Hull and East Riding
In line with the Government recommendations to slow down the spread of the virus and to reduce the peak load on the NHS, HERAS has cancelled all of our activities until further notice. This means no lectures for the foreseeable future -
Our room in the Cottingham Civic Centre is booked for next season, so we can restart as soon as possible!
We will keep in touch via this website, and with members via email, when we have news. If you have images for the Gallery or news for the Events page (less likely obviously!) do send them and the website will be up updated regularly.
Take care everyone, and stay safe!
Remaining Meetings 2019/2020 Season -
NB: Meetings will be held at our usual venue, the Civic Hall in Cottingham:
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
For the “events archive” click here
British Astronomical Association (BAA) “Back to Basics” Tour
On March 7th 2020, HERAS hosted a British Astronomical Association “Back to Basics” day. This was part of their national programme, and was held at the Civic Centre in Cottingham -
Public lecture at the University of Hull
Title: Can Science explain everything? A theoretical physicist explores science and faith
Speaker: Prof Ard Louis, Oxford University
Time: Tuesday 3 March 7.30 – 9.00pm
Venue: Allam Lecture Theatre, Business School, University of Hull
Ard Louis is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford where he leads an interdisciplinary research group studying problems at the boundary between chemistry, physics and biology. He also writes and speaks widely on science and faith. He recently made the 4-
Astronaut Dr Steve Swanson Visited Hull -
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-
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.
Astronaut Dr Michael Foale Visited Hull -
Middleton Hall, Hull University Admission was £18, Concessions £12
Dr Michael Foale, CBE, PhD (Former NASA astronaut)
Mike is the most experienced British-
Laughton Astronomy Soc. Anniversary -
“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-
Free Lecture -
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 -
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-
Six great talks were on the agenda.
The British Science Festival, in Hull -
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-
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 -
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 -
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: