Public Talks

Monthly Talks on Astronomical Topics of Interest

Monthly Public Talks

Our popular monthly talks are for members and the public to learn about some aspects of astronomy. These talks are aimed at ‘middle of the road’ level so the talk will appeal to members of the public with no prior knowledge, newcomers as well as those who have been interested in the subject for a number of years.

Topics from imaging the night sky, through to Cosmology, we invite speakers from all over the UK and the World.

We make a small charge on the door of £3.00 to cover our expenses

Our local venue:

Clanfield Memorial Hall,
South Lane,

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All talks start at 7:45pm unless otherwise stated

Friday, 31st October 2014

"Finding planets with 600,000 eyes".

A talk by Meg Schwamb

Cost: Non-Members: £3

Dr Meg Schwamb is an Academia Sinica Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics at Acadmia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan.

She is interested in the fundamental questions of how our solar system formed and evolved as well as exploring the process of planet formation. She is currently studying the outer solar system, searching specifically for the largest bodies (including dwarf planets) in the Kuiper belt. She is involved in ‘Planet Hunters' a citizen science project to find and characterize extrasolar planets and is also part of the science team for ‘Planet Four', a citizen science project, mapping seasonal fans on the South Pole of Mars to further study the Martian climate and weather.

Friday, 14th November 2014

What Is New In Our Solar-System

A talk by Dr Robin Catchpole

Cost: Non-members: £3

With space missions visiting Mercury, Venus, Mars and Saturn, and Rosetta orbiting comet67P, this is an exciting time bringing us a new understanding of the origin of our Solar System and revealing unimagined landscapes.

Robin Catchpole works as an astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, having retired as Senior Astronomer at the RGO in July 2004.


Friday, 12th December 2014

The Amazing Voyage of Herschel

A talk by Mark Kidger

Cost: Non-members: £3

A fly-on-the-wall look at how people went from a somewhat-crazy idea to launching the biggest telescope ever sent into space in just 27 years and having stared disaster in the face not a few times.

This talk will give an insight into how and why decisions are made and what the problems with launching a mission are, and to give some feeling how it is to be involved with such a project that involves technology at the ragged edge of what is possible.



Friday, 9th January 2015

Astronomy on the iPAD (or Tablet)

A talk by Dr Lillian Hobbs

Cost: Non-members: £3

Farthur details TBA