Oct 2015, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night


Thu 22 Oct 2015, 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Dr Victor Debattista - UCLAN
Topic: Dark Matter. Changed to: Migration of stars in galaxies
see also: Victor Debattista's Research Website

Thu 12 Nov 2015, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 26 Nov 2015, 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Dr Giovanni Natale - UCLAN
Topic: Radiation Transfer in Galaxies

Thu 03 Dec 2015, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 17 Dec 2015, 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Dr Rene Breton - University of Manchester
Topic: Testing Einstein's Relativity Using Pulsars 

Thu 14 Jan 2016, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 28 Jan 2016, 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Dr Torsten Henkel - University of Manchester
Topic: Presolar Grains - Stardust from before the solar system formed.
see also:
Dr Torsten Henkel | The University of Manchester | School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

and
BBC - Science and Nature - When the cosmic dust settles

Thu 11 Feb 2016, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 25 Feb 2016, 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Dr Jacco Van Loon - Keele University
Topic: Spaceship Earth
see also: Jacco's Planet

Thu 17 Mar 2016, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 31 Mar 2016, 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Dr Althea Wilkinson - University of Manchester School of Physics and Astronomy
Topic: Square Kilometre Array

Thu 14 Apr 2016, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 28 Apr 2016, 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Rosalind Flinn MSc Astronomy - Chester Astronomical Society
Topic: Stellar Evolution

Thu 12 May 2016, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - AGM & Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston


PAST

Sept 2014- May 2015 Season

Thu 11 Sep 2014, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 25 Sep 2014, 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Dr Dean McLaughlin - Keele University
Topic: Supermassive Black Holes and the Formation of Galaxies

Thu 09 Oct 2014, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 23 Oct 2014, 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
CANCELLED
Thu 06 Nov 2014, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 20 Nov 2014, 7:00 for 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Dr Matt Darnley - Liverpool John Moores University, Astrophysics Research Institute
Topic: Novae!

Thu 04 Dec 2014, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 18 Dec 2014, 7:00 for 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Prof Tim O'Brien - University of Manchester & Jodrell Bank
Topic: Exploding stars : an ultra-panchromatic view

Thu 08 Jan 2015, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 22 Jan 2015, 7:00 for 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Dr Dimitris Stamatellos - University of Central Lancashire
Topic: The formation of stars and planets

Thu 05 Feb 2015, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 19 Feb 2015, 7:00 for 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Dr Joanne Bibby - University of Central Lancashire
Topic: Massive Stars as Supernova Progenitors
(see also an earlier presentation:
Exploding Stars -- Where the Elements Come From on Vimeo)

Thu 05 Mar 2015, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - AGM & Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 19 Mar 2015, 7:00 for 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Prof Derek Ward-Thompson - University of Central Lancashire
Topic: The Herschel Space Telescope and what it taught us about star formation

Thu 20 Mar 2015, 8:00am till 11:00 or later - Solar Eclipse Observation at:
The Brittles Eric Swan sports field, Wistaston

for SCASTRO Members and for guest staff and children from the neighbouring junior school.

Follow-up News Link

Thu 16 Apr 2015, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

Thu 30 Apr 2015, 7:00 for 7:30pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Speaker: Ros Flinn MSc Astronomy - Chester Astronomical Society
Topic: Dark Matter and Dark Energy

Thu 14 May 2015, 7:30pm till 10:00 or later - Club Night at:
The Brittles Pavilion, Wistaston

THIS IS THE LAST SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE SEASON
We startup again in September


 

2013-2014 Season

provisional dates

 

Thu 12 Sep 2013, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later - Show-and-Tell Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall

Thu 26 Sep 2013, 7pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Prof Bill Chaplin University of Birmingham
Sounding stars and the search for new planets
(Listen to related podcast: Asteroseismology: using the natural music of the stars)

Thu 10 Oct 2013, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later - Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall

Thu 31 Oct 2013, 7pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Dr Peter Branson
Topic: 'Back-garden Astrophotography'
The talk will describe the decisions made about equipment and techniques used over an eighteen month period, and will be liberally illustrated with photographs of star clusters, nebulae and galaxies that can be seen in Derby's light polluted skies.

