Meetings

Meetings

Our meeting venue

Our meetings are held at the Hurstbourne Tarrant Community Centre.

The centre sits under dark skies (though unfortunately not always cloudless!) in an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Built in 2014/15 the centre has high quality modern facilities and good off-road parking.

Parking at the centre is separated from where we will be observing, an important safety consideration. We have wireless broadband which facilitates remote meeting and enables us to invite a wider range of speakers.  In addition, the venue gives us an excellent base from which to run our outreach activities.

About our meetings

The society meets at 7:30pm on the third Thursday of each month from September through to April at:

Hurstbourne Tarrant Community Centre, Church Street, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Nr. Andover, Hampshire, SP11 0AX. (See the map below) (what3words: https://w3w.co/approve.sunset.polices)

We offer coffee, tea and biscuits (for which we invite a small contribution at your discretion), and a friendly welcome (which is completely free!).  The centre has car parking and toilet facilities (including disabled) and is fully wheelchair accessible.

Children are very welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Non-members and occasional visitors are also very welcome, there is a charge of £4 per visit for non-members, but the first visit is free.

Typically, our meetings have the following format:

  • An introduction from the chairman including a round up of interesting events for the coming month.
  • A talk, usually from an external speaker: we have a varied program to cater for a wide spectrum of interests.
  • A general discussion: we are a friendly and welcoming group keen to share views, tips and experiences. Whatever your interest, be it observing, astrophotography, astrophysics etc etc, there will be members on hand to chat to.
  • And, if the skies are clear, we get outside to observe the heavens – don’t worry if you don’t have a telescope to bring along, many of us don’t, there’s always telescopes to have a look through. But, if you want some pointers to using your telescope, this is a great opportunity to get some “hands on” help.

Next meeting

Thursday 21st March 2024 at 7:30pm

A Universe of Infinities
Colin Stuart

Did the universe start from an infinitely small speck?
Can the universe really be infinitely big?
Can there be infinitely many universes in an infinitely big multiverse?

Multi-award-winning astronomy author and speaker, Colin Stuart, will be revealing the answers!

Meeting schedule

All meetings held at Hustbourne Tarrant Community Centre

DateTitleSpeaker
21 September 2023The Planet Mercury Chris Hooker
19th October 2023From Smart Phone to Smart DomeGavin James
16th November 2023Supernovae Research Dr Or Graur
21st December 2023Christmas MeetingMember talks
18th January 2024A New Look at an Old MoonBarry FitzGerald
15th February 2024Women in Astronomy - Part 2Mary McIntyre
21st March 2024A Universe of Infinities Colin Stuart
18th April 2024The Great Debate (with the AGM)Terry Tucker and Andy Watson

How to find us