Main Programme


Handy table of dates for 2023-2024

MonthDates of main meetingsPotential outreach dates. Location TBD
SepSat 16th 2023 – Mike CruiseFri 22nd 2023 – 1st Wokingham
OctSat 21st 2023 – Hugh AllenFri 27th 2023
NovSat 18th 2023 – Mary McintyreFri 24th 2023
DecSat 9th 2023 – Dr Victoria FawcettFri 29th 2023
JanSat 20th 2024 – membersFri 26th 2024
FebSat 17th 2024 – Brian SkidmoreFri 23rd 2024
MarSat 16th 2024 – Martin LewisFri 22nd 2024
AprSat 20th 2024 – Prof Nick EvansFri 26th 2024
MaySat 18th 2024 – Owen BrazellFri 24th 2024
JunSat 15th 2024 (+AGM) – Ken EnglandFri 28th2024
SepSat 21st 2024 -(prov) Peter Campbell-Burns

Monthly Main Meeting.

Sept 16th 2023 7 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM

Professor Mike Cruise University of Birmingham

What Gravitational Waves are Trying to Tell Us

In 2019, a team of astronomers led by Dr. Samantha Oates of the University of Birmingham discovered one of the most powerful transients ever seen – where astronomical objects change their brightness over a short period. Oates and her colleagues found this object, J221951, using the Ultra-Violet and Optical Telescope (UVOT) on NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory while searching for the source of a gravitational wave that was thought to be caused by two massive objects merging in our galaxy.

Mike Cruise, will bring us up-to-date with the field of gravitational wave astronomy.


Date reserved for beginners’ evening. Location TBD

Fri 22nd 2023


Monthly Main Meeting.

Oct 21 2023 7 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM

Guest Hugh Allen

Spectroscopy: Cracking starlight’s hidden code

Analysis of starlight by spectroscopy is inspirational and is a pillar of professional astronomy. But take a look inside popular astronomy magazines and you will not find much mention of amateur spectroscopy. The language of spectroscopy can seem obscure and for many the technique is poorly understood. The light from stars is however like the cover of a book. Carefully spreading the starlight into a spectrum is like opening the book’s pages. A new world is revealed where there is beauty, science and detective work in equal measure, and it is all readily accessible to the amateur astronomer. The talk will demystify amateur spectroscopy and show how it offers a unique way to observe the Universe.

The atomic structure of hydrogen is revealed in the light from the bright, A-class star Theta Aurigae                     8″ Meade LX90 telescope, Atik 314L+ mono camera, Alpy 600 spectroscope with a 23µ slit, BASS software

Speaker biography:

I am an industrial chemist with a career in the printing ink industry, having studied Natural Sciences at Downing College, Cambridge. My interest in astronomy became a passion (some would say obsession) when my wife bought me a telescope in 2008. I started with visual observing and then astrophotography. Since 2014 spectroscopy has become my main focus, the passion for which I share through talks and courses. I am Chairman of the Wells & Mendip Astronomers and a member of the Herschel Society in Bath.


Date reserved for beginners’ evening. DETAILS

Fri 27th 2023


Monthly Main Meeting.

Nov 18 2023 7pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM for members who are unable to attend. £3 to non-members. Donations via online banking:
Reading Astronomical Society: Sort code: 60-17-21: Account No: 54137268

Mary MacIntyre an Oxfordshire based amateur astronomer and astrophotographer who has had a life-long interest in Astronomy.

“A History of Women in Astronomy Part 2” – Following on from part one, this talk looks at the trailblazing women working in astronomy after Caroline Herschel, through the Victorian era and into the modern day. It covers some of the challenges women faced during this time period, particularly around education.


Friday 24th November

1st Wokingham Scout Hut in Evendons Lane, Wokingham. RG41 4DX.

FULL DETAILS

Email info@readingastro.org.uk or text 07510444630 for further information.
Please ignore information at gostargazing(dot)com.
We no longer meet in Swallowfield.


Christmas Talk followed by
Social Evening.

Dec 9 2023 7 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM for members who are unable to attend. £3 to non-members. Donations via online banking:
Reading Astronomical Society: Sort code: 60-17-21: Account No: 54137268

Guest speaker, Dr Victoria Fawcett

Monster black holes and quasars.
In this talk I will discuss black holes: how we find them, what a “supermassive black hole” is, and the first ever images of a black hole. I will also present my own research area, “active galaxies”, which are incredibly bright galaxies powered by a supermassive black hole.”


Fri 29th Dec 2023

1st Wokingham Scout Hut in Evendons Lane, Wokingham. RG41 4DX.

FULL DETAILS

Email info@readingastro.org.uk or text 07510444630 for further information.
Please ignore information at gostargazing(dot)com.
We no longer meet in Swallowfield.


Monthly Main Meeting.

Jan 20 2024 7 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM for members who are unable to attend. £3 to non-members. Donations via online banking:
Reading Astronomical Society: Sort code: 60-17-21: Account No: 54137268

Members’ Evening quiz and fun.

Members’ talks and lots of chat.


Fri 26th Jan 2024

1st Wokingham Scout Hut in Evendons Lane, Wokingham. RG41 4DX.

FULL DETAILS

Email info@readingastro.org.uk or text 07510444630 for further information.
Please ignore information at gostargazing(dot)com.
We no longer meet in Swallowfield.


Monthly Main Meeting.

Feb 17 2024 7 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM for members who are unable to attend. £3 to non-members. Donations via online banking:
Reading Astronomical Society: Sort code: 60-17-21: Account No: 54137268

Brian Skidmore

The Multiverse

Do parallel Universes, completely disconnected from our own, exist?

The very idea sounds like pure science-fiction fantasy – something we could never know, even if we wanted to.

You would think that any scientist who discussed this idea would be dismissed as unscientific or a crackpot. And for many years that was the case.

So you might be surprised to know that modern physics is forcing us to confront the idea the multiple, perhaps an infinite number, of parallel Universes may really exist…



Fri 23rd 2024

1st Wokingham Scout Hut in Evendons Lane, Wokingham. RG41 4DX.

FULL DETAILS

Email info@readingastro.org.uk or text 07510444630 for further information.
Please ignore information at gostargazing(dot)com.
We no longer meet in Swallowfield.


Monthly Main Meeting.

Mar 16 2024 7 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM for members who are unable to attend. £3 to non-members. Donations via online banking:
Reading Astronomical Society: Sort code: 60-17-21: Account No: 54137268

Guest Speaker Martin Lewis, West of London Astronomical Society

Extreme Planetary Imaging

I am an active planetary imager, living about 35km north of London on the east side of St Albans. telescope builder and sketcher of deep-sky objects. Most observing is done from my back garden with relatively unobscured views S, W and NW.


Fri 22nd 2024

1st Wokingham Scout Hut in Evendons Lane, Wokingham. RG41 4DX.

FULL DETAILS

Email info@readingastro.org.uk or text 07510444630 for further information.
Please ignore information at gostargazing(dot)com.
We no longer meet in Swallowfield.


Monthly Main Meeting.

Apr 20 2024 7 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM for members who are unable to attend. £3 to non-members. Donations via online banking:
Reading Astronomical Society: Sort code: 60-17-21: Account No: 54137268

Guest Speaker Prof Nick Evans

Understanding Nothing

The history of the vacuum Dark Energy String Theory and Cosmology.


Fri 26th 2024

1st Wokingham Scout Hut in Evendons Lane, Wokingham. RG41 4DX.

FULL DETAILS

Email info@readingastro.org.uk or text 07510444630 for further information.
Please ignore information at gostargazing(dot)com.
We no longer meet in Swallowfield.


Monthly Main Meeting.

May 18 2024 7 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM for members who are unable to attend. £3 to non-members. Donations via online banking:
Reading Astronomical Society: Sort code: 60-17-21: Account No: 54137268

Guest Owen Brazell

Dark Nebulae

Owen is a fount of all knowledge on the history and observation of the deep sky. Currently President of the Webb Deep Sky Society I have known Owen from the early days of my involvement in astronomy in the area. Difficult to see amongst light pollution these objects are part of the common culture in other parts of the world. Horsehead and Coalsack are best examples.
GB


Fri 24th 2024

1st Wokingham Scout Hut in Evendons Lane, Wokingham. RG41 4DX.

