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Next Lecture

Tuesday 18th March

"Sundial Types: How they work- with a little bit of theory."

Mike Shaw.

Goostrey Village Hall - 20:00


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Maccastro Workshops are held at the Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield, on the first Tuesday of each month. SK11 6UT Map here:


Beginners Meetings are at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School. CW4 7DX, on the fourth Tuesday of each month.


Dark sky weekend meetings at Hardraw, Dalehead and Lligwy

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Forthcoming events

There are three official meetings held by the Society each month :-
We hold a Workshop on the first Tuesday of every month at the Heritage Centre in Macclesfield.
There is a Lecture by a visiting speaker on the third Tuesday, at the Village Hall in Goostrey.
There is also a Beginners meeting on the fourth Tuesday, at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, Selkirk Drive, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire CW4 7DX

Additionally, there is an informal social meeting on the second Tuesday of each month, at The Blacksmiths Arms, Henbury..

All meetings begin at 2000. Enquiries to Secretary Diana Willcox at secretary@maccastro.com

Schedule for 2014

Expired events are in grey text. Scroll down for future events.

Saturday 4th January,
2014
"Sir Patrick Moore and his place in the History of Astronomy".
Dr. Allan Chapman, Wadham College, Oxford.

Tuesday 4th February
Workshop
The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield

Tuesday 11th February
Social evening
The Blacksmith’s Arms, Henbury

Tuesday 18th February
"The Square Kilometre Array, Joining up the Dots."
Dr. Althea Wilkinson (University of Manchester).
Goostrey Village Hall.

Tuesday 25th February
Beginners’ class, Including MaccScience at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

Tuesday 4 March
Workshop
The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield

Tuesday 11th March
Social evening
The Blacksmith’s Arms, Henbury

Tuesday 18th March
Lecture - "Sundial Types: How they work- with a little bit of theory."
Mike Shaw.
Goostrey Village Hall

Tuesday 25th March
Beginners’ class
Including MaccScience at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

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Friday 28th March to Sunday 30th March
Weekend field trip to Lligwy, Anglesey

Saturday 29
Night sky observing at Tegg’s Nose visitor centre (Society members only)


Previous schedule for 2013

Saturday, January 5th
"Johannes Hevelius, The first big telescope astronomer"
Dr. Allan Chapman, Wadham College, Oxford


Tuesday 22nd January - Beginners' Class at Homes Chapel Comprehensive School

Tuesday 5th February – Workshop at Heritage Centre Macclesfield

Friday 8th - Saturday 9th February – Observing Events Hardraw (and Teggs Nose Sat 9th).

Tuesday 12th February – Social Evening at the Blacksmiths Arms, in Henbury, Macclesfield

Tuesday 19th February - Rob Appleby (University of Manchester) The Higgs Boson

Tuesday 26th February - Beginners’ Class at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School
Also significant Birthday of this Wiki Administrator :)) No prizes but deep respect for anyone who notices this and comments. :)

Tuesday, 19th March - Gary Poyner (BAA/FRAS) ‘Historical Novae’
Goostrey Village Hall

Tuesday, 16th April - Bob Christy (Zara Space Talks and Lectures) ‘Korolyov’s Celestial Spheres’
Goostrey Village Hall

Tuesday 7th May
Workshop at The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May
Weekend field trip to Lligwy

Saturday 11th May
Observing session at Tegg's Nose country park

Tuesday 14th May
MaccAstro social evening at the Blacksmith's Arms in Henbury

Tuesday, 21st May - Chris Simpson (Liverpool John Moores) ‘The Search for the most distant Quasars’

Tuesday 28th May

Beginners' class at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

Tuesday 4th June

Workshop at The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield

Tuesday 11th June

MaccAstro Summer dinner

Tuesday 18th June

Lecture by Martyn Bristow (Liverpool John Moores) Subject 'TBC'
Goostrey Village Hall

Sunday 23rd June

Macclesfield Barnaby Festival, Solar Observing in the Market Place and talks within the Town Hall by MaccAstro

