Forthcoming meetings

We are holding only online meetings until further notice.

Online meeting, Saturday 31 July at 2 pm



Dr George Seabroke: The Gaia Revolution

The Gaia satellite, located thousands of km from Earth, is on a mission to measure the positions of a billion stars in our galaxy.  It has overtaken Hubble as the most scientifically productive satellite and is revolutionising astrophysics because it is measuring fundamental properties of stars: their distance and how they move.  Dr Seabroke will explain how amateur astronomers are also encouraged to follow-up Gaia alerts on transient objects and asteroids.

Following this talk, Robin Scagell will describe what’s coming in the night sky over the next few months. 

A link to the Zoom webinar will be sent to members on our email mailing list in advance of the meeting. 

SPA meetings will also be held on Saturdays 30 October 2021 and 29 January 2022 at 2 pm.  Details will be posted here in due course.

Pop Astro Live with Vicky Video

Our own chat-show host Vicky Duncalf runs a live event on the SPA’s Facebook page usually on Thursday or 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. Also available on

Meeting videos

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!