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Future Public Events (top) / Outreach & Event reports

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MAS events

  MAS resumed physical Outreach and Events in September 2021.  

On-line Outreach presentations are still available (on special request). Please contact the Society for available dates as normal.
Our members are quite flexible and happy to use on-line conferencing systems other than Zoom or Skype, however be aware that most of us are Windows PC based



  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 laser pointer at an outreach event. Children under the age of 18 and non-approved adults are not permitted 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).

  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)

Details of future planned events are limited to those open to the general public (Members should look in the Members Only section for details of future events not open to the public - which includes most of our local Outreach activities (schools, cubs, brownies etc)).

Future events are listed in date order, next planned first. Be aware that events can change (usually due to the weather :-) ) so please check nearer the event before making a journey

Note. MAS holds Public Liability Insurance via our membership of Federation of Astronomical Societies.
The Policy Document for 2021 (pdf) is available on request (it can be found in the Members section)

(+) 25 Oct 2022 Partial Solar Eclipse

(+)  4 Mar 2023 Maidenhead Big Read - (Maidenhaed Library)

(+)  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

(+) 13 Nov 2032 Transit of Mercury

(+)  7 Nov 2039 Transit of Mercury - (2nd of pair)

(+) 28 Jul 2061 Halleys Comet returns

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

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  Reports from our Outreach & Event activity  


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)

(+)  3 Sep 2022 Cookham Regatta

(+) 15 Jun 2022 Newlands KS3 Science Club - (Outreach)

(+) 18 Mar 2022 21st Maidenhead Scouts - (outreach)

(+) 10 Mar 2022 Wargrave Cubs - (outreach)

(+)  9 Mar 2022 Wargrave Cubs - (outreach)

(-) 28 Jan 2022 Western House Academy - (Outreach)

28th January, Western House Academy school
Presenters:- Andy, Robin, Arthur, Adrian D, Steve
Report by Steve A daytime event, starting after lunch at 13:40, so, weather permitting, I would be focussed on the Sun and an outdoor layout of the model Solar System. On arrival we all had to show a negative result on a Rapid Flow Test, which, I'm pleased to report, we had all passed earlier in the day ! We would be supporting a total of three Year 5 classes who are currently studying the space topic for KS2. The plan called for us to run all 3 classes at the same time, so our team would be split into 3 and run our presentations 3 times, 'back to back' as it where. Each class comprised roughly 30 students and, assuming good weather, two classrooms would be in use with one class outside. Class teachers accompanied their own pupils and would see them from one location to the next. It was a nice sunny day, if a little cold and windy, so 'Plan A' (the part outdoor program) would go ahead. Andy took one classroom, which included an outdoor session with the solar-telescopes, Robin and Arthur a second presenting constellations, whilst Adrian D assisted me outside with the solar system layout and Q & A. I chose a good clear path near the grassed area and started by clamping the 'slice of sun' to the two all metal folding chairs. These had been chosen in a Charity Shop for their extra weight after normal garden chairs 'took off' on a windy day. Even so, the trimmed yoga mat 'sun' acted as a 'sail' and I had to place my telescope 'bits box' on one and the bag of solar system balls and bits on the other to stop them moving ! As part of the solar system, I started by handing out eclipse glasses which allowed the Sun to be seen without the glow of the Sun's 'atmosphere' giving a false impression of it's size. Most pupils were amazed to see the real size of the Sun as it appears from earth. When the 2.7m wide 'slice of sun' was shown compared to the 25mm Earth, again many were amazed, although one student could tell me that it would take 1.3 million Earths to fill the Sun's volume (interestingly, it only takes 330,000 Earths to match the mass ('weight') of the Sun). When asking questions, I found the pupils to be one of the most knowledgeable groups we had ever presented to. I was amazed to discover that that they knew which planet was discovered by William Herschel (Uranus) and which was only found in 1846 (Neptune) ! On completing the layout of the solar system model, which had to be squeezed down to fit into the playground. The 25mm Earth should have been 294m from the 2.7m Sun and the true position of the 96mm (approx tennis ball sized) Neptune should have been 8.8km away (see Note 1 at end below). The class then divided naturally into two halves and we took questions, all of which were most searching. After the the first talk, one of the students came up to tell me that this had been 'the best class ever' ! The next class followed the same format, however by the 3rd class, the clouds had started to cover the sun and whilst the eclipse glasses were still used it was hard to see the whole of the Sun's disk. The last class ended at 15:30, after which the parents arrived to collect their offspring whilst we packed up. Report by Robin I used a Stellarium Script modified from the Cub Badge to take the three groups through finding Polaris, the Celestial Equator and Poles, Circumpolar stars, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor & Cassiopeia. We then looked south to find Orion, Taurus, Gemini, Sirius and Leo. I added a final section using PowerPoint showing the Solar System in the Milky Way Galaxy and the Local Galaxy Group. I pointed out that all the stars and constellations we can see are very close (relatively) to us, being mostly in our little "corner" of the Milky Way. Questions came thick and fast from all three groups showing that they had taken in and enjoyed their previous class work, with none of the usual "are there aliens" style of question. Report by Andy I started by explaining to the young astronomers the reasons why Astronomers use telescopes. The class was then split into two halves so that Arthur and I could each run a separate session simultaneously. I took one group outside to look at some real telescopes, whilst the other remained in the classroom for Arthur's 'relative size of objects in the universe' topic. Outside, I demonstrated Steve's Dobsonian reflector that was projecting an image of the Sun for safe viewing. Robin's refractor was also projecting an image of the Sun. The students then used the society's solarscope to view the Sun. A couple of sunspots were visible through these instruments but the Sun became obscured by clouds, as the afternoon progressed, so later groups missed out on these images. Arthur used his poster to show relative sizes of bodies both within the Solar System and in deep space. After ten minutes the inside and outside groups were swapped. Arthur and I then re-ran our talks. The sequence was then repeated for the two remaining classes, so whilst Robin and Steve went through their material 3 times, Arthur and I ran ours 6 times !
Steve's Note 1. To design your own Scale Solar System, see here.
This note last modified: 9th Feb 2022 14:54.

