Our meetings are held in Lecture Theatre L in the Lecture Theatre Block (Level 2) of the University of Surrey, Guildford.
Click here for a map to show you directions to the University Main Car Parks. If you’re travelling using a SatNav the postcode is GU2 7XH.
A detailed map (available here) shows the location of the Lecture Theatre Block (pale blue and near the middle of the map), Main Car Parks 1-4 and Bus Stops next to Senate House and North of the Austin Pearce Building. There are also more convenient car park spaces available for disabled drivers at various nearby locations. The University also has a web page here for newcomers to the campus.
Meetings start at 7.30pm on the first Thursday of each month (except August when there is no meeting) and usually finish around 10pm. One or two meetings in the year, (including the AGM), are set aside for members only; these are indicated in our list of Talks for upcoming meetings.
Note for Visitors: To help cover the cost of the room hire, we charge just £5.00 (£4.00 for Junior/Student guests) per meeting. On arrival, please introduce yourself to any member of the Committee (look for their badges) — you’ll be very warmly welcomed!
Tea/Coffee (biscuits included) available in the break for just £2. However, we respectfully ask that you don’t bring any food or drinks into the lecture theatre.
If you have any special access requirements, please contact the Secretary, .
See you there…
Meetings generally take one of two formats:
- An invited expert gives a talk/presentation – illustrated and/or animated – of an aspect of astronomy. Subjects are chosen because they’re topical, practical – or just interesting to astronomers. Each year we arrange a balanced mix, covering a wide range of topics. and levels.
- A ‘members evening’, in which members present short talks on their own interests, projects, and topics of general interest.
Occasionally, invited speakers have to cancel, (usually at extremely short notice), and at these times the meeting often takes the form of an informal quiz, a question and answer session, or a hands-on Workshop.
Typically,the main talk of the evening lasts for an hour or so, after which we have a 15-20 minute comfort break. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available from the adjoining refreshments room.
Following the break, the remaining time until 10pm usually features Society news and business, (such as the latest reports from the Observatory, Observing Evening Reports, etc), and a short ‘What’s on?’ feature describing events happening later in the current month.
Subject to change
|6 Sep 2018||Hawking, Black Holes and the Edge of Physics||Paul Fellows|
|4 Oct 2018||Herschel Space Observatory and ALMA explore deep into the space||Dr Mikako Matsuura|
|4 Oct 2018||Astrospectroscopy ... where pretty picture end and science starts||Steve Baker|
|1 Nov 2018||The intimate lives of stars|
Stars are our intimate connection with the cosmos and exploring them is an exploration of our own cosmological heritage. They live eventful lives then fade away and die, donating matter back to the Universe, matter which may form new stars and planets one day.
|Dr Ghina M. Halabi
University of Cambridge
|1 Nov 2018||Constellation Viewer Application v2.3|
After the break, GAS member John, who wrote this application, shows us how to use it.
|6 Dec 2018||Cosmology Pt 1|
Cosmology is the study of the universe as a whole. In these two lectures, Colin will show the key evidence and explain sufficient theory to allow you to understand why we think the universe is as we believe.
|Dr Colin McGill|
|3 Jan 2019||Cosmology Pt 2|
The second lecture will focus on inflationary cosmology and the insights from the cosmic microwave background:
|Dr Colin McGill|
|7 Feb 2019||The Antikythera Mechanism|
UNDER THE HOOD OF THE ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM
|7 Mar 2019||How clumpy is Dark Matter in the Milky Way ?||Dr Denis Erkal
University of Surrey
|4 Apr 2019||Lunar Imaging||Dr David Arditti
|2 May 2019||Jupiter and the Juno mission|
The talk will deal with recent advances in our understanding of Jupiter's massive atmosphere, especially from the Juno orbiter and from ongoing amateur imaging. The spectacular JunoCam images are revealing remarkable features in the polar regions and fascinating details in the atmospheric circulations and cycles that we are studying from the ground.
|Dr John Rogers
Jupiter Section BAA
|6 Jun 2019||How the Universe Will End…||Prof Brad Gibson
University of Hull
|4 Jul 2019||Members Only - AGM||GAS Committee & Members|
|Aug 2019||Note: There is no meeting in August|
The 2019-2020 Session
Subject to change
|5 Sep 2019||The Latest Developments in Solar Exploration||Prof. Lucie Green
|Aug 2020||Note: There is no meeting in August|
Click here to see the profiles of past and forthcoming speakers.