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 Fever – does 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.
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.