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Astronomical Society

Next Meeting - Monday 20th January 2020

                     (NB: the 3rd Monday not the 2nd as usual)

The speaker will be Samantha Bell, Research Student, University of Manchester and the title is “Lunar Rocks: 50 Years of Science”

NB:  It will be held at our usual venue, the Civic Hall in Cottingham:

The address is 1, Market Green, Cottingham HU16 5QG  

We meet in the room above the main hall: there is a lift.

Same entrance as the main hall, and doors open 7:45pm for an 8pm start


British Astronomical Association (BAA) “Back to Basics” Tour

On March 7th 2020, HERAS is hosting a British Astronomical Association “Back to Basics” day. This is part of their national programme, and will be held at the Civic Centre in Cottingham  - our meeting venue (so click here for the map!)

The cost is £5 for BAA members, £6 for others. You can find all the details, the programme for the day, and book your ticket at:


HERAS / BLAS Annual Dinner - Postponed for 1 week

Please note that the annual dinner scheduled for January 17th has had to be moved to Friday January 24th due to equipment failure in the kitchen at the Blackburn Leisure Social Club

Special Request

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Recent Events

For the “events archive” click here

Astronaut Dr Steve Swanson Visited Hull - Dec 4th 2019

Canham Turner Building, Hull University   


From software engineer to astronaut

Dr Steve Swanson (NASA astronaut & ISS commander)

Before becoming an astronaut, Steve worked as a software engineer and has a degree in Engineering Physics and a doctorate in Computer Science.

Steve has been on three space missions having flown on two Space Shuttle flights, STS-117 and STS-119, and Expedition 39 to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Soyuz. He was commander of the ISS Steve and has also served as a CAPCOM for ISS and Space Shuttle missions.

He has logged nearly 200 days in space and completed five spacewalks totalling 28 hours and 5 minutes. He is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal.

Recent news from Meteor Watch/Ray Taylor

** Feb 2019: A rare ‘theta Centaurid’ meteor **

**  A look at 2018's Orionids  **

** December Alpha Draconids  **

Our member and Nematode contact Ray Taylor has provided further images and details of July’s images See Ray’s gallery page for images of Sprites, and go to the “extra information” page for the latest meteor tracking details.

Click HERE to see Ray’s extra information

Astronaut Dr Michael Foale Visited Hull - Jan 18th 2019

Middleton Hall, Hull University   Admission was £18,   Concessions £12


Dr Michael Foale, CBE, PhD (Former NASA astronaut)

Mike is the most experienced British-born astronaut in the history of human space travel having clocked over 373 days in space, flown on six Space Shuttle missions and a Soyuz, and commanded the International Space Station. He was the first Briton to perform a space walk, during which he saved the Hubble Space Telescope. Mike was also responsible for saving the Russian Mir Space Station when it was tumbling out of control and he has been inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame. He gave a fascinating talk about these experiences and shared his stories at this special event.

Laughton Astronomy Soc. Anniversary - November 10th

“We invite you and your Society members to join the Loughton Astronomical Society on the 10th November 2018 to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. 

Our 50th celebrations will start with displays, demonstrations and an indoor planetarium in the morning, followed by lectures from top astronomers in the afternoon.  

Please visit www.las-astro.org.uk for details and the opportunity to purchase tickets.”

Free Lecture - October 23rd 2018    “The Chemistry of the Stars”

Phil Caygill, who used to be a HERAS member until work clashed with Monday evenings contacted us about this event. Phil is a member of the Royal Society of Chemists.

The Society hosted this free lecture at the University of Hull on Tuesday 23rd October 2018, all HERAS members were welcome.

The lecture was by Dr Gareth Few and Dr David Benoit of the University of Hull.

Federation of Astronomy Societies Convention - Sept.22nd

The FAS 2018 Convention and AGM was be held at the Spring Lane venue of the University of York on Saturday, 22nd September.  Unlike previous years, however, the Convention part of the day was also open to the public.

As with previous years they’ve managed to keep the cost low so that it was just £6 for members of FAS societies and £8 for non-members. Half-price for those under 16 years-old or, on presentation of a current student ID card, students from the University of York.

Six great talks were on the agenda.

The British Science Festival, in Hull - Sept 2018

A notice from Professor Brad Gibson of Hull University:

The British Science Festival is the biggest thing in the region this year … the programme is absolutely jam-packed .. check out the 100+ free events at:


Trip to the National Space Centre in Leicester

Our sister society, Brough Astronomy, organised a coach trip to the National Space Centre on Wednesday 8th August. The cost was £26, including admission and the coach journey.


Rosse Observatory “SUN day” event - June 24th

There were talks about our Star, telescopes with solar filters observing the Sun in real time, and buying and making solar telescopes to take away to observe the sun yourself safely after the event, making rockets and finding out how our Star rules the Solar System, and other activities for both children and adults.

The 'SUN'day’ event took place at the Rosse Observatory, Carleton Rd, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ, 24th June 2018 between 11am and 4pm.

Brad Gibson Lectures - Autumn 2019

The University of Hull was delighted to be able to celebrate and showcase the fantastic research and teaching from the E. A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics. The Centre takes a fresh and dynamic approach to the big questions that have fascinated humankind for thousands of years. Details here: