Hull and East Riding
Details of our speakers are here, and the next presentation will be on
Monday 8th November 2021
‘The Stellar Origins of the Chemical Elements’
by Kate Womak MSc (University of Hull)
Our room in the Cottingham Civic Centre is booked for the season, and we restarted there in September! Our Zoom meetings were on the second Wednesday of the month last season, but we are now back to the second Monday, and have returned to our normal start time of 7:30pm. Doors open 7:15pm
If we do have to return to Zoom meetings, and you are unfamiliar with Zoom, help is available from Brian or Helen. Just email the secretary and we will get back to you. It’s free and not too difficult (honest!). In that case, an email invitation will be sent each month to members on our current mailing list, containing a Zoom link to the forthcoming meeting. Just click the link in the email!
If you wish to be added to (or removed from) the mailing list, or need help, please email the secretary.
NB: Meetings are held at our usual venue, the Civic Hall in Cottingham:
We meet in the room above the main hall: there is a lift.
Same entrance as the main hall, and doors open 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start
Burton Constable Hall -
On November 13th 2021, HERAS, East Riding Astronomers, and Brough Astronomy will be providing an astronomy experience as a component of the children’s mental health fundraiser for this local NHS charity. More details soon!
Recent Events -
For the ‘events archive’ click here
British Astronomical Association (BAA) ‘Back to Basics’ Tour
On March 7th 2020, HERAS hosted a British Astronomical Association ‘Back to Basics’ day. This was part of their national programme, and was held at the Civic Centre in Cottingham -
Public lecture at the University of Hull
Title: ‘Can Science explain everything?’ A theoretical physicist explores science and faith
Speaker: Prof Ard Louis, Oxford University
Time: Tuesday 3 March 7.30 – 9.00pm
Venue: Allam Lecture Theatre, Business School, University of Hull
Ard Louis is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford where he leads an interdisciplinary research group studying problems at the boundary between chemistry, physics and biology. He also writes and speaks widely on science and faith. He recently made the 4-
Astronaut Dr Steve Swanson Visited Hull -
Canham Turner Building, Hull University
From software engineer to astronaut
Dr Steve Swanson (NASA astronaut & ISS commander)
Before becoming an astronaut, Steve worked as a software engineer and has a degree in Engineering Physics and a doctorate in Computer Science.
Steve has been on three space missions having flown on two Space Shuttle flights, STS-
He has logged nearly 200 days in space and completed five spacewalks totalling 28 hours and 5 minutes. He is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal.
Recent news from Meteor Watch/Ray Taylor
** Feb 2019: A rare ‘theta Centaurid’ meteor **
** A look at 2018's Orionids **
** December Alpha Draconids **
Our member and Nematode contact Ray Taylor has provided further images and details of July’s images. See Ray’s gallery page for images of Sprites, and go to the ’extra information’ page for the latest meteor tracking details.
Astronaut Dr Michael Foale Visited Hull -
Middleton Hall, Hull University Admission was £18, Concessions £12
Dr Michael Foale, CBE, PhD (Former NASA astronaut)
Mike is the most experienced British-
Laughton Astronomy Soc. Anniversary -
“We invite you and your Society members to join the Loughton Astronomical Society on the 10th November 2018 to celebrate our 50th Anniversary.
Our 50th celebrations will start with displays, demonstrations and an indoor planetarium in the morning, followed by lectures from top astronomers in the afternoon.
Please visit www.las-
Free Lecture -
Phil Caygill, who used to be a HERAS member until work clashed with Monday evenings contacted us about this event. Phil is a member of the Royal Society of Chemists.
The Society hosted this free lecture at the University of Hull on Tuesday 23rd October 2018, all HERAS members were welcome.
The lecture was by Dr Gareth Few and Dr David Benoit of the University of Hull.
Federation of Astronomy Societies Convention -
The FAS 2018 Convention and AGM was be held at the Spring Lane venue of the University of York on Saturday, 22nd September. Unlike previous years, however, the Convention part of the day was also open to the public.
As with previous years they’ve managed to keep the cost low so that it was just £6 for members of FAS societies and £8 for non-
Six great talks were on the agenda.
The British Science Festival, in Hull -
A notice from Professor Brad Gibson of Hull University:
“The British Science Festival is the biggest thing in the region this year … the programme is absolutely jam-
Trip to the National Space Centre in Leicester
Our sister society, Brough Astronomy, organised a coach trip to the National Space Centre on Wednesday 8th August. The cost was £26, including admission and the coach journey.
Rosse Observatory “SUN day” event -
There were talks about our Star, telescopes with solar filters observing the Sun in real time, and buying and making solar telescopes to take away to observe the sun yourself safely after the event, making rockets and finding out how our Star rules the Solar System, and other activities for both children and adults.
The 'SUN'day’ event took place at the Rosse Observatory, Carleton Rd, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ, 24th June 2018 between 11am and 4pm.
Brad Gibson Lectures -
The University of Hull was delighted to be able to celebrate and showcase the fantastic research and teaching from the E. A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics. The Centre takes a fresh and dynamic approach to the big questions that have fascinated humankind for thousands of years. Details here: