The Long Eaton Astronomical Society met on Monday 16th Dec for the final meeting of 2013. Members enjoyed an astronomy quiz whilst consuming mince pies, prizes of 3D books and space food were awarded to worthy winners – well done to all! Afterwards due to the poor weather there was no chance for any observing so instead Mike Perkins gave a brief guide to the astronomical events due over the next month. Jupiter continues to dazzle, Comet Lovejoy is still a viable prospect in most modest sized telescopes and binoculars. Saturn is on the rise but still remains very much a horizon skimming early morning challenge despite it being close to opposition and therefore bright. Venus is the early evening jewel in the celestial crown.
The next meeting will be on Thursday 30th Jan 2014 starting at 6:00pm. Guest speaker Liam Harris of Leicester University will be giving a talk on Britain’s involvement with the next planned mission to Mars! Liam is an Astrobiologist working with the design team of one of the instruments for the European Mars rover ExoMars, continuing the hunt for signs of life on the red planet.
Refreshments will be from 5:45pm all are welcome. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Membership renewals will be restarted in the new year. Membership is £10 per annum. For non members we request a donation of £2 towards refreshments.
We look forward to seeing you all soon, have a Happy Christmas and all the very best wishes for the new year!
The MPOLE Team.