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Manchester Astronomical Society
Established 1903

 Public Lectures :

Our public lectures are held in the John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street,  Manchester, in Room C0.14 (on the ground floor). If using SatNav, please use M1 5GE or M1 5GH to find the main entrance/car park of the John Dalton Building, not M15 6BH. The lectures are FREE to attend and all are welcome. Lectures start at 19.30 and finish by 21.00. Click here for more location information.



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 Lectures and AGM for 2018 - 2019 :

18th October 2018 - Rickbir Bahia - University of Manchester - "The Past, Present and Future of Mars"

Rickbir Bahia - The Past, Present and Future of Mars

Rickbir Bahia Mars

I am a final year PhD student in part of the University of Manchester's School of Earth and Environmental Sciences - Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry group. Although I have been previously involved in the analysis of debris avalanches on the Moon, my PhD is in Martian science with a particular focus on the use of ancient Martian valley networks. The aim is to use said valley networks to further our understanding of how the planet's surface and environment has developed over time. There is a great deal of satellite data analysis involved in the study coupled with the data collected on the red planet's surface by the Curiosity Rover. The talk I shall be presenting aims to give an overview of what we know about the planet's development, what work is currently being carried out on its surface by both rovers and many satellites, and planned future missions.

"Trailblazing lecture as part of Manchester Science Festival 2018"

Members.... don't forget that Subscriptions were due on 1st October !
Pay tonight if you have not already done so

22nd November 2018 (4th Thursday) - Zdenek Kopal Memorial Lecture - Prof. Mike Garrett - University of Manchester - SETI and the Square Kilometer Array

Prof. Mike Garrett - University of Manchester

SETI and the Square Kilometer Array

SKA dish underconstruction

SKA dish under construction

13th December 2018 - Presidential Lecture held in the Godlee Observatory (MEMBERS ONLY due to limited capacity)


Members Only tonight, please

17th January 2019 - Gurbir Singh - Salford AS - "The New Space Race - India v China"

Gurbir Singh - The New Space Race - India v China

21st February 2019 - Dr Megan Argo - UCLAN - "When Galaxies Collide"

Dr Megan Argo - University of Central Lancashire

"When Galaxies Collide"
Galaxies collide

Currently a lecturer in Astronomy at UCLAN studying galaxies in the nearby universe with radio telescopes. From 2013 until 2016, Megan worked as a researcher at Jodrell Bank

21st March 2019 - Prof. Donald Kurtz - Professor of Astrophysics, UCLAN - "It's About Time!"

Professor Donald Kurtz - Astrophysics, UCLAN

It's About Time


Don Kurtz was born in San Diego, California to an American father and Canadian mother. He obtained his PhD in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976, then spent 25 years in South Africa at the University of Cape Town from postdoc to professor. Since 2001 he has been Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. Don observes with some of the largest telescopes in the world and has over 2000 nights at the telescope. He is the discoverer of a class of pulsating, magnetic stars that are the most peculiar stars known, the rapidly oscillating Ap stars.

18th April 2019 - Annual General Meeting - MEMBERS ONLY TONIGHT
Annual General Meeting -


The Annual General meeting will be held in the Godlee Observatory, commencing at 19.45 hours

If you wish to be considered for a Council or other position, ensure that your name is on the list in the Godlee and is proposed and seconded by 5th April. The list will be closed at the meeting that evening

May to September - No Scheduled Public Lectures during Summer

May to September - No Scheduled Public Lectures during Summer

The 2018 - 2019 Public Lecture season opens on 18th October 2018

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