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Meetings, past year of 2013.  Current year 2017

Meetings are held at the Royal Russell School, Coombe Lane, Croydon, Surrey CR9 5BX, start at 7:45 pm and finish at 10 pm.


Our society is a registered charity. We do not charge a mandatory admission or membership fee, instead relying on voluntary donations by the following methods:


We try to structure the meetings to appeal to our members and guests of all levels, from beginner to expert. They normally consist of an introductory talk by one of our members, society news, or an observers section; then a refreshment break followed by the main lecture where the speaker presents a more in-depth talk. A small nominal charge is made for refreshments.

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There are no meetings in August.


Details of our meetings are also available on the CAS Web Calendar found on the home page. Using this calendar you can set up email or SMS text alerts to remind you of the lecture times.

Friday

13th Dec 2013

This Friday we will have our Christmas meeting where the main feature, after the break, will be an informal fun event, a quiz based around the subject of astronomy.

The first part of the meeting will also be informal and feature some short videos.

As in previous meetings please bring some festive food and drink to share and the break will be longer than usual.

Friday

6th Dec 2013

The main talk will be by Prof Andrew Norton (recently promoted at the Open University to Professor of Astrophysics Education) on Gamma-ray Bursts. These most energetic explosions are still mostly mysterious but knowledge has increased recently. Come and find out the very latest news and information on the largest bangs in the universe and what may be causing them.

Friday

22nd Nov 2013

The 'main talk' will be a series of illustrated shorter talks, by several people, all based on an image from an astronomer’s own list of the 'Top Ten' of images of 2012 (it actually contains 21).

The beginner's shorter talk will be by Roy Easto, on his project of measuring the distance to our Moon. In a way this is like tracing history's footsteps, enacting the kind of observations that our forefathers were able to and limited to, using simple equipment and techniques; to achieve a landmark result. Something easily within scope of amateurs today; details of participating in this project will be given.

Friday

8th Nov 2013

Our own Alan Drummond will be speaking on 'Helium', the second most abundant element in the universe and in stars. Find out how it came to be and the role it plays in making stars shine, albeit in their later lives.

The short talk, by Paul Harper, will be on 'Will Hay', the amateur astronomer who discovered the Great White Spot on Saturn in 1933, and whose day job was as an actor, usually in comic roles.

Immediately after the usual introduction there will be an illustrated mixture of recent astronomical news, events and observations.

Friday

25th Oct 2013

Postponed from the 27th September is a talk by our own established speaker Konrad Malin-Smith, who will be talking on White Dwarfs, the future of ordinary stars like our Sun. Come and learn what will be its fate and learn many interesting things along the way.

The short talk, by William Bottaci, will be on T Tauri type stars; those which are right on the other side of the evolutionary path to white dwarfs.

Immediately after the usual introduction there will be an illustrated mixture of recent astronomical news, events and observations.

Friday

11th Oct 2013

We continue a popular theme for our Royal Russell School meetings, where we have four speakers, each presenting a talk where the subject begins with the same letter of the alphabet, and we now reach the letter 'T'. Expect a medley of subjects, all astronomical, the first will be presented before the refreshment break and the other three directly afterwards.

Friday

27th Sept 2013

Konrad Malin-Smith, our own well established Society speaker, will be talking on White Dwarfs, the future of ordinary stars like our Sun. Come and learn what will be its fate and learn many interesting things along the way.

Friday

13th Sept 2013

For this first meeting of the 2013-2014 season we start once again with the energetic speaker Greg Smye-Rumsby - of the Astronomy Now magazine and the Royal Observatory - who will be speaking on a brand new subject, which he insists on being a surprise, but we know he never disappoints (it was new information on the planet Uranus).

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