Monday, 1 December 2014

OSC: Open Evening 13th December

Wealden Astronomers will be at the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux on 13th December 6:30pm till 11:00pm for the Geminids Meteor Shower. Join us.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

OSC: Open Evening 14th November

Wealden Astronomers will be at The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux on the 14th November 6:30pm till 11:00pm.
Come an join us.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

OSC: Open Evening 25th October

Wealden astronomers will be at the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux this Saturday night 25th October 6:30 till 11:00. Come and say hello. If the weather is not in our favour - and we are unable to view, there will be a full tour of the telescope domes. Don't miss out.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Celebrate World Space Week 4-10th October

Since its United Nations declaration in 1999, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth. More than 1,400 events in 80 countries celebrated the benefits of space and excitement about space exploration in 2013. With our new satellite navigation theme “Space: Guiding Your Way” we aim to inspire even more events around the world in October 2014.
“The General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition”
UN General Assembly resolution, 6 December 1999

World Space Week 2014 highlights the benefits of satellite navigation to humankind. In 2014 we are seeing the rollout of many improved and brand new Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), like 3rd generation GPS, Glonass, Beidou and Galileo. With the increase in systems we are also seeing an enormous increase in satellite navigation applications, in road navigation, but also in aviation, shipping, agriculture, disaster recovery and many other areas in society. And let’s not forget about the GPS receiver in your own smartphone, helping you to find your way or locate places in your neighbourhood!

******* If you would like to find out more about some of the events near you take a look at the dedicated events pages on the NSW2014 website. ***** Activities include building your own model satellite, Geocaching, GPS tracking with Google Earth and much more.

10th Anniversary event - 11th October 2014

Updated details have been circulated via email about our anniversary event - please check the email for the times of proceedings and the appropriate place to park at the Centre for the evening.

If you have not received the email please contact the secretary. As a summary the details are as follows:


Our event will start with drinks from 6:30pm. At 7:00pm we will then proceed to the white geo at the back of the Centre for the evenings presentations from our speakers. 
At approximately 8:00pm a light buffet will be served followed by our evenings viewing sessions in Domes D, E and A from 9pm; running through until 11:00pm.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Outreach Meeting: Saturday 27th September 2014

Reminder: The re-scheduled Outreach group meeting is this Saturday evening (27th) at the Kings Arms,  Ninfield from 6:30pm. See the Society calendar for details.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Special Event: BFI Sci-Fi: Days Of Fear And Wonder (The Observatory Science Centre)

'CINEMA UNDER THE STARS'
Drive-In Screenings at The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux
For one weekend only on October 3rd and 4th, the Observatory at Herstmonceux will transform into an open air Drive-In cinema. The initiative is part of a nationwide celebration of Science Fiction film led by the British Film Institute entitled Sci-Fi: Days Of Fear And Wonder.
Film Hub South East, part of the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN), is working with the team at The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux to produce Drive-In events. The activities at Herstmonceux will be part of Film Hub South East's 'Screens Everywhere' programme established with the aim of putting on film screenings in unusual outdoor locations.


Taking the theme of 'Outer Space' the weekend of events at Herstmonceux will include screenings of classic titles including War Of The Worlds (1953) and 2001: A Space Odyssey presented as Drive-In movies in the Observatory Car Park with the backdrop of the Observatory Domes for added effect. During the day on Saturday there will be film related activity for families to enjoy inside a special cinema tent,  in the Observatory grounds.  The full programme will be announced online on the Film Hub South East and The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux websites. 

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE via the  University of Brighton online Shop. (Click on the film titles to book online).

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (PG) Friday 3 October, 7.30pm
Dir: Byron Haskin. Starring: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne. US 1953. 85mins
When Martians invade planet Earth, scientists race to find an effective weapon when the military proves helpless. One of the greatest Sci-Fi movies of the fifties, filmed in glorious three-strip Technicolor.

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (U) Saturday 4 October, 7.00pm
 Dir: Stanley Kubrick. Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Leonard Rossiter. UK 1968. 160 mins
Kubrick¹s epic masterpiece regularly appears in 'greatest films ever made' polls selected by audiences and critics alike. A quest across space to unfold the mystery of a series of black monoliths that somehow link to the evolution of the human race. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY is a poetic mediation on evolution, artificial intelligence and the possibility of extra-terrestrial life.

OSC: Open Evening 20th September

Wealden Astronomers will be at the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux this Saturday night (20th September) from 6:30 till 11:00. Come and join us. Details on entry prices is available here.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

10th Astronomy Festival - The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux

Wealden Astronomers will be at The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux for the 10th Astronomy Festival between 5th-7th September. For details of speakers and full list of events see: http://www.the-observatory.org/astronomy-festivals for full details.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Whitehorse Pub event

I would just like to thank W.A.S members that attended the Whitehorse pub stargazeing event last night (26th July). We had 11 scopes on display for the public to view and as for the sky, it was a really clear good nights viewing.  
Thanks guys. Derrick Elliott.

