The Long Eaton Astronomical Society Meeting – February 2014

The Long Eaton Astronomical Society met on Thursday Feb 27th.  We had an excellent turn out and we would like to welcome everyone who has not been to a meeting before.

Due to the weather forecast of cloud and showers we started the evening with observation of Jupiter in the twilight sky while it was clear. Three of the Galilean moons were visible – Io, Europa and Callisto and everyone got a good view of the Jovian banding.

We then had a fascinating talk on the formation of elliptical galaxies from merging galaxies by James Cottell. James talked us through his MSci research at a level we could all understand easily and explained current thinking in this field.

After the talk luckily the sky was still clear so we observed M42, the Great Nebula in Orion, a dense star forming region of dust and gas. The nebula can be found within the sword of Orion which is the centerpiece of the night sky at this time of year.

Our next meeting will be on March 27th with speaker Simon Dye, a lecturer and researcher at Nottingham University, will be talking about dark matter. The talk will give an overview of the history of dark matter, outlining several pieces of observational evidence which suggest its existence, what properties dark matter must have to fit the observational evidence and ways in which we might be able to detect it. Simon will also discuss the possibility that scientists may have it all wrong, and that instead of there being this elusive stuff we call dark matter, we may simply misunderstand gravity.

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