Dec... How to use your Star Atlas? What is a Star Atlas? What features should you look for? The more of these features a Star Atlas has the better it is.
Jan... There is no clubroom meeting. Instead we venture up to the Leon Mow Dark Sky site and join the Deep Sky section (weather permitting).
Feb... Telescopes, Essentials for getting started. Is the 8" dob really the ultimate beginners scope? Finder scopes, Telrads, observing chairs and other accessories.
Mar... The Moon, and others in our solar system.
Apr... Our Solar System, the Sun, Planets, and the many other orbiting bodies. Video special, the first 40 years of space exploration.
May... Annual NAG informal open discussion night. An opportunity to talk amongst ourselves share our interests, studies & projects.
Some practical demonstrations on cleaning eyepieces, telescope maintenance, collimation, and whatever burning questions you bring along.
Jun... The Life Cycle of Stars.
Jul... Galaxies are the largest visible building Blocks of our Universe.
Aug... Science says that all matter in our Universe was formed after one explosive event 13.7 billion years ago ::: Let's discuss what is this Big Bang theory all about?
Sep... Life in the Universe
I have chosen to tackle the subject from the "Fermi-Paradox point of view... I hope you enjoy
- What is the Fermi Paradox?
- The Drake equation, first proposed when the values were largely unknown
What do we the numbers say today?
- Favourable conditions to the emergence of life
- Kepler Space Telescope and it's successor: TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite)
- Planetary Habitability
- How did life begin?
- SETI Programmes
- What is a Dyson Sphere
- Mass Earth extinction events
Novice observing programme for September
- Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer
- Piscis Austrinus, the Southern fish
Meetings start at 7:30pm, but you're welcome from 7:00pm to chat beforehand. Juggling tips are free.
If the sky is clear we will conduct a Sky for the Night demo and maybe peek through a telescope.
Sep... Life in the Universe, Drake Equation, Kepler Exo-planets, Fermi Paradox, SETI - Break Through Listen, search for life in our own solar system, and more
Oct... Astrophotography, a visual feast is being captured by our own ASV members. Find out the basics for getting started.
Nov... We dig into why budding astronomers need an observing challenge. The ASV Messier 100 hunt is a great example of one such challenge, but wait there's more...