Wealden AS visit the Royal Greenwich Observatory on July 26th

Wealden members and friends had a fantastic time at Greenwich Observatory yesterday. A brilliant talk was given by Mike Dryland about the history of the observatory and then we went for a great barbeque. All in all really good day out!
Members and friends at the BBQ. Our thanks to Krys and Chris. 
Us gathered outside the elegant Flamsteed House, RGO

Monday, 7 July 2014

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

OSC Event: 16th/17th May Culture 24 Museums at Night Weekend

Wealden astronomers will be at the Observatory Science Centre Herstmonceux on Friday May 16th 8:00pm - 12:30am and again on Sat 17th 19:30-12:00am for the Culture 24 Museums at Night Weekend. 
The Saturday evening is a special 'Whodunnit?' cheese and wine evening (Advance Booking required) .... take a look at the Observatory Science Centre website here for details.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Wealden AS Meeting

Dear Members - Please note that there is a society meeting on Saturday 12th April at the Observatory Science Centre from 7pm. Please email any apologies for non-attendance or items for the agenda to wealdenas@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Friday, 4 April 2014

OSC: Open Evening 5th April (Late)

Wealden astronomers will be at the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux on the evening of Saturday 5th April, between 20:00-00:30HRS. We know it is a late one, but we hope to see you there.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

National Astronomy Week - Target Jupiter



The National Week of Astronomy starts on 1st March, and celebrates the largest planet in the Solar System - JUPITER.
'Throughout the week, astronomical organisations and societies all over the UK will be holding a host of special observing events open to the public. The Observatory Science Centre is playing its part and this is your chance to look at the night sky through some of the country's largest telescopes.'

Wealden Astronomers have been invited to assist with this years events. The following events are open for the general public to attend, although you will need to book your place with the Observatory Science Centre directly for the catered events, as per the details below:

Saturday 1st March - Open Evening We start NAW with an Open Evening. Everyone is welcome to attend. Keep your fingers crossed for a fabulous launch with clear skies and some great viewing. The evening also corresponds with the Campaign to Protect Rural England's STAR COUNT project. This project asks as many people as possible to get involved counting the number of stars they can see within the 4 corners of the constellation Orion. You can log your results online and be in with a chance to win a telescope! This project is helping to monitor light pollution. If you don't know where Orion is then don't worry there are plenty of people here who do and they will be able to guide you through what you need to do. All viewing is subject to weather permitting.
Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: Normal admission price. NO BOOKING REQUIRED


Thursday 6th - "Adults Only!"A fun filled evening without any children hogging the exhibits! Come and have a great time exploring the Centre with its 100+ interactive exhibits. Its time to let your hair down and get in touch with your inner child. The cafe will be open and there will be a bar, plus a chance to see what happens inside our mobile planetarium. All this plus a fantastic opportunity to look through the historic telescopes (weather permitting) and get involved with the Campaign to Protect Rural England's STAR COUNTproject. This project asks as many people as possible to get involved counting the number of stars they can see within the 4 corners of the constellation Orion. You can log your results online and be in with a chance to win a telescope! This project is helping to monitor light pollution. All viewing is subject to weather permitting.
Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: Normal admission price. NO BOOKING REQUIRED
PLEASE NOTE THAT WITHOUT EXCEPTION THERE ARE NO CHILDREN ALLOWED ON THIS EVENING


Friday 7th - Open Evening 
Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Cost: Normal admission price NO BOOKING REQUIRED


Saturday 8th - "A Curry with Jupiter"To celebrate the end of National Astronomy Week come and join us for a heart warming curry and a complimentary glass of wine or juice before listening to a fascinating talk by a guest speaker. Following all this you will be taken on a trip to the stars as you are given the opportunity to look through some of the largest telescopes in the country. For further information see THEMED EVENINGS. All viewing is subject to weather permitting.
Time: 7pm - 11.30pm
Cost: £23.95 BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Friday, 21 February 2014

OSC Open Evening: Saturday 22nd February 2014

Wealden astronomers will be at the Observatory Science Centre Herstmonceux on the evenings of Saturday 22nd February, between 18:30-23:00. We hope to see you there.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Reminder: 8th February WAS Meeting - Special Meeting Event

Dear Members,
Please note that the next Society Meeting is this Saturday at 7pm. However, as a treat we will be heading down to the 'SLR' NERC Space Geodesy Facility adjacent to the Castle, for a tour and introduction to the research work being undertaken at the site. The NERC SGF website is here.

Therefore members are asked to arrive by 7pm at the latest - meeting at the Coach Park opposite the centre so we can make our way down to the castle via Castle Security as a group. Please DO NOT make your own way to the facility.

Due to the size of the facility,  this is a WAS members only event. 

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year to all.
Below is a summary of up and coming WAS meetings and events:
  • The next Observatory Science Centre viewing evenings will be on Friday and Saturday 10th-11th January. See the events pages for details.
  •  The next WAS members meeting will be held on February 8th 2014 at 7pm, The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux. For a list of this years meetings please see the WAS meetings page.
  • Members will be traveling as a group to the European Astro Festival, London. For further details, please see the January-March edition of Sirius News or the events page for further details.