Forthcoming meetings

We are holding only online meetings until further notice.

Wednesday, 15 July at 7 pm: Joint webinar with the BAA

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

This first-ever joint meeting between the two UK national societies features, at 7 pm, John Rogers, Director of the BAA’s Jupiter Section, on Jupiter at opposition. With the opposition of Jupiter happening the day before, Dr Rogers will talk on recent events on the planet and the Pro-Am collaboration with NASA’s Juno mission, which has sent back many amazing images of the giant planet.

Then at 7:45 pm, Greg Smye-Rumsby, specialist lecturer at the Royal Observatory,  Greenwich and designer and illustrator for Astronomy Now, will talk on Myths and Illusions – all about things that have fooled us over the many years of astronomical discovery and understanding, from inhabitants of the Moon and Mars to why spiral galaxies are an illusion.

The meeting closes at about 8:30 pm

How to view the meeting

To join the interactive Zoom webinar please click on the below link. This will install the Zoom software if you do not already have it on your computer and then allow you to join the meeting. You may click on the link in advance to install the Zoom software prior to the webinar.

Click to join via Zoom:

For anyone who does not wish to join via Zoom or is unable to install the software, then we will also be streaming the webinar on the BAA YouTube channel. Please note that you will be unable to ask questions via YouTube.

If you do not have access to a computer or have a problem with the above methods, then you can listen to the webinar on a phone, though you will pay for the call at your usual rate and you won’t have the benefit of seeing the presentation. A list of numbers can be found here, and you will need to key in the webinar id 548 739 039 to join.

ESA/ATG medialab

Saturday 25 July at 2 pm: SPA online webinar

Rovers and landers on Mars: an astrobiology perspective

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!

How to view the meeting

Instructions will be emailed to all members on the SPA mailing list in advance of the meeting.

Friday Night Live with Vicky Video

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

Vicky’s guests on Friday 26 June include Luke Jerram, whose giant installations of globes of the Moon and Mars have enthralled people worldwide, and Mary McIntyre, astrophotographer and astrosketcher extraordinaire.

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!