Forthcoming meetings

We are holding only online meetings until further notice.


Online meeting, Saturday 30 October at 2 pm



Dr Suzie Imber (University of Leicester)

Mercury: First Rock from the Sun 

Only one spacecraft has ever orbited the planet Mercury, NASA’s MESSENGER, and data from that mission has brought both incredible insights into Mercury’s formation, evolution and dynamics, and more intriguing questions about this mysterious planet. Suzie will discuss what we currently understand about Mercury and its environment, and the key open questions to be addressed by the next mission to Mercury, the joint European/Japanese BepiColombo spacecraft.

BepiColombo is a two-spacecraft mission which launched from French Guiana in October 2018 and will fly once past Earth, twice past Venus and six times past Mercury, collecting data about these planets, before arriving into orbit around the planet Mercury in December 2025.

After a short break, the meeting will continue with a brief look at what’s coming up in the sky for the next three months from Robin Scagell, then our Variable Star Section Director, Matthew Barrett, will take a look at the work carried out by section members.

A link to the Zoom webinar will be sent to members on our email mailing list in advance of the meeting. Or you can view it on our YouTube channel, If you have a smart TV, go to YouTube and search for popastro.

SPA meetings will also be held on Saturdays 29 January and 30 April 2022 and 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 currently on Tuesday 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 occasionally 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!