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PREVIOUS LECTURES - GWYNEDD ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Dec 1983 P Curtis Dark matter

Jan 1984 B Jones News from the observatories

Feb D Evans The Moon

Jan 1986 R Paganuzzi X-ray astronomy

Dec P Curtis Photographic and visual observation

Jan 1987 R Smith Venus

Feb J Thompson The Radio Universe

Mar P Llewellyn Magnetism and astronomy

Apr G Clark Computers and astronomy

May A Elliott Lunar occultations

Jun P Curtis Radio astronomers look at the Earth

Sep B Jones The Magellanic Clouds

Oct A Roberts Making a Small Refractor

Nov R Smith Observing Meteors

Dec P Curtis Present and Future Techniques with Large Telescopes

Feb 1988 P Curtis Life Elsewhere in the Universe

Mar R Smith The Giant Planets

Apr B Jones The Magnitude Scale

May P Llewellyn Light

Jun A Baran The Universe is One Big Plasma!

Jul P Curtis Life Elsewhere in the Universe

Sep B Jones Galaxies

Oct R Smith Astronavigation

Nov P Curtis The Temperature of the Terrestrial Planets

Dec P Llewellyn Cosmology

Jan 1989 P Curtis Active Galaxies

Feb


Mar R Smith Mercury

Apr P Curtis Comets

May P Llewellyn The Interstellar Medium

Jun J Thompson Infrared and Microwave Telescopes

Jul G Clark Stonehenge

Sep P Curtis Novae

Oct J Thompson Deep Sky Objects

Nov P Llewellyn Measuring Starlight

Dec R Smith Star-photo Quiz

Jan 1990 P Curtis Binary Stars

Feb A Roberts Computing and astronomy

Mar R Smith Apollo Moon landings

Apr A Roberts Voyager Mission to Jupiter

P Curtis Type II Supernovae

May P Llewellyn Origin of the Solar System (early theories)

