Forthcoming meetings

We are holding only online meetings until further notice.


ESA/ATG medialab

Saturday 25 July: SPA online webinar

Now available to view online

Curiosity at Gale Crater

Dr Susanne P Schwenzer of the Open University, is a planetary scientist who has been researching Mars and rocks from Mars for the past 25 years. She has worked with Martian meteorites, data from the Viking instruments and the Mars Exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and is currently a member of the science team of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Rover Curiosity. She will report on the latest findings of the Curiosity mission, and look forward to two missions about to go to Mars in the next two launch windows: the NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, due for launch on 20 July,  and the ESA Rosalind Franklin rover. As a member of AstrobiologyOU, she will also consider what it takes to look for life – especially with a rover on another planet!

Further online meetings will be announced here.

Friday Night Live with Vicky Video

Our own chat-show host Vicky Duncalf runs a live event on the SPA’s Facebook page usually on Friday evenings, from 8 to 9 pm. This is a chat show rather than a regular meeting, and as well as interesting guests from the world of astronomy there are quizzes and the chance to win some SPA merchandise! You also have the opportunity to chat or ask questions online.

Meeting videos

Online SPA meeting with Prof Lucie Green, Saturday 23 May

You can view a recording of this meeting in full at

You can view videos of the main talks at previous meetings on your computer. Just click on the image at right to see what’s currently available. There are videos of talks about all aspects of astronomy there – they’ll keep you entertained for hours!