We are a very active society, meeting at least once a week, please check out our programme for details of upcoming events.


BAA Summer Meeting 2012

This meeting was hosted by Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society, the weather wasn’t great but we did manage to get the Solar scopes out for a short while. The lectures were great.

Europe goes to Jupiter

Dr Chris Arridge
All about project JUICE an ESA mission to Jupiter


Dr Dan Andrews
All about missions to comets with some insight into the Beagle 2 mission

Application of penetrators for the Exploration of planets & the Moon

Dr Rob Gowen
Title says it all really

Differentiating between dead comets and Asteroids

Prof. Iwan Williams
All about categorisation of asteroids and coments and how/ if they can/should be classified differently

Working on Mars

Dr Craig Leff
All about how to manage robotic missions on Mars.
























Solar Eclipse 2008 August 1st, China

This eclipse was special for its colours around the horizon. There were wonderful oranges and reds all around, the clouds lit up, some dark in silhouette, some golden, glowing yellowy-orange in the distance. You could see the shadow approaching against the clouds and then rushing away as it left. A great and wonderful experience that we will all never forget.

During the eclipse it was possible to see a prominence at about 2 o’clock and the planets Venus and Mercury were easily visible.

The desert venue for this eclipse was a little windy, buffeting equipment and making imaging and video at high magnifications a little difficult.

Totality video by Member Andy Barber. Also featuring Maddy and Martin Crow and family. Venus and Mercury are also visible.

The video above shows the site used to observe the Solar Eclipse. Video by Andy Barber.

Images by Mike Rushton

Eclipse China 2008 Mike Rushton

Images by Martin Crow

Eclipse2008 Martin Crow

Images by Andy Barber

Solar Eclipse 2008 China  ANdy Barber01/08/2008 10:25

 Total Solar Eclipse Image by Andy Barber 01/08/2008 11:18

Eclipse China Image by Andy Barber 01/08/2008 11:07

 Total Solar Eclipse Image by Andy Barber 01/08/2008 11:33

 Total Solar Eclipse Image by Andy Barber 01/08/2008 11:07

 Total Solar Eclipse Image by Andy Barber 01/08/2008 11:07

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