Jun P Llewellyn Formation of stars and the origin of the Solar System

Jul J Thompson Galaxies

Oct J Thompson Radio astronomy

Nov P Curtis Milankovitch Cycle and Ice Ages

Dec A Roberts Eyepieces

Jan 1991 B Jones Hubble Space Telescope

Feb P Llewellyn Gravity

Mar R Smith Southern skies

Apr J Rowlands Light pollution

Jun P Curtis Pulsating variable stars

Jul P Llewellyn Spectra

Sep J Rowlands Detection of meteors with electrometers

P Curtis Observing variable stars

Oct D Fear Plate tectonics

Nov D King Observational astronomy

Dec P Curtis Life in the universe

Jan 1992 D Fear Uranus

Jan Star party

Feb P Llewellyn Black holes

Mar D Fear Viking Mission to Mars

Apr D Fear Jupiter

J Thompson Voyager Mission to Jupiter and Saturn

May B Jones COBE and the expanding universe

Jun P Curtis Astrophotography

Jul B Jones Stellar spectra

Sep P Llewellyn Measuring the distance to the planets

Oct P Curtis Dark matter

Nov J Mithan Deep sky observing

Dec B Jones Hubble Space Telescope

Jan 1993 B Jones Comets and Giotto

Feb P Curtis Eruptive variable and eclipsing binary stars

Mar P Llewellyn Origin of the universe

Apr D Fear Venus

May A Roberts Shareware astronomical computer programmes

Jun D Fear NASA's Mission to Planet Earth

Jul P Curtis Astrophotography

Sep J Thompson Computing and rocket technology

Oct D Fear Remote sensing

Nov P Curtis Measuring the Earth using radio telescopes /

The Greenhouse Effect

Dec P Llewellyn Astrophotography

Jan 1994 J Thompson Tour of the Universe

Feb R Smith Teaching astronomy to schoolchildren

Mar E Greenwood Old astronomical books

Apr P Llewellyn Adaptive optics

E Greenwood Tides

D King Motor drives for telescopes

J Thompson James Nasmyth

J Mithan Aids to observation

May P Curtis X-ray binaries

Jun J Mithan Black hole in M87

E Greenwood Comet Shoemaker-Levy

P Llewellyn NASA bulletins on the Internet

D King SOS for the Earth / Missing mass

J Thompson Deep sky objects

Jul D Fear Titan

Sep P Curtis Dark matter

Oct D Fear Shareware - Our Cosmohood / Skyglobe

Nov E Greenwood History of astronomy

J Thompson Optical devices in astronomy

D King The use of red light in astronomy

Dec D Fear CDROM - A guide to ERS-1

Jan 1995 A Roberts Binocular observation

J Mithan Extinction of the dinosaurs

D Fear ESA probe to Mercury

Feb J Thompson The Moon and Venus

Mar P Llewellyn Changing ideas about gravity

Apr E Greenwood The 1874 Transit of Venus

Apr Star party

May A Roberts Astronomical programmes for the Amiga computer

Jun J Thompson Gamma-ray astronomy

Jul D King Einstein's universe

Sep D Fear Surfaces of the Terrestrial planets

Oct J Mithan The naming of lunar features

P Llewellyn Ring lasers

E Greenwood Camera lenses and telescopes

Nov D King Shareware programmes for PC's

J Thompson Microwave astronomy

Dec P Llewellyn The colour of stars

Jan 1996 B Lewis Polaris

J Thompson The work of David Malin

Feb J Mithan Planetary nebulae

Mar Quiz


Apr D Fear The contamination of space

May A Roberts Comet Shoemaker-Levy and Jupiter

J Mithan Buckyballs

D King Bode's Law

Jun D Hughes The 1995 solar eclipse in India

J Mithan The lunar landscape

D King Images of the Universe

Jul Session on Internet

Sep D Fear FESTIP

E Greenwood Star maps

N Brown A year's observing

Oct Open day and star party

Nov D King The origin and evolution of the Solar System

Dec Quiz


Jan 1997 D Fear Meteorites in Wales

Feb Session on Internet

Mar Star party

Apr J Mithan Comets

May P Llewellyn The Sun

Jun D Fear The Apollo Missions

Jul D Fear The Ozone Layer / Mapping Venus' surface

Sep M McCormick CDROM - Northern Mars

Oct J Thompson Spectral classes

Nov Star party

Dec D King Measuring the Solar System

