Virtual Astronomy Club

The free Virtual Astronomy Club welcomes everyone.

We meet on every Tuesday evening.

But look out for some special events and ad-hoc live streaming.

Doug & Bob’s Accelerant Adventure.
Join us for a Special Live VAC Watch Party tonight (2nd August) starting at 18:40h BST.

Let’s all watch together as Doug and Bob return from the ISS.

The NASA schedule seems to be constantly changing, but here’s the latest:

Dragon undocking from the ISS is currently scheduled for 23:34 BST on Saturday.
I got my timing wrong before.
That’s far too late for me to stay up after the loss of comet sleep, I’m afraid.

Splashdown is scheduled for 19:42 BST on Sunday.

The live watch party will start at 18:40h BST tonight ready for the crucial de-orbit burn at 18:51.


Meeting ID: 864 9340 6434
Don’t forget the passcode: 002988

The Virtual Astronomy Club meets at 7:00pm BST (6:00 pm UT) every Tuesday.

Let’s keep sharing the passion for our hobby.

Although I do everything for free, if you would like to make a donation for my STEM work for Star-Gazing, please use the Paypal button below.

Thank you very much.

If we do find yourself unable to connect as we have hit our 100 limit, you should be able to follow proceedings over on my YouTube channel (where it is possible to live-stream the talks):

Links to previous meetings are at the bottom of this page.

Have you got some astronomy images that you would like to share with everyone?
Add them onto our Virtual Astronomy Club Padlet here:
(Create a Padlet account so the pictures don’t get posted anonymously)

Made with Padlet



Meeting ID: 864 9340 6434
Don’t forget the passcode: 002988


We can chat, rant, or share what we’ve been up to with the clear skies we get.

Got some pictures? How about showing them to everyone?
If you do not want to present, or don’t have facilities to show them, send them to me or add them to the padlet above.
It would be nice to show them at the general meetings or in between times.

Send in any questions to me for any of the Q&A sessions.
Or if you’ve got any images of a presentation you’d like to show, let me know.

I intend to keep this club going after the lock down ends.
Social media is great, but these face-to-face live interactions are infinitely better.

Virtual Astronomy Club Files.

Any of the presentations and files shared between the group can be accessed from this Dropbox folder.

Future Meetings.

The Virtual Astronomy Club will mostly switch to a single weekly Tuesday meeting only from July.
I do intend to keep the club going after the lock down finishes, if there is still enough interest as life starts to get back to some sort of new normality.
I  feel people are enjoying it and I find the instant interaction with people we have in the club is much better than just being on social media.
Unfortunately, as life starts to get back to some sort of new normality, I know that any spare time I have at the moment will start to disappear.
So I will not be able to dedicate as much time to organising the meetings as I have up until now.

Future meeting dates.
If you have any ideas of a subject or speaker for these meetings, please let me know.

4th August.
General meeting, sharing your astronomical experiences and pictures.
Q&A Session.

11th August.
John Maclean
The Golden Age of Islamic Astronomy.

18th August.


25th August.

1st September.
Nick Hewitt – Nebulae.

If anyone else would like to present something, show their pictures, share what you’ve seen online, or anything else astronomy related, please do feel free to join in the melee.

If you have any ideas for the club, pitch right in there.

At intervals we’ll also try and do some live streaming through the telescope.
If you also have the setup to be able to do this, please let me know.

I’m hoping that it will feel just like attending a real club and bring a little bit of “normality” back into our lives and help us keep sharing our passion for astronomy.

So if you want to be part of this, come and join us.

Everyone is very welcome.

Virtual Zoom meetings have been organised for 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
We can organise more if there is enough interest.

Let me know if you need some guidance on how to get Zoom set up.

If you are thinking of organising a meeting yourself, let me know.
I can add yours meeting to the list for others to join in.

Only 100 people can join using this Zoom package, so get yourself into the waiting room a little bit before the start time to avoid being locked out.

If we do find yourself unable to connect as we have hit our 100 limit, you should be able to follow proceedings over on my Youtube channel:

You can still post questions to the speaker on YouTube while the presentation is running, although there is a little bit of a delay in the stream. I’ll keep and eye out for any questions posted and ask the speaker them at the end of their presentation.

Let’s keep Astronomy sociable folks.

Join the Virtual Astronomy Club meetings by clicking the links below.

If we do find yourself unable to connect as we have hit our 100 limit, you should be able to follow proceedings over on my Youtube channel, if we are able to livestream the talk:

It is the same link for both Tuesday’s and Thursday’s meetings

Meeting ID: 864 9340 6434
Password: 002988

See you all online soon.

Keep Looking Up!


Past Events.

Tuesday- 28th July.
Chris Lintott
Adventures In The Zooniverse
Join in with The Zooniverse by clicking the link below.

Signed copies of Chris’ book “The Crowd and The Cosmos” can be pre-ordered from the link below.

Tuesday – 21st July.
How to do Webcam Planet & Moon Imaging.
Your NEOWISE Comet Stories and Images.

Tuesday – 14th July.
Ian Ridpath
Pictures in the Sky

Catch up with Ian’s talk on YouTube:
Ian’s constellation Star Tales Web site:

Thursday – 9th July.
Celebrating this months 25th anniversary of the discovery of Comet Hale-Bopp.
Alan Hale
Virtual Astronomy Club - Hale-BoppBanner-Web

Alan’s presentation can be viewed on YouTube:
Ice & Stone Web Page –
Earth Rise Institute Web Page –

Tuesday – 7th July.
Martin Lewis
Venus night-side infra-red imaging
Martin’s talk is available to watch here:

Tuesday – 30th June.
Mark Gibbons
Fast Radio Bursts
Sorry folks.
Unfortunately I was unable to record Mark’s presentation.

