Welcome to the website of the Plymouth Astronomical Society (PAS)

 

Based in Plymouth, Devon, UK - we are a local society that holds meetings every month to enable like minded space enthusiasts to socialise and share our interest!

 

When do we meet? - See below or our meetings and events page.

Upcoming Meetings

 

 

Society meetings are normally held on the second Friday of each month from September to July and are free for members (See how to become a member on our Join Us Page).  Visitors are very welcome (£2 at the door) - Please bring cash, change preferred, we have no card payment facilities.

All these meetings will be from 7.30 - 9.30pm in our normal room on the Plymouth University campus, Room - Rolle 002 (Ground floor).

There is a map on the Join Us page of our website https://plymouthastro.co.uk/Join-Us/

 

Please note that there will be plenty of time at the meetings for socialising but that refreshments will no longer be served, please feel free to bring a drink and vending machines are available outside. For any further details regarding these meetings, get in touch with us on our Contact Us page.

 

Meetings normally conclude with a short presentation of "What's in the night sky this month?" by our Committee Member Phil James.

 

Friday 14th June 2024

Professor David Southwood (Previous President of the Royal Astronomical Society, Previous Director of Science and Robotic Exploration at the European Space Agency and our Plymouth Astronomical Society Patron!) - Comets, Asteroids and things that fall from the sky.

 

40 years ago, the prospect of Comet Halley’s return in 1986 led to the start of a space race towards the small bodies of the solar system.  These small bodies, comets, asteroids and meteor showers, are immensely important as they are the likely raw material from which our solar system formed originally.  However, also in the early 80s, the geological discovery of a distinct sedimentary layer containing far more Iridium than occurs naturally on Earth led to the notion that it marked the remains of a catastrophic impact of our planet with a celestial body.  The impact, dated to 66Myr ago, appeared to wipe out many species, most famously the dinosaurs.  Accordingly, small system bodies not only provide evidence of how our planet and its life started but also are a threat to life on our planet.  In the 21st C., for both the reasons above, small bodies in our solar system are important targets for space missions.  The talk will explore some of the history and what is planned.

 

Friday 12th July 2024

Summer Quiz, Raffle, AGM

 

In addition, there are no scheduled PAS meetings in August (2024).

 

 

FOR MORE VISIT OUR MEETINGS PAGE

 

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