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.
The next meeting of the Long Eaton Astronomical Society is on Thursday the 30th June at the now usual time of 7pm. Our guest speaker for the evening will be the ever popular Paul Money. Paul will be talking to us about the New Horizons mission to Pluto. No doubt there will be some fantastic images as we find out more about the mission. Before the talk if weather allows there will be opportunity for some solar observing too.
As always all are welcome, members free and non-members for a suggested donation of £2. Refreshments will be available from 6:30pm.
The next meeting for the Family Astronomy Club is on Wednesday 25th May at the usual time of 6pm. This month we shall be looking at our closest star the Sun. If the weather permits we shall have chance to observe the Sun with our solar telescope before learning more about it and how to safely observe it. The family astronomy club is open to all students, staff and their families. For more information please see Miss Ellender or Miss Harrington.
Thursday 26th May is the Long Eaton Astronomical Society meeting. This month we welcome Simon Goodwin of Sheffield University. Simon is an astrobiologist and will be discussing the search for life beyond Earth. If the weather allows there will be chance for solar observing before the talk. Refreshments will be available from 6:30 with a start time of 7pm. Members free and as always a suggested donation of £2 for non-members.
After an unexpected computer shut down the stream is up and running again here:
The live feed of the Transit of Mercury is now up and running here:
Excitement as first sign of life from the Rocket seeds is discovered this morning. One seedling from each sample has broken through on day 3. So far both Earthbound seeds and those that were in orbit are performing equally. Will this trend continue? Will one take over? Will one group of seeds become mutated and take over the school? These and many more questions answered as the experiment continues! Stay tuned for more updates.
The next meeting is on Thursday 28th April at the now regular time of 7pm. Our guest speaker is Dr Chris North of Cardiff University and ex co-presenter of the BBC Sky at Night programme. Chris will be presenting a talk on the Herschel Space Observatory. A space based telescope observing in the far infra red. Chris is part of the team looking after the mission and often has plenty of free stuff to give away so it’s well worth coming along for freebies if nothing else!
Chris is also running a workshop in the afternoon for our students and a staff training session after school so this is quite a big deal for the school to have somebody as well connected in for biggest part of the day.
As always, admission for members is free and for visitors a suggested donation of £2 towards the cost of refreshments and other running costs. Refreshments will be available from 6:30pm in the usual place. If the weather is good we have chance to possibly observe Jupiter and or the Moon. Last week the views of Jupiter were among the best we have managed at the school so it looks like all the adjusting has been worthwhile.