Our regular quarterly meetings are held in London, at the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, University College London. Admission is free to members, and we also welcome newcomers who want to get a taste of what we provide before they join. No need to register – just turn up. Details of how to get there, with maps, are given below. Other events are occasionally held around the country, in which case details of their location will be given. All talks are presented at a popular level and should be understandable by anyone with an interest in astronomy.
Saturday 27 July 2019, 2 pm. Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, University College, London. (details below).
Apollo 11 celebration meeting with Dr David Whitehouse and Prof David Rothery
David Whitehouse, a former President of the society, will talk on Apollo 11 – The Inside Story, in which he reveals the true drama behind the mission, telling the story in the words of those who took part – based around exclusive interviews with the key players. He’ll be describing some of the research for his latest book with this title, including stories from astronauts, engineers, politicians, NASA officials and even Soviet rivals. David Whitehouse is a former BBC Science Correspondent and BBC Science Editor.
Prof David Rothery will look at moons throughout the solar system, from our own familiar Moon to Charon, the extraordinary moon of Pluto. I recent years we have come to realise that some of them may even be abodes of life, in oceans below the icy surface.
You can view videos of the main talks at 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!
SPA meetings are held on the last Saturday of January, April, July and October, normally in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre of University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.
The nearest tube station is Euston Square (Circle and Metropolitan lines). Turn left on leaving the barrier, which brings you to the top of Gower Street. Walk 150 m down Gower Street and the entrance to UCL is on your left:
Enter the quadrangle and cross to the door on the far right. This area is publicly accessible, and there is no need to sign in or report to security:
Climb the stairs to your right to the 2nd floor, or take the nearby lift:
The Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre is nearby, with its main entrance through double doors. There are a few steps up to this, but there is a wheelchair lift should it be needed:
About the meetings
The first section of each meeting is generally taken up by a talk from a guest speaker, while the second has shorter items on current astronomical events, and possibly reports from sections.
Here is a Google map of the venue to help you with directions: