Main Meetings

Each month, the society has a guest speaker, who will talk about their specialised subject, followed by a "what's up" describing the sky that month and sometimes an additional 5-minute talk from a society member on something they have been doing recently. Free refreshments are available during the interval. During the year we will also be arranging observing evenings at appropriate times and places.

Note: if you have something that you would like to talk about in the 5-minute slot, please contact a committee member.

Meeting Details

The meetings are held on the first Friday of each month from September to June and start at 7.30pm. Our 2023/2024 programme is as follows:

Date Topic

1st September 2023 Black Holes and Dark Energy: A Cosmic History - Dr Chris Pearson (RAL Space)

6th October 2023 Two Eyes Are Better Than One - Steve Tonkin

3rd November 2023 Cosmological Confusion - Dr Mark Norris (UCLAN)

1st December 2023 Galaxies In The Early Universe: Results From JWST - Dr Alex Cameron (Oxford)

15th December 2023 NAS Christmas Meal at Newbury & Crookham Golf Club

5th January 2024 Members meeting - Various speakers

2nd February 2024 Return of the Asteroids: Beginnings with Bennu and Results from Ryugu - Dr Ashley King (NHM)

1st March 2024 In the Shadow of Asteroids - Dr Tim Haymes (BAA)

22nd March 2024 Searching for Hidden Black Holes in the Milky Way - Professor Matthew Middleton (Southampton) Note the earlier date!

12th - 14th April 2024 BAA Winchester Weekend

3rd May 2024 Exoplanetary Ramblings: detection and characterisation of extrasolar planets - Dr Steve Fossey (UCL)

7th June 2024 Comet Interceptor: A Mission to an Ancient World - Prof. Geraint Jones (UCL/MSSL) & 43rd AGM

We also offer an ICS Calendar file of all the meetings (main & beginners) of the session to add to your phone or email client:

The meetings are held at The Fair Close Centre, Newtown Road, Newbury: RG14 7BH. There is a car park at the rear of the hall, the church at the roundabout, and spare car parking spaces at the garage on Newtown Road. Click here for an interactive map.