FULL DETAILS

Email info@readingastro.org.uk or text 07510444630 for further information.
Please ignore information at gostargazing(dot)com.
We no longer meet in Swallowfield.


Monthly Main Meeting and AGM

Jun 15 2024 7 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

This will be a physical meeting in the hall. There is provision for remote access but some of the usual tech’ experts will be absent. In the event of a problem with the equipment it may not be possible to recover the zoom connection. And considering the evening being the AGM meeting, it’s decided that no Zoom charge or donation is expected. Contact info@readingastro.org.uk for the link.

Annual General Meeting followed by the talk below.
Note for the substance of the AGM: Facts are indicating that an increase in subscriptions will soon be inevitable.

Astronomical Centenaries for 2024

Kenelm England, an amateur astronomer with an interest in astronomical history, a longtime member and Librarian of the Reading AS.

Continuing the series, this will include stories from astronomical history that celebrate their centenaries in 2024.


A Sunday 23rd June 1200-1800

EAST READING FESTIVAL Palmer Park

© https://whatsonreading.com

LOCATION MAP

Reading Astronomical Society stand.

Exhibition and solar observing.

We will be attending this annual local event with our telescopes suitably filtered for safe observing of sunspots and other activity on our local star.

Images of previous event.

Fri 28th June 2024

1st Wokingham Scout Hut in Evendons Lane, Wokingham. RG41 4DX.

FULL DETAILS

Email info@readingastro.org.uk or text 07510444630 for further information.
Please ignore information at gostargazing(dot)com.
We no longer meet in Swallowfield.


52nd year programme.


FEB: [RAS Committee] NAW 2025 February Sunday 9th

Judith has confirmed that the hall is booked for us, 12:30 to 17:30
Regards, Chris



Draft prog 2024-2025


Handy table of dates for 2024-2025

MonthDates of main meetingsPotential outreach dates. Location TBD
SepSat 21st 2024 -(prov) Peter Campbell-BurnsFri 27 2024 – 1st Wokingham?
OctSat 19th 2024 TBNFri 25 2024
NovSat 16th 2024 TBNFri 22 2024
DecSat 7 or 14th 2024 TBNFri 27 2024
JanSat 18th 2025 TBNFri 24 2025
FebSat 15th 2025 TBNFri 28 2025
MarSat 15th 2025 TBNFri 28 2025
AprSat Easter! 2025 TBNFri 25 2025
MaySat 17th 2025 TBNFri 23 2025
JunSat 21st 2025 TBNFri ??

Monthly Main Meeting.

Sept 21st 2024 7 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM. Non-members, having enjoyed the talk, donate £3 via online banking:
Reading Astronomical Society: Sort code: 60-17-21: Account No: 54137268

Guest Speaker: Peter Campbell-Burns UK meteor observing network (UKMON)

SEPT: Sat 21st 2024 – pencilled in Peter Campbell-Burns of the UK meteor observing network (UKMON) for Saturday 21st Sept.

Title of talk

Notes


Space holder for outreach

Fri 27th 2024


Monthly Main Meeting.

Oct 19 2024 7 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM. Non-members, having enjoyed the talk, donate £3 via online banking:
Reading Astronomical Society: Sort code: 60-17-21: Account No: 54137268

Guest Speaker

Title of talk The work of UKMON

Unable toprovide more notes as the UKMON website is showing 404 error.


ation the scout hut is still in use this year.

Fri 25th 2024


Monthly Main Meeting.

Nov 16 2024 7pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM. Non-members, having enjoyed the talk, donate £3 via online banking:
Reading Astronomical Society: Sort code: 60-17-21: Account No: 54137268

Guest Speaker

Title of talk

Notes


Friday 22nd 2024 November

Space holder for outreach

FULL DETAILS

Email info@readingastro.org.uk or text 07510444630 for further information.
Please ignore information at gostargazing(dot)com.
We no longer meet in Swallowfield.


Christmas Talk followed by
Social Evening.

