Long Eaton Astronomical Society 23rd February – Aurora at Jupiter

The next meeting of the Long Eaton Astronomical Society is this Thursday the 23rd February. Guest speaker Rosie Johnson of Leicester University will be giving a talk entitled “The Aurora at Jupiter”. Jupiter like the Earth has spectacular Aurora but unlike Earth the mechanisms driving it are much different. Rosie’s studies have probed this using telescopes across the globe including one owned by NASA.

Start time is at 7pm with refreshments available from 6:30pm. Entry is free for members (memberships now renewing for 2017 at £15 for the year). Visitors most welcome for a suggested donation of £2 towards refreshments etc. Under 16’s welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

After the talk there may be chance for some observing if the weather allows.

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Family Astronomy Club – Space Disasters – Wednesday 8th Feb

The next meeting of the Family Astronomy Club is on Wednesday 8th February. This month we will be looking at the darker side of mankind’s progress into outer space. Miss Harrington and Miss Ellender will be leading a talk on the various accidents and disasters that has beset our astronauts and cosmonauts over the past few decades.

After the talk there will be a special training session for all our budding space explorers – would you make a better astronaut than the staff at TLES?

As always,  observing will be subject to weather conditions and favourable positions of objects.

We will be starting at the usual time of 6pm and finishing at approximately 7.30pm.

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Stargazing Live Jan 10th 2017 6pm

The Long Eaton School is hosting our 5th annual Stargazing Live event on Tuesday the 10th Jan from 6pm until 9pm. Our special guest speaker is Andy Newsam of the National Schools Observatory. Andy will be giving a public talk in the main hall at 7pm. So why not join us for an evening of discovery and fun?

On offer this year: Lunar samples on loan from STFC that were brought back by NASA’s Apollo missions, Planetarium shows, Cool Science (science demonstrations), Astronaut Training, Local Astronomy Societies& Clubs, Nottm Trent University, Observatory Tours and more!

Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

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Long Eaton Astronomical Society Christmas Quiz.

The next meeting of the Long Eaton Astronomical Society is on Thursday the 15th December at 7:00pm. This month we will be attempting the (almost) World famous Christmas quiz. The emphasis is firmly on having fun, and often times those with a broad Astronomical knowledge find it to be of absolutely no advantage. There will be a prize for the most correct answers on the night and in the event of a tie there is of course the completely absurd tie breaker question.

The quiz starts at 7:00pm with refreshments available from 6:30pm. If the weather allows there will be opportunity for some observing after the quiz.

 

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Long Eaton Astronomical Society November Meeting – GAIA

The next meeting of the Long Eaton Astronomical Society is on Thursday 24th November at the usual time of 7:00pm. The speaker will be Mr M Perkins FRAS of the school talking about “GAIA – The Mission to Map a Billion Stars (a non-parallel universe).”

GAIA is a European Space Agency mission that launched in 2013 with the aim of mapping out stars in the Milky Way. The hope is that by understanding the structure of the Milky Way we can begin to understand how the Universe has developed.

The talk will start at 7pm with refreshments available form 6:30pm. All are welcome, under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult please. Members free and guests for a suggested donation of £2. After the talk there may be opportunity for some observing in the observatory if the weather allows. Last time we had wonderfully clear skies and did some double star hunting.

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Family Astronomy Club – The Year So Far

On Tuesday 4th October, the first day of World Space Week 2016, we held our first astronomy club of the new academic year. Following the theme of World Space Week Miss Ellender and Miss Harrington gave a talk on remote sensing and how we gather information about the Earth.

This was followed by our budding astronomers played the part of astronauts aboard the ISS, trying to find landmarks on Earth to ‘photograph’. Some locations, such as the Statue of Liberty and the London Eye were found with ease but others, such as the Pyramids of Giza and Uluru (Ayer’s Rock), proved more elusive. The competition to be the fastest to locate the landmarks was fierce but in the end, Henry Dean’s passion for Geography gave him the edge and he was crowned the victor.

After the competition we took advantage of a rare cloud-free night and used our main telescope to observe Saturn and its rings, a very successful first astronomy club for all.

Our second family astronomy club was held on Tuesday 1st November and was themed ‘Spooky Space’ to honour the recent Halloween festivities. Miss Ellender started the talk with some spooky images taken of objects in space, from the ‘Woman on Mars’ to the ‘Pumpkin Sun’. This was then followed by a rather tricky quiz led by Miss Harrington on the spooky sounds made throughout the Solar System. Although one of our teams was disappointed to discover that ET was not the cause of any of our sounds I think we were all in agreement that there are some pretty creepy radio signals given out by the objects in our Solar System.

Once again we were blessed by a cloud free night and this time Mr Perkins pointed our telescope at M57 (Ring Nebula) giving our astronomers the opportunity to practice averted vision, an important observational skill in astronomy.

The next family astronomy club will be held on Thursday 8th December and will be our annual Christmas Quiz – come along, have a go and see if you can earn a spot in the ‘I Beat Mr Perkins At The Christmas Quiz’ hall of fame.

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Family Astronomy Club – Tuesday 1st November – Spooky Space

The next meeting of the Family Astronomy Club is on Tuesday 1st November. This month we will be taking a Halloween twist with Miss Harrington and Miss Ellender leading a talk on the spooky side of space, from sounds and pictures to the possibilities of alien life.

After the talk there will be a spooky space activity to take part in, if you dare…

The Moon is at a very thin crescent so we are hopeful that we will have the opportunity to repeat last month’s observing success though as always,  this is subject to weather conditions.

We will be starting at the usual time of 6pm and finishing at approximately 7.30pm.

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