Northants Astronomical Societies
Northamptonshire currently has four active astronomical societies, so there is a very good chance that in a given week there will be something astronomical going on in the county. All four groups hold regular lecture meetings, where you have the chance to listen to visiting speakers, as well as to chat to others who are interested in astronomy.
The Nene Valley Astronomical Society (which I helped to form in 2009!) holds events in the East of the county based in Sudborough and Chelveston. The Astronomical Section of the Northampton Natural History Society holds meetings in the centre of Northampton and occassionally other venues. Northants Amateur Astronomers holds meetings at The Newton Field Centre near Geddington. Whilst the newest group, Stanion & Northants Astronomy Group meets in Stanion.
Whilst all four of the societies have their own websites, I've found that it can be difficult to quickly establish in a given week what events are happening. I'm therefore going to attempt to do something on this page that I don't think has been done before - list all of the up coming astronomy events in Northamptonshire! This information is sourced from the individual society web sites however events can sometimes be changed at short notice (eg speaker illness or other commitments). If you find this page useful, then please let me know. Similarly if I have missed an event off that you would like me to add then also get in touch.
Thursday 5th January: Nene Valley Astronomical Society meeting at Sudborough Village Hall, Main Street, Sudborough at 8pm. A look at the constellation of Orion along with the monthly sky guide and observing if clear.
Friday 6th January: Nene Valley Astronomical Society Observing Evening at Chelveston Village Hall, Caldecott Road, Chelveston from 8pm. This sessions proceed only if the sky is clear or if there is deemed to be a reasonable prospect of observing. To confirm that a session is proceeding, please check neneastro.org.uk from 6.30 on the evening.
Friday 6th January: Stanion & Northants Astronomy Group meeting at Stanion Village Hall at 8pm. Julian Onions with a talk entitled "What are metals to an astronomer, how do they get made, and what can they tell us about the history of the universe in terms of stars and galaxies".
Monday 9th January: Northamptonshire Natural History Society Astronomy Section meeting at The Humfrey Rooms, Castilian Terrace, Northampton at 7.30pm. 'An Arctic Eclipse' by Mike Frost.
Friday 13th January: Nene Valley Astronomical Society Observing Evening at Chelveston Village Hall from 8pm. Details as 6th January.
Monday 16th January: Nene Valley Astronomical Society meeting at Chelveston Village Hall, Caldecott Road, Chelveston at 8.00pm. Mike Frost with a talk entitled 'Accidental Death Of An Anarchist'.
Friday 20th January: Nene Valley Astronomical Society Observing Evening at Chelveston Village Hall from 8pm. Details as 6th January.
Friday 27th January: Nene Valley Astronomical Society Observing Evening at Chelveston Village Hall from 8pm. Details as 6th January.
Monday 30th January: Northamptonshire Natural History Society Astronomy Section meeting at The Humfrey Rooms, Castillian Terrace, Northampton at 7.30pm. 'Telescopic Topics.'
The above information was obtained from the respective individual society websites on 21st December. Follow the links to on the left of this page for more information. (Unfortunately no meeting details for Northants Amateur Astronomers were available when the above list was compiled)
Past Northants Societies
Previously astronomical societies active in Northamptonshire were the Daventry & District Astronomical Society, the Wellingborough and District Astronomical Society and the Northampton Astronomical Society. The Kettering and District Amateur Astronomers Society changed it's name to Northants Amateur Astronomers in the mid 1990s.