Events for
14 March 2019    -    21 May 2019
26 March 2019
  • Annual General Meeting

    07:30pm   to    

    The WYAS AGM.

    The present committee stands down and the current members vote in a new one.

    This year there are a number of  suggested changes to the constitution which require the membership to vote on.

    This meeting allows you the members to decide the direction the society is to take in the coming year.

    Please make a note of the date in your diary. Tuesday 26th March

02 April 2019
  • White Dwarves and the Interstellar Medium

    07:15pm   to    09:30pm

    Professor Martin Barstow: Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science, Department of
    Physics & Astronomy, University of Leicester.

    Prof. Barstow has a strong background in the analysis of X-ray, EUV, UV, optical and
    infrared data from white dwarfs.

    He has also made internationally recognised contributions
    to the study of hot white dwarfs and coronally active stars through the analysis and
    interpretation of ground and space based observations in optical, UV, EUV and X-ray
    wavebands. Complementing this has been an active programme of theoretical studies of the
    white dwarf atmospheres and the interstellar medium.


09 April 2019
  • “The Future for Space Exploration? It’s Life Jim, but not as we Know IT”

    07:15pm   to    09:30pm

    Dr Martin Braddock.
    Space exploration and colonization by astronauts is challenged by exposure to radiation and the
    ergonomics of living and working in an environment of microgravity. The adverse effects of
    prolonged exposure to radiation and microgravity can be predicted both by observations in
    astronauts and in animals on short duration space flight. Long term space travel to Mars and beyond
    will demand countermeasures currently under development in a series of roadmaps from the NASA
    Ames laboratory and from space agencies around the glove in a collaborative effort. Developments
    in machine-based learning (MBL), a component of artificial intelligence (AI) raise the prospect that
    future space exploration may be either semi, or fully automated. This talk will review the effects of
    radiation and microgravity on the human body and describe features of AI that ask the question will
    future space exploration and colonization be human-based?

    Martin is passionate about all aspects of Astronomy, Cosmology and Astrobiology and is enrolled on
    the Open University’s MSc degree in Space Sciences and Technology. He is a member of the
    Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical
    Society in May 2015. He is interested in the effects of gravitational extremes on physiology,
    ergonomics of space craft design and the development of Space Medicine.

14 May 2019

Events & News








Come and join us for a friendly evening of chat, Tea, Coffee and Cakes.


 Our esteemed editor has asked that if any member has articles for the Phobos magazine, could they please forward them to him. 


 STELLARIUM - Probably the best free planetarium program around!



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Thanks to Eric Wiley for the donation to the

StarGazing Live raffle.


Fancy building a telescope from scratch?

Or how about a cardboard steam engine!

Have a go at a cardboard newtonian. 



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