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)
(-) 18 Nov 2017 PUBLIC EVENT Leonids meteor watch - (at White Waltham)
Saturday 18th November, Open to the public from 7.30 to 11pm (approx), at White Waltham Airfield (SL6 3NJ), home of the West London Aero Club.
Talks, telescopes for public observing, meteor watch and star gazing.
Free entry (free parking).
White Waltham has a Licensed Bar at which drinks (including Tea and Coffee) and snacks can be purchased.
Note that hot snacks (chips, jacket pots etc.) will only be available until 9.00pm
This event will take place 'whatever the weather' (some of our members will bring their telescopes indoors to the bar area for an 'indoor' demo. should it actually rain)
We will be running a 'shop' selling red-light touches, lens brushes and other relevant items.
Any profits are used to finance this and similar public events (there is no entry charge, however any donations will be gratefully received)
A written Quiz (free entry) aimed at younger visitors will be held during the event with a small prize for the most correct answers.
Planned Talks (each will be run for about 20 mins and will be repeated on demand throughout the evening) :-
1) Meteors - what they are and when to see them
The talks will take place in the small 'conference room' next to the bar. Free tickets will be issued on a 'first come first served basis from the shop/registration desk area)
Leonids Meteor shower
The 'radiant' of the Leonids meteor shower (the point in the sky where the meteors seem to emerge from), lies in the constellation Leo.
The shower is caused as the Earth passes through the debris left by the comet Tempel-Tuttle (whihc circles the sSun once every 33 years).
You can expect to see about 20 meteors an hour during the peak, which in 2017 is expected to be the night of 17th & morning of the 18th of November.
For the most spectacular Meteor show of the year you will have to wait for the Geminids, which produces over 100 meteors per hour at its peak. This year the Geminids will be visible from 4th-16th December, with the peak will be night of Wednesday 13th / morning of Thursday the 14th. Be sure to look out for them !
Looking East, Jupiter will be near the horizon - whilst it is visible you cann be sure many of our telescopes will be aimed straight at it. Galileo dicovered the Moons of Jupiter using a telescope with a lens of 20mm, so you should be able to 'spot' them even using small binoculars !
This note last modified: 3rd Oct 2017 11:00.
(+) 27 Jul 2018 Total Lunar Eclipse
(+) 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)
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
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
(-) 21 Aug 2017 Solar Eclipse - (partial from UK)
Monday, 21 Aug 2017, 19:40 to 20:10 (sunset), a total Solar Eclipse, only partially visible (4%) from UK, and then only just before sunset. The max. 4% is at 20:04 (at London = the Moons shadow will 'travel' across the Earths surface (from west to east) at about 1,500mph, so Maidenhead to London is about 1min, and thus max. here will be at about 20:03)
Report by Steve B.
With the forecast of 'only' 85% cloud (so 15% chance of seeing something), I decided to 'give it a go'. I was first to arrive at the 'trig point' on the Jubilee River, Dorney (the trig. point (a concrete pillar, now missing it's plates) is here, on the hill north of Manor Farm (not the one at Dorney Court). It's a good high vantage point for Sun watching and I have no doubt we will use it again.
I parked in the small car park off Lake End Rd, Dorney and took the foot path toward Windsor. I found the hill with the Trig. Point about 1km from the car park after passing the second bridge over the Jubilee River.
After about 10 minutes, Tim arrived with his camera, however by now the '85%' cloud was 100% with some 'thinner' bits .. and looked to be getting worse. He, of course, had already seen the total eclipse from a live feed by NASA !
Just as we were about to quit, Percy, plus ? and Des (with his dog, Jessie ?) arrived, so we stayed until 'sunset' at about 8:10pm. All we ever saw was a faint orange/red glow through the clouds on the horizon as the sun was going down, with only the usual slow change in the brightness of the (100% clouded over) sky at dusk.
Solar Eclipses occur at least once every year (often twice or even 3 times), but you have to be at the right place to see them at all (and on the 'solid red line' for totality) = in UK we are lucky to get one total eclipse every 10-100 years (the next total eclipse visible from UK mainland is Sept 23 2090) ! See MAS Eclipse page for other opportunities.
The total eclipse was visible from much of the USA.
To see a total eclipse, you must be on the 'solid red line' (other areas will see only a partial eclipse)
For more details, visit the 'time and date' site
This note last modified: 31st Aug 2017 14:02.
(+) 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