Dr Susan Cartwright  25th June.
Footprints of The Big Bang

Susan’s talk is now available to view on YouTube.

Mike Poxon – 23rd June 2020. 
Variable Stars
Mike’s talk is available to view on YouTube:

The AAVSO Web site Mike mentioned is here:

Sam Cornwell – 18th June 2020.
The Solarcan

Watch Sam’s presentation on YouTube.
The 15% Solarcan discount code is: solareagle

Dr Johanna Jarvis – 16th June.
Astronomy in a Volcanic Landscape.

If you missed Jo’s talk, it is available to view on YouTube:

Open University Online Course Links.
Open University – Moons Of The Solar System Online Course:
Open University – Astronomy with an Online Telescope:

Thursday – 11th June
Star Clusters and some challenges for the Summer.
General Discussion and social get-together.

Robin Scagell 9th June
Stars Ancient And Modern

Robin’s talk is available on my YouTube Channel:
The link for the online star motion simulator Robin demonstrated to us is:

Thursday – 4th June 7:00pm.
Moon Observing and Imaging.
General Discussion and social get-together.

Dr Susan Cartwright. 2nd June.
Footprints of The Big Bang.
Unfortunately, Susan had Internet issues and couldn’t present.
I will try and re-book her.

Saturday 30th May 2020.
LIVE Launch Party tonight for the second attempt of the
Falcon 9 Crew Dragon launch from Cape Canaveral.
****Doug & Bob’s Accelerant Adventure.****
It was a very successful live event with us all getting together to watch this historic launch.

Thursday 28th May 2020.
General get-together.
How to computer control a mount.

Wednesday – 27th May 2020.
Crewed launch from Cape Canaveral.
Launch Scrubbed. But we all went outside and saw the ISS go over.
Plus I was able to live stream video images of The Moon.

Tuesday – 26th May 2020.
Mike Frost.
How To Lose Weight.

Thursday – 21st May
Phil Price. Missions To The Sun. 21st May 2020
Plus what to see in the sky.

Peter Jenkins. 19th May 2020.
My Astrophotography Journey.
Peter’s Web site:
Telescope Live:

Thursday – 14th May.
Latest on the comets and what to look for in the sky.
Plus a run through of Affinity Photo to show it is used for processing astrophotography images.

David Warrington. 12th May 2020.
The Scottish Dark Skies Observatory.

Thursday 7th May 2020.
John McEvoy – Asteroids Bennu and Ryugu.
Dave Eagle – Update on Comet SWAN and what we MIGHT expect.
Here is the link to Stuart Atkinson’s Flickr site where he has posted lots of maps for Comet SWAN.

Pete Lawrence. 5th May 2020
Upcoming Observing Challenges.

Click here to watch Pete’s presentation on YouTube.

Here are some links to lists of Moon Clair-Obscure features Pete mentioned:
Astronomy Magazine.–on-the-moon
Mary McIntyre’s Lunar X & V Spotting Guide.
Sky & Telescope’s Lunar 100 Observing Guide.

Thursday – 30th April.
Roger gave us some image processing demos using Pixinsight and StarStaX.
Ian also showed us some of his fabulous images and told us about his astrophotography journey.

Tuesday – 28th April.
Joint Meeting with NNHS Astronomy Section.
Bob Lambourne
Developments in the Science of Black Holes.
We were unable to record Bob’s presentation. Sorry.

Joint Meeting with Go Space Watch to mark the 30th anniversary of the deployment of The Hubble Space Telescope.
Dr Steve Barratt. 25th April 2020
The Legacy of the Hubble Space Telescope.

The presentation can now be watched on YouTube:

A pdf file of the talk Steve’s  be downloaded from here:

Thursday 23rd April 2020.
Question and answer session and sharing of recent astronomy images / observations.
Live streaming of Venus (if clear).
Phil Price. Astronomy with a iPhone.
Sandy Whitton. Recent images.

Tuesday – 21st April 2020.
Paul Fellows.

Hawking’s Black Holes and the Edge of Physics.

Pauls’ presentation can be viewed on YouTube.

Thursday – 16th April 2020. 
Many thanks to Roger, Kevin and David for sharing their pictures and astronomical journeys.

Here are the links to the OU online courses.

The Royal Astronomical Society are hosting an online talk to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope  – Book via Eventbrite.   

Tuesday – 14th April 2020. 
Terry Lovejoy (Comet discoverer extraordinaire).
Terry Lovejoy’s Top Ten Comets.
Watch on YouTube.

Saturday 11th April 2020.
Dave Eagle – Apollo 13 50th Anniversary Presentation.
Saving Apollo 13: Houston We’ve Had a Problem.

Joint meeting with Go Space Watch.

The presentation is now available to watch on YouTube.

Thursday – 9th April 2020.
Szabolcs Nagy (Space Station Guys – @metrolinaszabi).
ISS Imaging and Demonstration.

Szabi’s Presentation is now available to watch on Youtube:

Tuesday – 7th April 2020. 
John Spencer – Planetary Scientist and New Horizons Science Team Member.
A Billion Miles Beyond Pluto: New Horizons Explores Kuiper Belt Object Arrokoth.
I was hoping this presentation had been uploaded to Youtube, but it wasn’t. Sorry.

Steve Tonkin – 2nd April 2020
Two Eyes Are Better Than One.

Download Steve’s presentation by clicking the image below to visit our Dropbox folder.

Dave Eagle.
Solar Webcam Image Processing.
Download the AVI from the solar imaging demo from here:
I would be really interested in seeing what people can do with the image.

Shaun Reynolds. – 26th March 2020.
Shooting The Milky Way. 

Julian Onion
Dark Matter. – 24th of March 2020
Click on the image below to download Julian’s slides.