Wells

Astronomy & Cosmology Group

LeaderEmily
Meeting pattern Monthly at 11.00 am to 1.00pm on the 2nd Monday of the month.
Venue Little Theatre, Portway, Wells

Since October 2021, we have been meeting in person, at the Little Theatre, following U3A risk assessment evaluation.
We have recently re-branded ourselves as the Astronomy and Cosmology Group, to better reflect our interests and the topics discussed. Our meetings usually consist of a short 'catch-up' on what's new in astronomy that month, followed by either a talk by one of our members on a topic of mutual interestwatching a presentation from one of the relevant 'Great Courses' DVDs, as a basis for discussion. We often find we come away with more questions than answers! Members are welcome to present on topics of interest to themselves, but this is not a prerequisite of membership.

We are actively recruiting new members, please email or just come along on the day to see what we get up to! our meetings cover many related topics, such as quantum physics, relevant aspects of both cosmology and astronomy.

Home Page Image

This galaxy NGC7331, similar to our own Milky Way is 50 million light years from us in the constellation of Pegasus.
Image credit ESA/Hubble & NASA/D. Milisavljevic (Purdue University)

Our Purpose, Membership and Waiting List

We currently have 11 members, and have room for 7 more.

Recent Topics

  • Parity violation and relevance to neutrinos
  • Jupiter
  • Measuring the Universe
  • The Ambidextrous Universe
  • Cosmic Microwave Background radiation (CMB)
  • The Hubble Constant
  • One possible fate of the Universe: Roger Penrose’s Conformal cyclic cosmology
  • The Big Bang
  • A brief history of telescopes
  • The nature of time
  • The Milky Way
  • Observation of the Moon
  • Stellar Evolution
  • Radio Interferometry
  • Halton Arp, Astronomer
  • The Juno Mission to Jupiter
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Appreciating Literature Art Appreciation
Astronomy & Cosmology Group Badminton
Beginners Watercolours Bird Watching
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Cards for Pleasure Chemistry - Its Effect on Everyday Life
Chess Clock Repairs
Conversational French Croquet
Current Affairs Current Affairs 2
Cycling Digital Photography
Easy Rides Cycling Group En Français
Environmental Issues French (intermediate)
Garden Visits Geology
History (Eastern Civilisation) Italian Conversation
Jazz, Swing & Crooners Life Sciences
Local History Making Music
MOTO (Members On Their Own) Music Appreciation
New Science Open Minds
Opera Group Out & About
Painting for Pleasure Petanque 1
Petanque 2 Play Reading
Poetry Appreciation Reading for Pleasure
Relaxation and Meditation Saturday Lunch Group
Science & Cosmology Scrabble
Shakespeare Group Singing for Pleasure
Strollers Sunday Lunch Group
Table Tennis Tai Chi
Theatre Group Walking Group 1
Walking Group 2 Wildflower Walks
Wine Appreciation Writing