Brighton Astro

Do you love the night sky? Would you like to know more about what you see? At Brighton Astro we are captivated by stars, bewitched by the moon and fascinated by space.

Brighton Astro is a group of cosmic enthusiasts who meet regularly to discuss the universe, exchange knowledge and to gaze at the stars. We are not scientists or scholars, we are ordinary people curious about the wonders of space.

Brighton Astro is FREE and open to everybody, from beginners to experts. Why not come along next month and learn about space?

Our next talk is on Tuesday 31st October 2017

The Brighton Astro flyer

Next talk

Date:
Tuesday 31st October 2017

Time:
Arrive from 7pm for a 7:30pm start

Location:
68 Middle Street, Brighton, BN1 1AL

Speaker:
Peter Burr

Subject:
Moons of the solar system

Description:
"Moons...they're just boring lumps of rock aren't they?"

Yeah right.

Our Solar system moons vary hugely and in total there are...well come to our October meet and find out!

If you would like to come along, please register on the meetup page.

Monthly talks

Once a month we meet to hear talks from amateur and professional astronomers, and members of our group.

Our talks are aimed at beginners with an interest in learning more about astronomy, while assuming little prior knowledge.

We usually have beer, soft drinks and snacks (but please feel free to bring your own too).

After the talk, we often pop down to the seafront with a telescope if it’s clear, or perhaps head to the pub over the road for a drink.

Future talks

(Please note that these dates are provisional and may change)

  • Tuesday 28th November
  • Tuesday 30th January
See a list of our past talks
Our very own Astro dog

Past talks

  • Tuesday 26th September 2017 Jarvis Brand
    Planetarium coordinator,
    The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux
    Twenty(ish) ways the universe wants to kill you The universe is not your friend! You might think that the universe is a nice stable place that has allowed life to develop but we’re a freak, a long shot, a straight flush in the poker hand of life and the cosmos stacks the cards against you and we’re never more than a statistic away from annihilation.

    In this light hearted look at our own extinction Jarvis Brand discusses a range of ways from the small to the large in which the end could come from rogue asteroids and greenhouse effects to the big rip and membrane collision. How dangerous are they and where can we stand at a safe distance to watch the fireworks?

    Jarvis Brand (B.Sc. (hons), M.Sc., PGCE) studied Astrophysics and Physics at the University of Birmingham where he was a research associate. He now runs the planetarium for the Observatory Science Centre at Herstmonceux.
  • Tuesday 29th August 2017 Dr Stephen Wilkins, Sussex University An introduction to Relativity Einstein's special and general theories of relativity are physical theories regarding the relationship between space and time in addition to being the current description of gravity in modern physics. Since their development in the early 20th century they been subject to intense scrutiny and empirical validation, with the most recent example being the discovery of gravitational waves. Relativity has also drawn significant attention outside the physical sciences because of some of the seemingly counter-intuitive implications such as time dilation and length contraction, concepts which have become science fiction staples. In this talk I’ll attempt to provide an accessible introduction to relativity and its implications.
  • Tuesday 25th July 2017 Peter Burr The Voyager Missions 40 years ago, two spacecraft were sent on a journey, not of one lifetime but thousands of lifetimes.

    Meet the Voyagers and marvel at their missions into the unknown!
  • Tuesday 27th June 2017 Daniel Moinar, Sussex University Galaxy evolution What would the sky look like through eyeballs the size of tennis courts? What could we see if we had radio-wave vision? Come and find out at our next Brighton Astro meet up on Tuesday 27th June where PhD student Dániel Molnár will be talking about the giant machines that allow us to do this, and what we learn from them. In his PhD, he studies all different types of galaxies, from "average" ones to violent and intense so-called active galaxies.
  • Tuesday 30th May 2017 Ciaran Fairhurst, Sussex University Detecting the most distant galaxies One of the salient questions in Astronomy is "How far away is it?". As our equipment both literally and philosophically has improved, this question has driven our view of the universe to completely change. From a flat disc in the centre of the universe below a static, unchanging heavens to the modern day view: that the universe is an ever changing mess in which we just happen to be along for the ride. During this talk I'll try to talk about the how measuring distances is done, describe what kinds of celestial objects hold the records for farthest object, and briefly outline how to use a telescope as a time machine.
  • Tuesday 25th April 2017 Group astrophotography show-and-tell
  • Tuesday 28th March 2017 Gareth Jenkins Neutron Stars
  • Monday 27th February 2017 Gordon Laing An introduction to Astrophotography Gordon is the locally based founder and editor of cameralabs.com, the site to visit for the most comprehensive camera reviews and discussions. He'll be taking us through the popular subject of astro-photography, sharing his vast knowledge of photography and technical know-how to help us all achieve those stunning shots of the night skies that we love. We doubt you'll find anybody that knows a camera inside and out better than Gordon and we are excited to have such an authority address the group. There'll be something for all levels and it's sure to garner wide interest so make sure you arrive early to 68 Middle Street and take this rare chance to pick the brains of a real expert.
  • Tuesday 31st January 2017 Gareth Jenkins Black holes
  • Tuesday 29th November 2016 Pete Goodman Dark matter
  • Tuesday 25th October 2016 Olle Akesson Life
  • Tuesday 27th September 2016 Phil McAllister The big bang
  • Tuesday 30th August 2016 Richard Dallaway Exoplanets
  • Tuesday 26th July 2016 Pete Goodman The night sky - beyond our solar system
  • Monday 20th June 2016 Pete Goodman Equinoxes and Solstices Mat Cobianchi Telescopes
  • Tuesday 24th May 2016 Pete Goodman The night sky - our solar system Mat Cobianchi Stellarium

Stargazing

We often take our telescopes out to observe in and around Brighton after our monthly gatherings, and on clear evenings.

We have held stargazing evenings on the seafront, in parks around Brighton and Hove, to Devil's Dyke, Ditchling Beacon and beyond.

Get in touch

Mailing list:

Sign up above to join our mailing list. You'll receive occasional emails containing a roundup of information about our upcoming events and stargazing sessions. You can unsubscribe at any time, and we promise to never spam you!

We also have an email group where we share space news and links. Let us know if you would like to be added to the list.