making astronomy accessible to all

All regular meetings are open to members and visitors, held on the second and last Friday of each month, except August and at Christmas, when there are no meetings. Unless otherwise stated, meetings normally open at 7:40pm for an 8pm start, finishing around 10pm.

Covid precautions:
• Please do not to attend if you have tested positive in the last week or have COVID symptoms
• Please use the hand sanitisers that will be provided
• Please respect other Members' requests regarding social distancing

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Carys Herbert - Hunting Outbursting Young Stars Citizen Science Project
Bredhurst Village Hall

The Hunting Outbursting Young Stars (HOYS) citizen science project collects amateur astronomy data of nearby (less than 1 kpc), young (less than 10 Myr) star forming regions to conduct long term multi-filter photometric monitoring. The project aims to obtain one image per filter per region every day. Since the project launched in 2014, it has gathered around 100 000 images. In this talk, Carys will introduce the citizen science project and offer details on involvement. She will present the science aims and achievements of the project, spotlighting her PhD research into surface spots on young stars.

Carys Herbert

Carys completed an MPhys in Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Kent in 2020. She is working for a PhD at the University under the supervision of Dr Dirk Froebrich. Her thesis working title is 'The Evolution of Surface Features of Young Stellar Objects'.
Carys is also actively involved in the International Astronomical Youth Camp (, a voluntary organisation which since 1969 has run annual summer camps for young people around the world. She is currently Vice-President of three organisation.

Ashley King - To Bennu and Back: How Asteroids Made the World
Bredhurst Village Hall

Asteroids are the building blocks of the solar system, providing a detailed record of the processes and events that shaped the planets. Ashley will talk about the recent NASA OSIRIS-REx mission, which set out to collect and return to Earth pristine samples of the carbon-rich asteroid Bennu. Samples of Bennu are now being studied by a team of over 200 scientists and are set to transform our understanding of how the solar system evolved.

Dr Ashley King

Ashley is a?Research Fellow at the Natural History Museum, London, where he investigates the origins of the Solar System and formation of planets through the laboratory analysis of meteorites and samples returned by space missions. He is a member of the sample analysis teams for the Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx missions and the current lead of the UK Fireball Alliance (UKFAll), a collaboration between meteor camera networks that aims to recover freshly fallen meteorites in the UK

Sue Bowler - The Promise of Gravitational Waves
Bredhurst Village Hall

Over the past 5 years, a new type of astronomy has found a surprising number of otherwise undetected black holes and an unexpected range of masses. But why did it take 4 decades to detect gravitational waves? And what does the new detector technology offer for the future?
Image courtesy of Caltech.

Dr Sue Bowler

Sue is an experienced editor and writer with a 30 year history in science research communication, in astronomy, geophysics, geology and general physical sciences. She currently edits the Royal Astronomical Society’s magazine ‘Astronomy & geophysics’ (A&G) and A&G Forum.

David Bryant - Space rocks and planetary formation
Bredhurst Village Hall

David Bryant is familiar to many for making meteorites available via his website At this meeting David will reveal how space rocks can reveal details about the formation of the planets, including the Earth we live on.

David Bryant

Following a brief career as a Naval Officer, David Bryant trained to be a teacher at Brentwood College of Education, Essex, teaching across all phases in Norfolk for over thirty years. He gained a science degree from the Open University, and used his scientific knowledge and his passion for astronomy to build up an online business trading in space rocks and other space memorabilia. He has written seven books, many magazine articles and has made numerous TV and radio appearances

Speaker / Summer Event TBC
Bredhurst Village Hall


Regular Meetings

Regular meetings are held on the second and last Friday of each month, except August and at Christmas, when there are no meetings. Meetings normally start at 7:40pm for 8pm.

These meetings are open to everyone of all ages and levels of expertise, including complete beginners.

In-person meetings held at Bredhurst Village Hall

All Regular meetings are held at Bredhurst Village Hall unless otherwise stated.
Bredhurst Village Hall : Hurstwood Road, Bredhurst, Gillingham, Kent ME7 3JZ
Bredhurst is close to J4 off the M2. There is a car park on site.

There is a small entrance fee for each meeting to cover refreshments and other meeting costs.

Following the presentation there will be a refreshments break giving a chance to talk with other MKAS members and visitors, followed by an observing session in the field behind the hall (weather permitting) and a telescope workshop in the hall, so if you are having problems with your telescope (or just want to show it off) bring it along.

Please dress appropriately for the weather, and be ready for observing, if it is clear. Remember that it can get very cold, especially in winter, so bring several layers or your warmest winter coat, as you feel appropriate.

Virtual meetings (held occasionally)

Occasionally, we hold virtual meetings where the speaker is not able to visit in person.
All virtual meetings are held on Zoom unless otherwise stated.

These meetings are open to members as part of their annual subscription, and also available to non-members who are welcome to attend, for a fee of £4.

Following the presentation there will be a short comfort break followed by the main speaker answering your questions. This is then followed by a "Chit-Chat" session for all present who wish to stay on, where we have the opportunity to discuss any astronomical topics or ask any questions to those present.

Non-members who wish to attend can make their request by emailing us by no later than noon on the day before the event, at

Observatory Open Evenings

The James Irwin Observatory is
Confirmed CLOSED
It will remain closed until further notice.

On the Fridays when we do not hold our regular meetings at Bredhurst, and depending on the weather, we open our James Irwin Observatory in Canterbury for those who wish to do some observing.

We first meet at the Victoria Hotel from 8pm (Oct-Mar) / 8.30pm (Apr-Sep). Thirty minutes later, you will be escorted to the Observatory. Venue details are found on the left of this page.

Outreach Events

MKAS often get asked to hold Astronomy events for various schools, councils, scout groups and other groups. The committee and other supportive members are very actively organising and holding events from small shows or talks to Spectacular Events where several thousand members of the public typically attend.

Member Events

We organise various astronomy-related events and trips for our members. These are often subsidised.

Other Events

Members may also be interested in other astronomy-related events, run by other groups and societies, that our members are welcome to attend.

All persons under 18yrs must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or responsible adult.

If you wish further information on MKAS or any of the meetings, events and activities of the Society, please contact us, using the details on the CONTACT page.

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»Other Events


The James Irwin Observatory is
Confirmed CLOSED
It will remain closed until further notice.


Bredhurst Village Hall

Hurstwood Road,
Bredhurst, Gillingham,
Kent ME7 3JZ
(Close to J4 off the M2)
There is a car park on site.
Starts 7:40pm for 8pm.

James Irwin Observatory

Meet in the Conservatory at:
Victoria Hotel
59 London Road,
Canterbury, Kent
You will then be escorted to the observatory at 8:30pm (Oct-Mar) / 9pm (Apr-Sep)

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