Tuesday 25th June

Beginners' class at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

Tuesday 2nd July

Workshop at The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield

Tuesday 9th July

MaccAstro social evening at the Blacksmith's Arms in Henbury

Tuesday 16th July

Lecture by Alan Banks (MaccAstro), speaking on 'Observing the Third Planet'
Goostrey Village Hall

Tuesday 23rd July

Beginners' class at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

Tuesday 6th August

Workshop at The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield

Friday 9th to Sunday 11th August

Weekend field trip to Lligwy

Saturday 10th August

Observing session at Tegg's Nose country park

Tuesday 13th August

MaccAstro social evening at the Blacksmith's Arms in Henbury

Saturday 17th August

CEC Rangers public star party at Tegg's Nose country park. By ticket reservation only

Tuesday 20th August

Astronomy Show and Tell and Ivor Townshend Lunar Trophy exhibition
Goostrey Village Hall

Tuesday 27th August

Beginners' class at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School


Tuesday 3rd September

Workshop at The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield


Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September

Weekend field trip to Hardraw


Saturday 7th September

Observing session at Tegg's Nose country park


Tuesday 10th September

MaccAstro social evening at the Blacksmith's Arms in Henbury


Tuesday 17th September

Lecture by Andrew Lound, Odyssey Productions, Subject TBC
Goostrey Village Hall


Tuesday 24th September

Beginners' class at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School


Tuesday 1st October

Workshop at The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield


Tuesday 8th October

MaccAstro social evening at the Blacksmith's Arms in Henbury


Tuesday 15th October

AGM at Red Lion Pub, Goostrey. All members welcome.


Tuesday 22nd October

Beginners' class at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School


Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd November

Weekend field trip to Hardraw


Saturday 2nd November

Observing session at Tegg's Nose country park


Tuesday 5th November

Workshop at The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield


Tuesday 12th November

MaccAstro social evening at the Blacksmith's Arms in Henbury


Tuesday 19th November

Lecture by Ian Morison (Patron, Emeritus Gresham Professor of Astronomy) ‘Black Holes – No need to be afraid’
Goostrey Village Hall


Tuesday 26th November

Beginners' class at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School


Tuesday 3rd December

Workshop at The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield


Tuesday 10th December

MaccAstro Christmas dinner at Sutton Hall, Macclesfield


Tuesday 17th December

Lecture by Kevin Kilburn (Manchester Astronomical Society/Maccastro) will be speaking on ‘Manchester’s Rocket Man’
Goostrey Village Hall


Previous schedule for 2012
Saturday 7 January
Sir Arthur Eddington. The man who measured Gravity
Dr Allan Chapman, Wadham College, Oxford
This event is strictly by ticket reservation only

Tuesday 24 January - Beginners Class
Tuesday 7 February - Workshop

Tuesday 21 February
Exploring the Universe with the world's largest telescope.
Duncan Hall (University of Manchester)

Tuesday 28 February - Beginners Class
Tuesday 6 March - Workshop

Tuesday 20 March
The Sex Life of Quarks and Gluons: The Story of Elementary Particle Physics
Professor Fred K Loebinger (University of Manchester)

Tuesday 27 March - Beginners Class
Tuesday 3 April - Workshop
Important Change to April Workshop
The normal workshop has been replaced by an extra talk - See above.

Tuesday 17 April
The Waverton Church Tower Pendulum Investigations, (after Jean Bernard Léon Foucault )
Andrew Bate - Chester AS

Tuesday 24 April - Beginners Class
Tuesday 1 May - Workshop

Tuesday 15 May
‘Gamma Ray Bursters’
Professor Carole Mundell (Liverpool John Moores)

Tuesday 22 May - Beginners Class
Tuesday 5 June - Workshop is now cancelled.

