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The Advanced Astronomy programme of lectures & Society events at Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society Dartford and in the wider UK Amateur Astronomical Community for 2016 - 2017.


CMHASD is very different from most other Astronomical Societies, as we run our own professional advanced astronomy lecture programme and meet every Thursday excluding Christmas week.

The lectures are held on Thursday evenings.

Each week a different lecturer from a University or British Astronomical Association (BAA), Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Royal Astronomical Society, Institute of Astronomy or professional scientist, give a talk on their particular speciality. Thus, not only are the lectures authoritative, but also include the latest information & sometimes prior to its publication.

The membership column in the table below indicates the type of member who can come along as part of their membership. If your membership does not include a meeting you can still come along but will be asked to pay an entrance fee detailed in the membership pages.

NOTE:
In the early part of the new Educational year it is quite common for our Lecturers not to be sure of the dates they will be available or what subjects they will lecture on - hence there being weeks that have no information and the titles of lectures having 'TBA' written above a lecturer's name in the programme timetable. The lectures are highlighted in blue writing.

What you can be sure of is the highest calibre Astronomy lectures.

The 2016/2017 Programme
If you are new or are thinking about joining the society and want to get a feel for the types of lectures we have had in the past please look at our past programmes page or to see a more recent programme we have had, click here for last year's 2015/2016 Programme.

Date
Open To
Planed Event / Lecture






1.9.16
Full & Basic Members
Informal Meeting
The Planets for Beginners by Honor Wheeler
8.9.16
Full & Basic Members
Informal Meeting
The Milky Way for Beginners - a general guide and how it is linked to the M2 by Rita Whiting
15.9.16
Full & Ordinary Members
Title: Gravitational Waves - The Discovery That Took 100 Years!
Barry Kellet, RAL.
22.9.16
All Members
Society Night
29.9.16
Full & Basic Members
Informal Meeting
The Name Game by Rita Whiting
29.9.16
to
3.10.16
All
Kelling Heath Autumn Star Party 2016.
Norfolk
4.10.16
Committee
Committee Meeting - postponed.
6.10.16
Full & Ordinary Members
Title: The Existence of Black Holes - From 'Dark Stars' to Galactic Nuclei
Barry Kellet, RAL.
11.10.16
Committee
Committee Meeting
13.10.16
Full & Ordinary Members
Title: Imaging the Southern Sky
Nick James, BAA.
20.10.16
All Members
Informal Meeting WITH A DIFFERENCE!

During part of the evening there will be an 'experimental' lecture given by Roger Dymock of the BAA on 'Comets - How to observe and image them'.

The word 'experimental' has been used because the lecture will be delivered using Skype which the Society has never tried before. All members are welcome to attend but please bear in mind this is an experiment and may not be successful due to technical reasons.
27.10.16
Full & Basic Members
Informal Meeting
Kerb Your Enthusiasm - Misadventures in Imaging by Diane Clarke
3.11.16
Full & Ordinary Members
Title: HOY-CAPS update - including a question and answer session about Star Formation & Stellar Clusters
SO HAVE YOUR QUESTIONS READY!!!!

Dr Dirk Froebrich, University of Kent
10.11.16
All Members
Society Night & AGM - *CANCELLED DUE TO POWER CUT AT PAVILION*
17.11.16
Full & Ordinary Members
Title: Bring your factor 27 million sun cream: The interaction between light and matter, from stars to planets
Dr Thomas Haworth, Imperial College London.
24.11.16
All Members
Society Night & AGM
26.11.16
All Members
Observing Evening - Cancelled due to poor weather
8pm until 11pm at the pavilion.
1.12.16
Full & Ordinary Members
Title: From the ISS to the surface of Mars
Dr John Mason MBE, BAA.
3.12.16
All Members
Observing Evening + Public Open Evening
8pm until 11pm at the pavilion.
Please note that observing is weather dependent and will be cancelled if the forecast is for poor weather on that evening.
8.12.16
Full & Ordinary Members
Title: Astronomy, adventure & money in the life of Captain, Dr Edmond Halley RN, FRS
Dr. Allan Chapman, Oxford.
10.12.16
All
BAA Christmas Lecture - tickets must be booked.
15.12.16
All Members
CMHASD Quiz Night hosted by Mr David Grist
22.12.16
Full & Basic Members
Informal Meeting
29.12.16

