The first meeting of The Long Eaton Astronomical Society went ahead last night. Many thanks to Steve Ibbotson for a brilliant talk about the best things to view in the winter’s sky now and in the coming months. Everyone present enjoyed it and found it interesting, Steve included advice on what to view with the naked eye, binoculars and a telescope and showed us some fantastic photos too.

We were lucky enough to have mainly clear skies and despite the light from Long Eaton’s Chestnut fair we got a good look at the Andromeda Galaxy M31 for the first time. We also spent some time looking at the moon focusing on Mare Frigoris, ‘the sea of cold’. We then moved on to Jupiter which had just risen and was low in the sky, Jupiter gave us tremendous observing, the banding was visible as were all four of the moons, Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.

Thank you to everyone who attended, our next meeting will be Monday December 16th at the earlier time of 6pm, more information will be placed on the blog very soon. All meetings are open to members of the public, if you are not currently a member of the society please email the observatory to book your places ( Children under the age of 16 are very welcome and must be accompanied by an adult.


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An astronomical observatory at The Long Eaton School, scheduled to open in early 2012
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