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Future Public Events (top) / Previous Event Reports

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MAS events

  Future Public Events  


This page is dedicated to events promoted by Maidenhead Astronomical Society aimed at bringing an awareness and appreciation of astronomy to the general public. Almost all of the Events listed here are run by MAS (the few that are not are plainly marked)

(-) 27 Jul 2018 Total Lunar Eclipse

Friday July 27 2018 - Total Lunar Eclipse After the almost perfect seeing of the 2015, Sept. 28 eclipse we can hope for more good weather this time ! Unfortunately, from UK, the Moon will be below the horizon when the eclipse starts at 6:15pm. At totality, 9:21pm, the Moon will be only 3.5 degrees above the horizon (you will need to be on a hill looking SE for a decent view) - and on these summer nights it still won't be very dark as totality ends at 10:13pm, so the 'blood moon' effect will be rather less striking than the 2015 event. The (partial) eclipse ends at 11:19pm so at least we will get to bed rather earlier this time !
This note last modified: 29th Sep 2015 11:31.

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(+) 11 Nov 2019 Transit of Mercury (2nd of pair)

(+) 10 Jun 2021 Solar Eclipse - (partial from UK)

(+) 25 Oct 2022 Partial Solar Eclipse

(+)  7 Mar 2025 (and 22) Major Lunar Standstill

(+) 29 Mar 2025 Partial Solar Eclipse

(+) 12 Aug 2026 Solar Eclipse

(+) 26 Jan 2028 annular Solar Eclipse

(+)  1 Jun 2030 annular Solar Eclipse

(+) 28 Jul 2061 Hallys Comet returns

(+) 23 Sep 2090 Total Solar Eclipse - (the next visible from UK)

  Laser Pens  

Maidenhead Astronomical Society may use Laser Pens as a pointer during outreach events and talks. Any such use will comply with our Laser Pen Policy, which may be downloaded from here (.pdf)

Essentially, only responsible adults pre-approved by MAS are allowed to use a pointer at an outreach event. Children under the age of 18 and non-approved adults are not be allowed to use the laser pen at any time. Any member of the public bringing their own device (without pre-approval) is asked not to use it during one of our events (and will be asked to leave if they are not willing to comply with this request).

Note. MAS holds Public Liability Insurance via our membership of Federation of Astronomical Societies.
Our Policy Document for 2017 is available for  download here

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  Past Events (reports)  


Here you will find reports of MAS events held in the last 10 years or so (i.e. since the MAS web site effectively 'took over' from printed newsletters as the primary means of 'reporting back' to the membership). Some details have been removed to allow for public viewing

The Members Only section contains details of MAS History going back to our formation in 1957

Note that this page does not include Observing session reports (which have a separate page)

(-) 22 Nov 2017 Cookham Dean CE Primary School - (Outreach)

Wednesday 22nd November Cookham Dean CE Primary School (Outreach)
Robin, Adrian, Andy & Steve
Report by Steve I arrived at about 12.40pm to find Robin and Adrian already 'signed in' and inspecting the main Hall. This was deemed suitable for a 'full scale' string Solar System so we then retired to the classroom. After putting in our 'drinks orders' (coffee and tea :-) ) we were joined by Andy and then 'plotted' the running order. The decision was to go for Solar System + telescopes in the main Hall with Moon and telescopes / binoculars in the classroom. The students would thus be split into 2 groups with a 'switch over' at half time. Adrian and Andy would take the Moon, with myself and Robin doing the Solar System. So Robin and I retired to the hall to prepare for the solar system layout. Whilst Robin was setting up this laptop (to show the 'Black Rock Desert' movie) the first half of 'Year 5' arrived, consisting of 13 pupils. I started with the usual 'name that planet' questions and, as usual, they were soon shooting up their hands before I had even finished asking ! Robin assisted with Planet placement, and, after a short Q&A, he handed around some meteor fragments (which I confess I had forgotten he had) for the students to inspect. After a short further Q&A he delivered a quick talk about his 2 telescopes on display (refractor and reflector). The two groups then changed over and we ran through the questions again (this time I left the Asteroid Belt to last so it would 'link in' with Robin's meteor fragments). The second group (14) had a lot of questions about Black Holes, extra-solar planets and the 'Goldilocks zone' which took some time to answer, however we managed to keep to time well enough to show the Black Rock Desert movie at the end. We then all went back to the classroom where we were each presented with a small 'thank you' gift. Apparently we so impressed the teacher that we are already being 'booked' again for next year ! After packing up we left at about 3.15pm and I was home before 3.30.
Report by Adrian Having four members of the team, we were able to run two concurrent sessions during the afternoon.  Steve and Robin covered the Solar System using Steve's scale string model set up in the school hall, whilst Andy and Adrian used one of the large classrooms to talk about the Moon.  Each session was run twice for the two groups of 14 or so year 5 pupils. We also set up two telescopes in each location so there was an opportunity at the end of each session for students to get up close and learn about different types of telescope. Andy and Adrian's talk demonstrated the changing phases of the Moon using a model of the Moon and a 'Sun' (bright spotlight).  Adrian showed a short video showing the evolution of the Moon and how the craters and darker Maria regions were formed.  There was a lively discussion about what features could be seen on the surface of the Moon and we showed pictures of craters, mountains, ray features, shadows and earth-shine.  As on our previous visit, the pupils were already very knowledgeable - for example  fully understanding the different appearances of waxing and waning phases - so much of what we covered was reinforcement and revision for them. There were plenty of questions, some of which took us into more advanced territory such as gravitational effects, satellites of other planets in the Solar System and even exoplanets. Although cloud prevented us from setting up outdoors, the children were still very keen to look through a telescope indoors.  It was an opportunity to explain the importance of light-grasp as well magnification.  Adrian  had set up a simple demonstration of how a telescope works, pointing a small refractor at the ceiling lights.  It was soon directed at the trees outside with everyone wanting to have a look!   Andy showed the Society's Celestron 130 reflector, some binoculars plus a cardboard "build your own" telescope and kit. Several of the students were interested in where they could purchase the latter and were directed to the AstroMedia web site. The pupils enjoyed being able to handle and use the binoculars and cardboard telescope. This was followed by several interesting questions from a very knowledgeable group of children.
This note last modified: 23rd Nov 2017 11:52.