Tuesday 19 June
A Starry Night to Remember - Astronomy and the Titanic (commemorating the 100th anniversary)
Andrew Lound (Odyssey Dramatic Lectures)

Tuesday 26 June - Beginners Class
Tuesday 3 July - Workshop

Tuesday 17 July
Touching from a distance – chemical analysis in space
Tony Bristow (BMSS/AstraZeneca)
Tuesday 24 July - Beginners Class
Tuesday 7 August - Workshop

Tuesday 21 August
Telescope Show and Tell
Members and Committee of Macclesfield Astronomical Society)
Tuesday 28 August - Beginners Class
Tuesday 4 September - Workshop

Tuesday 18 September
'How I wonder what you are: The Birth, Life and Death of Stars’
Dr. Paul Ruffle (University of Manchester)

Tuesday 25 September - Beginners Class
Tuesday 2 October - Workshop

Tuesday 16 October
Society AGM
Please note change of venue to the Red Lion, Goostrey. All members welcome
Tuesday 23 October - Beginners Class
Tuesday 6 November - Workshop

Tuesday 20 November
‘The use of Chirality in the search for Extraterrestrial Life’
Mark Hadley (Astrazeneca)

Tuesday 27 November - Beginners Class
Tuesday 4 December - Workshop

Tuesday 18 December
‘Radio Interferometry and how it works, with particular reference to e-MERLIN at Jodrell’
Roger Noble (University of Manchester)


Previous schedule for 2011

Saturday 8 January Astronomy in the early Royal Society Dr Allan Chapman, Wadham College, Oxford

Please note change of venue to Macclesfield Town Hall This event is strictly by ticket reservation only

Tuesday 25 January Beginners Class

Tuesday 1 February Workshop

4-6 February Dark-sky observing trip to Hardraw

Tuesday February 15 Pulsars correcting cosmic time - Andrew Lyne, University of Manchester

Tuesday 22 February Beginners Class

Tuesday 1 March Workshop

Saturday March 5 BAA - Back to Basics Conference. This major event is being held in association with the British Astronomical Association, and follows the previous successful Liaison with the BAA. Please note change of venue to Macclesfield Town Hall

11-13 March Dark-sky observing trip to Hardraw

Tuesday 22 March Beginners Class

1-3 April Dark-sky observing trip to Dale Head

Tuesday 5 April Workshop

Tuesday April 19 My (short) career as a Radio Astronomer - Rod Hine, Bradford Astronomical Society

Tuesday 26 April Beginners Class

Tuesday 3 May Workshop

13-15 May Dark-sky observing trip to Dale Head

Tuesday 17 May Weathering Solar Storms - Dr. Jim Wild, Lancaster University

Tuesday 24 May Beginners Class

Tuesday 7 June Workshop

Tuesday 21 June The Hubble Space Telescope survey of the Coma Cluster of Galaxies - Professor David Carter, Liverpool John Moores University

Tuesday 28 June Beginners Class

Tuesday 5 July Workshop

Tuesday 19 July Viking Astronomy - Martin Lunn MBE, Yorkshire Museum

Tuesday 26 July Beginners Class

Tuesday 2 August Workshop

Tuesday 16 August Telescope show and tell - Members and Committee of Macclesfield Astronomical Society

Tuesday 23 August Beginners Class

Tuesday 6 September Workshop NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE to Macclesfield Heritage Centre

Tuesday 20 September Magnetism in the Universe - Dave Ogden, Macclesfield Astronomical Society

Tuesday 27 September Beginners Class

30 September-02 October Dark-sky observing trip to Hardraw

Tuesday 4 October Workshop

14-16 October Dark-sky observing trip to Dale Head

Tuesday October 18 Society AGM Please note change of venue to the Red Lion, Goostrey. All members welcome

Tuesday 25 October Beginners Class

28-30 October Dark-sky observing trip to Hardraw

Tuesday 1 November Workshop

Tuesday 15 November Habitable Zones: Where might we find life in the Universe? - Amanda Doyle, Keele University

Tuesday 22 November Beginners Class

25-27 November Dark-sky observing trip to Hardraw

Tuesday 6 December Workshop

Tuesday 20 December Astronomy and Macclesfield - Dorothy Bentley Smith, Local Historian