Now that the summer months are approaching we are moving to the earlier time slot of 5-7pm for our Astronomical Society meetings. This will enable us to use the observatory’s specialist hydrogen-alpha telescope for solar observing. This telescope enables us to see a large number of features on the Sun such as sunspots, solar flares, prominences, granulation and filaments. There will be an opportunity to use this telescope at each meeting weather permitting. We also have some exciting speakers lined up for our summer meetings who will be discussing issues in astronomy spanning 300 years!
Thursday 6th June 5pm
Mike Lancaster, Derby and District Astronomical Society – In the Footsteps of Flamsteed
A talk all about the life and work of Derby’s local hero John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, who established the Royal Greenwich Observatory and catalogued the positions of around 3000 stars with unprecedented accuracy.
Thursday 4th July 5pm
Dr John Bridges, Space Research Centre, University of Leicester – Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover
Dr Bridges is one of the few scientists based in the UK to be working on the Mars Curiosity rover. He will be giving a fascinating talk on what it’s like to be part of the mission and what we’ve discovered so far.
All meetings are open to members of the public, if you are not currently a member of the society please email the observatory (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book your places. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
On arrival follow the signs from main reception to the observatory building, refreshments will be available from 4.45pm with the meetings starting at 5pm.
Remember: it is dangerous to observe the Sun without specialist equipment.