Long Eaton Astronomical Society – 25th May

The next meeting of the Long Eaton Astronomical Society is this Thursday 25th May at the usual time of 7pm. The guest speaker this month is Steve Ibbotson of Astrosphere talking about “The Solar System”. If the weather allows there will be opportunity for observing the Sun prior to the talk. As always all are welcome to attend. Members enter for free and visitors for a suggested donation of £2 towards refreshments. Under 16’s to be accompanied by an adult please. Refreshments are available form 6:30pm.

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Long Eaton Astronomical Society March 23rd – Dr Alan Wood.

The next meeting is on Thursday the 23rd of March at the usual time of 7:00pm. We are joined by Dr Alan Wood of Nottingham Trent University and his students. The focus of the talk will be on the effects of Space Weather on GPS systems. Afterwards if the weather allows there will be chance for some observing in the observatory.

 

Memberships continue to renew at the same rate as last year of £15 for the year. Events are free of charge for members. Non-members welcome with a suggested donation of £2 to cover refreshments etc. Refreshments are available from 6:30pm. Under 16’s welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

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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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