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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Meetings' Programme above to see a list of speakers.
affiliated to the British Astronomical
Association so our members may read the BAA Journal, peruse the Handbook and
attend meetings at a discounted rate.
Members' images now on:
Apps for smartphones
(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
To contact any of the above click on
Club Events Calendar
Web site created and maintained by Sheridan Williams. I need help, so
if you are willing and able, please contact me.