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 home built 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  A 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

Sep             H Mithan      The role of permafrost in Martian landscape evolution

Oct              D Fear         Constellations

Nov            Quiz

Dec             J Mithan       Astronomy in literature

 

Jan 2015     D Smith       Isaac Roberts

Feb             D Fear         The astronomical legacy of Genghis Khan (revisited)

Mar             D Jones       Comets

Apr             J Thompson Observing the night sky: the constellations

May            D Fear         Vesta

Jun              Observing session Aberogwen

Jul               D Fear        Is there active volcanism on Venus?

                   D Jones      Dark Knight exoplanet (Kepler 1b)

                   D Jones      Leap seconds

                   G Williams  Magnetic reversals

                   C Morris      Notable amateur astronomers

Sep             D Fear        Science fiction and science fact

Oct             K Reid         Volcanoes

Nov            H Mithan     New Horizons and Pluto

Dec             D Jones      Asteroids

Jan 2016     G Williams  New planets and the search for extra-terrestrial life

Feb             N Brown      The use of astronomical names for plants and animals

Mar             Practical session on how to use a telescope

Apr             D Fear         Dark Mercury

                   J Mithan      Rupes Recta – the straight wall

                   DW Jones   55 Cancri – an update

                   N Ahmed     A white dwarf with an oxygen atmosphere

                   I DePledge  The Laniakea Supercluster

May            N Ahmed     A basic introduction to astrophotography

Jun              DW Jones  Hypervelocity stars

Jul               R Wynn      The economics of space exploration

Sep             J Mithan     Mass extinctions and dark matter

Oct              P Wise       A brief history of telescopes

Nov            N Ahmed    The Galactic Eye of Sauron

                    D Jones    Centaurus A and Planet 9

                   J Ditchburn Astronaut twins

                   D Fear        Proxima Centauri

Dec             Quiz

Jan 2017     D Jones     How to stop a dinosaur killer

Feb             DW Jones  Climate change

Mar             D Fear        Active galactic nuclei

Apr             R Wynn       Stardust speckled gutters

                   D Fear        Lomonosov Crater on Mars

                   DW Jones  QSO 3C 186 Gravitational waves and a recoiling black hole

May            N Ahmed    "May the fourth be with you"

Jun              R Wynn     Space art

                   N Ahmed    Abell 370 and black holes

                   C Morris     Discovering comets

                   J Mithan    The Starchip Enterprise

Jul               Practical session    "Using a hydrogen alpha solar scope"

Sep             D Fear       The space programme of the UAE

Oct              Practical session    "How to use a telescope" - Aberogwen

Nov            J Mithan    Observing the constellations - Cassiopea

Dec             D Jones    The Carrington Effect 

Jan 2018      D Fear     Names, stars and galaxies

Feb             A Bant       The post-processing of monochrome images

Mar             N Ahmed   Gravity without the Bullock

Apr             I Depledge      tba

May            D Froebrich   HOYS-CAPS - A citizen science project for amateur  astronomers

Jun              J & N Ditchfield  Lunar craters

Jul               D Fear         Future space telescopes