New season, new programme! 2014-2015

The long summer nights are beginning to fade and we look forward to a new observing season.

The lecture programme is now live. We have tried to produce a varied programme that accommodates a range of interest amd expertise.

We start with Professor John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland who will give us a talk on sun skimming comets.

It is good to welcome back Dr Jurgen Schmoll and Dr Paula Chadwick this year. If you are contemplating on purchasing a telescope or may be confused as to various types available then Dr Schmoll's talk on choosing a telescope will interest you. Dr Chadwick's talk will be on gamma ray astronomy.

The red planet moves into the December lecture; Dr Colin Argent will talk on the geology and weather of Mars.

In Febuary 2015 we welcome Ruper Powell of York Astronomical Society who will talk on Sudden Ionospheric Disturbances (SIDs).

In March 2015 Dr Peter Edwards of Durham Univeristy will give us an insight into the hunt for extra solar planets.

We complete our lecture programme in April with Paul money. Paul is the reviews editor of the Sky at Night magazine and his talk will be on Images of the Universe.

For the full programme listing, visit our Lectures page!

In addition we shall be organising observing sessions and practical workshops, dated to be announced.

We look forward to seeing you in September.

Clear Skies!

T. Moran

Secretary, Newcastle Astronomical Society

Lectures and Events

Our lecture program will resume in September 2014.

Keep your eyes up as August is the perfect month to watch meteors shooting accross the night sky!

Picture Simon Murray

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.