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, .
Please note Lecture Theatre L does not have a hearing loop system. It does have a system where your smart phone maybe used. Please go here for details.
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||Dr Ghina M. Halabi|
|6 Dec 2018||Cosmology Pt 1.||Dr Colin McGill|
|6 Dec 2018||Outreach - The Astroboost Project||Julia Gaudelli|
|6 Dec 2018||The Society's Observatory Facilities||Tim Ellison|
|3 Jan 2019||Cosmology Pt 2||Dr Colin McGill|
|7 Feb 2019||The Antikythera Mechanism||John Lancashire|
|7 Feb 2019||Constellation Viewer Application v2.3||John Hodder|
|7 Mar 2019||SMILE: A novel and global way to explore solar-terrestrial relationships||Prof. Graziella Branduardi-Raymont|
|7 Mar 2019||What's Up for March 2019||John Axtell|
|4 Apr 2019||Lunar Imaging||Dr David Arditti|
|2 May 2019||Jupiter and the Juno mission||Dr John Rogers|
|2 May 2019||Astronomy Over the Internet.||John Cossins|
|6 Jun 2019||How the Universe Will End…||Prof Brad Gibson|
|6 Jun 2019||Monthly Notices||President|
|6 Jun 2019||Break|
|6 Jun 2019||Monthly Whats Up Presentation||Rob Graham|
|4 Jul 2019||Members Only - AGM||GAS Committee & Members|
|4 Jul 2019||A trip through our bit of the Galaxy - some of my pictures||Martin Baker|
|4 Jul 2019||Light Weight Grab & Go Imaging||Max Dobres|
|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|
Location: Lecture Theatre E
|Prof. Lucie Green
|3 Oct 2019||Origins. How the Earth made us|
When we talk about human history, we focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars.
|Prof. Lewis Dartnell
Department of Life Sciences, University of Westminster
|7 Nov 2019||Black holes that feed on galaxies|
At the heart of almost every massive galaxy, there is a super-massive black hole. We see evidence in astronomical observations that these super-massive black holes are linked to the global properties of the galaxies in which they reside.
|Dr Leah Morabito
|5 Dec 2019||Public Science||Prof Chris Lintott
Researcher and Citizen Science Project Lead, Department of Physics, University of Oxford
|2 Jan 2020||Gravitational waves: Now and in the Future||Prof. Mike Cruise
University of Birmingham
|6 Feb 2020||Mercury and its geology||Prof. David Rothery
The Open University
|5 Mar 2020||Surrey Satellite Technology||Spyridon Grammenos
|2 Apr 2020||Super-Massive and Wolf-Rayet stars - TBC||Prof. Raman Prinja
|7 May 2020||Remote Observing||Pete Williamson|
|4 Jun 2020||Geology of Solar System Objects||Dr Kerri Donaldson Hanna|
|2 Jul 2020||Members Only - AGM||GAS Committee & Members|
|Aug 2020||Note: There is no meeting in August|
Click here to see the profiles of past and forthcoming speakers.