PADAS News and Events

Latest, local astronomy news…

Thursday 9th May 2024

The planned speaker for the meeting this evening was unfortunately unable to attend at short notice but luckily PADAS member Keith Pearson who gives lots of outreach talks around schools in Lancashire was able to stand in and gave an excellent talk entitled “Are we alone in the universe?” With some mind boggling numbers which sparked some interesting discussions afterwards.

Tuesday 19th September 2023

PADAS members helped at the UCLAN lecture “Mission to Mars” with an Astro display. Unfortunately, the wind and rain made it impossible for any observing.

Thursday 14th September 2023

Following the AGM, Graham McLoughlin, FRAS, PADAS Secretary gave a really interesting talk on Dr Arthur Beer’s Vistas in Astronomy.

Preston Heritage Open Days

Jeremiah Horrocks Observatory, Moor Park, Preston

Friday 8th, Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th September 10.00 am to 2pm

Thursday 10th August 2023

Dr Joanne Pledger of UCLan delivered an excellent talk on supernovae.


The talk included Astro images from PADAS’ Andy Wellington, which were also used on the ITV news coverage of on SN2023ixf. See more on the link below.

SKY AT NIGHT Magazine April 2023

Regular PADAS meetings are held at Deepdale Labour Social & Bowling Club, 287 Skeffington Rd, PR1 6RX – here.

Public Outreach events – see our new dedicated page

Next Public Open Night:

Come along to our public observing sessions at the Jeremiah Horrocks Observatory on Moor Park. Every 3rd Thursday of the month throughout the winter, starting on 20th Sept. Hoping for clear skies to enable viewing through large and small telescopes. See you there!

Public Observing Nights Flyer

Note that the next PADAS meeting is on Thursday 14th June at 7:30pm. Very appropriately our Hon Vice President Dr. Keith Robinson will present a talk on Summertime Astronomy, which will be followed by the Society’s Annual General Meeting.  Hope to see you all there:)

Next meeting on Thursday 10th May will have Mike Armstrong talking about the early days of Radio Astronomy at Jodrell Bank – see you there!

Come along to our next meeting on Thursday 8th Feb where Prof Ian Robson will tell us about the discovery of the Cosmic Background Radiation (CRB).

The PADAS October meeting on the 12th has Prof Lionel Wilson explaining how large scale eruptions on the Moon aid our understanding of the Earth. Come along and meet the PADAS gang!

Next meeting is on Thursday 13th July and guest speaker Stephen Halliwell, a local Preston historian, he will be taking about Moses Holden, a Preston astronomer who gave public lectures on astronomy – a modern day Brian Cox.

Next meeting is on Thursday 8th June which will include a talk by PADAS Hon Vice President Dr Keith Robinson followed by the AGM. As usual, 7:30pm start at St Gregory’s social centre Blackpool Road Preston – here.

Next meeting…Thursday 13th April 7.30pm at St Gregory’s social centre Blackpool Road Preston. Our Speaker is PADAS Chairman John Hooper and he will be talking about the Messier and his catalogue of deep sky objects.

Thank you Dermot Gerthings for an excellent presentation and talk on your experiences being the UK’s ambassador for the Apollo 17 Goodwill Moon Rock. More details can be found here.

Next month, on Thursday 13th April, Graham McLoughlin will take us through the highlights of his research into the 1927 Total Solar Eclipse which was viewed from the Jeremiah Horrocks Observatory in Preston, but not by Graham…or so he claims:)

The next meeting is on Thursday 9th March and Dermot Gethings will let us about his involvement in the Apollo 17 mission…

On Thursday 13th October Professor Lionel Wilson will describe unusual volcanic features on the Moon.

After a long summer break PADAS meetings start again on Thursday 8th September with a talk by Mike Armstrong on Solar Eclipses.

Recent events included:

Look smart! Don’t forget to let Dermot know if you wish to purchase a PADAS Polo Shirt.


Don’t miss the transit of the planet Mercury across the face of the Sun on Monday 9th May. Public event in Haslam Park, Ashton on Ribble. The transit starts at approx. 12:10 and ends at approx. 19:30. Safe solar viewing equipment will be available to see this rare event. Observing starts at 11:30.

Haslam Park viewing location is here. As usual, ‘X’ marks the spot.

Haslam Park Mercury site

Next meeting of PADAS, Thursday 12th May – bring your ‘scope for help and advice on how to get the most from observing in and around the Preston area. Gain invaluable advice from the experienced observing and imaging teams.


Come along to the next PADAS meeting on Thursday 11th February. Professor Ian Robson will explain Super Cool Astronomy and how we explore the cold depths of the Universe.

Some photos from the PADAS Christmas Dinner have been added to our Facebook page  – go here to see them!

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Presentation to Peter Sloan by Dr Allan Chapman for over 30 years service to PADAS

Re-scheduled! Visit the PADAS stand at Stargazing In the City on Wednesday 13th January 2016 at 6-9pm. Unfortunately tickets for the event are SOLD OUT, but check this link for details. See the wonder of Preston’s skies though a range of telescopes, clouds permitting!

Don’t forget the PADAS Christmas Dinner and Dr Allan Chapman lecture on Thursday, December 17th.

Get tickets for the UCLan JHI Winter Lecture, Tuesday 8th Dec at 6:30pm – see here

PADAS featured in the April issue of Sky at Night Magazine.