UK Astronomy still has a lot going on!
HantsAstro has a reputation for organising and taking part in various events across Southern England. Our annual Pizza'n'Perseid night at Butser Ancient Farm marks the start of our astronomy season. With two members star parties in May and September at Summerlands in Wiltshire, we're looking to add more camping events for the coming seasons.
There's never been a better time to get into astronomy. Plus we have classes running from September to May in Petersfield to get you up and running, or to improve your astro-imaging.
HANTSASTRO MEMBERS EVENT - PIZZA'N'PERSEIDS NITE Saturday 13th August 2016 7.30pm
Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Hants- The Great Roundhouse.
Our now annual event is open to all HantsAstro members and their friends and family. Just wrap up warm and bring a chair to enjoy one of natures best firework shows. Bring a camera and tripod and engage in a spot of "Meteor Fishing" to catch your own falling star. Generous slices of Pizza and hot and cold refreshments are included. Choose from deep pan Vegetarian all the way to Meat Feasts, we'll have them all!
Tickets still from only £7.50 Payable in only advance via cash, cheque or PayPal
If you are not yet a member of HantsAstro, then joining up is easy and your first visit to any observing session is free, then it's just £18 per year. Details are at the bottom of this page.
UK 2016 EVENTS
Summer 2016 – Royal Observatory Greenwich
This is effectively the centre for astronomy during the summer with lots of events, and with their new planetarium therewill also be some amazing shows on offer.
Flamsteed House and Meridian Courtyard, plus Planetarium late show at 17.00. Last admissions 17.30.
13th August 2016 - South West Astronomy Fair - Norman Lockyer Observatory
Every year they run the South West Astronomy Fair with some very eminent speakers, a planetarium show, trade stalls and many activities on site. It also gives you the chance to wander around their large site imbibing the history and technology dating back over 130 years.
September 2016 - Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival, Hailsham (date tbc)
3 days of talks and all things astronomical from a splendid science centre, with some big telescopes, trade stands, talks and semimars throughout the weekend. 100 camping pitches, with catering.
26 - 31 October - Kielder Forest Autumn Star Camp
Kielder Forest Star Camp started in 2003. Since then they have developed both Autumn and Spring events which attract stargazers from across the UK. At its most basic the event is one where people come from around the country, generally camp on the Kielder Campsite, although some prefer local B and Bs, lodges and hotels, and bring telescopes if you have them. Some come for all five days, others for a minimum of two.
Isle of Wight Star Party - March 2017 (date tbc)
This event became the blueprint for HantsAstro, and started the at same time. Always oversubscribed and boasting Mag21.5+ skies over looking the English Channel, this event is an astro-imagers heaven. No longer great value, but worth it for the islands slow pace. For more details please visit their website.
30 sept - 2 Oct - Kelling Heath Autumn Equinox (main event weekend)
These gatherings in September are often quoted as the largest star parties in Europe. They are predominantly run and organised by Loughton and Norwich Astronomical Societies. With over 1000 astronomers pouring in from all over Europe, your reservation has to be booked well in advance. For further details go to their website.
This list is not exhaustive and is just a preview of some of the events to come ove the next season. If you are a society or event organiser and wish to add your events to this list – then please
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