Informal Meeting
5.1.17
Full & Ordinary Members
Title: Nasa's Juno Mission to Jupiter
Ali Suliaman
7.1.17
All Members
Observing Evening - Cancelled due to poor weather forecast
8pm until 11pm at the pavilion.
Please note that observing is weather dependent and will be cancelled if the forecast is for poor weather on that evening.
11.1.17
All
CMHASD will be attending 'Star Gazing at Hall Place'.
Hall Place & Gardens, Bourne Road, Dartford. DA5 1PQ
Please note: Tickets must be purchased at http://www.bexleyheritagetrust.org.uk/events/star-gazing/
7pm to 8.30pm
Click here to see photos of the evening.
12.1.17
Full & Ordinary Members
Title: 'The Ferret of Comets'; Charles Messier, comet-hunter and nebula recorder
Dr. Allan Chapman, Oxford.
19.1.17
All Members
Society Night
26.1.17
Full & Ordinary Members

Title: Art & Astronomy Pt 2

Barry Kellet, RAL.
28.1.17
All Members

Observing Evening - Cancelled due to poor Weather Forecast

8pm until 11pm at the pavilion.
Please note that observing is weather dependent and will be cancelled if the forecast is for poor weather on that evening.
2.2.17
All Members
Observing Evening
4.2.17
All Members
Observing Evening - Cancelled due to poor Weather Forecast
8pm until 11pm at the pavilion.
Please note that observing is weather dependent and will be cancelled if the forecast is for poor weather on that evening.
9.2.17
All Members
Observing Evening / Committee meeting Now an Informal Meeting due to poor Weather Forecast
16.2.17
All Members
Observing Evening / Informal Meeting
23.2.17
All Members

Observing Evening - Cancelled Due To Storm Doris

25.2.17
All Members
Observing Evening
8pm until 11pm at the pavilion.
Please note that observing is weather dependent and will be cancelled if the forecast is for poor weather on that evening.
2.3.17
Full & Ordinary Members
Title: Graphite & Silicone Sketching the deep sky & Imaging the planets with a Dobsonian
First part will run for approx 30 mins & second for about 45, Martin Lewis, Sky Inspector.
4.3.17
All Members
Observing Evening

8pm until 11pm at the pavilion. Cancelled Due To Expected Weather Front

Please note that observing is weather dependent and will be cancelled if the forecast is for poor weather on that evening.
9.3.17
Full & Ordinary Members

Photographing The Night Sky

Nik Szymanek F.R.A.S, Nik is also willing to answer image processing questions
16.3.17
Full & Ordinary Members
Title: The Art Of Astrophotography
Professor Ian Morison, Jodrell Bank.
23.3.17

25.03.17
All Members
All Members
Society Night

Observing Evening 20.00hrs (8pm) Onwards Friend & Family Welcome
30.3.17
Full & Basic Members
Informal Meeting
6.4.17
Full & Basic Members
Informal Meeting
7.4.17
to
9.4.17
All
The BAA Winchester Weekend
Sparsholt College
Hampshire
13.4.17
Full & Basic Members
Informal Meeting
20.4.17
Full & Ordinary Members
Mr Colin Stuart, Author, 13 Journey's Through Space & Time,
20th to 24th
April 2017
All
Kelling Heath Spring Star Party 2017
Norfolk
27.4.17
Full & Ordinary Members
Title: Understanding the First Stars and Galaxies in the era of the Square Kilometer Array
Dr Catherine Watkinson, Imperial College.
4.5.17
Full & Ordinary Members
Title: TBA
Professor Carolin Crawford, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge.
11.5.17
All Members
Society Night
18.5.17
Full & Ordinary Members
Title: TBA
Matthew Smith
25.5.17
Full & Ordinary Members
Title: TBA
Dr Ilse de Looze, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
1.6.17
Full & Basic Members
Informal Meeting
8.6.17
Full & Ordinary Members
Title: TBA
Dr John Mason MBE, BAA.
15.6.17

Informal Evening But May Be Subject To Change Nearer The Date
22.6.17

Informal Evening But may Be Subject To Change Nearer The Date
29.6.17

Informal Evening But May Be Subject To Change Nearer The Date















21st to 25th Sept 2017
All
Kelling Heath Autumn Star Party 2017
Norfolk
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