Archaeoastronomy – Wednesday 11th April 8pm

Archaeoastronomy Lecture - 11042012 with Charles Barclay

Archaeoastronomy - 11th April 8pm with Charles Barclay

Join us at 8pm Wednesday 11th April 2012 for a lecture on Archaeoastronomy by Charles Barclay.  (free for members and under-16s, others £2 on the door)

We are delighted Charles has agreed to travel from Marlborough College, Wiltshire to give us his fascinating talk, so please come along to meet him and support CADSAS.

Here is a synopsis of the lecture:

Stonehenge and Avebury in UK are sites of global importance and at the focus of this lecture on 7000 years of inherited knowledge common to all Earth’s cultures and nationalities.

The Celestial Sphere was of overarching importance in pre-light pollution skies and the first astronomies and cosmologies brought some order to an otherwise tumultuous existence.

This highly illustrated lecture covers the multinational and multicultural development of astronomical observation and takes the audience on a voyage of discovery, suggesting meaning and significance particularly in Avebury, Stonehenge, Silbury Hill and other ancient sites around the World.

And a brief biography of the speaker:

Charles Barclay graduated from St Andrews University in 1986 in Astronomy and
Astrophysics. Since 2004 he has been Director of the Blackett Observatory at Marlborough College, Wiltshire, where he teaches astronomy and physics. He is an Academic Visitor in the Oxford University Astrophysics Department and an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford. At the forefront of UK Astronomy education, he chairs the Royal Astronomical Society education committee and is chair of examiners for Edexcel GCSE Astronomy and a Principal Moderator for Edexcel Extended Project at KS5. He is also a member of International Astronomical Union Commission 46 (Astronomy in education and development) and sits on the Science Council Education Programme Coordinating Group.

Guide to the Spring Night Sky – 12th March


Guide to the Spring Night Sky - 7pm 12th March 2012

At 7pm Monday 12th March, we are welcoming all visitors for an outdoor observing session (weather permitting).

It will be a guide to the Spring Night Sky.

We shall wave our arms, shine laser pointers upwards and generally try to explain, what is up there in the sky to see at this time of year.

Hope to see you. It starts at 7pm (note earlier time) Monday 12th March at the CADSAS

Astrology Talk – Monday February 13th at 8pm

Capricorn Sun Sign - Astrology Talk 13thFeb

As astronomers and good scientists, we should keep our minds open.

So for our February monthly talk, we will tackle the subject of Astrology and cover some aspects you might want to know about, but are too scared to ask!

Our speaker team have views from “it’s total rubbish” to “science can’t explain everything yet”.

Should be interesting… see you at 8pm in the Lecture Theatre.

Special Offer:  Would you like your personal natal (birth) horoscope calculated for the talk?  If you will be there on the night and are happy to share, please say. Just send me your birth date and time (we will keep the year secret, if you prefer).



Fireworks Meeting – Friday 4th November

Illustrated Fireworks Lecture 4/11/2011

The next lecture meeting is Friday 4th November at 8.30pm (note unusual day and time) in the Queen’s Hall.

Please note: £3 per person admission (free for accompanied under-16s, CADSAS members and Cranbrook School students)

It will be an illustrated lecture about The Science of Fireworks by David Turner.

And be warned.. the last time he gave this performance, there were plenty of bangs.