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 Solent Amateur Astronomers

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Talks Programme

Timetable of Talks for 2023/2024
Dates Subject Speaker Location
16th January The Alien Perspective Dr David Whitehouse (BBC) Zoom
20th February Cataclysmic Variables as Universal Accretion Laboratories Prof. Christian Knigge Oasis Academy
19th March 300 Years of Astronomy in South Africa Prof. Malcolm Coe Oasis Academy
16th April Astrophotography and Image Processing John Tarling Oasis Academy
28th May Solar Eclipse Chasing Steve McCann Oasis Academy
18th June The Apollo Missions Jerry Workman Oasis Academy
16th July The High Energy Universe Prof McHardy Oasis Academy
20th August Quasars and Galaxy Evolution Dr S Molyneux Oasis Academy
17th September Measuring The Speed of Light Steve Bosley Oasis Academy
15th October Annual General Meeting EVERYONE Zoom
19th November Radio Astronomy Dr Sadie Jones Oasis Academy
10th December Photographing Galaxies Dr Jane Clark Zoom

We host a comprehensive range of talks,  sometimes at Oasis Academy & sometimes by Zoom - see table to the left for details. Both members and non-members are invited.

Please see note on the Home page for venue updates.

The address is: Oasis Academy
Romsey Rd, Southampton
SO16 8FA

Non-members will need to register their interest; please send an email to:

saazoomtalk@outlook.com  For subject please enter – ‘SAA Talk’

Please include your name. You can add a comment or question to the email if you wish.

Members and registered non-members will be sent the Zoom link approximately 2 days before the date of the Meeting.

Talks are pitched at all levels, from 1st year undergraduate down to beginners' level. Speakers have available to them a digital projector. Subjects have covered everything from the history of astronomy to the history of the universe; stellar spectroscopy to the way astronomy and astronomical events are viewed by the media.

Our speakers have included the Astronomer Royal of Scotland and Chris Lintott from the Sky at Night.

They occur on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - (2nd Tuesday in December) - and non-members are welcome to attend.

The talks begin at 7:30 pm prompt, please don't be late.

Talks last for 1 hour, on average, followed by questions.