Meetings 2014-15

We meet monthly at the Pavilion Hall at Seend near Melksham (Find Us) . We also arrange occasional visits during the year to places of interest to amateur astronomers and hold events in the local community to popularise astronomy. Our speaker line up is always varied and caters for a wide range of interests.

Meet at 7:30pm for a 8:00pm start.

Beginners Q&A session 15min before talk and afterwards with tea, coffee and biscuits.

A monthly North Wessex Newsletter is produced to keep members informed of current events and activities, and is free for anyone to download from this website.

This seasons speaker list is as follows;


2nd September: Dr Stuart Clark —–The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth.

Dr S ClarkDr Stuart Clark holds a first class honours degree and a PhD in astrophysics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a former Vice Chair of the Association of British Science Writers.

Currently he divides his time between writing books and, in his capacity of cosmology consultant, writing articles for various publications.

Here is a quick review of his Sky’s Dark Labyrinth trilogy of books.

Followed by AGM (delayed from last year)

7th October: ***** Update***** Unfortunately our scheduled speaker cannot appear.

How ever Nick Howes has agreed to step in and will be talking about the Square Kilometre Array, “The Greatest Scope on Earth”

Previously scheduled speaker was…….

Gemma Lavender, Antarctic Astrophysics.

With a background in astrophysics and as a journalist with Astronomy Now, Gemma describes the challenges involved in Antarctic astrophysics

4th November: Dr Stuart Eves, The Future is out of this World. Stuart has an MSc in Astrophysics, a PhD in constellation design, and has been a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society for 20 years.

Dr S Eves






2nd December: Andrew Lound, Apollo – A Moon Odyssey.

President Kennedy laid down a remarkable challenge to the Soviet Union stating that “..before this decade was out..” the United States would “ a man on the Moon and return him safely to the Earth”.

A Lound

Andy dramatically tells the story of the Apollo project tracing the highs and lows, the sweat and tears of the most ambitious and daring mission in history. Illustrated with images, accompanied by sound, HD video and music. The Eagle has landed…..



6th January: Richard Fleet, Glows, Blows & Haloes.

Weather plays an important role in astronomy, especially here in the UK. Some of the effects of theatmosphere and weather produce strange effects. Richard Fleet has studied these as an amateur astronomer and shares some of his images…..

3rd February: Dr Susanne Schwenzer, The Mars Science Laboratory Rover – Curiosity at Gale Crater.

3rd March: Dr Leigh Fletcher, Jupiter Revealed: Exploring the Archetypal Giant Planet.

7th April: Dr Andrew Morse, Meteorites.

5th May: Dr Sarah Roberts, Dwarfs in the Backyard.

Sarah is Director of Education for the Faulkes Telescope Project, UK representative for the European Hands-On Universe. Project and project representative for the EU-funded Comenius Teacher Training and Radio Astronomy Programmes.

2nd June: Martin Griffiths, Exoplanets + AGM.

If there is a subject or speaker you would like to see at WAS, please contact us and maybe your wish might come true in the future?

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  1. Note change of speaker. Our Ferbuary speaker, Dr Susanne Schwenzer has had to postpone until March.
    February will now be Rik McRae – Sketching the Skies. An Introduction to Astronomical Sketching, Materials and Methods

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