Dec 14 2024 7 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM. Non-members, having enjoyed the talk, donate £3 via online banking:
Reading Astronomical Society: Sort code: 60-17-21: Account No: 54137268

Guest Speaker

Title of talk

Notes


Fri 27th Dec 2024

Space holder for outreach

FULL DETAILS

Email info@readingastro.org.uk or text 07510444630 for further information.
Please ignore information at gostargazing(dot)com.
We no longer meet in Swallowfield.


Monthly Main Meeting.

Jan 18 2025 7 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM. Non-members, having enjoyed the talk, donate £3 via online banking:
Reading Astronomical Society: Sort code: 60-17-21: Account No: 54137268

Guest Speaker

Title of talk

Notes


Fri 24thJan 2025

Space holder for outreach

FULL DETAILS

Email info@readingastro.org.uk or text 07510444630 for further information.
Please ignore information at gostargazing(dot)com.
We no longer meet in Swallowfield.


OPEN DAY

February Sunday 9th 2025

Judith has confirmed that the hall is booked for us, 12:30 to 17:30
Regards, Chris


Monthly Main Meeting.

Feb 15 2025 7 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM. Non-members, having enjoyed the talk, donate £3 via online banking:
Reading Astronomical Society: Sort code: 60-17-21: Account No: 54137268

Guest Speaker

Title of talk

Notes



Fri 28th Feb 2025

Space holder for outreach

FULL DETAILS

Email info@readingastro.org.uk or text 07510444630 for further information.
Please ignore information at gostargazing(dot)com.
We no longer meet in Swallowfield.


Monthly Main Meeting.

Mar 15 2025 7 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

Guest Speaker

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM. Non-members, having enjoyed the talk, donate £3 via online banking:
Reading Astronomical Society: Sort code: 60-17-21: Account No: 54137268

Title of talk

Notes


Fri 28th Mar 2025

Space holder for outreach

FULL DETAILS

Email info@readingastro.org.uk or text 07510444630 for further information.
Please ignore information at gostargazing(dot)com.
We no longer meet in Swallowfield.


Monthly Main Meeting.

Apr Probably 12th due to Easter day is 20th 2025 7 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM. Non-members, having enjoyed the talk, donate £3 via online banking:
Reading Astronomical Society: Sort code: 60-17-21: Account No: 54137268

Guest Speaker

Title of talk

Notes


Fri 25th Apr 2025

Space holder for outreach

FULL DETAILS

Email info@readingastro.org.uk or text 07510444630 for further information.
Please ignore information at gostargazing(dot)com.
We no longer meet in Swallowfield.


Monthly Main Meeting.

May 17 2025 7 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM. Non-members, having enjoyed the talk, donate £3 via online banking:
Reading Astronomical Society: Sort code: 60-17-21: Account No: 54137268

Guest Speaker

Title of talk

Notes


Fri 23rd 2025

Space holder for outreach

FULL DETAILS

Email info@readingastro.org.uk or text 07510444630 for further information.
Please ignore information at gostargazing(dot)com.
We no longer meet in Swallowfield.


Monthly Main Meeting and AGM

Jun 21 2025 7 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall

Last year’s entry repeated probably

This will be a physical meeting in the hall with remote access via ZOOM. Non-members, having enjoyed the talk, donate £3 via online banking:
Reading Astronomical Society: Sort code: 60-17-21: Account No: 54137268

Astronomical Centenaries for 2025

Kenelm England, an amateur astronomer with an interest in astronomical history, a longtime member and Librarian of the Reading AS.

Continuing the series, this will include stories from astronomical history that celebrate their centenaries in 2024.


Date reserved for beginners’ evening. Location TBD

Fri 28th


A Sunday ???? June 1200-1800

EAST READING FESTIVAL Palmer Park

© https://whatsonreading.com

LOCATION MAP

Reading Astronomical Society stand.

Exhibition and solar observing.

We will be attending this annual local event with our telescopes suitably filtered for safe observing of sunspots and other activity on our local star.

Images of previous event.

Notes: 52nd year programme.


FEB: [RAS Committee] OPEN DAY be prepared.