Jan 1998 E Greenwood Home-made spectroscopes

Feb D Fear The European Space Agency

Mar B Taylor Black holes

Apr M McCormick Quantum computing

May J Mithan Renaissance astronomers - Copernicus

Jun P Llewellyn Light

Jul J Mithan Vision and perception

E Greenwood Funding in astronomy

D Fear The Canadian space programme

T Rogers The stars

Sep D Fear The Japanese space programme

Oct E Greenwood The Sun

Nov G Williams Life and the Universe

Dec Quiz Night

Jan 1999 J Mithan Radiation and Concorde

G Williams The End of the Universe

D King Von Neumann Machines and Missing Mass

Feb E Greenwood John Jones - Welsh Astronomer

Mar Dr B Peiser Comets and Disasters in the Stone Age

Apr H Hynes Saturn

D Roberts Mars

M Wildsmith Earth

May G Williams Quasars

Jun J Mithan Tycho Brahe

Jul D Fear Using Space Technology in Harsh Terrestrial and Marine Environments

Sep P Llewellyn Accelerating Expansion in the Universe

- A Revolution in Cosmology

Oct D King Variable Stars

Nov E Greenwood Jupiter

Dec Quiz Night

Jan 2000 Star Party

Feb E Greenwood James Nasmyth

Mar G Bryans Cepheid Variable Stars

Apr Tour of D King's homebuilt observatory

May J Mithan Kepler

Jun B Lewis The Planets

Jul P Llewellyn Big Telescopes

Sep J Rowlands A North Wales Observatory

Oct D Fear The Astronomical Legacy of Genghis Khan

Nov E Greenwood Edmund Halley

Dec Quiz Night

Jan 2001 D King Charles Messier

Feb G Williams The International Space Station

Mar D Fear The Tharsis Bulge

Apr P Llewellyn Gravitational Astronomy

May Equipment viewing night

Jun J Thompson The Centre of our Galaxy

Jul J Mithan Globular clusters

Sep D Fear Meteorites

Oct D King M42

Nov Quiz Night

Dec Astronomy in Wales video

Jan 2002 G Williams The Oort Cloud

Feb E Greenwood Navigation, Life and Space Travel

Mar P Llewellyn Cosmic Background Radiation and Quintessence

Apr D King The Structure of the Sun

May J Mithan Open clusters

Jun D Fear Ancient Celtic and Welsh Astronomy

Jul D King The Earth's orbit

J Thompson The Yerkes Refractor

J Mithan The Astronomical slate carvings of Dyffryn Ogwen

E Greenwood Timekeeping and Astronomy

Sep S Reid Telescopes, a septic tank, and the national press!

Oct B Woosnam A history of Tal telescopes

Nov J Thompson Mysteries of deep space

Dec Quiz

Jan 2003 Members forum

Feb J Thompson Meteors

Mar B Woosnam Astrophotography

Apr D King The Moon

May R Derbyshire Eclipse in Zimbabwe

Jun P Llewellyn A home made magnetometer

Jul D Fear The Kuiper Belt

Sep E Greenwood Astrology and the beginnings of astronomy

Oct G Williams T Tauri stars

Nov B Woosnam CCD Imaging/A visit to Patrick Moore's observatory

Dec Quiz


Jan 2004 S Reid Planetary atmospheres

Feb D Smith Optics

Mar E Greenwood Transit of Venus

Apr P Llewellyn Spectroscopy

May D Fear The space programmes of less-developed countries

Jun J Mithan Ancient astronomers

Jul A Nourse NASA missions and spacecraft

Sep T Radford An introduction to radio astronomy

Oct J Thompson Lunar occultations

Nov D King Moons

Dec Quiz

Jan 2005 G Williams ET's home planet

Feb Star party

Mar D Smith The development of the astronomical telescope

Apr P Llewellyn Dark matter and energy

May S Reid Galaxies

Jun D Fear Astrobiology

Jun Star party

Jul J Mithan Star maps

Sep N Brown The influence of celestial bodies on plants

Oct B Woosnam Asteroids

Oct Star party

Nov J Lapington Topical developments in optical, ultraviolet and x-ray astronomy

Dec Quiz


Jan 2006 G Willliams Supernovae

Feb J Mithan The Webb Society (Rev. TW Webb)

L Oldfield Saturn V rockets

E Greenwood The measurement of time

D King Iridium flares

D Bennett Advances in communication

J Thompson Eyepieces

Mar no meeting (adverse weather)

