Past Events 2014

Here is a list of past events and meetings where we have had a guest speaker. Other years: 20142013201220112010

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  • 15th Dec 2014
    Prof. Chris Lintott – Oxford Astrophysics & BBC ‘Sky at Night’ presenter. 7:00 for 7:30PM at the Methodist Church Hall ( use the side entrance to lower back room ), Chipping Norton. NOTE EARLY START – doors open for a 7.30 start . 9pm retire to the Fox for buffet and other items.
  • 6th Dec 2014
    Local schools and other organisations outreach event. Contact Robin for details.
  • 29th Nov 2014
    Outside Jaffe & Neale Bookshop – from 5PM
  • 26th Nov 2014
    Oxford University Department of Physics Denys Wilkinson Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Oxford Astrophysics Department events page
  • 25th Nov 2014
    CANCELLED EVENT – bad weather Local schools and other organisations outreach event. Contact Robin for details.
  • 17th Nov 2014
    Gary Poyner FRAS – “Variable Stars – How and why they vary” 7:30 for 8PM at the Methodist Church Hall ( use the side entrance to lower back room ), Chipping Norton.
  • 14th Nov 2014
    Local schools and other organisations outreach event. Contact Robin for details.
  • 31st Oct 2014
    Contact Robin for details.
  • 20th Oct 2014
    Original talk by Prof. Ian Kenyon has been cancelled but an alternative is being organised.
  • 28th Sep 2014
    At the Rollright Stones
  • 15th Sep 2014
    Monday 15th September 2014 – Dr Richard Greenwood – Research Fellow (Open University) – Meteorites and the early solar system
  • 18th Aug 2014
    Monday 18th August 2014 – Professor David Rothery – Professor of Planetary Geosciences (Open University) – “Mercury – new views of the Sun’s innermost planet”
  • 11th Aug 2014
    Observing meteors from the Chipping Norton Airfield site. Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th – if clear sky only. If you are not currently a CNAAG member please contact Chairman Robin first ( )
  • 9th Aug 2014
    Details tba
  • 30th Jul 2014
    Wednesday 30th July – Jodrell Bank Five cars carried 15 CNAAGers north on Wednesday 30th to spend the day walking around the fantastic radio telescope at Jodrell Bank . We all know its big , but when you get up to it it is a magnificent spectacular and stunning piece of machinery and from whichever angle you look at it looks almost like a huge conceptual sculpture.It was certainly built to last and its bolted steel girders looked like it could have been an invention of Kingdom Brunel despite it being built in the early 1950’s. A great day out.
  • 26th Jul 2014
    Saturday 26th – Archeo/Astronomy event A warm and dry day provided the ideal conditions for the very first collaberation between CNAAG and the Rollright Trust . With archeology and dowsing going on the the Rollright Stones from 10.30 am with talks and refreshments in Long Compton village hall from 1.30 it was a very busy day . Lizzie Bryant , Prof Clive Ruggles and Dr Chris Lintott were our guest speakers who kept the 100 people in the hall enthralled. Overall an estimated 250- 300 people were entertained during the day which proved to be highly successful, we will be looking to hold similar events in the near future .
  • 21st Jul 2014
    Monday 21st July 2014 – Robert Lambourne – Professor of Educational Physics (Open University) – “Faster than light galaxies” NOTE Location changed to METHODIST CHURCH Chipping Norton – just over the road from the Fox pub. Access to the function room is down the path to the left of the building frontage. 7:30 for 8pm as usual.
  • 22nd Jun 2014
    Solar Observing at the Red Lion , LONG Compton – 12:30 onwards Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd – Solar Observing Saturday 21st found us at Long Compton fete for the afternoon. 7 telescopes were trained on the sun with both white and Ha filters ,Mel and Oliver were both able to show people the prominences while the rest of us dealt with the spots , both Alex and Mel were imaging and hopefuly we will all see the results A great afternoon with a lot of interest and the weather bode well for the following day at the Red Lion. But how things change weatherwise in the UK !. Despite high temperatures and the feeling of a similar day ahead , the warm weather brought with it rapidly increasing humidity and billowing cumulus which proceeded to spread out to practically 90% cloud cover by 12 /1pm and it was clearly not going to be an observing day , consequently the event was called off – however and just to rub salt into the wound , contrary to the forecast , conditions did improve after 3pm – these things happen ,we move on and live to fight another day.
