1543 - and all that, some myths about the Copernican Revolution

20th March 2014, 19:00 UT, Red Cross


Mark Read

Marc Read fuses historical fact with dramatic fiction in this fresh interpretation of astronomy. Bringing the history of astronomy to dramatic life through the eyes of figures such as Aristotle, Galileo and the mind of Sir Isaac Newton this popular science book is both entertaining and factual. New Stars for Old will appeal to fans of popular science, philosophy, historical biography and astronomy.

About the Author

Marc Read was born on the channel island of Jersey in 1971. Having always been interested in history and science, Marc has studied these fields extensively which have granted him a Masters degree in physics and philosophy, and a PhD in history and the philosophy of science. He currently lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne with his wife and two children. After a teaching career that has taken him from London to Washington DC, Marc now teaches physics and philosophy at the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle.

Recurrent Objects Secretary VSS BAA - An introduction to variable star observing.

20th Febuary 2014, 19:00 UT, Red Cross


Gary Poyner will be giving us a talk on Feb 20th at 7.00pm (be there for 6.45pm) for a 7pm start.

Meeting to take place at the British Red Cross Building in Newcastle.

Gary is the recurrent objects secretary at the BAA variable star section. His talk will be an introduction to variable stars. He is one of the top variable star observers in the astronomical community.

A committed amateur Gary has closely collaborated with professional astronomers particularly in the area of cataclysmic variables. He mainly uses the Mark One Eyeball for his observations and I am sure his talk should help others to take part in this fascinating branch of astronomy without the need for anything other than a deck chair.

If you would like to read about Gary Poyner, see his website: http://www.garypoyner.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/varstars.html

Ancient Astronomical Observations and Modern Science

23nd January 2014, 19:00 UT, Red Cross


Our very own President Dr Richard Stephenson is going to give us a talk on the topic he knows most about.

Throughout his career he has applied exemplary work in the Field of Historical Astronomy. Looking at ancient records and entries relating to astronomical events, such as eclipses and supernovae. In modern day his findings would have been spectacular to our ancestors.


prof. stephenson

Hes here to tell us more about his findings on the subject.

Please arrive in time for a 7pm lecture to start.