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(+) 14 Jan 2022 1st Cookham Guides - (Outreach)

(+)  9 Dec 2021 Windsor Cental Scouts 2 - (Outreach)

(+)  8 Dec 2021 Windsor Cental Scouts - (Outreach)

(+)  2 Dec 2021 Furze Platt Beavers - (Outreach)

(+) 16 Nov 2021 Cookham Beavers 2 - (Outreach)

(+) 15 Nov 2021 Cookham Beavers - (Outreach)

(+)  8 Nov 2021 Cookham Dean School - (Outreach)

(+)  4 Sep 2021 Cookham Regatta

(+) 12 Aug 2021 Perseids meteor shower - (Ockwells Park outreach)

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

(+)  4 Mar 2021 1st Maidenhead Sea Scouts - (Outreach)

(+) 27 Jan 2021 (and 28) Bourne End Cubs (Outreach)

(+) 14 Nov 2020 Public Viewing Event - (White Waltham)

(+)  9 Nov 2020 Cookham Dean Primary School (ZOOM Outreach)

(+)  4 Apr 2020 Stargazing public event - (POSTPONED)

(+) 21 Nov 2019 Central Windsor Scouts (Outreach)

(+) 11 Nov 2019 19th Maidenhead Beavers (Outreach)

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

(+)  4 Nov 2019 Cookham Dean Primary School - (Outreach)

(+) 10 Oct 2019 Holy Trinity School yr3 - (Outreach)

(+)  7 Sep 2019 Cookham Regatta

(+) 29 Aug 2019 Maidenhead Library (Outreach)

(+) 19 Aug 2019 Childrens Reading Challenge Maidenhead Library - (Outreach)

(+) 20 Jul 2019 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing - (Maidenhead Festival)

(+)  4 Apr 2019 Newlands School (Outreach)

(+) 28 Mar 2019 Bourne End Cubs (Outreach)

(+) 14 Mar 2019 Furze Platt Beavers (Outreach)

(+) 24 Feb 2019 Furze Platt cubs (Outreach)

(+) 15 Feb 2019 13th Maidenhead Scouts (Outreach)

(+)  7 Feb 2019 Burchetts Green Infant School - (Outreach)

(+) 24 Jan 2019 Sea Scouts (Outreach)

(+) 29 Nov 2018 ALLsorts (Outreach)

(+) 18 Nov 2018 Furze Platt Cubs (Outreach)

(+)  7 Nov 2018 Furze Platt Cubs (Outreach)

(+)  5 Nov 2018 Cookham Dean Primary School (Outreach)

(+) 20 Oct 2018 Furze Platt Beavers (Outreach)

(+) 10 Oct 2018 WILLIAM LASSELL by Kenlem England (MAS) - (Maidenhead Heritage Centre)

(+) 11 Aug 2018 CANCELLED Persieds Observing - (Ockwells Park)

(+) 27 Jul 2018 Total Lunar Eclipse

(+) 30 Jun 2018 (end) Maidenhead Week - (Lassell at Heritage Center)

(+) 23 May 2018 Wycombe Abbey School (Outreach)

(+) 12 May 2018 Lassell grave clear up

(+) 11 May 2018 Lassell grave tidy up

(+)  8 May 2018 9th Maidenhead Brownies - (Outreach)

(+) 28 Apr 2018 Maidenhead Arts Festival

(+) 18 Mar 2018 1st Furze Platt Brownies - (Outreach)

(+) 19 Feb 2018 Winter Hill Beavers - (Outreach)

(+) 18 Jan 2018 1st Maidenhead Beavers - (Outreach)

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

(+) 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 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 Centre

(+)  3 Mar 2007 Total Lunar Eclipse

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