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Manchester Astronomical Society
Established 1903

 Weekly Meetings

Each Thursday we meet in The Godlee Observatory (apart from the Public Lecture evenings and the Christmas/New Year break), from about 19:00. Any scheduled talks will start at about 20:00. Weather permitting, we may also observe using the telescopes until as late as people want to stay. If you are interested in coming to any of these meetings please see the visitor information page.

 

 January - April 2018

4th January - SkyNotes for January

SkyNotes for January

11th January
To be arranged
18th January - Public Lecture at MMU

Public Lecture at Manchester Metropolitan University, John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD commencing at 19:30

See Lectures page for more information
 
25th January - SkyNotes for February

SkyNotes for February

1st February
To be arranged
8th February
To be arranged
15th February - Public Lecture at MMU

Public Lecture at Manchester Metropolitan University, John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD commencing at 19:30

See Lectures page for more information
 
22nd February - SkyNotes for March

SkyNotes for March

1st March
To be arranged
8th March
To be arranged
15th March - Public Lecture at MMU

Public Lecture at Manchester Metropolitan University, John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD commencing at 19:30

See Lectures page for more information
 
22nd March
To be arranged
29th March - SkyNotes for April

SkyNotes for April

5th April
To be arranged
12th April
To be arranged
19th April - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - MEMBERS ONLY

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Members ONLY tonight please

26th April - SkyNotes for May

SkyNotes for May


The Godlee Telescopes

The Godlee telescopes - Image © MAS

 May - August 2018

3rd May
To be arranged
10th May
To be arranged
17th May
To be arranged
24th May
To be arranged
31st May - SkyNotes for June

SkyNotes for June

7th June
To be arranged
14th June
To be arranged
21st June
To be arranged
28th June - SkyNotes for July

SkyNotes for July

5th July
To be arranged
12th July
To be arranged
19th July
To be arranged
26th July - SkyNotes for August

SkyNotes for August

2nd August
To be arranged
9th August
To be arranged
16th August
To be arranged
23rd August
To be arranged
30th August - SkyNotes for September

SkyNotes for September

 Member's Notice Board

Posted: 28 September 2017

October 19 - Uranus is at Opposition. The blue-green planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view Uranus. Due to its distance, it will only appear as a tiny blue-green dot in all but the most powerful telescopes. Note : New Moon is at 19:12 on October 19

Posted: 02 October 2017

We hope that you like the new arrangement of the Meetings page. You now have the whole year available at a glance and can open up to three different items (in separate columns) at the same time.

 September - December 2017

7th September - Images of the Solar Eclipse 2017

Images of the Solar Eclipse
Kevin Kilburn and Dave Walker

2017 Total Eclipse
14th September - The Space Race USA vs USSR - Megan Christo

The Space Race - USA vs USSR
in the context of the Cold War and Cold War culture
Megan Christo

Space Race
 
21st September - Open Night

The Godlee Observatory is open from 7pm for all your astronomical delights.

28th September - SkyNotes for October - Graham Hodson

SkyNotes for October

Graham HodsonSouthern sky
5th October - Cygnus A and other recent images - Mike Oates

Cygnus A and other recent images - Mike Oates

Cygnus A

Spot the Galaxy !

12th October - The Moon "Rocks" - Graham Hodson

The Moon "Rocks" - Graham Hodson

Lunar motion
 
19th October - Public Lecture at MMU

Public Lecture - Zdenek Kopal Memorial Lecture
Dr Rhian Jones, University of Manchester
UK Meteorites

See Lectures page for more information
26th October - SkyNotes for November

SkyNotes for November

SkyNotes

2nd November - Dwingeloo: Two Stories - Mike Oates

Dwingeloo: Two Stories - Mike Oates

IC342
 
9th November - The Sun & Polar Faculae - Kevin Kilburn

The Sun & Polar Faculae - Kevin Kilburn

Solar faculae

16th November - Public Lecture at MMU

Public Lecture - Prof. Clive Tadhunter, University of Sheffield
Galaxy Formation

See Lectures page for more information
23rd November - Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year - Anthony Jennings

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year
A discussion of all the finalists' images in this years competition
- Anthony Jennings

Insight photo

30th November - SkyNotes for December

SkyNotes for December

SkyNotes

7th December
To be arranged
14th December - Presidential Christmas Lecture - MEMBERS ONLY

The Presidential Christmas Lecture
followed by the Christmas Buffet


Party Food

Members ONLY tonight, please

21st December - No Meeting Tonight - Christmas / New Year Break

No meeting tonight. The Godlee is closed.
Merry Christmas to You All

Merry Christmas
 
28th December - No Meeting Tonight - Christmas / New Year Break

No meeting tonight. The Godlee is closed.
Wishing a Happy New Year to the Whole World

Happy New Year to the Whole World
 

 Health & Safety Notice

Safety procedures within the Godlee Observatory are maintained for the safety of members, staff and visitors to the observatory.
All visitors must be accompanied by a warden or a trained society member when entering the Godlee dome.
Please note that due to Health and Safety restrictions, persons under 11 years of age are not allowed to use the spiral staircase nor enter the Godlee dome area (where the telescopes are situated).
The walkway on the outside of the dome is not accessible.
All persons in the Godlee Observatory complex must observe all safety procedures and notices as indicated or advised.
All visitors will receive safety instruction upon arrival.
All group visits must be pre-arranged to ensure there are an appropriate number of trained personnel present; this may require a risk assessment. There is a maximum occupancy of 40 persons; this number includes any MAS personnel required to supervise the group.