Hampshire Astronomical Group Public Talk

09 February 2018

19.45 to 21.30


No booking required

Event Cost

£3 to non-members, pay on the door


A 3 year journey to asteroid Bennu followed by 5 secs of terror.

A talk by John Maclean FRAS

John Maclean is an experienced Science Communicator in the fields of Astronomy and Astrophysics and is an award winning Astrophotographer. John has recently been appointed as Ambassador for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission and is an Agent for the NEOShield-2 asteroid protection project. He has a special interest in Asteroids and Cometary science and is a researcher and member of the UK Meteor Monitoring Network, along with Clanfield Observatory.

This talk will expand upon the OSIRIS-Rex mission, covering it’s 3 year journey to asteroid Bennu and tell us how a robotic spacecraft will capture material from the birth of the Solar System!

Our popular monthly talks are for members and the public to learn about some aspects of astronomy. These talks are aimed at ‘middle of the road’ level so the talk will appeal to members of the public with no prior knowledge, newcomers as well as those who have been interested in the subject for a number of years.

Location Details


Clanfield Memorial Hall, South Lane, Clanfield Waterlooville Hampshire



Organiser Details

Organiser's Name

Hampshire Astronomical Group

Organiser's Website


Organiser's Telephone

023 92 595217