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Hull and East Riding

Astronomical Society

Next Meeting - Monday 8th October 2018

The speaker will be Ray Taylor (HERAS member, Radio call sign G6TNZ) on the topic “Things That Go Flash in the Night: Fireballs, Melters, and Cosmic Rays”

It will be held at 7.30 pm at our usual venue, the Hull and East Riding Sports Club, Chanterlands Avenue North, Hull  HU5 4ED.

Ray provided the following abstract from a paper his talk is based on…

"Ray is a member of Nemetode.org which is a group of Meteors observers using Low Light CCTV cameras and highly specialised motion sensitive software to track and study Meteors.

"The talk will update current considerations and videos of Fireball activity and discuss the likely existence of a "Spring Time Fireball Season" together with the rapidly developing technique of using radio to detect radar reflections from Meteors.

"Routine Meteor detection and Triangulation of the tracks has enabled a study into the actual "Flight" of the Meteor, there will be a discussion of the existence of Meteors which enter the Earth's atmosphere and then escape back into Space; together with the latest images which suggest some Meteors may be not always be "Solid" but of a "Friable" nature.

"There will be a discussion of a proposed project to study "Cosmic Rays" as detected by the CCTV cameras which will include an examination of the nature and structure of the CCD system as used in the cameras.

"Finally, a brief discussion of the latest system to be deployed to obtain both video and still HD (High Definition) images of Meteors."

Federation of Astronomy Societies Convention - Sept.22nd

The FAS 2018 Convention and AGM will be held at the Spring Lane venue of the University of York on Saturday, 22nd September. We have use of the modern 350 seat lecture theatre as well as four side rooms and the ground-floor of the atrium. Unlike previous years, however, the Convention part of the day will also be open to the public – hopefully lots of them!

As with previous years they’ve managed to keep the cost low so that it’s just £6 for members of FAS societies and £8 for non-members. It’s 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 are on the agends, and details and booking are now open on the

FAS 2018 Convention and AGM webpage.

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 has contacted us about a forthcoming event.

Phil is a member of the Royal Society of Chemists.

The Society are hosting this free lecture at the University of Hull on Tuesday 23rd October 2018, all HERAS members are welcome. Start time 6:30 or 7pm - final details will appear here shortly!

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.

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Recent Events

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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.