Apr D King Towards better seeing

May S Reid Webcameras and astronomy

Jun P Llewelyn Aurorae

Jul D Fear Spirit and Opportunity – the Martian rovers

Sep D Fear Ancient Chinese astronomy

Oct L Oldfield Cassini, Huygens and Saturn

Nov N Brown The influence of celestial bodies on animals

Dec Quiz


Jan 2007 D Fear COROT space telescope

D King An demonstration of a Philips’ Patent Orrery

G Williams The reversal of the Earth’s magnetic field

J Mithan False Moon landings – a pictorial exhibition

P Llewelyn An update on the search for dark matter

Feb J Lapington SWIFT and Gamma Ray Bursters

Mar D King Einstein’s Universe

Apr G Williams Black Holes

May D Fear Radio telescopes

Jun J Thompson Exhibition of astronomical equipment

Jul J Mithan The Moon

Sep S Reid The history of Pluto as a planet

Oct P Llewelyn Cosmic jets

Nov D Fear Archaeoastronomy

Dec B Woosnam Operating the Faulkes telescope

Jan 2008 J Thompson Kielder star party

D Bennett Hubblecasts

Feb D Bennett Journey to Palomar

Mar G Williams Measurement in Astronomy

Apr Question and answer session

May D King Daytime astronomy

Jun E Greenwood Uses for lenses in Astronomy

Jul D Fear Long term climate change on Earth

Sep J Mithan Space medicine

Oct S Reid Building a 16” Dobsonian telescope

Nov B Lewis Meteoroids and meteors

D Bennett Birth of the Universe

Dec D Fear Space elevators

Jan 2009 G Williams Interstellar material

Feb D Fear Where in the Universe quiz

H Pritchard Superlatives in the Universe

J Mithan Comet Lulin

Mar 2009 N Brown Evolution and the beginning of life on Earth

Apr S Reid Tricolour imaging

May B Woosnam History of astronomy

Jun D Fear Spin offs from space research

Jul B Woosnam Solar observing

Sep J Mithan Science fiction

Oct G Williams Extra-solar planetary systems

Nov S Reid One man and his Dob – observing from the summit of Snowdon

Dec Informal discussion

Jan 2010 J Thompson The Sun

Feb J Thompson Patrick Moore’s introduction to astronomy

Feb Star party

Mar D Hopkins/I Stokes Solar Suite

Apr J Mithan Deep sky observing

May S Reid Mars

Jun D Smith Hubble Space Telescope

Jul D Fear Optical Atmospheric phenomena

Sep G Williams Why hasn’t ET called yet?

Oct D Fear Salty geysers on Enceladus

J Thompson Book review of ‘A zeptospace odyssey’

G Williams Magnetic field reversals

J Mithan Quiz

Nov J Thompson The history and observation of double stars

Dec D Fear The life and work of the Rev. Dr. Nevil Maskelyne

Jan 2011 J Mithan Open star clusters

Feb G Williams The inner core of the Sun

Mar S Reid Models of the Solar System

Apr DW Jones Astrobiology

May D Fear Structure of the Universe

Jun B Woosnam Stone Circles and astronomy

Jul H Mithan Geology of Mars

Sep H Mithan Geology of Venus

Oct D Jones Coronal mass ejections

Nov D Fear The Mercury programme

Dec Quiz

Jan 2012 DW Jones Babylonian astronomy

Feb G Williams The outer core of the Sun

Mar D Fear ‘Oh my God’ and Fly’s Eye – Cosmic Rays

Apr J Mithan Mediaeval astronomy

May D Jones Dark matter and energy

Jun Dr A Glover Space weather and the Sun/Earth connection

Jul DW Jones Hubble Space Telescope

Sep Quiz

Oct N Brown Poetry and astronomy

Nov DW Jones Kepler Space Telescope

Dec G Williams The photosphere of the Sun

Jan 2013 D Jones                Measurement in astronomy

Feb            W Gash               Pulsars / Work experience in Jodrell Bank Observatory

Mar           D Fear                 Water in the Universe 1 

Apr            DW Jones           Hebrew Astronomy

May           D Fear                Water in the Universe 2

Jun            J Mithan               Double and multiple stars

Jul             G Williams          The Sun's corona

Sep            H Mithan             What makes planets habitable?

Oct            D Jones               Extreme objects

Nov           D Fear                Women in astronomy

Dec           Doug Jones        An ordinary piece of sky

 

Jan 2014      M Akesson         The development of Sun-like stars



Feb 1st    Star party          Treborth Botanical Gardens

Feb         D Fear                 Tides

Mar         D Jones              True and artificial gravity

Apr         M Akesson         The development of larger stars

May         B Woosnam       Solar observing

Jun         N Brown             The University of North Wales Museum collections



location – Brambell Building, Ffordd Deiniol, Bangor

Jul          M Akesson          The development of the largest stars

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