Welcome to Birmingham Astronomical Society (UK)

Registered CIO Number 1192429

Club events are restricted due to Covid-19. 

Online lectures and activities like our Quiz Night are happening - Members, please check your emails. Visitors get in touch and we can send details. 



promoting astronomy since 1950...


We also have our own club room at the University (map) which is open for astronomical discussion (and a cup of tea and a biscuit!). For security reasons access to the club room needs to be by prior arrangement, please get in touch if you want to come along. Although we are based at Aston University, we are NOT part of the academic faculty. We are amateur astronomers, and we use a room at the university as a base. (please note that the clubroom is NOT room 554).



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25-01-2022The Van Allen Radiation Belts Sam Walton
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Invitation: The Van Allen Radiation Belts

with Samual Walton

Tuesday - 5th Jan 2022 7:30pm - 9:30pm (GMT)

The Van Allen were one of the first major discoveries of the space age, by Prof. James Van Allen in 1958. Despite over 60 years of
research, understanding the complex and dynamic nature of Earth’s radiation belts is one of the biggest and most important
challenges in Space Physics. The Van Allen belts are packed with highly energetic charged particles (plasma), which could cause
fatal damage to the thousands of satellites in medium-high Earth orbit today. During this talk I will introduce the concept of space
radiation and space weather and how these relate to the Van Allen belts. I will also discuss how and why it is important to protect
current and future technology from their damaging effects. Finally, what research is currently being done in aid of this?


Free link for members or link below to book none members.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-van-allen-radiation-belts-with-samual-walton-tickets-228524080677



22-02-2022Crazy Interstellar Rockets Julian Onions
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How to Join


New members are always welcome,
please note membership is restricted to persons aged 18 years and over.
Membership fees are annual:
Full members £28 : 9 Resons to Join
Consessionary members (Senior Citizen, Student and Unemployed) £15
Family 1 person at £28 and £10 for additional family members
To request a membership form, please email membership@birmingham-astronomy.co.uk
We look forward to meeting you!

Finding Us

Birmingham Astronomical Society is based at Aston University in Birmingham.
If the main entrance is closed please use the side entrance in Potter Street (see below).


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Telescopes

Buying a telescope
Buying a telescope
Club Telescopes
Club Telescopes
Observatory
Observatory
I-Telescope
I-Telescope
Observing Projects
Observing Projects
Taking images DSLR or CCD
Taking images DSLR or CCD


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25-01-2022The Van Allen Radiation Belts Sam Walton
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22-02-2022Crazy Interstellar Rockets Julian Onions
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29-03-2022Lancaster University Astronomy Society
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26-04-2022Shadows in Space and the Stories They Tell - Mary MacIntyre
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31-05-2022Red Quasars - The Missing Link in Galaxy Evolution? Vicky Fawcett
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28-06-2022Stellar Explosions Outside Our Galaxys Deanne Coppejans
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27-09-2022ASMM Lecture tba Elizabeth Stanway
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25-10-2022tba Matteo Brogi
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29-11-2022Our Great USA Solar Eclipse Adventure; Mary MacIntyre
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Public Outreach

Bringing astronomy to a wider public audience has always been a central activity for Birmingham Astronomical Society. We usually hold 2 star-parties each year at Lickey Hills Visitor Centre as part of British National Science Week and World Space Week. The public is encouraged to come along to these events and see the night sky as they may never have seen it before.

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Mirror grinding

Over the years, Birmingham Astronomical Society has helped amateur astronomers grind, polish and aluminise over a hundred mirrors. We can offer advice on mirror and telescope making.

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Library

We have over a thousand books covering all aspects of both practical and theoretical astronomy. Thanks to Derek and Ann Ford for all their hard work!
For member there is an on line database of Library Books and Magazines for searching and booking out.

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Weather Sites

SAT24 - www.sat24.com
Meteox - www.meteox.com
XCweather - www.xcweather.co.uk
Latitude and Longitude Finder - www.satsig.net

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Light Pollution Maps

Maps overlay with Light Pollution Scales making it easy to find dark areas for better viewing and images.

www.lightpollutionmap.info

Art Group

We have Thursday evening meeting in the club room. Painting, Drawing & teaching.

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Complementary Group

This is a mix of Radio, Meteor & Magnet Astrnomy.

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Imaging Group

Thursday Evening (weather and dark night pending). We observe objects and image in the winter nights.

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