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Astronomical Events

Speaker Meetings / Talks

We invite a variety of people working in astronomy to give talks to the society. The topics are taken from a wide range of areas, from pure astrophysics to history of astronomy, observing, and much more. Talks are generally about an hour long, including questions to the speaker.


A fairly recent addition to the CUAS schedule, ObsNights are held at the Institute of Astronomy and combine a talk on practical astronomy with a observing at the telescopes afterwards (weather permitting, for the latter).


These are given by the Observations Secretary and other committee members and are intended to show people how to use the telescopes safely. See the Observing section for more details.

Astronomical events are free to members; there is a charge of £1.50 for non-members wishing to attend a talk or ObsNight. Only members can attend ObsDemos.

Social events

The main social events are the Christmas Dinner at the end of Michaelmas term, the Annual Dinner in Lent and the Garden Party in Easter. There is also a squash at the beginning of the academic year. Depending on the level of interest, we organise pub meets and/or lunches.