Wednesday November 13th at 8:00pm Rebel Star - The Sun’s Greatest Mysteries Colin Stuart
Meetings held at: The View (Formerly Fairway Tavern) Panshanger Golf Complex Old Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 2ED Tel:01707 336007
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The Sun has burned steadily for around 5 billion years, and is expected to do so for another 5 billion, so you might be surprised to find it described as a Rebel Star. Colin Stuart says: “The Sun is many things: beauty, beacon, battery, belligerent. It's the biggest thing for light-years around and yet we actually know relatively little about it. That's changing thanks to an armada of new spacecraft recently lofted into the solar system to scrutinise the Sun in unprecedented detail.” In a talk packed full of jaw-dropping images and videos, Colin will guide us on a journey deep into the heart of our nearest star. Colin Stuart is an astronomy author and speaker who has talked to over half a million people about the universe. He came to us last year to talk about some of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures that have featured astronomy and space. His books have sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide and been translated into 19 languages. He's also written for The Guardian, New Scientist, Wall Street Journal and the European Space Agency. In recognition of his efforts to popularise astronomy, the asteroid (15347) Colinstuart is named after him. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and has appeared on Sky News, BBC News and Radio 5Live. Colin will have copies of “Rebel Star” with him, priced £16.99
Membership details: •£20 per year* •Non-members £3.50 first 3 meetings then annual membership subscription due pro rata for remaining meetings. •Free to under 18s and full time students. Proof of status may be required. •Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult but are not charged.
What happens at our meetings? Doors open at 7:30 for the meeting due to start at 8:00 but several club members and friends gather before this to have a drink and chat in the bar. Following welcome announcements we give you a brief tour of some highlights to look out for in the night sky. Our guest speaker will talk on the subject of the evening for about 45 - 60 minutes. This is followed by questions relating to the talk. Announcements about forthcoming events follow. You can then choose from the following activities: 1.If the weather is clear telescopes and binoculars brought by members are set up outside for some observation. Members doing so will be pleased to share their scopes with others. 2.If you need help with some equipment then now is your chance to bring it in. Others in our club will be more than willing to help you . Don’t be shy, we get just as excited about a telescope bought at the charity shop for £20 as we do one costing many times more. 3.Just socialise with others - about anything! We look forward to seeing you. No need to book - just turn up.
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2019-2020 Programme
Date
Speaker
Subject
September 11 2019
Roger O’Brien
The Solar Sytem beyond Neptune
October 9 2019
Martin Weston & Steve Heliczer
A basic introduction to astrophotography
November 13 2019
Colin Stuart
Rebel Star - The Sun’s Greatest Mysteries
December 11 2019
Nik Szymanek
Astrophotography - The Next Steps - followed by our Christmas Star prize Quiz (free to enter)
January 8 2020
Georgio Savini
The UCL Observatory at Mill Hiill and its latest developments
February 12 2020
Carl Murray
Cassini at Saturn - the End of an Era
March 11 2020
Stuart Eves
How Astronomers Can Save the World
April 8 2020
Jerry Stone
Survival in Space. - Apollo 13 - 50 years on
May 13th 2020 (includes AGM)
John Thain
The Invisible Sky - gettnng started in Radio Astornomy
June 10 2020
Paul Money
From 60 to 500 - My Adventures in Astronomy
Christmas Dinner with HAG
We have arranged to have a Christmas Dinner at the View on December 12th at 19:30 and would be delighted if you would like to join us. The price will be £21.95 per head for the three course meal. You can see the full menu here And you can pay for it by Bank Transfer or with cash/cheque at the November meeting. You can make your menu selection after you have paid here: Closing date to accept the invitation, menu selection and for payment is November 14th. We hope that you can join us.
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Transit of Mercury 11th November 2019
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Next Meeting: November 13th at 8:00pm Rebel Star - the Sun’s Greatest Mysteries Colin Stuart
The Sun has burned steadily for around 5 billion years, and is expected to do so for another 5 billion, so you might be surprised to find it described as a Rebel Star. Colin Stuart says: “The Sun is many things: beauty, beacon, battery, belligerent. It's the biggest thing for light-years around and yet we actually know relatively little about it. That's changing thanks to an armada of new spacecraft recently lofted into the solar system to scrutinise the Sun in unprecedented detail.” In a talk packed full of jaw-dropping images and videos, Colin will guide us on a journey deep into the heart of our nearest star. Colin Stuart is an astronomy author and speaker who has talked to over half a million people about the universe. He came to us last year to talk about some of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures that have featured astronomy and space. His books have sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide and been translated into 19 languages. He's also written for The Guardian, New Scientist, Wall Street Journal and the European Space Agency. In recognition of his efforts to popularise astronomy, the asteroid (15347) Colinstuart is named after him. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and has appeared on Sky News, BBC News and Radio 5Live. Colin will have copies of “Rebel Star” with him, priced £16.99
Meetings held at: The View (Formerly Fairway Tavern) Panshanger Golf Complex Old Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 2ED Tel:01707 336007
Membership details: £20 per year* Non-members £3.50 first 3 meetings then annual membership subscription due pro rata for remaining meetings. Free to under 18s and full time students. Proof of status may be required. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult but are not charged.
What happens at our meetings? Doors open at 7:30 for the meeting due to start at 8:00 but several club members and friends gather before this to have a drink and chat in the bar. Following welcome announcements we give you a brief tour of some highlights to look out for in the night sky. Our guest speaker will talk on the the subject of the evening for about 45-60 minutes. This is followed by questions relating to the talk. Announcements about forthcoming events follow. You can then choose from the following activities: 1. If the weather is clear, telecopes and binoculars are set up outside for some observation. members doing so will be pleased to share their equipment with others. 2. If you need help with some equipment then now is your chance to bring it in. Others in our club will be more than willing to help you. Don’t be shy, we get just as excited about a telescopep bought at a charity shop for £20 as we do one costing many times more. 3. Just socialise with others - about anything! We look forward to seeing you. No need to book - just turn up.
Programme 2019-20
Date
Speaker
Subject
September 11 2019
Roger O’Brien
The Solar Sytem beyond Neptune
October 9 2019
Martin Weston & Steve Heliczer
A basic introduction to astrophotography
November 13 2019
Colin Stuart
Rebel Star - The Sun’s Greatest Mysteries
December 11 2019
Nik Szymanek
Astrophotography - The Next Steps - followed by our Christmas Star prize Quiz (free to enter)
January 8 2020
Georgio Savini
The UCL Observatory at Mill Hiill and its latest developments
February 12 2020
Carl Murray
Cassini at Saturn - the End of an Era
March 11 2020
Stuart Eves
How Astronomers Can Save the World
April 8 2020
Jerry Stone
Survival in Space. - Apollo 13 - 50 years on
May 13th 2020 (includes AGM)
John Thain
The Invisible Sky - gettnng started in Radio Astornomy
June 10 2020
Paul Money
From 60 to 500 - My Adventures in Astronomy
2019 Hertford Astronomy Group
Hertford  Astronomy Group
2019 Hertford Astronomy Group