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(+) 18 Nov 2017 PUBLIC EVENT Leonids meteor watch - (at White Waltham)

(+)  6 Nov 2017 2nd Woodlands Park Rainbows - (Outreach)

(+) 21 Aug 2017 Solar Eclipse - (partial from UK)

(+) 12 Aug 2017 Perseid Meteor Watch - (Ockwells Park)

(+)  9 Jun 2017 MAS 60th Anniversary Meal - (Members and guest only)

(+)  1 Apr 2017 Stargazing Live

(+)  8 Mar 2017 1st Stoke Poges Guide Unit - (Outreach)

(+)  7 Mar 2017 19th Maidenhead Cubs - (Outreach)

(+) 21 Feb 2017 Furze Platt Cub Pack - (Outreach)

(+)  7 Feb 2017 St Pirans School - (Outreach)

(+)  7 Feb 2017 1st Wargrave Cubs - (Outreach)

(+)  2 Feb 2017 Wildcats Cubs Wargrave - (Outreach)

(+) 19 Dec 2016 Cookham Dean Primary School - (Outreach)

(+) 25 Nov 2016 Bayfordbury Observatory - (members visit)

(+) 17 Nov 2016 Taplow Brownies - (Outreach)

(+) 21 Oct 2016 Lowbrook Academy Science Week - (Outreach)

(+) 17 Oct 2016 19th Maidenhead Beavers - (Outreach)

(+) 17 Oct 2016 Holy Trinity School Science Week - (Outreach)

(+) 10 Sep 2016 Pinkneys Scout Camp - (Outreach)

(+) 11 Aug 2016 Perseid meteor watch - (Ockwells Park)

(+) 11 May 2016 1st Datchet Cub Pack - (Outreach)

(+)  9 May 2016 Transit of Mercury - (Public observing at Ockwells)

(+)  9 May 2016 Parkinsons UK at SportsAble - (outreach)

(+) 30 Mar 2016 Claires Court Holiday Club - (Outreach)

(+) 16 Mar 2016 Trinity St Stephens First School - (Outreach)

(+) 15 Mar 2016 Eton End School - (Outreach)

(+) 14 Mar 2016 Holy Trinity Primary School - (Outreach)

(+) 26 Feb 2016 Pinkneys Green and Boyne Hill Altwood Scouts - (outreach)

(+) 11 Feb 2016 Cox Green School STEM - (Outreach)

(+)  4 Feb 2016 Burchetts Green Infants School - (Outreach)

(+)  1 Feb 2016 3rd Cookham Brownies - (Outreach)

(+) 14 Jan 2016 6th Windsor Cubs and Scouts

(+)  1 Jan 2016 Comet Catalina 2013

(+) 12 Dec 2015 Geminids watch - (at Ockwells Park)

(+) 30 Nov 2015 21st Cox Green Beavers - (outreach)

(+) 26 Nov 2015 Furze Platt Beavers - (Outreach)

(+) 21 Nov 2015 A history of the Sun - (St Cross College OXFORD (not by MAS))

(+) 18 Nov 2015 Leonid meteor watch - (canceled)

(+) 12 Nov 2015 1st Cookham Dean Brownies - (outreach)

(+) 24 Oct 2015 Cavendish Lab - (Members coach trip)

(+) 17 Oct 2015 (to 23 Oct) Orionids Meteor Shower

(+) 10 Oct 2015 Solar Observing Ockwells Park - (members only)

(+)  6 Oct 2015 Sequela Foundation - (outreach)

(+) 28 Sep 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse

(+) 27 Sep 2015 Super Moon (followed by a Lunar Eclipse)

