Open University Astronomy Club

Last updated 14 February 2024

Next meeting 5 March 2024

Comets & the Rosetta Mission but are Asteroids better? by Professor James Hough

James led the astronomy research programme at the University of Hertfordshire for almost 40 years, retiring as Director of the Centre for Astrophysics in 2010.
He has published ~200 refereed papers with a majority of these based on polarimetric observations in the optical and near-infrared using instruments designed
and built by himself and used at major observatories in Australia, Hawaii and the Canary Islands.  
He was awarded the Daiwa-Adrian prize for UK-Japan scientific collaborations in 1998, and the Royal Astronomical Society Herschel Medal in 2010.  
Hough I & Hough II were two reports written in the 1990s to chart the future of UK ground-based astronomy.

Meetings take place in the Robert Hooke Building

Stargazing locations, events and astronomy groups in the UK

Links to local astronomical clubs/societies

OU Fusion - the Open University Physics and Astronomy Society
FUSION was formed in 2001 by students who recognised the need to create a society for OU students and graduates whose primary interest is in physics & astronomy. We have over 150 members many of whom are studying at various levels of the physical sciences study program. We organise regular events of interest to members, have a regular newsletter, a Facebook group. We welcome current and past students or anyone with a general interest in physics and astronomy.

New additions:

George Abell Observatory re-opens for visitors of all ages - download booking form

Sky Notes for February 2024

BAA Lunar Section Circular - February 2024

BAA Historical Section Newsletter 27 - Spring 2023

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Read about George Abell (after whom our observatory is named) in the BAA Historical Section Newsletter - Autumn 2022

 

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OUTREACH OBSERVATORY VISITS (sponsored by Barrie Jones)

The club can host visits to the George Abell Observatory for visitors of all ages. See Contact Us download the booking form there and email it to the Outreach Coordinator to arrange a visit.

Please help Michael with his Space News by sending him anything you find that may be of interest. See Contact Us for his email address.

Meetings of the Open University Astronomy Club are normally held from 7:30pm - 10:00pm on the first Tuesday of every month from September to June at the Robert Hooke Building of the Open University, Milton Keynes. A map showing the location of the Robert Hooke building in the OU campus can be found from the link Where we meet above.

Meetings are open to all (not just OU students and staff) and please do not worry if you are a beginner, our speakers are chosen to be of interest to all, and our members will be only too pleased to help you.

Click on Meetings' Programme above to see a list of speakers.

We are affiliated to the British Astronomical Association so our members may read the BAA Journal, peruse the Handbook and attend meetings at a discounted rate.

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Members' images now on: https://groups.io/g/ouastro if you haven't got an account please let me know.

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Chair: Vacant (please address all correspondence to the Vice Chairman Peter Hudson)

Vice Chairman: Peter Hudson

Treasurer: David Baines

Secretary: Adrian Rawlings

Outreach coordinator: Sheridan Williams

Webmaster: Sheridan Williams

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