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  1. 60 Years of Astronomy, the JAS and the SPA

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    In 2013 the Society for Popular Astronomy celebrated the 60th anniversary of its founding (as the Junior Astronomical Society) with a meeting in London. Here, Robin Scagell, SPA President Prof. Derek…

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    • A Life of Comets – Rob McNaught

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      Prolific comet discoverer Robert McNaught describes the comets he has known, observed and indeed discovered from his early days as a schoolboy when he reported his first observation to the Junior…

    • Andrew Robertson: Planetary Observing

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      A talk by the Society for Popular Astronomy's Planetary Section Director, on 29 January 2011

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      • An Introduction to Astronomical Sketching

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        At a meeting of the Society for Popular Astronomy on 27 April 2013, Sally Russell describes her approach to sketching all types of astronomical objects as seen with telescopes, binoculars and the…

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        • Astronomy from Kosovo, by John Chapman Smith

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          At a meeting of the Society for Popular Astronomy, John Chapman Smith describes a visit to Kosovo and the talk he gave to the troops there.

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          • Carl Murray: The View from Saturn

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            Talk given to Society for Popular Astronomy on 30 October 2010. Prof. Carl Murray describes the images taken by the Cassini spacecraft while orbiting Saturn, and explains how they improve our understanding…

          • Comet ISON's perilous journey

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            Animation of frames from SOHO solar observatory showing comet ISON's dasjh past the Sun on 28 November 2013. Speed changes are partly due to changing frame rate used, but the comet does speed…

          • Comet ISON survives perihelion

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            Frames courtesy NASA/ESA/SOHO

          • Conversations about Sir Patrick Moore and his Astronomy

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            On 26 January 2013, the Society for Popular Astronomy celebrated the life and astronomy of its most famous founder members, Sir Patrick Moore. The event included contributions from Chris Lintott,…

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            • Dave Finnigan: The SPA Deep Sky Section (56 min)

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              Dave describes deep-sky observing and the work of the SPA's deep-sky section over the past 30 years. Recorded at the meeting of the Society for Popular Astronomy in October 2014 at the School…

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              • David Bryant: A Meteoric 60 Years!

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                Meteorite man David Bryant tells how the science of meteoritics has changed over the past 60 years. Talk given at the SPA's convention in its 60th anniversary year, 2013.

              • Detecting meteors with radio astronomy (12m 30s)

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                At an SPA meeting in London on 31 January 2009, 11-year-old Noah Hardwicke describes his attempts to detect meteors using simple radio equipment.

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