(+) 29 Aug 2015 Public Solar Observing - (lunchtime at Norden Farm)

(+) 11 Aug 2015 Perseids Meteor watch - (Cancelled due to bad weather)

(+) 18 Jul 2015 St Nicholas School camp - (Outreach)

(+) 23 Jun 2015 Courthouse School - (Outreach)

(+) 27 May 2015 Claire Court School - (Outreach)

(+) 11 May 2015 Finchampstead Brownies (Outreach)

(+) 15 Apr 2015 Exploring the Realm of the Giants - (Cafe Scientifique Henley (not by MAS))

(+) 21 Mar 2015 StarGazing Live 2015 (and Telescope Workshop)

(+) 20 Mar 2015 Solar Eclipse (Ockwells Park)

(+) 13 Mar 2015 13th Maidenhead Scouts at Braywick

(+)  8 Mar 2015 Cox Green Wives Group

(+) 25 Feb 2015 Taplow Guides (Outreach)

(+) 25 Feb 2015 Taplow Brownies (Outreach)

(+) 24 Feb 2015 Tilehurst Brownies (Outreach)

(+) 12 Feb 2015 Cox Green Cubs (Outreach)

(+) 10 Feb 2015 21st Maidenhead Cubs (Outreach)

(+) 30 Jan 2015 1st Furze Platt Brownies (Outreach)

(+) 29 Jan 2015 1st Woodland Park Brownies (Outreach)

(+) 26 Jan 2015 Burnham Grammer School (Outreach)

(+) 13 Dec 2014 Meteor Watch (Ockwells Park)

(+)  5 Dec 2014 Comet rendezvous free talk at RAL (booking required)

(+) 20 Nov 2014 1st Maidenhead - (cubs (Outreach))

(+) 15 Nov 2014 Public observing and meteor watch at Braywick

(+) 10 Nov 2014 Pinkneys Green Beavers (Outreach)

(+)  6 Nov 2014 1st Emmer Green (Outreach)

(+) 21 Oct 2014 Sequela Foundation (Outreach)

(+) 27 Sep 2014 Cubs Space Camp at Stoke Poges (Outreach)

(+) 26 Sep 2014 Mark Thompson at Norden Farm

(+) 14 Sep 2014 (week to 21st) MAS at Maidenhead Library

(+)  5 Aug 2014 WINGS 2014 International Scouting Jamboree (Outreach)

(+) 21 Jun 2014 Taplow Primary School family camp (Outreach)

(+) 21 Jun 2014 Big Brownie Birthday (Outreach)

(+) 14 Jun 2014 Greenwich Observatory visit (Members)

(+)  5 Apr 2014 Pop up shop - (Maidenhead Town)

(+) 27 Mar 2014 Scouts (Outreach)

(+) 10 Mar 2014 Burnham Grammer (Outreach)

(+)  8 Mar 2014 National Astronomy Week

(+)  8 Mar 2014 National Astronomy Week Telescope workshop

(+) 11 Jan 2014 Stargazing LIVE 2014

(+)  7 Jan 2014 SGL at Portsmouth

(+) 12 Jan 2013 Stargazing LIVE 2013

(+) 30 Nov 2012 Visit to Altwood School (Outreach)

(+) 12 Aug 2012 Perseid Meteor Watch

(+)  8 Mar 2012 Wanborough Cubs - (Outreach)

(+) 25 Feb 2012 Visit to Herstmonceux (Members)

(+) 21 Jan 2012 Stargazing LIVE 2012

(+)  2 Jul 2011 Pinkneys Green Scout Camp (Outreach)

(+) 12 Mar 2011 Telescope Workshop

(+)  8 Jan 2011 Stargazing LIVE 2011

(+)  3 Dec 2010 Christmas Lecture

(+) 12 Nov 2010 Jupiter Night

(+) 30 Oct 2010 Astronomy workshop at the Heritage Centre

(+) 15 May 2010 Visit to the Herschel Museum

(+) 15 Feb 2010 Photo Exhibition at Sainsbury

(+) 20 Nov 2009 IYA2009 Autumn Stargazing

(+) 14 Nov 2009 Astro weekend in South Wales

(+)  9 May 2009 Visit to National Space Centre

(+)  1 Apr 2009 IYA2009 Spring Moon Watch

(+) 28 Mar 2009 Coffee with the stars (Outreach)

(+) 10 Oct 2008 Astronomy night at Braywick

(+) 31 May 2008 Patrick Moore opens observatory

(+) 20 Apr 2008 O2 award

(+) 15 Mar 2008 Old Greenwich Observatory

(+) 13 Dec 2007 Geminid meteor watch at Braywick

(+) 30 Jun 2007 The lives of stars and people

(+)  8 Jun 2007 MAS 50th Anniversary Dinner

(+) 26 May 2007 Scouting 100 (Outreach)

(+) 13 May 2007 500th Meeting

(+)  1 May 2007 Exhibition at the Heritage Center

(+)  3 Mar 2007 Total Lunar Eclipse

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