Added on Tuesday May 13 2014
International Astronomy Show (IAS)
Next International Astronomy Show will be held at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June 2014.
Our main BDAA gathering event will be there on SATURDAY 7th JUNE 2014 only.
For entry to the exhibition only, you can purchase ticket on the door priced £7. The exhibition hours are 9 am to 6 pm.
Click on list and plan:- IAS Exhibition Floor Plan & Vendors
How to get there?
With 2000 square metres of ground floor exhibition space, 2000 free car parking spaces and excellent transport links by road, rail , bus and air, the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre is the ideal venue to hold an Astronomy Exhibition. In the heart of the West Midlands with easy access from the M1, M40 and M6 and the nearest train station, Leamington Spa, three miles away, what more could you wish? A 26 seater shuttle bus will be ferrying people to and from the show at approximately half hour intervals. Return ticket is just £7.
An Upper Floor Restaurant serving food and drinks will be available.
Added on Sunday March 30 2014
We are pleased to announce that we have officially launched
our new BDAA Facebook now, please click below.
Added on Monday February 03 2014
We will be holding BDAA General Meeting and Open Workshops at Bedford Astronomical Society (Bedford School) on Saturday 15th March 2014 (opens at 9.30am for tea/coffee).
We feel that it will be very useful & interesting meeting for all members and their friends. You may bring your one or two guests.
There are two files for you to download, to print out and to read for your reference.
If you come by car, please refer to “BDAA Meeting Map” file, and walk to Gate One, Pemberley Avenue, MK40 2LD (sat-nav).
If you come by train, Bedford Railway Station is about 20 mins walk (or you could take a taxi from the station and ask the cab driver for Gate One, Pemberley Avenue). You could walk to De Pary’s Avenue and then turn into Burnaby Rd and then walk through the sports field BUT take care – there might be some school sports playing in the fields so you might need to walk round the edges of the fields to avoid the active sports (they wouldn’t like to be disturbed!). Please also refer to “BDAA Meeting Map” file.
We rather if you let us know, by email to BDAA General Secretary, if you will be coming, and whether you will be bringing your guests and how many please?
We all look forward in seeing you there.
Added on Tuesday November 19 2013
BDAA Christmas Festive Meal 2013 is cancelled!
But not all is lost, we are just postponing our festive meal to Friday 7th February 2014 after our day visit at AstroFest.
BDAA Members Meeting
BDAA will be holding a members triennial* general meeting next March 2014 to decide our future strategy: election of committe members, new programme for 2014 to 2017 - new events and projects. There may be hands-on workshop after the meeting. We will send you an email when we know the date and the venue of the members meeting. (*triennial means every 3 years).
Leonids Meteor Shower
Its peak shower has passed but you should still be able to see them this week. The problem is the Moon is in full glare (too bright) so it makes difficult to spot any Leonids meteor.
Venus is low at Sunset
Venus is shining very bright but very low. DO NOT SWOOP YOUR BINOCULARS near or towards the Sun otherwise your eyeballs will be fried for good!
Comet ISON C/2012 S1
ScienceCasts on Comet ISON with subtitles! (You may need to click on one of the small boxes to get subtitles on)
Always look out for something new from outer space, there will be more surprises in store in the future as technology improves every day so it is much easier to reveal their secrets.
Added on Sunday August 18 2013
BDAA member caught Perseids meteor!
One of our BDAA members: Ian Brock managed to take a photograph of a Perseids meteor, last Monday (12th August 2013). You can see Andromeda Galaxy to the upper right of the meteor, Perseus’ Double Cluster to the lower left of the meteor.
A new star is discovered!
Well, it is not really a new star but the very, very dim star has exploded as a nova to a very much brighter star. It was discovered by Koichi Itagaki, Japanese astronomer on August 14th 2013. The star is now called Nova Delphini 2013 which is in the constellation of Delphinus. You can see it with your binoculars or small telescope.