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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Long Eaton Astronomical Society 20th October – Richard Parker – Reaction Engines.

The next meeting is on Thursday the 20th October at the usual time of 7pm. This month we are excited to be joined by Richard Parker, Chief design engineer of Reaction Engines. Reaction Engines are working on the very cutting edge Sabre engine that it is hoped will one day power the Skylon spacecraft into low Earth orbit.

As usual all are welcome, members free and visitors welcome for a suggested donation of £2. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult please. Refreshments will be available from 6:30pm with the talk starting approx 7pm. Afterwards if the weather permits there will be a chance for some observing.

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Long Eaton Astronomical Society 29th September – Dr Julian Onions

With a slight change of plans the next meeting of the Long Eaton Astronomical Society will feature guest speaker Dr Julian Onions on Thursday 29th September at 7pm. The change is due to the scheduled speaker Richard Parker of Reaction Engines being unable to attend, instead Richard will be our guest speaker for October.

The talk for this month is as follows:

Aperture Feverdoes my mirror look big in this?
After a very brief review of how telescopes work, we look at some of the existing telescopes, both visible and other wavebands, and consider why they are so big, what they can and can’t see and what the telescopes planned for the next few years will deliver.
As usual all are welcome, members free and visitors welcome for a suggested donation of £2. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult please. Refreshments will be available from 6:30pm with the talk starting approx 7pm. Afterwards if the weather permits there will be a chance for some observing.
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Long Eaton Astronomical Society 21st July Meeting – A History Of Solar Astronomy.

The next meeting of the Long Eaton Astronomical Society is on Thursday the 21st of July. Mr M. Perkins of the school and Steve Ibbotson of Astrosphere will be giving a history of Solar Astronomy from Stonehenge to SDO and beyond. The start time is the usual 7pm with refreshments available from 6:30pm. If the weather allows there will be chance for some Solar observing of our own before the talk.

As always all are welcome, members free and visitors for a suggested donation of £2. Under 16’s welcome but must be accompanied by an adult please.

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