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, 10th October 2014

The Exploding Universe: A Party in the Sky

A talk by Rene Breton

Cost: Non-members: £3

A discussion of the time-domain universe, transients and stellar explosions.


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


A talk by Dr Robin Catchpole

Cost: Non-members: £3

Details TBA


Friday, 12th December 2014

The Amazing Voyage of Herschel

A talk by Mark Kidger

Cost: Non-members: £3

Details TBA