Check out these online astronomy events taking place in 2023

To register for these fascinating talks please click on the links below.

We will regularly update this page as details of more events become available.

Members will also continue to receive email invitations to join our SWHAS monthly meetings.



May 2023

The JUICE Mission: Revealing the mysteries of Jupiter’s icy moons

Thursday  25 May 2023
17:00 – 19:00 GMT






The Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck is delighted to announce the third event in their Adventures in Planetary Science public engagement series ‘The JUICE mission: Revealing the mysteries of Jupiter’s icy moons’, taking place on Thursday 25th May 2023, starting at 5pm. This will be a virtual event held online with Zoom.

ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer mission – JUICE – successfully launched on 14th April and is now on its way to make detailed observations of the giant gas planet and its three largest moons, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa all of which are believed to be harbouring subsurface oceans. But what is the mission hoping to discover? What secrets lie beneath the icy surface of Jupiter’s moons? Could they hold the conditions for life?

The event will feature talks from our panel of JUICE and astrobiology experts – Geraint Jones (UCL-MSSL), Nick Achilleos (UCL-P&A) and Grace Richards (OU) – followed by Q&A with the audience. Andrew Rushby (Birkbeck) will be our host for the evening.

To register for your free tickets on Eventbrite please visit:

For further information about the event please see the event webpage:




Friday  26 May 2023
20:00 – 22:00 GMT

Annual General Meeting & Members Images.

Join us for our AGM & Members Images Meeting in the Cadogan House Hall at the Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth.

The Meeting will also include a BRING & BUY stall where you can sell your unwanted astro kit or find a great deal from what’s for sale from others.

Come early to avoid disappointment !

Here are some members images from our previous Members Images Meeting.

The meeting will also include a news item of interest and a tour of the night sky. 

We will be meeting at the RMS as well as online via Zoom.

Zoom details will be emailed to members a few days before the meeting.



Revised RMS meeting protocols now in place

In order to keep everyone safe we still need to adhere to the school guidelines following the relaxation of rules regarding the  COVID situation.

We ask you to respect social distancing where appropriate, as not everyone is comfortable in crowds.

Use good hygiene and the wearing of  face coverings is a now a personal choice.

We will endeavour to keep the hall well ventilated at all times and this may mean some doors need to be left open from time to time.

1. We will ask you to collect your own chair from the back of the hall and take it to a place in the hall where you would like to sit. This can be either near friends/family or well away from everyone else – the choice is yours, but we encourage you to respect social distancing where appropriate.  Be aware that some doors may be left open to aid better ventilation, so bear this in mind when you choose a seating location. It might be advisable to wear layers ! Sanitising wipes will be provided when you collect your chair for you to wipe down your seat.

2. In addition to the school cleaning regime, we will,  prior to the meeting, wipe down all accessible surfaces including the handrails, door handles and toilets.

3. All beverages will be dispensed in paper cups and consumables (such as sugar, UHT milk and biscuits) will be supplied as individually sealed packs. After use, please dispose of these items in the rubbish bags provided.

4. After the talk is over, please return your chair to the back of the hall where it will be wiped down and stacked away.

5. For the time being, we will not be holding planetarium visits – because the space in there is too confined to safely ventilate it. Instead Richard will do a summary of the upcoming night sky in the hall.

Members will be advised of the RMS gate code nearer the date of the meeting. 

Keep safe and we look forward to seeing you in person.



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