Thu 14 Nov 2013, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later - Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall

Thu 28 Nov 2013, 7pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC

Dr Colin Steele University of Manchester
The Solar Neighbourhood - A guide to the nearest stars
One of a set of topics

Thu 12 Dec 2013, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later - Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall

Thu 09 Jan 2014, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later - Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall

see top of page for event details

Thu 30 Jan 2014, 7pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Prof Rob Jeffries Keele University Astrophysics Dept
Peering into the Cosmic Furnace

Thu 13 Feb 2014, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later - Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall
With a special guest astrophysics postgraduate speaker/presenter from Keele University

plus the usual stargazing and discussion activities

Thu 27 Feb 2014, 7pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Prof Albert Zijlstra University of Manchester
History of the Earth

Thu 13 Mar 2014, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later - Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall

Practical astronomy including observation if conditions are right;
+ Keele Post grad speaker on "- "Mass loss of sun sized stars and bigger during their 'superwind' phase."

Thu 27 Mar 2014, 7pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Dr Jacco van Loon Keele University Astrophysics Dept
Galaxies - islands in the sky

Thu 10 Apr 2014, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later - Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall

Thu 24 Apr 2014, 7pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
SCASTRO President: William Stewart
'Shooting while you Sleep - Modern Methods for Detecting and Analysing Meteors'

For detailed information, and how you can join in, see www.nemetode.org

Thu 08 May 2014, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later - Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall

Thu 22 May 2014, 7pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
An illustrated talk by accomplished amateur astronomer Nigel Ball, who is a founder of SCASTRO.
Subject : His recent trip to view and photograph the Northern Lights.

Thu 12 Jun 2014, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later -
AGM & Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall

 

The Sept 2013 to June 2014 Season has finished.
We will be arranging some inter-season events and publishing them here.
Our Next Season starts in September 2014.


PROGRAMME
2012-2013 Season :


Thu 27 Sep 2012, 7:30pm to 9pm - OPEN NIGHT

Thu 18Oct 2012, 7pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Dr Colin Steele, University of Manchester
Meteors - From Comet to Camera
(one of a set of talks that Dr Steele gives)

Fri 26 Oct 2012, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later - Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall

Fri 9 Nov 2012, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later - Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall

Thu 29 Nov 2012, 7pm to 9pm -Public Talk at SCC
Professor Albert Zijlstra, University of Manchester
Planetary Nebula of the Galactic Bulge

Fri 7 Dec 2012, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later - Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall

Fri 4 Jan 2013, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later - Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall

Thu 31 Jan 2013, 7pm to 9pm -Public Talk at SCC
Presenter: Prof Rob Jeffries, Keele University Astrophysics Dept.
New Discoveries in Exoplanetary Systems
See also the following link to this event: SCASTRO - BBC Star Gazing Live Event

Fri 22 Feb 2013, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later - Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall

Thu 28 Feb 2013, 7pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Professor Carole Mundell, Liverpool John Moores University
Big Bangs & Black Holes
See also the following link to this event: SCASTRO - BBC Star Gazing Live Event

Fri 8 Mar 2013, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later - Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall

Fri 12 Apr 2013, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later - Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall

Thu 25 Apr 2013, 7pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Prof Jim Wild, Lancaster University
In Search of the Northern Lights

Fri 3 May 2013, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later - Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall

23May 2013, 7pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Dr Althea Wilkinson, University of Manchester
The Planck Mission
See Also: Planck unveils wonders of the Universe

+ Planck HFI mission draws to a close

Thu Fri 21 June 2013, 8:00pm till 10:30 or later - Club Night at:
St Peter's Community Hall
.
Summer Solstice special - SCASTRO's project 'Bringing The Sun Down to Earth'.
&
Short AGM (for members: Agenda)

Please get in touch for enquiries.

A SELECTION of PAST SCASTRO MEETINGS (in reverse date order)

these are kept in order to preserve the links if you want to follow up.

 

Thu 28 June 2012, 7pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Planetary Nebula
Presenter: Dr Myfanwy Lloyd -
of The University of Manchester

Thu 31 May 2012, 7pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
How I Wonder What You Are: The Birth and Life and Death of Stars
Presenter: Dr Paul Ruffle
of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, The University of Manchester

Thu 26 April 2012, 7pm to 9pm - Public Talk at SCC
Meteorites and the Early Solar System
Presenter: Prof Jamie Gilmour -
Professor of Planetary Science at The University of Manchester