Future Talks

As we are moving our activities online, we are incurring new costs. Your donation helps support our new channels.


Our YouTube Channel has recordings of past talks.

Regrettably, the public health situation still means it is likely to be some time before we can resume live meetings.  We may continue to broadcast talks from the Discovery Centre so that if people prefer not to be in a room with a large number of people they can still join in.

To keep numbers manageable, you will need to register via Zoom. Information about using Zoom will be supplied with your booking. You will need to install the Zoom app to your computer, tablet or Smartphone. You only need to book one place for each computer, so if you are sharing a screen with someone in your house, you only need one. We are keeping the allocation of tickets quite small to keep it manageable, so please book yours asap to avoid disappointment. If you book but are unable to attend, please use the link in the confirmation email to cancel your ticket. Otherwise you might deprive someone who can join on the day.

We will open the Zoom meeting shortly after 7pm to give people ample time to get connected, settled in and chat. Please arrive by 7.25pm

Register here

Only one ticket needed per screen. If you are sharing with someone, they don’t need a separate ticket.

A recording will be available after the event on our YouTube channel.

If you prefer, you can watch live on YouTube, but with less participation

Mon 7th December 7.30pm “Fuzzy Blobs: what nebulae teach us about the Universe” – Steve Tonkin

For millennia people have wondered about the fuzzy patches in the night sky, which became called “nebulas” – clouds – and the advent of the telescope merely increased the number we could see without adding to our knowledge of what they are. The true nature of these enigmatic “fuzzy blobs” has only been known for a century or so, and they reveal a tremendous amount of information about the life and death of stars, the structure of our galaxy, the Milky Way, and the nature of the Universe itself.

Steve Tonkin FRAS has been an amateur astronomer since childhood. He has taught astronomy to adults and children for more than 40 years and has authored many articles and several books on practical aspects of astronomy. He writes equipment reviews and a monthly Binocular Tour for BBC Sky at Night magazine. Steve is the Dark Skies Advisor to the Cranborne Chase AONB International Dark Sky Reserve.

Mon 4th January 7.30pm “AI and Big Data” – Ajit Jaokar

Mon 1st February 7.30pm “Winchester College – historic science books and equipment”