Monthly Speaker Schedule

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Date Event Description Speaker

New Year Quiz

with Buffet, Wine & soft drinks


APOLLO 13 – Ingenuity & Survival

13 factors that saved 3 brave astronauts

Dr Nigel Bannister

Senior Lecturer, University of Leicester


Meeting Cancelled

There will be no Gotham meeting in March


Galaxies: One Gigayear at a time

Dr Julian Onions

University of Nottingham

Online Meeting


An introduction to variable star astronomy and cataclysmic variables

Dr Jeremy Shears
British Astronomical Association
Variable Star Section Director
Online Meeting

Wonders of the Southern Skies

Professor Ian Morison

University of Manchester

Online Meeting


Mars in 2020

Dr Richard McKim

British Astronomical Association
Mars Star Section Director

Online Meeting

The centenary of the Great Debate

How Harlow Shapley and Heber Curtis argued the size of the Universe

Dr Nick Hewitt
British Astronomical Association Trustee
The Plumes of Enceladus

Dr Chris Arridge

Reader, University of Lancaster



Legacy of the Hubble Space Telescope

Dr Steve Barrett

Senior Research Fellow, University of Liverpool

NAS Prestigious Lecture
Topic TBC

The Vikings at Barsoom Pt1: Orbital Operations

Paul Money
07/01/2021 Annual General Meeting  


Date Event Description Speaker
03/01/2019 Open Evening – including a New Year quiz  
Diamonds in the Sky
White Dwarfs in Modern Astrophysics
Prof Martin Barstow
University of Leicester
Beyond Pluto
New Horizons in the Kuiper Belt
Paul Money
04/04/2019 Gaia’s Galactic Survey
Dr Nicholas Walton
University of Cambridge
It’s About Time
Time’s Arrow and Time Travel
Prof Ian Morison
University of Manchester
From Tycho to Newton
Foundations of modern astronomy
Dr Allan Chapman
Metal Detecting
What are metals to astronomers?
Dr Julian Onions
University of Nottingham
Where Are the Aliens?
Might we be alone?
Prof Brad Gibson
University of Hull
The 200 at 70
The Hale Telescope
Dr Steve Barrett
University of Liverpool
Annual General Meeting
with a Wine and Cheese Social
Voyages to the Sun
Probing our nearest star
Prof Lucie Green
University College London


Date Event Description Speaker
04/01/2018 Open Evening – including a New Year quiz  
01/02/2018 Triumphs of Voyager – Part 2 – Where no probe has gone before Paul Money
01/03/2018 Dark Future? Can the UK’s dark spaces survive? Bob Mizon
05/04/2018 Jodrell Bank 60 years on Prof Ian Morison
03/05/2018 Lucky Planet – why Earth is exceptional and what it means for life Prof David Waltham
07/06/2018 Diamonds in the sky – White Dwarfs in modern astrophysics Prof Martin Barstow
05/07/2018 Cassini’s final science Dr Phil Sutton
06/09/2018 The adventures of Curiosity on Mars Prof Sanjeev Gupta
04/10/2018 Juno – the answers Prof Emma Bunce
01/11/2018 Annual General Meeting  
06/12/2018 Transient events in astronomy – or things that go bump in the night Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell


Date Event Description Speaker
05/01/2017 Open Evening – including a New Year quiz  
02/02/2017 Passage Graves – 6,000 year old telescopes without lenses Dr Dan Brown
02/03/2017 Finding Exoplanets with small telescopes Dr Peter Wheatley
06/04/2017 The Art of Astrophotography Prof Ian Morrison
04/05/2017 JUNO – Exploring the Mysteries of Jupiter Prof Emma Bunce
01/06/2017 Charles Messier Dr Allan Chapman
06/07/2017 Gravitational Waves – A new tool for the study of the Universe Dr Ed Daw
07/09/2017 Galaxy Evolution with the Hubble Space Telescope Prof Clive Tadhunter
05/10/2017 Space Stations: From Salyut to the International Space Station  Dr Mike Leggett
02/11/2017 Annual General Meeting  
07/12/2017 Triumphs of Voyager Part 1 – Journey to Jupiter and the Splendours of Saturn Paul Money


Date Event Description Speaker
07/01/2016 Open Evening – including a New Year quiz  
04/02/2016 The Formation of the Solar System  Dr Richard Alexandra
03/03/2016 ROSETTA – Anatomy of a Comet Dr Colin Snodgrass
07/04/2016 Is there anyone out there? – The search for extra terrestrial intelligence in the new Millennium  Prof Ian Morrison
05/05/2016 Gamma Ray Bursts Prof Nial Tanvir
02/06/2016 GAIA – A billion pixel survey of a billion stars Dr Elme Breedt
07/07/2016 The Antikythera Mechanism – An ancient astronomical computer Prof Mike Edmunds
01/09/2016 Images of the Universe -2 Paul Money
06/10/2016 Open Evening – including a telescope surgery  
03/11/2016 Annual General Meeing  
01/12/2016 Galactic Monsters – Seyfert Galaxies, Radio Galaxies and Quasars Dr Marek Kukula


Date Event Description Speaker
03/12/2015 “New Horizons: Pluto and the Kuiper Belt Objects” Dr Chris Arridge
05/11/2015 2015 Annual General Meeting  
01/10/2015 How our Galaxy came to be
NOTE: This meeting is open to MEMBERS ONLY
Dr Chris Lintott
03/09/2015 Telescope Workshop  
02/07/2015 Cold Dark Matter – is it Cold? – is it Dark? – and is it Matter? Julian Onions
04/06/2015 The Microwave Universe Dr Clive Dickinson
07/05/2015 Proving Einstein Right Prof Ian Morison
02/04/2015 Images of the Universe Paul Money
05/03/2015  Curosity and Co – The latest from Mars Dr John Bridges
05/02/2015 Open Evening. Talks by members, plus a telescope surgery. John Hurst
08/01/2015 It’s time for Astronomy! Dr Roy Gretton


04/12/2014 Into the Cosmic Ocean – the Dream of Travel to the Stars Andrew Lound
06/11/2014 2014 Annual General Meeting  
02/10/2014 At the Edge – studying the Sun from the outer limits of the Solar System Dr Lucie Green
04/09/2014 Members’ Evening – Visitors Welcome – Update on Observatory Project, followed by Astronomy Quiz for all  
03/08/2014 Summer Break – No Meeting  
03/07/2014 Phoenix from the Ashes – the Origin of the Chemical Elements Prof Mike Edmunds
05/06/2014 Practical Radio Astronomy for Amateurs Paul Hyde
01/05/2014 White Dwarf Stars Dr Sarah Casewell
03/04/2014 Basic Astrophotography Paul Money
06/03/2014 Stardust, Meteorites and the Early Solar System

Prof Jamie Gilmour

06/02/2014 Members’ Evening – Telescopes and Astrophotography – A Practical Evening  John Hurst
02/01/2014 Rambling through the Winter Skies Paul Money


Date Event Description Speaker
05/12/2013 Galaxies – A Brief History Julian Onions
07/11/2013 2013 Annual General Meeting  
03/10/2013 Astrophotography – and How It’s Done Nik Szymanek
05/09/2013 Members’ Evening (visitors welcome) the Observatory Project report. One of our members
01/08/2013 Summer Break – No Meeting  
04/07/2013 Matter Between the Stars – the Physics and Chemistry of the Interstellar Medium Dr Paul Ruffle
06/06/2013 Exploring Jupiter’s Icy Moons – the next ESA Mission to Jupiter Dr Emma Bunce
02/05/2013 Life, the Universe and Everything Dr Frazer Pearce
04/04/2013 20th Century Telescopes and Technology Dr Ken Elliott
07/03/2013 The latest from the new Mars Rover Curiosity Dr John Bridges
07/02/2013 Members’ Evening (with an Astro Quiz Night) John Hurst
03/01/2013 Naked Eye and Binocular Astronomy Paul Money

2012 and 2011…

Date Event Description Speaker
06/12/2012 Climate Change and the Sun-Earth Connection Dr Jim Wild
01/11/2012 2012 Annual General Meeting  
04/10/2012 The Centre of our Galaxy – Black Holes, Rare Stars and Cosmic Mayhem Prof. Michael Merrifield
06/09/2012 All about Telescopes – a Practical Evening Members’ Evening
August 2012 Summer Break – no meeting  
05/07/2012 Exodus – The Death of Stars Paul Money
07/06/2012 Magnetism in Astronomy David Conner
03/05/2012 Near Earth Objects: What are they and why do we care? Josh Barker
05/04/2012 A Starry Night to Remember – Astronomy and the Titanic Andrew Lound
01/03/2012 Parallel Universes Dr Antonio Padilla
02/02/2012 Members’ Evening (Visitors welcome) Open Forum and an Astro Quiz
05/01/2012 Nocturnal Landscapes and Skyscapes (The Quest for Dark Skies) Dr Daniel Brown
01/12/2011 Fire from the Sky – the Tunguska Incident Andrew Lound
03/11/2011 2011 Annual General Meeting