  • 21st Jun 2014
    Saturday 21st June – Long Compton Village Fete – CNAAG pitch at this local event.
  • 16th Jun 2014
    Professor Mark Lester, Professor of Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Leicester University CANCELLED BUT MEETING WILL GO AHEAD ANYWAY
  • 15th Jun 2014
    CNAAG has a pitch at the Wellesbourne ‘Wings and Wheels’ public show.
  • 24th May 2014
    Solar observing on the weekend of 24th/25th May A two day event at the Rollright Stones.
  • 19th May 2014
    The Fox Chipping Norton 7:30pm for 8:00pm start Talk entitled “Gamma Ray Bursts: an astronomical detective story”
  • 16th May 2014
    “Museums at Night” – CNAAG telescopes at this event in Oxford.
  • 20th Apr 2014
    Daytime observing at the Rollright Stones. Solar Sunday and Telescope Workshop at the Rollright Stones. Starting at around 12 noon we will be observing the Sun (in safety) if conditions allow. If it stays clear we may be observing on into the evening. Free astronomy event , nominal Rollright Stone entry until dusk ( free after). Ideal for a Spring picnic
  • 14th Apr 2014
    Dr Sarah Kendrew – Oxford University “The Milky Way Project: mapping bubbles in the Milky Way Galaxy” The Fox, Chipping Norton. 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start.
  • 17th Mar 2014
    The Fox, Chipping Norton. 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start.
  • 12th Mar 2014
    Bicester Young Farmers observing session.
  • 11th Mar 2014
    Observing for pupils parents & staff
  • 7th Mar 2014
    National Astronomy Week 2014 celebrates Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System. Jupiter will reach its highest point in the sky for many years in early March. Observing Jupiter in Chipping Norton town centre – Jaffe & Neale bookshop – set up from about 17:00
  • 5th Mar 2014
    Participation by CNAAG in Oxford University’s Department of Astrophysics, for their outreach event. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • 27th Feb 2014
    Evening 6 – 7.30, observing if possible. Observing event for pupils, parents and staff.
  • 17th Feb 2014
    “Oxford’s Observatories, from the Radcliffe to the lesser known” The Fox Chipping Norton 7:30pm for 8:00pm start
  • 7th Feb 2014
    The town centre observing session had some limited success with a few scopes set up in time for views of the quarter Moon and Mel just getting Jupiter as it rose over the rooftops. The fingertips of the approaching Atlantic storm soon became a dark blanket covering and at the first drops of rain everyone was packed away. We did have a lot of interest from the few people that came along and it proved its worth as a good PR effort.
  • 31st Jan 2014
    Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to the predicted bad weather. In the paddock of the Red Lion pub, Little Compton. An evening of stargazing with no moon close to all the facilities of a great country pub. Suggest to book direct with the pub for a meal although I will try and organise something for participating astronomers – WEATHER PERMITTING – CNAAG team required, let me know as usual.
  • 20th Jan 2014
    The Fox Chipping Norton 7:30pm for 8:00pm start A talk about the great astronomer Sir Norman Lockyer
  • 11th Jan 2014
    In contrast to the previous day, Saturday 11th found us in both glorious sunshine and later under a clear night sky at the Dept of Astrophysics in Oxford in our capacity as the northern contingent of ‘Stargazing Oxfordshire’ for their Stargazing Live event. From early afternoon until 10pm over 1200 people were treated to indoor displays and exhibitions and some fantastic observations of the Moon & Jupiter. A great success all round Some photos of the event ©Alex Browne
  • 10th Jan 2014
    Our first SGLive event kicked off at approx. 5.30pm despite the threat of the weather bringing everything to a grinding halt. A very diffuse Moon gave enough of a target for the astronomers and public to observe. Meanwhile an impromptu ‘set’ was organised inside the café and two astronomical talks were well received. We estimate that our first event must have attracted in excess of 150 people. The stars of the evening were the leader & pupils of Chipping Norton School who brought along one of the 5 telescopes they have built, a terrific accomplishment. Many thanks to Patrick, Polly and the staff of Jaffe & Neales who kept the café open. We will repeat this event on Friday 7th Feb. Finally it was very encouraging to hear that some visitors had travelled from as far afield as Cheltenham and Abingdon. Some pictures of the event ©Alex Browne BBC website